Carmel Dads Club

Dated: 08/31/2015

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Recently, Carmel High School sports finished third in the MaxPreps Cup standings. By MaxPreps’ rating system, Carmel High School has the third best athletics program in the entire country. Carmel’s success in athletics can be traced to the Carmel Dads’ Club, the city’s youth sports program, which deserves just as much fame as the high school’s athletic program. The Carmel Dads’ Club has supported over 750 sports teams since its founding in 1959.


The Carmel Dads’ Club can trace its existence as far back as the late 50s. At that time, the City of Carmel was rapidly growing, and a group of dads wanted to form a youth football team to compete against Westfield. Over time, the club gained in popularity and added a number of new sports, resulting in its membership skyrocketing. To meet the needs of rapid expansion, the Carmel Dads’ Club purchased Blue Farm on 131st Street in 1978. It would serve as the permanent main facility of the club. In 1979, a young Carmel Dads’ Club member named Mark Badger passed away from a brain tumor. The Carmel Dads’ Club 131st Street site was named the Mark Badger Memorial Park in his honor. Today, the Carmel Dads’ Club hosts sporting events at a number of facilities across Carmel.


Today, the Carmel Dads’ Club supports 11 different sports. It offers basketball, baseball, flag football, football, golf, lacrosse, rugby, soccer and volleyball for boys. Girls can join basketball, cheerleading, golf, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball teams. Kids aging from pre-kindergarten to high school can join a Carmel Dads’ Club team.

Special Sports Program

Carmel Dads’ Club also offers a number of sports to mentally and physically challenged children. This program has existed within the club for 31 years. Members of the Special Sports Program meet every Saturday and play a variety of sports including soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, T-ball and bowling. Prospective members of the Special Sports Program can register on their first day of participation. Forms for program are also downloadable on the Carmel Dads’ Club’s website. The program welcomes volunteers at least 13 years of age. Prospective volunteers can contact Kelly Donley at   

Joining the Dad’s Club

Each Dads’ Club sport has a different requirement to join. The full requirements for joining the club are available on the Carmel Dads’ Club website at Different sports have different competition levels. For the most part, all athletes can participate in recreation-level sports. Athletes who participate in sports at the middle and high school level are typically not allowed to play in the recreation-level leagues. All athletes are welcome to try out for a number of Carmel Dads’ Club’s travel teams.

Volunteering for Carmel Dads’ Club

Since it is a not-for-profit organization, Carmel Dads’ Club is always looking for volunteers. Volunteers can serve as scorekeepers, coaches, team moms and team dads and concession workers, among many other positions. Potential volunteers should contact the Carmel Dads’ Club for more information.  

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