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Sports & Recreation

We aim to enrich individuals & encourage community.

Sports & Recreation Image Sports & Recreation Image

Sports & Recreation

We aim to enrich individuals & encourage community.

Sports & Recreation Image Sports & Recreation Image

Sports & Recreation

We aim to enrich individuals & encourage community.

Sports & Recreation Image Sports & Recreation Image

Sports & Recreation

We aim to enrich individuals & encourage community.

Our sports programs are intended to introduce individuals to athletic competition in an environment that is safe, supportive, and more concerned with experiences than the final score. Our programs focus on developing sportsmanship, self-esteem, integrity, and teamwork. In keeping with The Salvation Army’s mission, our programs strive to inspire individuals to realize their potential through experiences that may transform lives.

Kroc Kids Sports Night at the Dayton Dragons

Saturday, July 27, at 7:05 PM

Watch the Dragons play as you support Kroc Kids! Half the cost of each ticket sold will be donated to The Kroc Center.

Tickets: $14
Please purchase tickets before June 27.

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Kids Sports

Soccer Programs

ELITE SOCCER
Dayton Kroc Soccer Club Tryouts

Ages U9–U14

Tryout dates
Boys: June 4, 6:00–7:15 PM & June 5, 7:30–8:45 PM
Girls: June 4, 7:30–8:45 PM & June 5, 6:00–7:15 PM
Rain date: June 6, Girls: 6:00–7:15 PM, Boys: 7:30–8:45 PM
Please arrive 20 minutes early.

Eligible birth years: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Location: Kroc Park

Register for tryouts

Tryouts are an opportunity to join the Elite team and commit to the fall 2024 and spring 2025 seasons. Players will demonstrate their abilities in various drills and scrimmage matches guided by our experienced coaching staff. Anyone who has a love for soccer and a desire to improve is welcome! Let's kick off the season together with determination and passion for the game.

Season information
Fall season: August–October
Spring Season: March–June
Cost: $100 per season (due August 3)
Scholarships are available. Scholarship applications will be accepted June 10–June 28.

Join the Dayton Kroc Soccer family! Elite teams will compete against other teams locally, and possibly in Columbus or Cincinnati. The schedule will include 2-3 practices each week, in addition to games. Please note that travel to games is required.

For more information, please email Sierra Peacock.

Elite Soccer Open Fields

Schedule
Tuesdays, June 13–July 11

(There will be no open field on July 2.)
B2016, B2015, G2016, G2015: 5:30-6:30 PM
B2014, B2013, G2014: 6:30-7:30 PM
G2012, B2012, B2011, G2011: 7:30-8:30 PM

Cost: Free

Location: Kroc Park

These open field sessions are for players who participate in Dayton Kroc Soccer Club.

Register

Functional Sports Training: Soccer

Personal soccer training is a specialized and individualized approach to improving soccer skills. Whether working individually or with a small group, train with a coach to focus on areas of weakness, perform drills tailored to your needs, and receive personalized feedback and guidance. This type of training allows players to target specific skills, improve their technique, and enhance overall performance on the field.

Please email Sierra Peacock to schedule your training session before you sign up.

Individual Training
30 Minute Session

Single session: $18 members, $25 non-members
Five sessions: $70 members, $105 non-members
Ten sessions: $125 members, $200 non-members

Individual Training
60 Minute Session

Single session: $30 members, $50 non-members
Five sessions: $135 members, $210 non-members
Ten sessions: $250 members, $400 non-members

Small Group Training
(2–4 people)
60 Minute Session

Single session: $50
Five sessions: $212.50
Ten sessions: $400

Soccer Agility & Quickness Conditioning

Ages 7–14

Schedule
Thursdays, June 18–July 16

(There will be no conditioning on July 4.)
Ages 7–9: 6:00­–7:00 PM
Ages 10–13: 7:00–8:00 PM

Location: Kroc Park Flex Field

Cost: $20

Register

Improve overall physical fitness, endurance, and speed with conditioning. By incorporating specific drills and exercises that promote building strength, stamina, and quickness, players can enhance their performance and reduce their risk of injury. Coordination, balance, and the ability to change direction quickly are crucial skills which will help players experience greater athleticism and success on the field.

Kroc Kids Soccer Skill Sessions

Ages 7–13

Schedule
Mondays, June 10–July 8
(There will be no Skill Session on July 5.)
Ages 7–9: 6:00-7:00 PM
Ages 10–13: 7:00-8:00 PM

Cost: $15

Location: Dayton Kroc Center

Register

Soccer skill sessions provide kids who play in recreational (non-tryout) programs with a chance to train, practice, and play in the summer.

Kroc Kids Kickoff Soccer Camp

Ages 7–13

Schedule
July 22–26

Ages 7–9: 5:30–7:00 PM
Ages 10–13: 7:00–8:30 PM

Location: Dayton Kroc Center

Cost: $30 (includes shirt)

Register

Get ready to start the season with Kickoff Soccer Camp for young athletes! Designed for all skill levels, this fun camp teaches the components of the game such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and moves. Participants have the opportunity improve their skills, make new friends, create memories, and enjoy the beautiful game with great coaching and a safe atmosphere.

Her Time to Play

Ages 7–14

Schedule
Mondays & Wednesdays, June 10–July 10
(There will be no program on July 1 & 3.)
Ages 7–10: 6:00–7:00 PM
Ages 11–14: 7:00–8:00 PM

Location: Kroc Park

Cost: Free
Participants must have taken part in a sports program at The Kroc Center to be eligible.

Register

Her Time to Play is an initiative by WNBA, but here it has a soccer twist! Girls & young women will explore ways to connect, collaborate, & engage with each other through soccer. Topics include caring for the body, body image, nutrition, dealing with difficult feelings, bullying, & more.

Kroc Kids Fall Soccer

Ages 2–3

Registration: April 13–June 26
Late registration: ($10 fee) June 27–July 27
Season dates: August 24–September 28

Schedule
Saturdays, 10:00 AM–12:30 PM
Each team will be assigned a 30-minute session between these times.

Cost: $20
Scholarships are available. Scholarship applications will be accepted April 1–June 26.

Register

Join us for this fun and exciting soccer program designed to teach the basics of soccer and build confidence, balance, and coordination. We will focus on having fun and building skills rather than competition, so there will be no games. Parents/adults are expected to assist their children in the activities.

Volunteer to be a coach!
Coaches receive a discount for a future program, awarded after the completion of the season. If you are interested, please reach out to Sierra Peacock.

Kroc Kids Fall Soccer

Ages 4–6

Registration: April 13–June 26
Late registration: ($10 fee) June 27–July 27
Season dates: August 24–September 28

Schedule
Tuesdays, 5:30–7:30 PM & Saturdays, 8:00–10:00 AM
Each team will be assigned a 45-minute session between these times.

Location
Tuesdays: Acton Sports, 1103 Gateway Dr, Dayton, OH 45404
Saturdays: Dayton Kroc Center, 1000 N Keowee St, Dayton, OH 45404

Cost: $40
Scholarships are available. Scholarship applications will be accepted April 1–June 26.
DPS students in grades K–6 are eligible to play for free. Before signing up, email the student's report card as proof of enrollment to Sierra Peacock by June 13.

Register

Join us for an exciting fall soccer season, where our skilled coaches provide a fun and supportive environment for players to develop their soccer skills, learn the importance of teamwork, and build confidence on the field.

Volunteer to be a coach!
Coaches receive a discount for a future program, awarded after the completion of the season. If you are interested, please reach out to Sierra Peacock.

Kroc Kids Fall Soccer

Ages 7–13

Registration: April 13–June 13
Late registration: ($20 fee) June 14–July 12
Season dates: August 5–September 26

Schedule:
Mondays & Thursdays
Ages 7–9: 5:30–6:30 PM
Ages 10–13: 6:45–7:45 PM
Team-specific information will be provided by email by July 15, 2024.

Location
Mondays: Dayton Kroc Center, 1000 N Keowee St, Dayton, OH 45404
Thursdays: Acton Sports, 1103 Gateway Dr, Dayton, OH 45404

Cost: $50
Scholarships are available. Scholarship applications will be accepted April 1–June 13.
DPS students in grades K–6 are eligible to play for free. Before signing up, email the student's report card as proof of enrollment to Sierra Peacock by June 13.

Register

Join us for an exciting fall soccer season, where our skilled coaches provide a fun and supportive environment for players to develop their soccer skills, learn the importance of teamwork, and build confidence on the field.

Basketball Programs

High School Basketball Shootout

June 3–5

Cost: $75 per team
Discounts for multiple teams are available.

Location: Dayton Kroc Center

Please email Robert Kirksey to register a team.

  • Boys & girls
  • JV & varsity teams
  • OHSAA certified referees
  • Minimum of 4 games

Dayton United Elite Basketball

Grades 2–6

Tryouts: October 7–19
Season dates: October 21–March 1, 2025
Tournament dates: February 22, 23, & 28; March 1 & 2

Tryout cost: Free
Program cost: $100
Scholarships are available.

Register

Registrants will receive their tryout day and time by email a week in advance. Because this program is based on tryouts, not all players may be selected for the team. Teams will practice twice a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays. They will play other local teams in the Metro League. Please note that travel to games is required.

Kroc Kids Fall Basketball

Ages 2–6

Registration: May 1–July 20
Late registration: ($10 fee) July 21–August 4
Season dates: August 22–September 26

Schedule
Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 PM
Ages 2 & 3: 30 minute sessions
Ages 4–6: 45 minute sessions

Cost: $22

Register

Kroc Kids recreational basketball focuses on fundamentals while creating an opportunity to have fun and meet new friends. Participants will practice skills and play games with other teams in the Kroc Kids program.

Kroc Kids Fall Basketball

Ages 7–13

Registration: May 1–July 21
Late registration: ($20 fee) July 22–August 11
Season dates: August 27–October 5

Schedule
Ages 7 & 8: Tuesdays, 5:30–6:15 PM & Saturdays, 8:30 AM–noon
Ages 9 & 10: Tuesdays, 6:15–7:15 PM & Saturdays, 8:30 AM–noon
Ages 11–13: Tuesdays, 7:15–8:15 PM & Saturdays, 8:30 AM–noon

Cost: $60

Register

Kroc Kids recreational basketball focuses on fundamentals while creating an opportunity to have fun and meet new friends. Participants will practice skills and play games with other teams in the Kroc Kids program.

Other Sports Programs

Kroc Kids Pickleball

Ages 7–13
Registration:
March 18–May 21
Late registration: ($20 fee) May 22–June 1
Season dates: June 18–July 30 (6 weeks)

Schedule:
Ages 7–9: Tuesdays, 5:30–6:30 PM
Ages 10–13: Tuesdays, 6:45–7:45 PM
There will be no pickleball on July 2.

Cost: $30

Register

Kroc Kids is dedicated to developing youth pickleball through a network of certified coaches. During these lessons, the kids will work on the fundamentals of pickleball, which include proper techniques for forehand and backhand strokes, dinks, volleys, the return of the serve, the serve, footwork, and the scoring system. Pickleball will also build self-confidence, and most importantly kids will have fun learning the fastest growing sport in the world.

Kroc Kids Tennis

Ages 2–6
Registration: April 1–May 31
Late registration: ($20 fee) June 1–June 15
Season dates: June 22–July 27 (6 weeks)
Schedule: Saturdays, 9:30–11:55 AM, 45-minute increments
Cost: $25

Dayton Public Schools students, please contact Erin May before signing up.

Register

Tennis Lessons for families, individuals, or groups are available for an additional fee.

Kroc Kids Tennis

Ages 7–13
Registration: April 1–April 30
Late registration: ($20 fee) May 1–May 7
Season dates:
Session 1: May 15–June 19
(There will be no tennis on May 27.)
Session 2: June 24–July 31
Schedule:
Ages 7–9: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30–6:30 PM
Ages 10–13: Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:45–7:45 PM
Cost: $40

Dayton Public Schools students, please contact Erin May before signing up.

Register

Tennis Lessons for families, individuals, or groups are available for an additional fee.

Dayton United Cheerleading

Grades: 2–6
Season: October–March
Practices: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Location: The Dayton Kroc Center

Take your cheer game to a whole new level! Dayton United Cheerleading gives participants training and opportunities to cheerleaders of all experience levels. You must attend a Dayton Public School to participate in this cheer program.

DPS students receive a 100% scholarship.

Dayton United Elite Volleyball

Grades: 4–8
Tryout dates: October 23, 25, & 28
Season: October–June

Because this program is based on tryouts, not all players may be selected for the team. This team will play other local teams in the OVR League. Please note that travel to games is required.

Kroc Kids Volleyball

Grades: 4–6
Registration: Ends July 14
Season: August 5–September 25

Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30–7:45 PM
You will receive specific schedule information by email by July 22.

Cost: $50
Scholarships are available. Scholarship applications will be accepted May 1–July 14.
DPS Students may play for free with proof of report card submitted by July 14. The report card must be presented before payment. 

Location: Dayton Kroc Center Gymnasium

Register

The Kroc Kids Girls Volleyball League strives to teach the fundamentals of volleyball in a fun environment that focuses on building friendships and learning life lessons. In this league, games will be played in-house with other teams.

Sports for Dayton Public School Students

The Salvation Army Dayton Kroc Center has partnered with Dayton Public School District to provide children in Kindergarten-6th grade the opportunity to participate in after-school recreation programs for free. The Salvation Army has committed to giving every DPS student a scholarship of 50% off the cost of programming. The remaining 50% is covered by Dayton Public Schools.


This partnership was created to ensure the students of Dayton Public Schools have the much-needed assistance to develop their athletic abilities and inspire them to realize their potential. Open to the children are four Kroc Kids recreation-level sports leagues and two elite-level sports leagues. The programs included in the partnership are Kroc Kids soccer (grades K-6), Kroc Kids and elite basketball (grades 2-6), Kroc Kids and elite volleyball (grades 4-6), and Kroc Kids flag football (grades K-6).
If you have questions or would like to request more information, please contact Robert Kirksey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Sports

Pickleball Open Play

Kroc Park Courts: May 1–October 12
Monday–Friday: 8 AM–noon (beginning May 1, courts 4–8 only)
Friday: 4:00–7:45 PM
Saturday: 8 AM–noon (no staff will be present, use the front entrance)

Gymnasium: Beginning October 14
Monday–Friday, 8 AM–12 PM

Court Use Recommendations
Courts 1 & 2: Lessons (Beginner if there are no lessons)
Courts 3 & 4: Beginner
Courts 5–8: Intermediate and Advanced

Some courts may be reserved for lessons or ladder league play.

Pickleball Leagues

Monday–Thursday, 6:30–8:30 PM

Outside leagues play at Kroc Park! Please visit their websites to sign up.

Gem City Social Sportcial

Pickleball Lessons

Whether you are a beginner or advanced, you can up your pickleball game with lessons taught by our nationally certified pickleball instructor and coach, John Grimley.

Individual Lessons
1/2-Hour Lesson
Members: Adults: $20, youth: $10
Non-Members: Adults & youth: $25
1-Hour Lesson
Members: Adults: $40, youth: $20
Non-Members: Adults & youth: $50

Group Lessons
1-Hour Lesson

2 Players: $30 each
3 Players: $25 each
4 Players: $20 each

4-Week Lesson Package
1-Hour Lesson

Individual: $160
2 Players: $100 each
3 Players: $80 each
4 Players: $60 each

To schedule lessons, please email John Grimley.

Functional Sports Training: Pickleball

Improve your pickleball game with strength training! Work on your lateral movement and your balance to step up your game. Learn and strengthen the muscles you use during matches.

Sessions are offered before or after pickleball. Choose from a 30-minute or a 1-hour session.

Individual Training
30 Minute Session

Single session: $18 members, $25 non-members
Five sessions: $70 members, $105 non-members
Ten sessions: $125 members, $200 non-members

Individual Training
60 Minute Session

Single session: $30 members, $50 non-members
Five sessions: $135 members, $210 non-members
Ten sessions: $250 members, $400 non-members

Small Group Training
(2–4 people)
60 Minute Session

Single session: $50
Five sessions: $212.50
Ten sessions: $400

For more information, please email Erin May.

Tennis Lessons

Individual Lessons
1/2-Hour Lesson
Members: Adults: $20, youth: $10
Non-Members: Adults & youth: $25
1-Hour Lesson
Members: Adults: $40, youth: $20
Non-Members: Adults & youth: $50

Group Lessons
1-Hour Lesson

2 Players: $30 each
3 Players: $25 each
4 Players: $20 each

4-Week Lesson Package
1-Hour Lesson

Individual: $160
2 Players: $100 each
3 Players: $80 each
4 Players: $60 each

Register

Soccer Open Field

Ages 18+

Dates: June 7, 14, 21, & 28; July 12, 19, & 26
Time: 6:00–8:00 PM

Location: Kroc Park

Cost: $5 per game
Please check in at the Kroc Center front desk.

Open Ping Pong

Schedule
Mondays, 2:00–5:00 PM
Tuesdays, 2:00–4:00 PM
Wednesdays, 1:00–5:00 PM
Thursdays, 2:00–5:00 PM

Email Erin May for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kroc Park

Please check in at the welcome desk for access to Kroc Park.

Kroc Park features a state-of-the-art turf soccer/lacrosse field, with stadium seating, outdoor pickleball courts, auxiliary fields, and a paved walking path. It is used by the Recreation Department at the Kroc Center and hosts multiple sports leagues and events.

Have Questions?

For questions concerning Sports & Recreation, please contact our Fitness and Recreation Assistant Manager, Robert Kirksey.
For questions about Kroc soccer programming, please contact our Soccer Specialist, Sierra Peacock.

Meet Our Staff

Robert Kirksey
Fitness & Recreation Assistant Manager

Robert has over 8 years of sports and recreation experience with youth and adults. Some of his favorite things to do at the Kroc Center are working with youth during Basketball and summer camp programs. When Robert is not working he likes to volunteer at Huber Heights City Schools where he helps middle school and high school athletics prepare for games and after-school programs. He also enjoys spending time with his family and watching sports on the weekends.

Sierra Peacock
Soccer Specialist

Sierra has a competitive soccer background including playing for the University of Findlay and the Dayton Dutch Lions. Passionate about sharing the love for the sport, she enjoys developing soccer programs for the community. In her free time, she enjoys exploring nature and hiking with her dog.

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