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Youth Recreation and Sports
Community Education Youth Athletics Mission Statement
The purpose of Community Education sponsored Youth Sports Programs is to provide a positive introduction to athletics. This experience will include basic skills instruction, maximized participation for all participants, and the presentation of athletics as a fun recreational experience for youth.
Community Education oversees a number of youth recreation and sports opportunities including the Jr Bison Football, Jr Bison Basketball, Jr Bison Volleyball, Jr Bison Baseball, Jr Bison Track Meet and the ski/snowboard program. Hundreds of district youth participate in these programs each year (see below for more detailed descriptions). In addition to these youth programs, our Youth Recreation program also offer classes and summer camps in the areas of golf, tennis, football, basketball, and diving just to mention a few. If you have questions about any of the recreation opportunities we offer, contact Todd Lunning, Recreation Coordinator, at 763.682.8176 .
IMPORTANT CONCUSSION INFORMATION: Visit Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA) for information to all participating coaches, officials, and youth athletes and their parents or guardians about the nature and risks of concussions, including the effects and risks of continuing to play after receiving a concussion.
To see Open Gym dates & times at the Bison Activity Center and Buffalo Community Middle School, visit the Recreation & Fitness page under Adult Programs. For Open Swim dates & times visit the Aquatics page.
Register Now for Youth Recreation and Youth Sports. *Note: Some programs will have in-person registration only, such as Jr Bison Football, Jr Bison Basketball and Jr Bison Baseball. For these programs, online registration is not available.
Examples of Youth Sports programs:
Jr Bison Football -
The Bison Youth Football Program is designed for kids entering 1st through 6th grade. Registration for this program typically occurs mid-July. The football season starts mid-August and conclude early October. Teams practice one to two times per week in the evening and games are played on Saturdays. Community Education organizes the teams. This program relies heavily on volunteers to ensure its success. Coaches, team parents, concession stand workers, and other positions will be needed throughout the football season. We can't have a team if we don't have a coach! If you have any questions, contact Todd Lunning, Recreation Coordinator at 763.682.8176.
Ski and Snowboard Program
Each winter, students in grades 3-12 have the opportunity to sign up for the recreational ski and snowboard program offered at the Powder Ridge Ski area near Kimball. Registration typically opens mid-September and concludes mid-November. Transportation to and from Powder Ridge is provided as part of the class fee. If you have questions, contact Todd Lunning, Recreation Coordinator at 763.682.8176.
The Jr. Bison Basketball Program
Designed for players kindergarten through sixth grade. Registration typically takes place in November. The season begins in January and conclude early March. Games and practices for grades K-3 are held Saturday mornings before the games. Grades 4-6 will have one evening practice, and play games on Saturday mornings. The focus of the program is on instruction of proper techniques and FUN! These programs rely heavily on volunteer coaches. We can't have teams without coaches. If you have any questions, contact Todd Lunning, Recreation Coordinator at 763.682.8176.
The Jr. Bison Baseball Program
Designed for player's ages 5-13. Registration typically takes place mid-March or early April. The season begins mid- May and conclude mid- July. Evening practices and games are played in Buffalo and Montrose. We will also have teams that practice in Hanover if numbers and coaches allow. The focus of the program is on instruction of proper techniques and FUN! These programs rely heavily on volunteer coaches. We can't have teams without coaches. If you have any questions, contact Todd Lunning, Recreation Coordinator at 763.682.8176.
Girls Jr. Bison Volleyball (Grades 3-6)
This fall program includes practice time and matches with other teams who are coached by volunteers on Saturday mornings at the Bison Activity Center. Games/practices will be scheduled for 75 minutes each Saturday. If you have questions, contact Todd Lunning, Recreation Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 763.682.8176.