See if this sounds familiar. Your calendar is littered with volleyball practices, soccer games, sports camps, tournaments, more practices and more tournaments, and that’s just one month. Your laundry room is impassable due to a mound of jerseys, warm-ups and sports gear that only grows larger by the week. And your psyche could benefit from a family vacation pronto. This is the world of parents whose kids are big into sports. There are fringes though - traveling to different places, meeting and making new friends, and cheering on your children. And when that can all happen in a city setting that also doubles as a vacation setting, well, life is grand. Score one for the Dells on that front.
The town known for waterparks, and tons of other Wisconsin Dells attractions too, decided it wanted to get into youth sports. Good call coach. After all, it had the necessary lodging - 8,000+ hotel rooms. And amenities and activities and family-friendly restaurants. Now it just needed sports facilities. Local business owners got to work, building fieldhouses and sports fields that would appeal to today’s young athletes. The game plan worked.
Today, teams from all over the country make their way here for Wisconsin Dells basketball tournaments at JustAgame Fieldhouse; volleyball camps at the Wisconsin Dells Center at Chula Vista Resort, a bubble covered facility; baseball games at the newly renovated Rotary Park; and hockey showdowns at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena.
Is your kid into martial arts? The Dells hosts martial arts events. How about cheerleading or football or soccer or wrestling or gymnastics? Check to all of the above. There are golf courses and tennis courts, running tracks and bowling alleys.
Down time between games can be a real downer when there’s nothing to do. Not a worry in Wisconsin Dells. Wisconsin Dells attractions that appeal to the competitive side of kids without wearing them out too much include a rousing round of mini-golf or a few frames of bowling, followed by a technology-enhanced adventure game at places with names like Wizard Quest and MagiQuest. Coaches typically give their players permission to explore the Wisconsin Dells waterparks once practice wraps up for the day, and by then tweens and teens can’t wait to try out the waterslides, water roller coasters and funnel tube rides.
Knowing kids influence adults’ buying decisions, you can bet coaches are getting an earful these days from players begging them to sign up for that next tournament in Wisconsin Dells. Score one for the kids.