Chico Area Recreation and Park District
Youth Sports Policies


Important Information

We want each participant to be prepared the first day of program. Therefore, we have detailed information sheets for each sport that you will receive at the time of registration. Information sheets are also available online at the specific sports page.  These information sheets are very important - make sure you get one!  


Elementary Jerseys Information

In an effort to reduce program costs and offer lower program fees to our customers, we will be using a single jersey for all elementary sports. Each elementary sport will note whether the jersey is mandatory or optional in the sports description. Jerseys are available for purchase in the CARD office for $13. If you buy a jersey and your child out grows it, or is no longer going to use it, please donate it back to CARD for our "Almost New" jersey program that will help youth sports families in need of a jersey!


Sports Program

Jersey Requirements

Sandlot Program                                                        

Jersey purchase optional

Flag Football Leagues                      

Jersey purchase required



Elementary Volleyball Program                                   

Jersey purchase optional

Volleyball Leagues                                                      

Team jerseys decided by individual teams



Little Hoopsters Program                                           

Jersey purchase optional

Elementary Basketball Leagues                                    

Jersey purchase required

Jr. High Basketball Leagues                                         

Jersey included in cost of program

High School Basketball League                                    

Jersey included in cost of program


Practice Information

All leagues are required to have at least one practice per week during the season (weather permitting for some sports).





Elementary league practices are held at the discretion of the volunteer coach. Practices are typically held outside. Jr. High/High School league practice times and locations will be assigned by CARD.

Flag Football

All practices are held at the discretion of the volunteer coach.


All practice times and locations will be assigned by CARD.


Team Formation Information

Participants must register by school. Children who are home schooled will be placed at the discretion of the Recreation staff. All teams are ultimately formed at the discretion of the Recreation Supervisor.

-          Participants must register in the grade they are attending, unless special permission has been given by the Recreation staff.

-          Coach's children will be guaranteed placement on that particular team.

-          If a school does not have enough players to fill a team, CARD reserves the right to distribute those players to other teams. There is no guarantee they will kept together, but we will do              our best to do so.
-          If a school has enough players for two or more teams, there will bee a skills evaluation to split the teams as evenly as possible. A CARD coach will contact you if a skills evaluation is                  necessary.

-          There is zero tolerance for unsportsmanlike conduct from players or parents.  Players or parents penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct will be penalized at             the discretion of the Youth Sports Department.



 CARD reserves the right to add additional players to any team in order to meet the needs of the program. All youth are encouraged to enroll from each school. School should not recruit only enough players to stay below the maximum as this does NOT guarantee that the school will not be combined with another we want everyone to play! It is the discretion of the Recreation Supervisor to form teams for the best interest of the majority of the participants and the best interest of the league.

Please Note: While participants register by school, programs are CARD programs and are in no way governed by the schools or any school district.

Buddy Request Information for Leagues

Click here to print off a buddy request. All requests must be turned into the CARD Office at 545 Vallombrosa Ave. no later than noon on the day of your assigned skills evaluation. In order to be a valid buddy request, please read the information below:

  • The only time buddy requests will be evaluated is when it is necessary to have 2 or more teams at one school due to registration numbers.
  • All requests must be turned in no later than noon on the day of your assigned skills evaluations. No buddy requests will be taken on site.
  • You may only submit ONE buddy request for your child. Please note, you may only request ONE buddy, requesting more than one will void your request.
  • A buddy request form must be completed and submitted by both requesting parties (buddies must request each other).
  • Requested "buddy" must be in the same grade and attend the same school.
  • Please keep in mind these are requests only and we can never guarantee the request will be honored.

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