The Bay Area isn’t known as a particularly sporty place. Sure, we have some championship teams to root for, but when it comes to our kids’ extra curricular activities we tend to be more circus school, less Friday Night Lights. But for those of us who grew up learning the values of teamwork, sportsmanship and how to walk it off by playing team sports, Hi-Five Sports Zone, which just opened on Geary and 18th Avenue, offers our little ones plenty of ways to get in the game.


The Game Plan
Hi-Five Sports Zone offers classes, leagues, parties and camps for players as young as 2. From Lil’ Heismans (football), to Little Ballers (basketball), the programs at Hi-Five are designed to introduce kids to the basics of sports smartly and safely, all with an emphasis on having fun and building self-esteem. Summer camps and T-ball leagues have just kicked off, but you can still sign up for upcoming sessions.


Drop-In for Daily Fun
During drop-in hours it’s just $10 to join any of the games going on in the four stations (T-ball, Flag Football, Soccer, and Basketball). Murphy, Hi-Five’s canine-inspired mascot, hangs out on the court and cheers on the kids, and players earn “Murphy Money” that they can spend at the “Murphy Mart.” Check out this month’s drop-in hours at


Coaches and Courts
The SF Hi-Five location (the others are in Chicago, Scottsdale and Menlo Park) boasts 5,000-square-feet of turf and basketball court space, all shrunken down to be size-appropriate for the tiny team members, and experienced coaches who follow the established Hi-Five curriculum. The Hi-Five folks definitely had families in mind when setting up shop. Their website lists five easy parking options (with pictures!) and the company is still very much a family-run business. Marvin Tuchman founded Hi-Five Sports 20 years ago, and this latest location was opened by his youngest son Ryan, now a dad himself to two kiddos under seven.

Hi-Five Sports Zone
5411 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, Ca

What sports did you grow up playing? Is it important to you that your kids play sports, too? 

–Erin Feher

All images courtesy of Hi-Five Sports Zone.