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Summer is winding down, school is back in session and baseball pennant races are heating up. That means Port Washington Youth Activities' fall sports season has begun. Since right after Labor Day, new, fresh faces have joined up with seasoned PYA athletes in a full slate of sports now under way:

Football - Once again, PYA and the Manhasset PAL have joined together in a combined intramural football program.

Boys are introduced to the sport in the Developmental Flag Football program for 7- and 8-year-olds. This program, run by PYA directors and flag football commissioners Mike Mongelli and Chris Callahan, provides exposure to all aspects of the fundamentals of the game and practices are specially designed for youngsters with little or no football experience. Sundays only at Lions Field.

PYA Midget Football, now in its 42nd year, is coordinated through PYA directors and commissioners Harvey Cohen (Junior Division, ages 9-10), and Gene Sheridan (Senior Division, ages 11-13). This program teaches football fundamentals in a team situation. Practices and games are carefully supervised and structured to provide a safe environment and are carefully taught and supervised to avoid the intensity and violence found on the collegiate and professional levels. Saturdays and Sundays at Lions Field.

Hockey - The PYA Roller Hockey program, running at Manorhaven Park Roller Hockey Rink, features two sessions - one for children in grades 1, 2, and 3 and another covering grades 4 through 6. Longtime PYA volunteer John Lewis coordinates both programs. Monday and Wednesday afternoons.

Baseball - PYA is continuing its popular Instruction Baseball for boys and girls in grades K through 2 to further their basic skills. Youngsters will be taught the proper technique of throwing and catching, as well as fielding and hitting. Groups will be formed to match the skills and ability of the players, and intramural teams will be set up and will play each other Saturdays.

PYA Fall Intramural Baseball for grades 3 through 7 has begun as this age group looks to improve their skills for the spring 2006 season Saturdays.

Girls Softball - Run by PYA director and commissioner MaryAnn Simoni for girls in grades K through 8 as they develop their skills for competition in the Williamsport Tournament next summer. Saturday mornings through late October.

Lacrosse - The inaugural Boys Fall Lacrosse season will kick-off for grades 1 through 6 as those ages look to sharpen their skills for next spring. Wednesday afternoons.

Girls Field Hockey - For the second year, PYA will offer this sport for grades 1 through 6 under the supervision of commissioner Pam McDonough. The increased interest in this sport results from it being one of the fastest growing scholastic sports today. Friday afternoons.

Tennis - The PYA Fall Tennis program, serving eight 10-year-olds, will soon begin at the Port Washington Tennis Academy on Harbor Road. Tuesday afternoons in October.

Additional information and late registration (if available) forms can be found at Arena Sports Shop, 52 Main Street, Gail's Shoes, 9 Main Street, or by calling PYA executive director Ron Henderson at 944-3077.


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