The arrival of spring and the coming of summer mean many things for Norman’s youth. More time outdoors. Spring Break. Rainy days. The prospect of summer plans approaching slowly.

It also means plenty of sports.

There is no shortage of sanctioned athletic activities for kids in Norman, and plenty of opportunity for any child who wants to participate. From the expected springtime pastimes of baseball, softball and soccer, to the more specialized activities such as cheer, weight training and even lacrosse, there are dozens of opportunities for kids to get out of the classroom or living room and into the outdoors. They have only to decide if they want to kick a ball, throw it or dribble it.

Or all three.

The Norman parks and recreation department has a full slate of programs and camps ready to go, and the summer is an enormously busy time for the city. Things swing into high gear next month, with the busy summer literally kicking off on May 27-29 with a soccer camp hosted by Rose State head coach Billy Martin running for three days. Ages 5-12 are welcome at the camp and the cost for all camps is $85 and will take place at Whittier Recreation Center.

After that comes a string of camps, with baseball and softball being held the next weekend and then a basketball camp with NBA scout John McCullough after that. Football camps with current OU graduate assistants will also be hosted next, as will a volleyball camp with Southern Nazarene University assistant coach Nikki Dieball. Cheer camp will take place July 22-24, and lacrosse camp will run July 20-23 for anyone adventurous enough to try out the sport.

Kids interested in learning the game of golf have the option of attending a free junior clinic on June 10th at Westwood Park Golf Course, and the course will also host a junior golf academy throughout June and July. The $90 registration fee includes six days on the course and instruction on the driving range, as well as a one-day tournament at the end of the summer followed by a pizza party and awards presentation.

That’s not all there is available. NOC, a local group that hosts regular sporting leagues for youth, will also be busy. They offer summer basketball and baseball leagues, and will also be part of a free baseball camp that will be hosted on June 5 and 19 at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

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