Athletic Facility Scheduling

Taking the confusion out of booking FCPS facilities!

Below is the breakdown of which office (FCPS or NCS) schedules athletic facilities for specific field, gym, track uses, and events.

FCPS Community Use Section Schedules

  • All athletic space (i.e., wrestling rooms, tennis courts) in any FCPS facility except athletic fields, gyms and tracks for regular sports practices and games/meets for non-profit athletic organizations.
  • Athletic fields, gyms, and tracks for non-profit athletic organizations that are holding fee-based activities (such as camps, clinics, tryouts, meets, and running events that are not included in the regular league fees).
  • Athletic fields, gyms, and tracks for all activities by for-profit organizations (including athletic events or leagues).
  • Athletic fields, gyms, and tracks for non-profit organizations that are holding non-athletic events (such as community fairs or egg hunts).

All scheduling is handled through CommunityUse, our online reservation system. If you are not already an organization event coordinator (OEC) for our online system, CommunityUse, please follow the process on how to become an OEC on the Community Use of School Facilities webpage. Once you are approved, you can submit your request through CommunityUse.

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services
(NCS) Schedules

  • Athletic fields, gyms, and tracks for non-profit athletic organizations that are holding non-fee-based activities (such as practices, games, free camps, clinics, tryouts, meets, and running events that are included in regular league fees).

NCS charges $5.50 per Fairfax County resident for gym, diamond fields and track use, and $8.00 for rectangular field use.  A higher fee is charged for non-Fairfax County residents. This is a one-time charge for the entire season. NCS verifies residency by reviewing rosters submitted by the group before receiving a final permit. The rosters must include participant's names and addresses. For one-time use, events rosters are not required and the fee is a $50 one-time use fee charge.  Fee information on league tournaments is available on the NCS website.

Guidelines for Sports and Athletic Activities Use of FCPS Indoor Athletic Facilities Beyond the School Day

The majority of the sports listed below are normally played outdoors, but are permitted indoors during inclement weather or for off-season training. FCPS will approve equipment for indoor use.

Specific approval for use must be obtained from the FCPS Community Use section for any sports and athletic activities that are not listed below.

Please Note: Outdoor sports groups may use FCPS gyms to conduct conditioning programs only. The following activities are prohibited for all sports:

  • Kicking, throwing, striking or otherwise using sports balls, pucks, equipment, etc., in such a manner as to damage light fixtures, scoreboards, backboards, ceiling tiles, floors, windows, walls and other property
  • Scrimmages, games, or league play; and
  • Kicking, throwing or propelling on goals (any structure, area set off by traffic cones, or other temporary effort to define a goal opening)

Baseball, Softball, Cricket - High, Secondary, Middle, Elementary Schools

  • Pitching and catching: Regulation baseball and softballs are permitted as long as proper padding/gymnastic crash pads are used. No other use of regulation balls is allowed
  • Infield Practice: Ball use is limited to Incrediballs® and other soft balls designed for indoor use. Bat use is permitted only with adult supervision
  • Batting Cage – Batting practice is only allowed inside a completely enclosed batting cage
    • Cricket Batting – balls may only be hit from artificial turf or carpet mats unless modified bats (ex. Plastic) and balls (ex. Tennis balls) are used

Field Hockey - High, Secondary, Middle Schools

  • Use is limited to regulation indoor field hockey balls
  • Field hockey sticks may be used only if covered with protective padding (e.g. socks, stick covers)

Elementary Schools – All use prohibited

Football - High, Secondary, Middle Schools

  • Kicking the football is permitted only into a kicking net
  • Passing and non-contact practice is limited to the area within the lined perimeter of the basketball court(s)

Elementary Schools – All use prohibited

Futsal - High, Secondary, Middle, Elementary Schools – All use prohibited

Indoor Hockey - High, Secondary, Middle, Elementary Schools – All use prohibited

Golf - High, Secondary, Middle Schools

  • Restricted to use of golf-ball-size Wiffle®-type limited flight balls
  • Balls may only be hit from artificial turf or carpet mats

Elementary Schools – All use prohibited

Inline Hockey - High, Secondary, Middle, Elementary Schools – All use prohibited

Lacrosse - High, Secondary, Middle Schools

  • Passing and non-contact practice is limited to the area within the lined perimeter of the basketball court(s)
  • Restricted to use of tennis balls and/or indoor practice balls

Elementary Schools – All use prohibited

Running - High, Secondary, Middle Schools

  • No running in hallways or stairways
  • No indoor bleacher running
  • Please note: outdoor bleacher running is permitted in aisle ways only

Shot Put - High, Secondary Schools

  • Restricted to use of indoor shot put only
  • Throws must be made from one protected surface to another (e.g. mats, sheets of plywood)
  • Prohibited in vicinity of basketball goals or bleachers

Middle, Elementary Schools – All use prohibited

Soccer - High, Secondary, Middle, Elementary Schools

  • Restricted to use of an indoor or soft (felt-covered, foam, etc) soccer ball
  • Passing and non-contact practice is limited to the area within the lined perimeter of the basketball court(s)

Tennis - High, Secondary, Middle Schools

  • Hitting of balls is restricted to walls without windows

Elementary Schools – All use prohibited

Prohibited Activities on Turf Fields

Community users are prohibited from having the following on Turf Fields.

  • Animals (except in the case of service animals that are necessary to help an individual with a disability).  The user shall cleanup any school grounds used by service animals participating in scheduled events
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Chairs or benches (these items may puncture the turf or cause damage)
  • Fireworks and Sparkles
  • Flammable  decorations
  • Food and beverage products, except water
  • Metal cleats or high heeled shoes
  • No stakes are allowed on the field to secure tents and/or canopies. Please use backpack coolers or other heavy objects to secure your tents and canopies
  • No cooking on the field
  • No seeds (sunflower or pumpkin) or gum in the stadium or on the field
  • No candles will be used on the field.  Only battery operated candles will be allowed
  • Portable heaters
  • Playing golf
  • Suntan lotions, oils or creams of any kind. Please apply sunblock prior to entering the turf area
  • Tobacco products, or smoking devices (including nicotine vapor products, alternative nicotine products, electronic cigarettes and Hookah pens)
  • Throwing activities such as hammer, shot, discus or javelin

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