Delhi offers a number of opportunities for children to participate in a sport outside of school. The township even offers a men’s and coed softball team for those adults looking to participate in a sport. The registration process is not difficult, although, according to Robert Roach, who’s been coaching 15 or more years in the Delhi program, it would be much easier if Delhi had an online registration.
Soccer and flag football are offered September through October for ages preschool through fourth grade with flag football including fifth graders. Registration is in July and August. The grades that will compete against each other for soccer are Pre-K and kindergarten, first and second graders, and third and fourth graders.Flag football includes fifth graders with the third and fourth grades.
Floor hockey registration is in September and the season is from October to December. Grades kindergarten through 6th may participate.
Basketball is offered in two time periods, one right before the other. Grades Preschool through second have registration from October to November and their season is from December to January. Grades third through sixth have registration from November to December and play their season from February through March. According to Tim Tilma, who runs the recreation program, basketball has the highest registration, with 47 teams.
Spring, early summer, late summer and early fall sports including softball, t-ball, baseball, soccer, tennis, volleyball and kickball have registrations in February, March, April, May, June and July.
Rules include turning in a completed medical form, Tim Tilma says there have never been any life-threatening injuries but, they have had broken bones. Having to purchase the necessary equipment needed to participate in the sport, if it is not already provided by the team is also a requirement. Township Trustee John Hayhoe says hundreds of families participate, but the programs do not bring a lot of revenue to the town but, they aren’t expected to. Roach said the sports are to enjoy and to teach kids the fundamentals of each sport.