Youth Sports in the Extended Wheeling Area
Soccer, baseball, softball, football, dance, figure skating, ice hockey, lacrosse, track, cross country, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, golf, tennis, swimming–you name it, the tri-county area has it! The unique geographical location of the area allows for all four seasons and their traditional weather patterns to be highlighted. This is part of the reason there is such a wide range of sports; from winter sports like skiing and ice skating to summer sports like swimming and baseball, the location creates unrestricted sports seasons. There is not a focus on one season of sports, which exposes the area to diverse experiences. We believe sports are a very important aspect to the development of children and the community as a whole. We take pride in the way our youth sports help to shape a supportive community and well-rounded youth.
Wetzel, Marshall, and Ohio counties have an extensive list of youth sports to offer. Youth rec sports boom at the local YMCA, dance and tumbling at various studios flourish across the region, and baseball and softball leagues are abundant. Those are just a few examples of the unlimited opportunities youth sports bring to the area. The tri-county area provides a wide variety of possibilities that allow children to develop socially and physically all while discovering their passions.
In high school, all three counties participate in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (OVAC). The OVAC is the largest high school sports conference in the United States; Wetzel, Marshall, and Ohio counties are home to 9 of the 46 participating schools. Over 12,000 athletes provide plenty of competition for high school students.
Hockey in West Virginia?!
Yes, hockey in West Virginia! As mentioned in the sports section, Wheeling is home to a professional hockey team, the Wheeling Nailers, located downtown at WesBanco Arena. Aside from nights full of family fun and action, the Nailers, along with the Wheeling Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA), provide hockey opportunities for kids ranging from ages 5 to 18. These leagues have a range in skill from a learn to skate stage all the way up to a competitive travel league playing against teams in Western, PA. There are also 4 high schools in the area that offer ice hockey.