STAY UP TO DATE: Register online for Tumbling, Gymnastics, & Youth Art Class, or check your youth sport account info. at: https://sports.bluesombrero.com/bcdls (clickLogin).  Now available: Payment by credit card & debit card!  Please visit our Facebook page, facebook.com/bcdls,and Twitter Feed, twitter.com/bcdls or @BCDLS, for news, updates and photographs.

camp champs & all stars 0362015 YOUTH BASEBALL & SOFTBALL INFORMATION

2015 Baseball Softball Picture Day Schedule (Tuesday, March 31st and Thursday, April 2nd)
2015 Girls Softball Schedules (For 5-6 Yr. Old Teams, 7-8 Yr. Old Teams, 9-10 Yr. Old Teams, and 11-12 Yr. Old Teams)
2015 Youth Baseball Schedules (For 5 Yr. Old Teams, 6 Yr. Old Teams, 7 Yr. Old Teams, 8 Yr. Old Teams, 9-10 Yr. Old Teams, 11-12 Yr. Old Teams and 13-14 Yr. Old Teams)
Opening Day: Opening Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 11th. All teams will meet at the Community Center parking lot for the “Parade of Teams” starting at 9 am. Opening Day Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 am, followed by games at 10:00 am.
School System End of Grade Testing: During the week of April 20th through April 24th, the Butts County School System will be conducting EOG testing. There will no games or practices during that week. Games will resume on Saturday, April 25th.
Communication: We communicate with parents and coaches through e-mail and our websites, www.facebook.com/bcdls and www.bcdls.org. Please check often for news, updates and information.

Gym A March 2015 GYMNASIUM A RENOVATION  The Butts County Department of Leisure Services hosted a Family Fun Day on Saturday, March 28th to celebrate the Community Center’s 20th Anniversary and the newly renovated Gymnasium A.  Gymnasium A now has air conditioning, new paneling, and a new multi-purpose floor, with a new roof for the entire community center.  The Butts County Community Center is located at 576 Ernest Biles Dr. in Jackson.

web1_0604_JPA_SummerCamp8_t670 SPRING BREAK DAY CAMP Registration for Spring Break Day Camp for ages 5 through 12 will take place from March 16th to April 1st.  Camp dates are April 6th through 10th, and camp hours are 7:30 to 5:30 pm.  Fee: $75 per child.  Please register online at sports.bluesombrero.com/bcdls (click “Login”), or in person at the Butts County Community Center.  Please contact Mitch Bowman, Program Administrator, at mbowman@buttscounty.org or 770-775-8229 for more information.

10841774_10152596831827217_8226519940448472658_oART CLASSES WITH MISS LINDSAY!  The Leisure Services Department is offering Youth Art Classes, taught by Miss Linday James.  Canvas Class will be the only Art Class offered for the next few weeks. This class will meet on Thursdays at 5:30 pm in the Art Room at the Community Center. Participants ages 5 and up may be registered online at www.bcdls.org on the BlueSombrero link (clickLogin) or at the Community Center.  Cost is $10 per child.  If you have any questions please contact Leisure Services at 770-775-8229 or e-mail mbowman@buttscounty.org.  Click HERE for photographs from 2014 Summer Art Camp.

11001626_10152626361942217_1733590644161746272_oSIGN-UP NOW FOR TUMBLING & GYMNASTICS – NEW: WEDNESDAY TUMBLE at 4 pm & GYMNASTICS at 5 pm.  BCDLS is accepting registrations for April Gymnastics and Tumble Classes for ages 4-17 now through April 6th.  Tumble Classes are offered at 4 pm, 5 pm and 6pm on Tuesdays, and now, 4 pm Wednesdays.  Gymnastics Classes are offered at 4 pm, 5 pm and 6pm on Thursdays, and now, 5 pm Wednesdays. All classes are $30 per month, You may register online at www.bcdls.org (clickLogin) or at the Community Center.  If you have any questions, please contact Leisure Services at 770-775-8229 or e-mail mbowman@buttscounty.org.

poundpound_fitness_4NEW CLASS: POUND FITNESS; It’s a Rockout Workout!  Join us at from 6 to 6:45 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the Butts County Community Center Room A, $5 per class.  Please bring your own yoga mat.  “Pound Fitness”, www.poundfit.com, is a full body cardio jam session combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming. This workout fuses cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometrics and isometric poses into a 45 minute series.  Burn between 500-900 calories per class.  Strengthen and sculpt while you drum your way to a leaner, slimmer physique all while rocking out to your favorite music. Cost is $5 per class,   Ripstix will be provided but all participants will need to please bring a yoga mat.  For more information, please contact Mitch Bowman, Program Administrator, mbowman@buttscounty.org.
zumba-logo-verticalyello1JuanitaGET FIT WITH ZUMBAGet fit while having big fun with our new Zumba instructor, Juanita White, with classes at 10 Saturdays, 7 pm Tuesdays, and 7 pm Thursdays, all at the Butts County Community Center, 576 Ernest Biles Dr., Jackson.  Only $5 per class  Click HERE for video of our own class with Juanita; click HERE for the official Zumba site, and click HERE for more Zumba video.
How It Works: We take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.
Benefits: A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.
DSC_0016NEWS: Here are recent Jackson Progress-Argus articles on BCDLS programs & events: “Thank You Volunteer Coaches“, “Ernest Biles tournament raises $40,000“, “Butts County seniors treated to Valentine’s dinner, dance“,”Senior Center Luncheon“, “Butts County senior citizens treated to Christmas meal“,”First place Butts County Parks and Recreation soccer team“, “Butts County youth teams face off in bowl games“, “Butts County fall softball team wins Henry County league title“, “Crowds flock to Jackson Alive Festival“, “Wii Bowler wins gold“, “26 teams play in Ernest Biles tournament“, “Seniors compete in nationwide virtual bowling tournament“, “Senior virtual bowling league (PHOTO GALLERY)”, “Youth program keeps kids on basketball court“, “Program provides fresh produce to local seniors“, “Youths flock to Butts County Summer Day Camp“, “Butts County tumblers headed to national meet“, “Seniors, youths team up for United Way Shoebox Project (WITH VIDEO)”, “Butts County seniors demonstrate Xbox One bowling game“, “Butts County Senior Citizens Center holds first water aerobics class“, “Lady Devils softball camp teaches fundamentals“, Young actors shine in theater camp“, “Butts County 2014 softball all-stars“, “Red Devils host youth football camp“, “Cross-country cyclists stop in Jackson“, “Butts County Extension, 4-H celebrate new location“, “Recreation volunteers honored at Hall of Fame banquet
web1_0820_JPA_WiiBowling8_t670SENIOR CENTER NEWS: The Senior Center is busy with trips & programs!  Please click BCSC NEWSFEED FEBRUARY 2015 and BCSC ACTIVITY CALENDAR FEBRUARY 2015 for news, dates and information.  The center is open to all county residents 50 years old & older.  Please e-mail ccrabtree@buttscounty.org or call 770-775-8238 with questions or for more information.  Please click herehere, here, here, here and here for stories about the center in the Jackson Progress-Argus newspaper.

10690316_10152383809212217_2757478697343421574_nSOFTBALL CHAMPIONS!  This was the first season ever for the Butts County Dept. of Leisure Services to offer a fall girls softball and boys baseball program. Congratulations to our 10U softball team, which finished in 3rd place in the very competitive Henry County Softball League, and our 12U softball team, which finished as undefeated league champs!!  Click here for the Jackson Progress-Argus newspaper article “Butts County fall softball team wins Henry County league title“.  12U Team Photo, Front Row, from Left to Right: Madison Roberts, Shamaria Dupree, Emilie Trimble, Taylor Couey, Blakelie Allen;  Middle Row, from Left to Right; Nicole Walker, Gabriella Cartagena, Emily Hyson, Jorgia Norsworthy, Melanie Karoffa, Madison Kelly;  Back Row, from Left to Right: Head Coach Bobby Allen, Asst. Coach Angelo Cartagena, Asst. Coach Chuck Roberts.

10452367_10152165141662217_2476412064405763140_nWE ARE SO PROUD! On Tuesday, June 17th, REC Force Head Coach Jason Edwards along with Assistant Coach Jessica Edwards and two REC Force Tumble athletes traveled to Louisville, KY to compete at the USTA National Competition. USTA stands for the United States Tumbling & Trampoline Association. REC Force athletes Merrilee Parson (9) and Kaitlyn Eidson (10) both placed 1st in the USTA GA State Meet held in May, which qualified them for the National Meet. The USTA Nationals is the largest tumbling &t rampoline competition in the country. Teams from all over the United States come to the national meet for a chance to become a National Champion, and be invited to become a member of the USTA National Team. Our REC Force athletes did amazing this year. Merrilee competed in the 9 year old Sub Novice Division and took 18th place out of 41 athletes. Kaitlyn Eidson competed in the 9/10 year old Intermediate Division and placed 30 out of 38 competitors.  Thank you to Jason, Jessica, Merrilee, Kaitlyn and their families for all of their effort and dedication to the REC Force program!!!

DSC_0129TIM KERSEY VOLUNTEER MEMORIAL PAVILION DEDICATION: Click here for photo’s from the pavilion dedication ceremony.

Inclement Weather Hotline

We have contracted with a new recording message server. They have promised NO BUSY SIGNALS even if 100 people call at the same time! This number will be used for rain out and weather-related messages. We will also record weekly announcements of upcoming special events! The new hotline number is 404-369-4242. Please click on this link for new and exciting information: http://www.sportsphonesolutions.com/5029/index.html.