I had a great hike the other day along the Sweet Creek Falls trail. It’s about 11 miles south of Mapleton, and includes some absolutely gorgeous views of multiple waterfalls. The trail is mostly level, easy enough for the kiddoes (although not stroller friendly) and relatively short (2.2 miles round trip). There are even several different trailheads that can be taken if you want a shorter hike. There is one vault toilet at the Homestead trailhead and no running water, so plan accordingly! Find out more about this trail here.
Soccer is a great sport that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages and abilities. It isn’t the only sport in the Eugene area, but it is a popular one. Whether you want a recreational league or something more competitive, we’ve got you covered.
L.Y.S.A. (Lane Youth Soccer Association) is a co-ed league, open to players of all abilities with no tryouts, no cuts, and all players get to play at least half the game. A bonus is there are no Sunday games, so soccer won’t eat up your whole weekend! L.Y.S.A. provides both a spring and fall season, both of which are outdoors rain or shine, and being Eugene, it will rain so bring an umbrella!
Kidsports is also an “everyone plays” league designed to increase the field size and number of players on the field as the child ages. There are opportunities for kids as young as 3 years old and all the way to 8th grade. The games are outside and play rain or shine in both the fall season and the spring season. The schedule for Kidsports can be any day of the week including Saturday and Sunday.
For those with a more competitive nature, we have the Eugene Timbers Futbol Club, Pelada Football Academy, and Kick City Sports Park.
The Eugene Timbers Futbol Club, or the Timbers Alliance, has a strategic partnership with the Portland Timbers (Oregon’s MLS soccer team) to advance both individual and team skills. The club has several camps and to join the league you need to make it to their tryouts for players 11 and older. They have a 4-10 year old program, ETFC Little Timbers, designed around ensuring maximum number of touches on the ball by using “small sided” games of 3 or 4 per side depending on the age of the players. The Little Timbers program “was created and designed with the purpose of creating a fun and postitive leaning environment for young soccer players.” Being a competitive program, you will find yourself traveling more than the recreational leagues.
Designed for players 4-18 years old, the Pelada Football Academy has 4 levels of play based on age and skill level. The academy runs year round, benefiting from indoor soccer during the winter season. During part of the year, training sessions are accompanied with optional tournaments. The winter league is indoor and the spring and fall leagues are outside. There are no tryouts for the academy, but they hold “team formation sessions” at the beginning of each season to place new players on existing teams. Depending on your desire to travel, and how often you wish to practice each week, Pelada Football Academy has a program for you.
Kick City Sports Park is the one-stop spot for players of all ages. Their Lil’ Kickers program is designed to let the kids be kids. Provided for kids ages 18 months to 12 years old, Lil’ Kickers uses “innovative games and child centered teaching” to teach children about not only soccer but also about life. And for the adults out there, Kick City Sports Park has adult leagues!!! Adult leagues occur both in the spring and summer. If you do not have a team, contact Kick City and they will either build a new team if they have enough players needing one, or they will find an existing team you can join. They have several levels for each category of Men’s league, Women’s league, and Coed. So if you’re ready to play, bring your friends and call up Kick City Sports Park!
Whatever your interest, come join a league! Soccer is great for team building and getting out that extra energy. You don’t need to be a great runner to come play, just a desire to have fun, we’ve got a league for you here in Eugne Oregon!