The Recreation Department provides a wide array of sports camps during the summer which include soccer, basketball, and tennis, and also other programs including children’s summer program, and swimming lessons at the Town’s pool. Copies of the Chester Summer Recreation Program are available late spring which includes specific information concerning dates, times, and fees for each activity. The Department oversees of the pool when open and adult swim hours are available during the summer. Sports such as baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, and flag football are also offered. Information concerning these programs can be obtained from this web site or from the Town Office.
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Baseball & Softball Registration for Grades K-6 Registration for youth baseball and softball will be from Monday, March 2nd until Friday, March 20th. You can register at Chester Town Hall from 8am-4pm weekdays. You can also get registration forms at CAES. Registration fee is $30.00 for 3rd-6th grade & $25 for Pre-Kindergarten-2nd grade unless noted. PLEASE help us plan our programs by enrolling your child during this 4 week period. There will be a $5.00 late fee for any sign-ups after March 22nd. There is a $5 discount for every additional child as well. BASEBALL/SOFTBALL
PRE-K & KINDERGARTEN TEE-BALL: Must be at least 4 years old by April 1st to participate. Practices and games are held at either Cobleigh field or at the Chester Little League fields. All parents will assist in running this program. They will meet once a week during the season. (Most likely Fridays at 5:00 at the LL fields) Depending on numbers we may seperate PreK and K T-ball. ROOKIE LEAGUE BASEBALL: This program is for boys in 1st & 2nd grade. Practices and games are held at the Chester Little League fields. They meet typically 2 times per week. Rookie League is focusing on skill development and play of the game. They will also learn the basic rules of the game. There may be an occasional Saturday game/practice. They travel to other towns for games. Depending on numbers we may also do an 8u kid pitch team.
ROOKIE LEAGUE SOFTBALL: This program is for girls in 1st & 2nd grade. Practices and games are held at the Chester Little League fields. They meet typically 2 times per week. Rookie League is focusing on skill development and play of the game. They will also learn the basic rules of the game. There may be an occasional Saturday game/practice. They travel to other towns for games.
9-10 YEAR OLD BASEBALL: We are part of the Valley Youth Baseball League and we go by Cal Ripken rules. There will be travelling and games versus other towns. They will practice or have games 2-3 times per week. This is your age by May 1st. If you turn 11 after May 1st you are eligible to play in the 9-10 Division. We use the 46’ pitching distance and 60’ bases in this age group.
11-12 YEAR OLD BASEBALL: We are part of the Valley Youth Baseball League and we go by Cal Ripken rules. There will be travelling and games versus other towns. They will practice or have games 2-3 times per week. This is your age by May 1st. If you turn 13 after May 1st you are eligible to play in the 11-12 Division. We use the 46’ pitching distance and 60’ bases in this age group.
3rd & 4th GRADE SOFTBALL: This is open for all girls in 3rd & 4th grade. They will travel to play some games. Home games and practices are held at Cobleigh Field. They will have practices/games 2-3 times per week. In this division the girls will start to pitch during games.
5th & 6th GRADE SOFTBALL: We are part of the Valley Youth Softball League. This is open for all girls in 5th & 6th grade. They will travel to play some games. Home games and practices are held at Cobleigh Field. They will have practices/games 2-3 times per week. CLINICS BLACK FLY BASEBALL CLINICS: Date: TBA Work on skills and fundamentals for the game of baseball which include; hitting, pitching, baserunning, and fielding. Ages: 6 + Cost: $15 per player
GM SOFTBALL CLINIC: Tuesday, March 31st at GMUHS from 5-7PM. Work on skills and fundamentals for the game of softball which include; hitting, pitching, baserunning, and fielding. Ages: 6+ Cost: $15 per player
SPRING TUNE UP: For both baseball and softball. Details to be announced.
START SMART PROGRAM: This is for children ages 3-5. They will work on a variety of sports including baseball, kickball, soccer, basketball and some FUN games. This program builds confidence and self-esteem in a safe environment. The program introduces children to sports in a non-competitive atmosphere. Times and dates TBA
GYMNASTICS: For ages 4-8 years old. 5:30-6:15 at CAES. Tuesdays; March 24th, 31st, April 7th and 21st. Kyla Beardsley White ADULT CLASSES ZUMBA: Licensed Zumba Instructor, Alysia Redfield will continue doing Zumba on Saturday mornings at Chester Town Hall. It will be from 9:15-10am. $12 Drop-in fee or a 10 class punch card for $80.
Matthew A. McCarthy
The Chester Town Trails - Lost Mine and Butternut Hill Trails located in the Chester Town Forest are a great place to go hiking. The parking area and trail-heads are easy to find by following Route 11 West out of Chester. Take a right at the Stone Hearth Inn, 698 VT Route 11 West, to access the trial -heads.
For the Butternut Trail, follow Reservoir Road 1.8 miles to take a right onto Lovers Lane. The trial -head can be found 400 Feet up on the right.
For the Lost Mine Trial, follow Reservoir Road .9 miles to take a right onto Water Farm Road. The trial-head can be found .3 miles up on the right.
The Green Mountain Nature Trail is a 1.8 mile loop trail that traverses through a 160 acre forest adjacent to Green Mountain Union High School (GMUHS). The trail offers a moderate hike that winds and climbs through beautiful evergreen and hardwood forests. The trail also features a large glacial boulder, stone walls, a wooden footbridge, rock culverts and views of the South Branch Williams River. The trail is used year-round by school and community members (Please note that the trail is not accessible to the public when school is in session. School hours are Sept-June from 7:00 am-4:00 pm) for hiking, running, birding, orienteering and snowshoeing. The trail-head is located behind GMUHS and can be accessed by crossing the narrow, wooden footbridge (near the lower soccer field) and looking for the trail-head marker on the left . See map here for more details- Green Mountain Nature Trail Map
Chester, VT has a 9 hole Disc Golf course located on Lovers Lane Road near the Town Pool. The course is mapped out along the woods and the surrounding area. The Chester Disc Golf Course is a challenging 9 hole course with multiple tee boxes (for beginner and advanced players), DB-3 baskets with inner chains and good signage. The course is mostly played in the woods with lots of trees in play. Free. For more information and to see upcoming events and tournaments please visit their Facebook page.
Pinnacle Picnic Pavilion Renovation This spring the small wooden building near the top of the Pinnacle sledding hill was restored and repurposed into a community picnic pavilion. The original structure, built in 1972, was used as a warming hut for skiers and to house the motor that operated the ski tow rope. Situated within the Chester Disc Golf Course, the pavilion now includes two picnic tables and features a great view of Chester and the surrounding valley. The building renovation was made possible through a Recreation Facilities grant the Town received from the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services. The community is encouraged to make the short hike up the hill and check out this great new Town asset – the view alone is worth the trip.