Darien Parks and Recreation offers many youth programs including: Future Stars Basketball program for boys and girls, instructional soccer programs for children of all ages, golf lessons, swimming lessons, tennis lessons, paddle tennis lessons, baseball, horsemanship clinics and camps, and Future Stars Cheerleading. Call 203-656-7325 or check the brochures for classes, programs and camps.

The Darien YMCA (203-655-8228/darien-ymca.org) has a house basketball league for children in third to eighth grade, emphasizing developmental skills. There is also a fourth-grade developmental program, a travel league for fifth through eighth grades, and a high school league. There are also programs for younger children. There is an extensive gymnastics program, including competitive teams, as well as field hockey for children in third through eighth grade, and tennis for youngsters three to nine years old. The YMCA also offers indoor and outdoor soccer programs for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. A youth sailing program offers beginner lessons to seven- to 12-year-olds. The Piranha Swim Team is the Darien YMCA’s competitive swimming program for children and teens.

Darien Little League is open to boys and girls 8 to 11 years old. Registration takes place in mid-winter. Darien Youth Softball is open to boys and girls 8 to 14 years old. There are also Tee Ball, first grade and second grade programs for both Little League and softball. For details, visit dybs.org.

The Challenger Division of Darien Little League is for physically disabled children. Call Charlie Santos-Buch at 203-656-3610 or e-mail buch@ubscapital.com, or Mary Zeko at 203-655-1511 or momz2@optonline.net.

The Darien Babe Ruth League is for children 13 to 15. E-mail Doug Webster at Jazznrnr@aol.com.

Future Stars Academy offers a baseball/softball program through the recreation department. Call 203-656-7325.

.The Fairfield County Football League offers tackle and flag programs for boys and girls in Darien. For information, call visit online at fairfieldcountyfootball.org

Darien Youth Lacrosse has programs for boys and girls, from beginner to seasoned players. There are spring games and summer camps. Call Tom Seiler at 203-656-3421, e-mail teseiler@gmail.com, or visit online at dylax.com.

The Darien Youth Hockey Association (dyha.com) program is for boys and girls at the Darien Ice Rink. The season runs from October through mid-March. There are clinics and travel team tryouts in September. Call Jason Pniewski at 203-815-8715 or e-mail jasonpniewski@ynhh.org.

All Star Ice Cubs Hockey offers a 10-week clinic for three- to five-year-olds. Call 203-655-7574 or pick up a brochure at the Darien Ice Rink.

Darien Hockey Camp, for players 5 to 18 years old, takes place in July and August. Call the ice rink at 203-655-8251.

Darien Hockey School offers camps for all abilities and age groups. Call Jamie at Blue Line Sports at 203-656-0324.

The Darien Soccer Association offers programs for eight- to 14-year-olds. Call Doug Rischmann at 203-232-1587 or visit dariensoccer.org.

The Darien Junior Sailing Team offers programs for novice to advanced-level junior sailors at Weed Beach including instruction in Optimist sailboats for sailors 8-14 and Club 420s for high school age sailors.

In addition to the Optimist and Club 420 sailing programs, the sailing team has formalized its racing program to include full-season regatta squads in both classes. These specialized seven-week programs will build on the advanced racing techniques and strategies in a concentrated competitive environment. Experienced instructors will engage local yacht clubs in scrimmages in preparation for JSA sanctioned regattas on Long Island Sound. 

Registration forms are online at sail.darien.org. A limited number of Optimists are available for rent during each session. Refer to the team Web site or flyers for detailed information on schedules, levels, fees and forms. For information, call Lynn Sullivan, registrar, at 203-656-1096 or email dariensailing@gmail.com.