Did You Know: Youth Sports in Plano
Perhaps the best way to describe the youth sports scene in Plano is vast … or rich … or diverse … or endless … or perhaps all of the above.
Ed Voss, Athletic Superintendent for Plano Parks and Recreation, believes Plano has one of the best youth sports cultures in the country in terms of programming and the city-owned and maintained fields and facilities. Opportunities exist for youth (and adults) in competitive and recreational leagues in virtually any sport you can imagine – indoor or outdoor, team or individual.
“Although the array of options might seem staggering for someone new to the community, no one should have difficulty finding the best opportunity for their child,” commented Voss. “Just about every sport in which a ball is kicked, hit, caught or thrown is available at recreational and competitive levels, and there are abundant opportunities in Plano and the surrounding area for sports that do not involve a stick or a ball.”
Plano’s diversity mirrored in sports
In discussing the range of athletic opportunities, Voss commented on the diversity of the community. “Very few people are ‘from’ Plano,” Voss said. “Since the 1960s, when the city’s population was less than 20,000, the cornerstone of the community has been the blending of cultures and people from elsewhere, and that is very evident in the diversity of sports opportunities available.” He went on to say that since businesses and families are moving into the Plano area all the time, those involved in the sports infrastructure understand the challenges facing new families and recognize their role in helping children find their niche.
Recreational and competitive options
The scope of team sports is rapidly evolving in Plano and the surrounding North Texas area. Although most recreational programs are still organized at a local level, many of the competitive leagues are now being organized regionally.
These recreational and competitive leagues are similar to what team members and associates have experienced in Erlanger and Torrance in terms of the expectations of players and parents. Children typically try out for teams in the competitive leagues, and the practice and travel commitments of these leagues can be very significant compared to the recreational opportunities.
Voss’s advice in finding the right opportunity is to be proactive. “There are a lot of options; do the due diligence and research to find the best fit for you and your child.”
High school sports in Plano
When people from outside the state think about high school sports in Texas, football often comes to mind first. In Plano, football is the most well-known, but other sports are also important at the high school level: all three of the public high schools in Plano have state championships each year in at least one sport. School-based sports are organized in regions, and the top teams in the regions advance into statewide championship brackets. Voss commented that the youth leagues and school sports complement each other, with the various youth leagues preparing participants well for high school sports.
If you are moving to Plano with children interested in sports, or are looking for a basketball or soccer league for yourself, check out the links provided for the sports in which you are interested. Although there are other leagues, many of which are included in the resource listing, the Plano Sports Authority runs some of the largest leagues in many of the most popular sports, their website is easy to navigate and they have coach contact information for most sports. It can be a good place to start in researching opportunities.
Plano Sports Resources for Kids & Adults
Check out our Plano Sports Resources page, which has basic information about the opportunities for many team and individual sports, including links to league websites. Sports featured include:
- Figure skating
- Ice hockey
- Table tennis