As the summer days and nights have wound down and school is back in session, Lions Field will once again be bursting with activity as the Port Washington Youth Activities' fall sports season gets underway. PYA athletes old and new can participate in a full slate of sports including flag and tackle football, field hockey, softball, baseball, lacrosse, roller hockey, and tennis.
Once again this year, PYA and the Manhasset PAL have joined together in the combined intramural football program.
Boys are introduced to the sport in the Developmental Flag Football program for 7 and 8 year olds. Practices, which immediately precede the weekly game, are specially designed for youngsters with little or no football experience or basic skills. This program, running on Sundays only at Lions Field, will provide exposure to all aspects of the fundamentals of the game.
PYA Midget Football, now in its 44th year, is coordinated through longtime PYA directors and commissioners Harvey Cohen (Junior Division, ages 9-10), and Gene Sheridan (Senior Division, ages 11-12) on Saturdays and Sundays at Lions Field. This program teaches football fundamentals in a team situation. Practices and games are carefully supervised and structured to provide a safe environment for football, and are carefully taught and supervised so as not to be associated with the intensity and violence often seen on the collegiate and professional levels.
The PYA Roller Hockey season, which is a joint program with the Town of North Hempstead, will begin right after installation, upgrade, and completion of the new Manorhaven Park Roller Hockey Rink. This program is for boys and girls grades 1-7. A separate application will be mailed to all PYA families when the dates for the start of the league season are confirmed.
For those who've caught pennant fever or want to hone their skills for next year, PYA will be offering intramural baseball on Saturday afternoons. Through Oct. 27, PYA is continuing its popular Instructional Baseball for children in grades K through 2. Youngsters will be taught the proper technique of throwing and catching, as well as fielding and hitting. Intramural teams will be set up and will play each other. Likewise on Saturday afternoons, there is PYA Fall Intramural Baseball for grades 3 through 7. There will be a major league and minor league division and games will not conflict with Saturday football practice.
The PYA Fall Tennis program is held on each Thursday afternoon during October. Run indoors at the Port Washington Tennis Academy on Harbor Road, this sport serves 8- to 10- year olds. This program is limited to 16 children and the winners were determined by a lottery drawing that was held on Sept. 19.
For the fourth year in a row, PYA will offer Girls Fall Field Hockey. Interest in this sport continues to explode on both the intramural and scholastic levels. Sessions for grades 1 through 6 will be run on Friday afternoons through Oct. 19.
Mid-week Wednesday afternoons will be the day (4 to 5:30 p.m.) for Boys Fall Lacrosse for grades 1 through 6 as those ages look to sharpen their skills for next spring season.
Another growth sport for PYA is Girls Fall Softball for grades K-8. The program for grades 3-8 will be run on Saturday mornings from 8:30-10 a.m. followed by the K-2 program from 10:15-11:30. The girls will be able to sharpen their skills for spring and summer, including travel softball which PYA sponsored this past summer for the first time.
Further information and late registration (if available) forms can be found at Arena Sports Shop, 52 Main Street, or Gail's Shoes, 9 Main Street, or by calling PYA Executive Director Ron Henderson at 944-3077. Many programs will only have just begun by the time of this publication so please get your applications in promptly.