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About Athletics

Adult Athletics

Welcome to the Cobb County PARKS Adult Athletics programs. If you are an individual looking to register your team into organized sports for fun or competition, we have the programs to fit your needs. We offer a variety of team sports such as softball, flag football, basketball, ultimate frisbee, kickball, and we are an informational source for adult baseball and adult soccer (men’s, women’s and coed).

We also host many softball tournaments throughout the year at the Al Bishop Softball Complex. The Cobb County PARKS Department has several locations to serve you.Programs are held at Skip Wells Park (formerly Bells Ferry Park), Terrell Mill Park, Kennworth Park, Fair Oaks Park, Lost Mountain Park, Nickajack Park, Sweetwater Park, Fullers Recreation Center, Ward Recreation Center, Ron Anderson Recreation Center, Fair Oaks Recreation Center and South Cobb Recreation Center. So give us a call and get your team registered to PLAY BALL!

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If you are an individual looking to register your team into organized sports for fun or competition, we have the programs to fit your needs.

Seasons and Games

How many playing seasons do you have for each sport?
  • Softball: 2 seasons (Spring/Summer and Fall)
  • Kickball: 2 seasons (Spring/Summer and Fall)
  • Flag Football: 3 seasons (Spring, Fall, and Winter) - GRPA Championship play-off is included in the Fall fee
  • Basketball: 2 seasons (Summer and Winter)
When do you generally play your games?

All games are usually scheduled one night per week, Mondays through Fridays in the evenings. We do not play games on weekends unless it becomes necessary to use weekends to make up games that have been rained out.

Games are scheduled whenever Cobb County Government employees are required to work. Games are not scheduled on Good Friday, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We do schedule games on Halloween, however, since this is not an official national holiday. We also schedule games during the spring and/or fall breaks of all local school districts.

How many forfeits are allowed in a season?

PARKS reserves the right to drop a team from the league if the team forfeits more than 2 league games during the season. No refunds are given.

How do I know if my game is rained out?

Cobb PARKS uses rainedout.net for weather updates and general information regarding our adult softball leagues. If you want to receive an automated text or email about field closures please go to rainedout.net register. 

  • Text ALBISHOP to 84483 to receive Al Bishop Complex alerts 
  • Text SKIPWELLS to 84483 to receive Skip Wells Park (formerly Bells Ferry Park) alerts 
  • Text KENNWORTH to 84483 to receive Kennworth Park alerts 
  • Text NICKAJACK to 84483 to receive Nickajack Park alerts 
  • Text TERRELL to 84483 to receive Terrell Mill Park alerts
If my game is rained out, where can I find make-up information?

If possible, we will include that information on the rained out message for your park. We will post make-up information on our website and at your playing location. In order to minimize verbal errors, we prefer not to give out schedule information or make-up information over the phone.

How can I become a sports official?

Visit the North GA Amateur Umpires Association at ngaua.com .

Teams and Leagues

What sports leagues do you offer?
  • Flag Football: Men's Open and Coed
  • Kickball: Coed
  • Basketball: Men's B, Men's C, Men’s D and Women’s open. Men’s B is the more competitive league
  • Softball: Major (5 Home runs), Competitive (3 Home runs) and Recreational (1 Home run)
I have just moved to the area. How do I get on a team?

For each sport we maintain a “free agents” list of individuals wishing to get on a team. You can call the Adult Athletic office at (770) 528-8860 to leave your name, phone number, sport and position you are interested in, and level of play. Occasionally, this free agent list of individuals wishing to play is requested by managers who find that they have insufficient numbers to make up a team. We do not put individuals in direct contact with managers. Submitting your name does not guarantee that a team will contact you.

Is there any other way to try to get on a team?

For softball, kickball and football go out to the park where the adult leagues are scheduled and talk to the teams/players. Take your equipment in case they need you immediately. For basketball, go to the gym where games are being played to see if there is a chance to be added to a team. Basketball games are played from November-February and from June to July at Fullers Recreation Center located at 3499 Robinson Rd, Marietta, Ron Anderson Recreation Center located at 3820 Macedonia Rd, Powder Springs and Ward Recreation Center located at 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs.

League schedules are listed for each sport on the Adult Athletics page.

What is the age requirement and how many can play for each sport?
  • Softball: 16
  • Kickball: 18
  • Football and Basketball: 18 (Open Leagues) and 16 (Church Leagues)

Softball, Football, Basketball and Kickball: 25 

What is the required male/female ratio for coed softball, kickball and flag football teams?

Coed softball teams must start with 4 males and 4 females. The pitcher and catcher must be of opposite sex, and there must be 2 men and 2 women on the infield and 2 men and 2 women in the outfield. For coed football, there must be a total of 6 players (3 men and 3 women)

Can I get in touch with the manager of a team to see if he/she is planning to forfeit a game with me?

No. That manager might tell you that he/she is not planning to play. That team could then show up and win by forfeit. Managers should call in a forfeit to their League Coordinator. Depending on timing, we will then do everything we can to let the other team know that there has been an official forfeit.

If my team wins my league, when and where will awards be available?

First place and second place teams will receive their awards after the championship game or their last game of the season.

Registration

How do I register my team?

If you are a returning team and already have your PIN # and Log-in ID #, you can register your team online. Additional information will be required from the team manager.

Set up a family account
Register for classes

New teams must register in person.

After registering, a receipt will be mailed to you or be given to you if you registered in person. For some sports, there will be a manager’s meeting to discuss rules and regulations and hand out the schedules. If there isn’t a meeting the team manager will receive the schedule & via email or it can be acquired form our web site on a given date.

 

Will teams that are returning for the next season be automatically registered by PARKS Sports staff?

No. All teams must register again each season in every sport. We send out registration information to returning teams. Teams are considered returning if they participated in the same league/park as the previous year. (2017 Spring/Summer to 2018 Spring/Summer – not Fall 2017)

Do returning teams get registration priority over new teams?

Yes, registration is opened up to new teams only after the priority period set aside for returning teams has been completed.

When is registration for each sport?
  • Softball: Mid February for Spring/Summer, mid July for Fall
  • Kickball: Mid February for Spring/Summer, mid July for Fall
  • Football: Mid November Winter, early February for Spring and Mid August for Fall
  • Basketball: Early May for Summer, Early October for Winter
What are the registration fees per team for each sport?
  • Softball: $400 Spring/Summer; $400 Fall – 10 games
  • Kickball: $250 Spring/Summer; $250 Fall – 10 games
  • Football: $450 Winter, Spring & Fall – 7 games
  • Basketball: $350 Winter; $350 Summer – 7 games + tournament for the top teams

Fees cover costs of officials, balls, scorekeepers, user fees, t-shirts and team trophy for the league champions. 

The full registration fee is due at the time of registration. You can pay by cash, check, money order or credit card (MasterCard or VISA).

Do you register individuals wishing to play on a team?

No. We register teams only.

Youth Athletics

Youth athletics in Cobb are conducted by volunteer organizations that use Cobb facilities for practices and games. The coordinators and manager of the department's Athletics Unit oversees these organizations. If you wish to become involved in an activity, please call or e-mail the association of your choice or contact a staff member of the Athletics Unit.

The Park's Athletic Unit works directly with volunteer organizations that provide quality youth and adult recreation programs in department facilities. These organizations offer a variety of activities from traditional athletics to specialized programs such as BMX racing and radio controlled airplanes. Each organization operates independently with a board of directors, program budget, and all are non-profit. The staff of the Athletics Unit serves as a liaison with these programs through the allocation of seasonal park-use agreements. 

Volunteer organizations that provide programs in Cobb County Parks agree to abide by the rules set forth by the department and Cobb County.  These policies and procedures are set forth in the Park User Handbook. To find contact information on all volunteer groups, you can download the 2018 President's List.

Youth Registrations and Seasons

Sport Information Available Registration Begins Season Begins Season Ends
Baseball (Spring) December January March June
Baseball (Fall) July August September November
Basketball Late August August / September November March
Football / Cheerleading Late June July August December
Softball (Spring) December January March June
Softball (Fall) July August September November
Soccer (Spring) December January March June
Soccer (Fall) June July August November
Track and Field (Spring) December January February May

Contact the Youth Athletics Staff

Noonday Zone (East Cobb area)

Brody Whitlock
Program Coordinator
(770) 591-3161

Sheila Kracala
Administrative Assistant
(770) 770-591-3160

Serving groups in:

  • East Cobb Park (passive park)
  • Fullers Park
  • Harrison Park
  • Mount Bethel Park
  • Noonday Park
  • Harrison Park
  • Sewell Park
  • Shaw Park
  • Skip Wells Park
  • Sweat Mountain Park
  • Terrell Mill Park

Bishop Zone (Central Cobb area)

Broddrick Archie
Program Coordinator
(770) 528-8839

Stacie Bilardello
Administrative Assistant
(770) 528-8839

Serving groups in:

  • Fair Oaks Park
  • Hurt Road Park
  • Larry Bell Park
  • Lions Park
  • Milford Park
  • Nickajack Park
  • Rhyne Park
  • Sweetwater Park
  • Wallace Park

Mountain Zone (West Cobb area)

Jeff Abrams
Program Coordinator
(770) 528-8896

Diane Collett
Adminstrative Assistant
(770) 528-8890

Serving groups in:

  • Big Shanty Park
  • Clarkdale Park
  • Hubert Soccer Complex
  • Kennworth Park
  • Lost Mountain Park
  • Mud Creek Soccer Complex
  • Oregon Park
  • Pitner Road Park (archery and airfield)
  • Powder Springs Park
  • Tramore Park
  • Wildhorse Creek Park