Special Events 2017

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MLB PITCH,HIT,RUN and Jr. HOMERUN DERBY


Area youth are invited to compete in our local MLB PITCH,HIT&RUN competition and NEW for 2017 a Jr. Homerun Derby!! All boys and girls between the ages of 7-14 years old (Age determined as of July 15th, 2017) are eligible to compete. The competition will run with boys competing against boys and girls competing against girls in each of the four age divisions (7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14). This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete; FREE of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball skills.

7-14 year olds: Event is Sunday, April 30th at 2pm at the Independence Baseball/ Softball Complex

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Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championships


The Live Healthy Iowa kids Track Championships are open to all girls and boys between the ages of 7-14 years old. The meet will run with boys competing against boys and girls competing against girls in each of the 4 divisions (7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14). Age divisions are determined by the child's age as of December 31st, 2017. It is very important to register in the correct age division or you may be disqualified in the State Meet. Registrations will be accepted at the track on the day of the event. This is a FREE event for all kids who would like to participate. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All 1st Place Finishers will qualify for the State Meet which will be held in June in Marshalltown, Iowa. 

7-14 year olds: Local event is still TBD and will be held at the Independence High School All Weather Track

NFL PP&K Punt, Pass & Kick


The Independence Parks & Recreation Department with Tim Reed State Farm Insurance will host the local competition for the 2017 NFL Punt, Pass & Kick. This competition is open to all boys and girls between the ages of 6-15 years old (Age determined as of December 31st, 2017). This competition is FREE to all participants. Participants may register and compete in only one local competition. NO football shoes or cleats of any form are allowed. NO bare feet either. Each participant will be allowed ONE Punt, ONE Pass and ONE Placekick as part of his/her competition. Scores are based on distance and accuracy. Contact the IPRD @ 319-334-6711 for more details.

Event: Held on Saturday, September 2nd at 9am on Lyle Leinbaugh Field, Home of the Independence Mustangs

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Information about Pre-Season Baseball Workouts, Softball Hitting & Pitching Clinics, Baseball Hitting Clinics, Baseball Lectures & Demonstrations for Coaches & Players, Camps, and Youth Bags Tournaments may be found in the River'sEDGE Section of the our Parks & Recreation Page.