Recreational Activities

Sports Signups & League Play


Tavares Babe Ruth League

The City of Tavares offers youth baseball and softball for children ages 4-15 in both the spring and fall seasons.  League play is held at both our Woodlea Sports Complex and Fred Stover Sports Complex; additional games are also held in neighboring communities. 


Fees for participation are $85 per child and birth certificates are required.

Registration for the 2020 spring season will begin on August 3, 2020 in the Tavares Recreation Department offices located at 123 N. St. Clair Abrams Avenue. You may also register on Saturday, August 22nd from 9:00am - 12:00pm at Tavares City Hall located at 201 E. Main Street.

The season will conclude with a Fall Fun Day for all the kids and parents on Saturday, November 21st at Fred Stover Sports Complex.

For more information on league schedules and registration dates. You may also call the Tavares Recreation Department at (352) 742-6181.  

Wacky World of Sports 

The City of Tavares Recreation is introducing a new program for kids between the ages of 5-12 years old. The Wacky World of Sports program will introduce kids to 6 different sports over a 12 week period. The sports will be Karate, Baseball/softball, Fishing, Shuffleboard, Tennis, and Basketball. 

There will be 4 sessions of each sports over a 2 week period. The nights they will meet will be on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6- 7:30pm. The program is more of an introductory program for kids who do not know what they'd like to play.
The Wacky World of Sports season will resume August 18th resuming with baseball. 

Start Smart

Start Smart Baseball is a developmentally appropriate introductory baseball program for children 3-5 years old. The program prepares children for organized tee ball, baseball and softball in a fun, non-threatening environment.

Start Smart Baseball prepares children and their parents for organized baseball and softball without the threat of competition or the fear of getting hurt. Age appropriate equipment from Franklin Sports® is used in teaching throwing, catching, batting, running and agility.

The season will start October 5th.

Recreation Programs 

Tavares Senior Shakedown

Please join the City of Tavares and our senior citizen community as we offer a fun, entertaining and energetic afternoon of dancing, karaoke, games and more!  Held on the first Monday of each month starting in October, this event is free to attend and sure to bring a smile to your face. The dates are below.

October 7th 
November 4th 
December 2nd 
January 6th
February 3rd 
March 2nd 
April 6th 
May 4th 

Try your hand with the karaoke machine, show off your favorite dance moves, or just congregate with your friends.  Held at the Tavares Civic Center (located behind the Tavares Public Library) from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.  For additional information, please call (352) 742-6370.

Tavares Senior Bingo

As part of its quest to deliver quality programming to the community, the Tavares Recreation Division is pleased 
to offer a fun and tasty afternoon of
Bingo, Donuts, & Coffee,  the 2nd Monday of the month beginning October 14, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Tavares Civic Center located at 100 E. Caroline Street.

Please share this notice with anyone that you feel would enjoy a 
few hours of warm engagement, hot coffee, sweet donuts, and friendly competition.

Community Recreational Opportunities

The Big House Sports Complex

Located at 1544 Lane Park Cutoff Road in Tavares, the Big House offers a variety of competitive and recreational sports opportunities.  From senior citizen days and adult nights, to before/after school care for your kids, there is something for everyone at the Big House.

The Big House features 9 maple wood basketball courts that convert into 16 volleyball courts for a variety of play.  They offer youth and adult leagues, clinics, camps and open play for all ranges of skill level.

To find out more information, or to register for one of their programs, please  at  call (352) 562-7878.

Tavares Youth Football League

The Tavares Youth Football League is a private, volunteer-based organization offering a football and cheerleading program for children ages 7-14.  They strive to enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment. Through this active participation, Tavares Youth Football (TYFL) programs teach fundamental values, skills and knowledge that young people will use throughout their lives.

TYFL seeks to provide fun athletic learning opportunities for children, while emphasizing the importance of academic success.  Specifically, TYFL seeks to familiarize players and spirit participants with the fundamentals of football. TYFL strives to inspire youth, regardless of race, creed or national origin, to practice the ideals of sportsmanship, scholarship and physical fitness.

To learn more about the Tavares Youth Football League, please visit their website at or contact Jennifer White at (352) 801-2776 or email

Golden Triangle YMCA

The Golden Triangle YMCA is a local branch of the Central Florida YMCA.  Located at 1465 David Walker Road in Tavares, their purpose is to improve lives of all in Central Florida by connecting individual, families and communities with opportunities based on Christian values that strengthen Spirit, Mind and Body. 

Offering both youth and adult sports programs, group exercise classes, swimming facilities and open gym, the YMCA is the starting point for many youth to learn values like respect, honesty, caring, responsibility and faith, which make our leaders of tomorrow great.  At the Y, sports and recreational activities have a way of encouraging us to take on challenges. Friendly competition, lots of variety and a supportive environment means team sports and recreation is fun, and it makes for a healthier lifestyle.

To learn more about joining the YMCA or to register for one of their programs, visit their website at or call (352) 343-1144

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