St. Louis Mom Youth Sports Guide


We know kids have so many activities they can choose from these days and helping guide our children in selecting activities and sports can feel overwhelming. We hope this guide provides a good starting point as you seek to make the best decision for your child and family!

Thank you to our partners who made it possible for us to offer this resource to our community!

Presented by 314 Training Academy

314 Training Academy offers summer baseball/softball camps on a weekly basis for kids 4-14 years old. Half day & full day options available with great group and multi camp registration discounts. Camps will have a focus of baseball/softball fundamental training while also incorporating other games/activities such as dodgeball, kickball, etc. Players are separated by ages so a great activity for players of all skill levels. Just us in our AC controlled facility for some summer fun!
1427 Strassner Dr.
Brentwood, MO 63144

Presented by Lou Fusz Athletic

Join in on all the fun at Lou Fusz Athletic! Ranging across Soccer, Lacrosse, and Football, Lou Fusz Athletic offers camps and programs held at both the world-class LFA Outdoor Complex and LFA Indoor Training Center, while being coached by professional staff members all year long. Players from all different ages and all different experience levels can take part in recreational, intermediate, and competitive-level programs and camps. Lou Fusz Athletic exists to provide a fun and inclusive environment for all young athletes, with the goal to continually foster the growth of well-rounded players through numerous development opportunities and high quality coaching!
1 Athletic Dr
Earth City, MO 63045
(314) 595-2987

Skyhawks St. Louis

Teaching Life Skills Through Sports… Skyhawks St. Louis is excited to be offering camps and classes to kids ages 2-14 across the St. Louis area! We offer programs in 10+ sports, focusing on developing individual skills in a low-pressure, high-fun environment! Check to see which camps are coming to a park near you!

Serving the Greater St. Louis area



Blue Wave Life

Blue Wave Life is a community of Martial Artists who train in traditional Tae Kwon Do. They are led by Mr. Robert Chisenhall and Ms. Kennedy Fitzgibbon and classes are held at the Brentwood Community Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. They teach all ages and encourage a family atmosphere with discounts for families that train together. The school fosters an environment of encouragement and positive growth for all. It is a fun atmosphere that allows all ages of students to benefit from the traditional values of Discipline, Hard Work and Perseverance. The instructos bring a combined 30 years of martial art teaching experience and encourage you to come try class at no cost!

2505 S. Brentwood Blvd
St. Louis MO 63144

Advice & Tips From St. Louis Moms

Before you click the “register” button or pay the fees, you may have a lot of questions or need to think through some considerations.

At What Age Do Sports Start?

Most traditional team sports don’t offer much in the way of a sports league until pre-school. Even then, the sport looks much more instructional than a season with competitive games against other teams. Some sports such as volleyball and basketball don’t begin competitive leagues until elementary school.


When Do I Sign Up?

A lot of new-to-sports moms are shocked that the sign-up window can be MONTHS before a season starts. Do your homework early and check into the sign-up window for the sport your child has their eye on well before the traditional season starts.


How Much Is It Gonna Cost Me?

The registration fee may not be the only cost involved. Although optional, there may also be dance recitals, additional clinics/camps, etc. that aren’t included in up-front costs. Also, most sports include equipment that your child may not already have (think sport-specific shoes, equipment, and clothing).

Pro Tip: check out sports-specific resale shops for deals on everything from shoes to equipment (bonus tip: you can likely sell it back when you’re done for store credit). 


Is This New Sport Going to Take Over Our Calendar?

The time commitment of youth sports can vary wildly, so do your homework before signing up. If practices are involved, try and find out what day of the week they will be and how often. If there are games, try and find out if they are weekdays vs. weekends and generally the parameters of the season so that you can spot conflicts in advance. 


They Say They Need Parent Coaches. Should I?

Many youth sports do rely on parent coaches, and the unfortunate truth is that if no one steps up, the team/league won’t happen. That doesn’t mean that you should feel guilted into coaching, however. The ideal parent-coach has the time to commit to practices, games, and communicating with parents. An ideal parent-coach also has a positive, patient temperament and the ability to command the attention of a dozen children for an hour at a time. Yes, the ideal parent-coach has a good working knowledge of the particular sport, BUT it’s not a non-starter if you’ve never played/coached that sport before, especially if you can tag-team with another parent with that specific knowledge.


How Many Sports/Activities Are Too Many?

You know your kid best. A high-energy, extroverted kid may feel comfortable and enjoy playing multiple sports a year (or season!), but an indoorsy or lower energy kid may only be interested in playing a single sport/activity. Also, your family needs the bandwidth to handle practices and games, so don’t sign up if you know going into it that you won’t be able to make most of the games/practices.


My kid seems really good at this! Should we consider a “select” team?

Maybe! As your kid gets older, it may make sense to explore this option based on their own skill level and interest (please, do not live vicariously through your kid by pushing them into select sports). Just keep in mind that some clubs operate strictly on a tryout basis, and others have several “flighted” teams that can accommodate more skill levels. And the biggest consideration is the time and financial commitment you’ll be expected to make, in most cases about 10X’s the recreational leagues (multiple practices a week, out-of-town tournaments, and fees of $1000+).


Who Else Can I Talk To Before Diving In?

Other parents are a great resource. Find parents whose kids have played that sport before, especially for whatever organization you’re looking into. They will have insider knowledge that you won’t get from Google and can offer insight into whether that sport/organization will be a good fit for your kid.


Where Do We Start?

St. Louis Mom is happy to share our Youth Sports Guide with you!  We have talked to local moms, and cultivated a list of options across many different sports.

Pro Tip: In addition to our lists, don’t forget that your school district Community Education program can be a great place to find introductory sports instruction, and you can often request to join a team with kids from your own school! 

Want to be a part of our Youth Sports Guide?

We want to show our readers all the great sports available right here in the St. Louis area. Partnering with us allows your business greater visibility with a large targeted market of local families. Join us and help enrich the lives of St. Louis Moms!

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Rebekah Coste
Rebekah is the founder and owner of St. Louis Mom. Born and raised in St. Louis, she loves the city for its rich history and small-town feel, Cardinals baseball, and toasted ravioli! After living and working overseas for three years, she is thrilled to be back in St. Louis. She is a full-time stay at home mom to two beautiful daughters and a son and wife to her husband Jean-Christophe. They reside in Rock Hill. Her hope for St. Louis Mom is that it will be a tool for building community between mothers and a space where diverse ideas and experiences can converge!