Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00
With the cold air moving out and no sign of snow in the forecast that can only mean one thing – Port Washington Youth Activities’ spring sports season is about to begin. PYA has announced that the final registration date for its spring sports is March 17 so sign up quickly to be part of the action.
This spring PYA once again offers a full slate of sports for all boys and girls that includes baseball, softball, tennis, developmental lacrosse and roller hockey. PYA baseball, softball and lacrosse fields located at the end of Glen Lane in Port Washington are some of the best playing fields on Long Island. PYA’s baseball and softball programs are sanctioned by Little League, which also has approved PYA’s safety plan for its facilities.
Please read below for more details on the various programs PYA offers.PYA has offered Little League baseball since 1964, and features four levels. There is an Instructional program for grades K-2, and separate Minor League, AAA, and Major League programs covering for grades three through seven.
The primary purpose for the Instructional program is to teach the fundamental skills of baseball, including proper throwing, fielding and batting technique. This program starts on Saturday, April 14 for first- and second-graders, and Sunday, April 15 for Kindergarteners.
The Minor League Baseball (third/fourth grade) is developmental in nature. Emphasis will be focused on building upon the fundamentals of the Instructional program. Teams will be selected to make them as balanced as possible. Games will be played on Saturdays and there will be practice during the week. Evaluations will be held on March 24 from noon to 1:30 p.m. for third-graders and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. for fourth-graders.
The AAA program (fifth grade) is a branch of PYA Major League baseball. Games will be played on Saturdays and there will be practice during the week. The program begins on Saturday, March 24 with evaluations from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
The Major League further develops the skills learned in previous years of PYA baseball, and is for all sixth-graders and seventh-graders born before May 1, 1998. In addition, this level provides an increased participation through competitive pitching, catching, bunting, base stealing, and advanced defensive skills. Evaluations will be held on Saturday, March 24 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
PYA will also field a Little League World Series team entry, with players to be selected from the AAA and Major League rosters. These games begin in late June/early July.
The PYA Developmental Lacrosse program begins on Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. for girls in grades Kindergarten through second grade and on Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. for boys in Kindergarten through first grade. These programs are developmental and players will learn the fundamentals of scooping the ball, cradling, throwing and catching. Sign up for one of the best lacrosse programs in the county with experienced coaches who know how to teach the skills of the game, develop players, and most importantly have fun.
PYA Girls Softball is open to all girls in grades Kindergarten to seventh. Come join the fastest growing sports program in town. The Kindergarten through second grade program will be developmental and girls will be split into groups according to grade-level where skill and the basic concepts of playing softball will be taught. This program will run Saturdays from 3 to 4 p.m. Grades three through seven will have practices on Tuesday nights starting at 6:30 p.m. and games will be Saturday afternoons. For grades five to seven, games will be played starting at 3 p.m. For grades three to four, games will begin at 4 p.m. All players in grades third to seventh will be eligible to compete for a position on one of the PYA Girls Summer travel teams.
The PYA Roller Hockey program will operate at the Manorhaven Park Roller Hockey Rink on Monday afternoons and serves ages 6 to 12 years. The program will begin on April 16 and will run on consecutive Mondays through June 11. Sessions covering practices and game time each week will take place from starting at 4:15 p.m.
The PYA Spring Tennis program will take place on May 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. indoors at the Port Washington Tennis Academy on Harbor Road for players 8 to 10 years old. Due to the large number of candidates expected to apply for 16 player spots with two alternates, a lottery drawing will be held on Wednesday, April 25 to determine enrollment.
Further information, applications and online registration with credit card payment can be found at www.pyasports.org. Application forms are also available at Arena Sports Center, 52 Main Street, and Gail’s Shoes, 9 Main Street. For additional information you can also call PYA at 944-7921.
Port Washington Youth Activities (PYA) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization formed to promote the exemplary development of local youth through participation in sports. PYA teaches teamwork and individual responsibility in an atmosphere of respect and sportsmanship. While PYA places emphasis on the development of sports skills, its primary mission is to develop character and an understanding of how participation in sporting events can prepare one for success in all endeavors.