Recreation Activities

Ocean City prides itself on having something to enhance everyone’s recreation and leisure time. Throughout the island, there are well-equipped parks and playgrounds, maintained for safety and fun on a year-round basis. There are baseball, softball, football, soccer, field hockey and multi-purpose fields. Numerous basketball, tennis, street hockey, shuffleboard, and volleyball courts complete the array of active recreation sites, many of them lighted for added hours of enjoyment. The City’s twelve-hole par-three golf course provides hours of enjoyment in a scenic meadow setting. Children can choose from a variety of fun and educational programs throughout the year. Adults can take part in the full array of programs at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, as well as compete in such activities as softball and volleyball. Find out more here and get involved in all that Ocean City has to offer. You’ll be glad you did!  Register Now at RecDesk 

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Civic Center
Open Play Basketball Schedule

                                                                      All Open Gym takes place at the Ocean City Civic Center (6th & Boardwalk) unless otherwise noted

                                                                                                                       Schedules are subject to change

                                                                                          Trouble Viewing Schedule? Click Here:  Open Gym - Feb. 2024 Updated Final.pdf   Open Gym - March 2024.pdf      

**Open Gym on Saturday, February 24th, is canceled**

*Updated on February 22nd, 2024*



 OPEN PLAY RULES

  • Need to be an Ocean City Resident or Ocean City School Student

  • Need to be able to show proper ID

  • No hanging on basketball rims and/or basketball nets

  • No dunking of basketballs

  • No foul language

  • No fighting - keep your hands to yourself 

  • No chewing of gum

  • No damaging or defacing property

  • Must clean up bottles and trash when leaving the building

  • In order to get a basketball, you must be able to leave something of value as collateral

  • Shirts and athletic shoes are required

  • If location is at the Intermediate School, any Intermediate School student must exit the school and not enter the gymnasium until 3PM                                          

    BASKETBALL CHECK OUT/IN

  • To borrow a basketball, you must trade in something of value as collateral.

  • Your belonging will be returned to you once you return the ball to a staff member.

  • Failure to return the basketball will result in staff keeping your belonging until you can find or replace the basketball.                                                                                                                 Failure to abide to these rules will result in verbal warning, notification home, suspension, and/or expulsion.

     Any Questions? Ocean City Recreation Department: 609-525-9304


Pickleball
Indoor Pickleball


Indoor Pickleball is played at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center located at 6th and the boardwalk. Parking lot is accessible on 5th street side. 

4 indoor courts can accommodate up to 16 players at a time. Scroll down for more information.


Trouble viewing flyer? Click:  Indoor Pickleball 2023-2024 (003).pdf 


Trouble Viewing Schedules? Click Here:    February Night Pickleball.pdf ;  Pickleball February Schedule 2024.pdf Pickleball March Schedule 2024.pdf  March Night Pickleball.pdf 





How do we run our sessions?

- If you are early to your session, place your paddle on the table (left to right) NOT in the racks.

-When the session begins, paddles from left to right go onto the courts until they are full (first 16 paddles). The remaining paddles will be put into the racks by a staff member in the order they are placed on the table. A white place marker notes who is next.

-First game of each session: Play 1 game. Losers leave the court and place their paddles at the end of the line in the racks. Winners stay for 1 more game, win or lose, then leave the court and place their paddles at the end of the line in the racks.

-2 players on and 2 players off is the rotation AFTER the first game of the session. You play 2 games win or lose then leave the court and place your paddles back in the racks. 

-If more than 20 players are present in a session, games will be played to 9 points.

-A whistle will be blown at the end of each session clearing off all 4 courts and signaling the next session to begin. 

How do the racks work?

-The white starter marks who is next in line.

-When 2 players go play, move the white marker to the next paddle in line. 

-When returning after play, put your paddle in the next available space "at the end of the line"

-DO NOT switch or move any paddles!


For any questions email pickleball@ocnj.us or call 609-525-9304

 

Winter Programs
Rec Intermediate Basketball: 2023-2024

OCEAN CITY DIVISION OF RECREATION

Intermediate Division 

                               GRADES:              5TH & 6TH (CO-ED)                           

                       PRACTICE DATE:            DEC. 4TH                                             

            PRACTICE TIME:            5:00 PM - 6:00 PM                   

                                 GAME DAYS:           MONDAY and/or WEDNESDAY            

                                                                                                                          GAME TIMES:           5:00 PM

                                                                                                                               LOCATION:          CIVIC CENTER

                                                                                                                       REGISTRATION:        OCT. 1 -  NOV. 26     

                                                                                                                           COST:                       $35 per player          

(THERE WILL BE A $5.00 LATE FEE AFTER NOV. 26)

ANY QUESTIONS CALL THE OCEAN CITY RECREATION DEPT. AT 609-525-9304


Trouble Viewing Schedule? Click Here:  2023-2024 INTERMEDIATE B-BALL SCHEDULE.pdf 




CHILDREN ARE PLACED ON TEAMS FOR BALANCE.  REQUEST WILL NOT BE HONORED

VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED: Please register at OCNJ.RECDESK.COM



Rec JR.High Basketball: 2023 - 2024

OCEAN CITY DIVISION OF RECREATION

JR. High Division 

                       GRADES:                   7TH & 8TH (CO-ED)                           

                   PRACTICE DATE:            DEC. 2ND                                             

          PRACTICE TIME:            1:00 PM - 2:00 PM                   

                                  GAME DAYS:             SATURDAY and/or WEDNESDAYS           

                                                                                                                        GAME TIMES:          12:00 PM or 1:00 PM (SAT.) and/or 6:00 PM (WED.)

                                                                                                                           LOCATION:            CIVIC CENTER

                                                                                                                   REGISTRATION:            OCT. 1 -  NOV. 26     

                                                                                                                                    COST:            $35 per player          

(THERE WILL BE A $5.00 LATE FEE AFTER NOV. 27)

ANY QUESTIONS CALL THE OCEAN CITY RECREATION DEPT. AT 609-525-9304

CHILDREN ARE PLACED ON TEAMS FOR BALANCE.  REQUEST WILL NOT BE HONORED

Trouble Viewing Schedule? Click Here:  2024 JR. HIGH B-BALL SCHEDULE.pdf 



VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED: Please register at OCNJ.RECDESK.COM







TRAVEL BASKETBALL 2023-2024

TRAVELING BASKETBALL

  OPEN TO OCEAN CITY & SEA ISLE CITY   

(CHOICE SCHOOL STUDENTS MUST REGISTER WITH AN ORGANIZATION BASED ON THEIR PRIMARY RESIDENCY.)

TRY OUTS

        7TH & 8TH GRADE BOYS            NOV. 14 & 16            7:00 – 8:30 PM (INTER. SCHOOL)

   7TH & 8TH GRADE GIRLS           NOV. 13 & 15          5:30 – 7:00 PM (CIVIC CENTER)

5TH & 6TH GRADE BOYS            NOV. 14 & 16          5:30 – 7:00 PM (INT. SCHOOL)

    5TH & 6TH GRADE GIRLS           NOV. 13 & 15           5:30 – 6:30 PM (CIVIC CENTER)

      3RD & 4TH GRADE BOYS           NOV. 6 & 14              6:00 – 7:00 PM (CIVIC CENTER)

     3RD & 4TH GRADE GIRLS           NOV. 6 & 14              5:00 – 6:00 PM (CIVIC CENTER)



($95 registration fee if you make the team.  This fee also includes Recreation Basketball)


 

The completed travel coaches applications: ~ Please note that for anyone interested in coaching a Travel Basketball Team, there is an application available on-line that is required to be completed. A selection committee will review and make the determination on who will coach the travel teams. Please go to www.ocnj.us/recreation go to Rec Activities under Coaches for the application. 

 
Ocean City Travel basketball teams play in the Southshore basketball league.
To view schedules, league info, and directions to game venues go to www.leaguelineup.com/southshore .
 








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VOLLEYBALL: 2023-2024

YOUTH VOLLEYBALL CLINICS

Trouble Viewing? Click Here:  2023-2024 WINTER PROGRAMS.pdf 

GRADES:      4TH – 8TH 

DAYS:      TUESDAYS - SEPT. 26; OCT. 3, 10, 17, 24

TIME:      6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

LOCATION:      CIVIC CENTER

REGISTRATION:      SEPT. 18 – OCT. 24


WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE

                                                                                            Trouble viewing schedule? Click here:

All women's volleyball games take place at the Civic Center on Tuesday evenings at 7:30PM.

League runs through February 7th with playoffs to follow

Any questions call 609-525-9304



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2023 DIXIE HOWELL BOYS & GIRLS MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

40th Annual Dixie Howell Middle School Basketball Tournament 

Sponsored by the Ocean City PBA Local #61 and the City of Ocean City

 Congrats to all the teams who participated in another fun and successful Tournament!

                                                                                      Boys' Teams                                                                Girls Teams

                                                                           Dennis Township Middle School                                         Alder Avenue School (EHT)

                                                                          Galloway Township Middle School                                    Dennis Township Middle School

                                                                            Middle Township Middle School                                     Galloway Township Middle School

                                                                           Ocean City Intermediate School                                      Middle Township Middle School

                                                                        Richard M. Teitelman School (Lower Twp.)                        Ocean City Intermediate School

                                                                             Upper Township Middle School                                      Upper Township Middle School

Congrats to all our team and individual award winners....

Having trouble viewing? Click here:  2023 Dixie Howell Tournament.pdf 





                                                                       


                                       

Little Rec'ers 2023 - 2024

Trouble Viewing? Click:  Little Rec'ers Final Flyer 2023.pdf 


Little Rec'ers please bring a drink and a peanut-free snack in a labeled lunch box, wear toed-closed shoes, and weather appropriate clothing.  

Trouble Viewing March Calendar? Click Here:  2024 Little Rec'ers March.pdf 



PARENT NIGHT OUT MARCH DATES AND THEMES

Open to residents and non residents ages 4 - 9 years old

Trouble Viewing Flyer? Click Here:   2024 March Parent Night Out Dates.pdf 


 

Registration and Questions:

Online: ocnj.recdesk.com 

In Person: Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center (1735 Simpson Avenue)

Phone: 609-525-9304 or 609-398-6900

Email: playgroup@ocnj.us 

Girls Indoor Lacrosse Clinic

Trouble Viewing? Click here:  2024 Winter Lacrosse Clinic Flyer Updated.pdf 


Spring Programs
OCYAA Little League Baseball

TROUBLE VIEWING FLYER? CLICK HERE:  OCYAA Registration Flyer- 2024.pdf 


Indoor Field Hockey Clinic

Field Hockey Clinic

 (Field Hockey Sticks Will Be Available)

  At The

  Ocean City Sports & CiviCenter

 6th & Boardwalk

 

3rd - 5th Grades: 5:0pm - 6:0pm

6th - 8th Grades:  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 

Clinic Dates: 

Fri., March 1st

Fri., March 8th

  Fri., March 15th

  Fri., March 22nd

 Fri., April 12th

Fri., April 19th

Fri., April 26th

                                           

Registration Fee: $30 

 

Shin Guards & Mouth Guard Required

 

REGISTRATION:  Feb 1 - April 26

 

Register Online at: www.ocnj.us (Recreation Tab)

Or

In Person:  Sports & Civic Center or Aquatic & Fitness Center 

 

 

Any Questions Call:

The Ocean City Recreation Dept. @ 609-525-9304

 

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2024 Intermediate (4th – 6th) Indoor Soccer

     OCEAN CITY DIVISION OF RECREATION

       Intermediate Indoor Soccer League 

                                                                                                                            GRADES:                  4th - 6th Grades (CO-ED)

                                                                                                                         PRACTICE:                Starting week of March 11th (Will be notified by email/coach)

                                                                                                                             GAMES:                 Monday - Thursday (Starting March 18th)

                                                                                                                               TIMES:                 6PM or 7PM

                                                                                                                                COST:                  $35 per player ($5 Late Fee starting March 4th) 

                                                                                                               REGISTRATION:                 February 1st - March 3rd

                                                                                                                                   Register at ocnj.recdesk.com 

                                                                                                              ALL GAMES WILL BE PLAYED AT THE SPORTS & CIVIC CENTER

    SHINGUARDS AND SNEAKERS REQUIRED

VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED! NO EXPIERENCE NECESSARY!

 

  ANY QUESTIONS CALL THE O.C. RECREATION DEPT. AT 609-525-9304


Trouble Viewing Flyer? Click Here:  2024 Indoor Soccer Flyer.pdf 


2024 Biddy (2nd - 3rd) Indoor Soccer

    OCEAN CITY DIVISION OF RECREATION

       Biddy Indoor Soccer League 

                                                                                                                                 GRADES:                  2nd & 3RD  

                                                                                                                               PRACTICE:                 Starting Week of March 12th (Will be notified by email/coach)  

                                                                                                                                  GAMES:                   Tues. &/OR Thurs. (Starting March 19th)

                                                                                                                                   TIMES:                    5PM or 6PM

                                                                                                                                    COST:                    $35 per player ($5 Late Fee starting March 4th)

                                                                                                                       REGISTRATION:                February 1st - March 3rd

                                                                                                                                            Register at ocnj.recdesk.com               

           ALL GAMES WILL BE PLAYED AT THE SPORTS & CIVIC CENTER

    SHINGUARDS AND SNEAKERS REQUIRED

VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED! NO EXPIERENCE NEEDED!

ANY QUESTIONS CALL THE RECREATION DEPT. AT 609-525-9304

TROUBLE VIEWING SCHEDULE? CLICK HERE: 2024 Indoor Soccer Flyer.pdf 


 

 

 

 

2024 Pee Wee (K - 1st) Indoor Soccer

           OCEAN CITY DIVISION OF RECREATION

       Pee Wee Indoor Soccer League 

                                                                                                                       GRADES:                  Kindergarten & 1st (CO-ED)      

                                                                                                                     PRACTICE:                 Starting Week of March 11th (Will be notified by email/coach)

                                                                                                                        GAMES:                   Mon. &/Or Wed. (Starting March 18th)    

                                                                                                                          TIMES:                   5PM or 6PM

                                                                                                                          COST:                    $35 per player ($5 Late Fee starting March 4th)

                                                                                                            REGISTRATION:                 February 1st - March 3rd 

                                                                                                                               Register at ocnj.recdesk.com 

                                                                                                  ALL GAMES WILL BE PLAYED AT THE SPORTS & CIVIC CENTER

    SHINGUARDS AND SNEAKERS REQUIRED

VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED! NO EXPIERENCE NECESSARY!

ANY QUESTIONS CALL THE RECREATION DEPT AT 609-525-9304

 

  

TROUBLE VIEWING FLYER? CLICK HERE:  2024 Indoor Soccer Flyer.pdf 

 


 


 

 

 

 


2024 Pre - K (4 & 5 Year Olds) Indoor Soccer

OCEAN CITY DIVISION OF RECREATION

PRE-K INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE

This league will take place once a week for 1 hour and will be part instructional clinic and part game. 

                                                                                                                             AGES:   4 & 5 Year Olds

                                                                                                                             DAYS:   Sundays

                                                                                                                            DATES:  March 10th, 17th, 24th; April 7th, 14th, 21st

                                                                                                                            TIMES:  10 AM or 11 AM

                                                                                                                           COSTS:  $35 per player ($5 Late Fee starting March 4th)

                                                                                                             REGISTRATION:  February 1st - March 3rd

                                                                                                                         Register at ocnj.recdesk.com 

                                                                                                    ALL GAMES WILL BE PLAYED AT THE SPORTS & CIVIC CENTER 

                                                                                                                 SHIN GUARDS AND SNEAKERS REQUIRED

                                                                                            VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

                                                                                              ANY QUESTIONS CALL THE RECREATION DEPT. AT 609-525-9304

                        

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Fall Programs
Skateboard Park
What are the hours of operation and rules for the Skateboard Park?

Information regarding the skateboard park and the rules are as follows:

For additional rules at this time - Click Here


Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday: 12:00pm to Dusk (School Year)

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - Dusk (Summer)

Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am to Dusk

**Weather Permitting


General Information:

Address: 550 Asbury Avenue

Phone: 609-840-4220


  1. Helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads are required at all times when skateboarding.
  2. Skateboard Park will be closed during inclement weather and/or when equipment is damaged or wet or for routine maintenance.
  3. Skateboard Park is for skateboards only, bikes, scooters, roller skates/blades are prohibited.
  4. No food or glass in the skateboarding area.
  5. Parental supervision for inexperienced skateboarders and those less than 12 years of age is strongly recommended.
  6. Skateboard Park is for skateboards only. Bikes, scooters, and roller blades are prohibited.
  7. No amplified sound is permitted except by permit.
  8. No defacing of property with stickers, paint, wax, markers, etc.
  9. Skateboarding is prohibited on the adjacent parking lots, sidewalks, and streets.
  10. Proper behavior is required at all times. Abusive, profane language or aggressive behavior such as fighting, or bullying will not be tolerated.
  11. The use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products is strictly prohibited.
  12. Rules violations will result in the suspension of skateboarding privileges.
  13. Unsafe conditions should be reported to the City of Ocean City, Department of Community Services at: 609-399-6111.
  14. To reach the Skatepark during operation hours please call: 609-840-4220.
Skateboarding Lessons

Skateboard lessons are provided by one of our qualified instructors and the rates are as follows:

1 Skater for 30 minutes: $40

2 Skaters for 30 minutes: $50

3 - 5 Skaters for 60 minutes: $125


Required Equipment: Helmet, knee & elbow pads. Must provide your own skateboard

Register for a Skateboard Lesson
Register for a Skateboard Camp

After registering for your lesson please contact Willie Fannon for scheduling: wfannon@ocnj.us  or 609-840-4220.

Instructor:
Willie Fannon - Has been actively Skateboarding since the age of 9. 31 yrs of experience. Has a background in Street Skating with a newfound love of Skating Skateparks Has Skated all over the country and has been teaching people how to skate for over 10 years. In addition to being a Skateboarding Instructor, Willie also teaches people how to Surf and Paddleboard. Willie hopes to see you at the Ocean City Skatepark!!!

 

Skate Camps & Clinics

OCNJ Recreation Skate Camps


Summer Skate Camps

Description: Join us to learn how to skate. Our camps are set up for all skill levels. We go over the fundamentals of skateboarding and safety while having some fun. Each camp has a 5 to 1 skater to instructor ratio to ensure everyone is in on the fun!

Dates: August 1st - August 4th,  August 15th - August 18th (Friday of each week will be a backup in case of inclement weather)
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 6 and up
Cost: $90 per skater

Click Here To Register


OCNJ Recreation Skate Clinics


All Girls Skate Clinic: Hosted by Zoe Herishen

Description: This 3-hour clinic is for girls of all ages and abilities led by an all-girls staff of instructors. Learn to skate, learn new tricks, and make some new friends. Just like our camps, the All Girls Skate Clinic will have a 5 to 1 skater to instructor ratio.

Date: August 9th
Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: All ages
Cost: $50 per skater

Click here To Register


CHECK BACK FOR MORE CLINICS TO COME!

Registration & Refund Policy
Registration Policy

All activities are handled on a first come, first serve basis for residents and seasonal vacationers. The Ocean City Community Services Department and the Division of Recreation Programs reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any program due to lack of registration, inclement weather or reasons beyond the department’s control. Programs, dates and times are subject to change due to availability of facilities.  Registration will only be accepted from a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Program cancellation due to inclement weather will be announced on Channel 2 or call (609) 525-9304. Please make all checks for programs or special events payable to: “City of Ocean City.”  Registration for activities will be taken online through the online registration platform.

Program announcements will be distributed through schools and published in local newspapers. Any program requiring a deadline for registration will be noted on the program information flyer. A waiting list will be maintained for some programs. If an opening becomes available in a closed program, that space will be offered to the first person on the waiting list. If that person declines or is unreachable the next person on the list will be contacted. The Division of Recreation insists that a child should never be left at an activity or program before the person in charge arrives to accept responsibility for that participant. It is the obligation of the parent or guardian to be aware of program schedule and times.

Refund Policy

Refund Policy   – No refunds will be given after a program begins. Refunds will be approved only if the activity is canceled, or for medical reasons if the refund request is made in writing (3) days before the activity begins. A COPY OF YOUR RECEIPT SHOULD ACCOMPANY YOUR REQUEST

The City of Ocean City has set the following guidelines for registration fees for our Recreation and Aquatic & Fitness Center programs:

  • In order to request a refund, a written email should be sent to LSopko@ocnj.us with a detailed explanation for the request. After the request has been made, the city will review and make a decision on its status. 
  • Refunds will only be made for canceled programs or medical reasons before the start of the program. Please provide a doctors note at the time of request.
    • Any Covid related refunds will require a medical note, no at home test photos will be accepted 
  • Refunds will not be made for scheduling conflicts or dissatisfaction with program/team, etc. 

The dollar amount will be prorated dependent on how much of the program/season has passed. Credit card payments will be returned to the card within 5-7 business days. Cash and check payments will be returned by check, which may take 2-3 weeks for processing. 

The City of Ocean City reserves the right to waive this refund policy at its discretion at any time. 


Coaches Corner
Volunteer Coaches Application

Printable Form - Click Here 

The completed travel coaches applications may go to:

Michael Allegretto, c/o City Hall, 861 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, NJ 08226, mallegretto@ocnj.us

Kristie Fenton, c/o Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City, NJ 08226, kfenton@ocnj.us

 

The applications must be in by October 19, 4:30pm.

Coaches Information & Links

Coaches Application - Click Here for Printable Form

Free Online Concussion Training - Click Here for Link 

New Coach Online Certification - Click Here for Link 

Fingerprinting Application - Click Here for Printable Form 

Fingerprinting Appointment - Click Here for Link
(Must fill out Fringerprinting Application first) 

 

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