Favorite Sports Leagues and Fitness Classes for Kids in Collin County: Readers’ Choice

youth sports kids sports leagues dance classesIt’s Readers’ Choice time again, y’all! This month we’ve got your favorite youth sports leagues and dance classes for kids. Good timing, too, since you should sign up for the upcoming fall seasons and schedules now if you haven’t already.

If you missed any of our previous Reader’s Choice topics, do check them out – lots of tried-and-true recommendations from other moms in your area. And there will be more to come! Follow along on Facebook and Instagram, where we conduct these informal polls. We’d love for you to share your faves!


Body in Motion the Studio (a.k.a., Motion the Studio) in downtown Carrollton gets great reviews. They offer “affordable dance, cheer, fitness, art, and musical theater classes with staff that share a wealth of knowledge in all genres of physical movement and the arts.” Whitney particularly liked how sweet the instructors were to her 3-year-old who tended to get tearful during Frozen Dance Camp camp this summer. The owner is a former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader, professional dancer, and teacher…this studio is a well-kept secret; thank us later.

youth sports kids sports leagues dance classesZumbini at Kid Expressions McKinney sounds pretty great: Zumbini being Zumba for littles, of course. Kid Expressions is an indoor party and activity spot (a socks-on kind of place), and they also offer classes for kids. To learn about future Zumbini demos and classes, you can contact them here.

Dancer Strong McKinney offers dance classes in multiple styles for kids as early as age 2. Dance can be intimidating, especially when starting out, but I really like this attitude – “Our philosophy is inclusive: we have classes to suit all tastes, and we’re happy to accommodate students of all ages and skill levels.”


Soccer Shots gets all the likes and is for sure the big favorite. It’s a great intro to soccer with light drills and scrimmages, how to be a team player, and lots of opportunities to be silly and have fun. Programs are divided by age: 2-3 years, 3-5 years, and 5-8 years.

i9 Sports got several mentions, as well. They offer sports leagues, camps, and clinics for ages 3 and up in flag football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. I love the “How We Are Different” section on their website. It’s exactly how I feel about youth sports!

Julie Janes has had great experiences with both Lifetime Fitness and Emler Swim School for swimming lessons. And, My Gym Frisco and WOGA for gymnastics. My Gym Frisco offers classes for babies as young as 6 weeks, if you youth sports kids sports leagues dance classeswant to get into something early.

The Fields at Carrollton Parkway has really impressed Whitney and her family. This sports complex was created as a ministry of First Baptist Carrollton for the community to enjoy, and they offer kids’ baseball, flag football, basketball, and soccer leagues year-round.

Other youth multi-sport league recs: Blue Sky Sports Center, with locations in Allen and Carrollton, has leagues for kids as young as 2 years old. Upward Sports is a Christian youth sports organization for K5-8th grade. Reader Victoria Kellogg recommends both! 

Reader Natalie Cochran likes Cottonwood Creek Sports Academy, run by Cottonwood Creek Church. They do soccer for pre-K4 through 2nd grade and basketball as early as Kinder.

As far as local sports associations go, we got several recs:

youth sports kids sports leagues dance classesPSA Plano offers year-round recreational and competitive leagues for just about everything. Y’all especially like their facilities for indoor sports.

ASA Allen gets major points for being well-run with great volunteers and coaches. Vanessa’s son has loved their flag football league for the past 2 years, and Alice Robison’s kids have done football, soccer, baseball, AND T-ball through them, so she knows what’s up.

More T-ball recommendations: We hear good things about both the SVAA (Spring Valley Athletic Association) and CFBBA (Carrollton Farmers Branch Baseball Association).

Have you signed the kids up for any great Collin County sports leagues or dance classes? Let us know what you like best!


Katie Lewis
Katie grew up in Dallas, went to SMU, and spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed Gemma in 2011 and Ryker in 2013. They all moved to central Fort Worth almost 4 years ago and have found it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but will admit to a preference for her Twitter timeline these days. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. She's forever down to watch any show that's British, supernatural, or on The CW. If you can quote Death Becomes Her, Big Business, or the 1987 Shelley Long flop Hello Again, please get in touch because you are most certainly kindred spirits.