Spring Registration Extended

Registration Extended thru March 7th



Softball Update 3/1/15

The Board of Directors of AAYO has decided to modify the current structure of all softball divisions. We will be modifying and renaming our age groups; this will allow the girls to play the most competitive (and more) games.
U8,U10,U12,U14,U16
The historical structure in our and in the surrounding communities has been evolving. Demographics and team structures have been changing; we need to change too in order to stay relevant and allow our girls to remain competitive.
In order to enhance the softball experience, we are joining the NISA (Northern Illinois Softball association) league. Most of our neighboring communities have also joined.  This change will require some local travel to neighboring communities. We are joining this group in order to create a larger softball community to enhance play and to continue to grow recreational softball.
Please visit the link to learn about our new playing partners.
Any questions please reach out to our Softball director, Dawn Jackson Dawn.jackson66@yahoo.com


Baseball Update 2/28/15

In the 2015 Season AAYO has joined together with other communities to play ball. We will be playing with LITH, Crystal Lake and Elgin in the Minors/Majors/Pony levels. 

Please reach out to our Baseball Director Shawn (luckylessner7@gmail.com) with any questions.



AAYO Senior League Team

For the 1st time ever, AAYO is fielding Teams in a Senior

League (ages 16-19) with Crystal Lake, Lake Zurich, Cary & LITH. The season begins in early June and ends in early August with playoffs. College freshman are eligible. Our home field is at Dundee-Crown H.S. Registration is now up on the AAYO website (www.aayo.net). I am the Senior League Coordinator. Please contact me via email at agorham2001@yahoo.com.

Thank you,
Tony Gorham



New Spiritwear Store!

New Spiritwear is available through a new vendor. You can go online 24/7 to order sweatshirts, hats, t-shirts, and many other items that are all customizable. Pick the color of the shirt, type of material, the logo and even a text for the logo. The store is ALWAYS open!

Just click the logo below:

Click here for a coupon to save $10 on any AAYO Spiritwear Purchases. 



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AAYO is a not for profit, volunteer organization whose purpose is to organize, conduct, supervise, sponsor and otherwise foster wholesome athletic youth Baseball and Softball programs for the youth residing in the Algonquin, Illinois area.  We have five baseball leagues, four softball leagues and travel baseball and softball.

Honor The Game this season
ROOTS of Positive Play
Courtesy of www.positivecoach.org
 
R is for Rules
Rules allow us to keep the game fair. If we win by ignoring or violating the rules, what is the value of our victory?

O is for Opponents
Without an opponent, there would be no competition. Rather than demeaning a strong opponent, we need to honor strong opponents because they challenge us to do our best. Coaches showing respect for opposing coaches and players sets the tone for the rest of the team.

O is for Officials
Respecting officials, even when we disagree with their calls, may be the toughest part of Honoring the Game. We must remember that officials are not perfect (just like coaches, athletes and parents!).

T is for Teammates
It's easy for young athletes to think solely about their own performance, but we want athletes to realize that being part of a team requires thinking about and respecting one's teammates.

S is for Self
Athletes should be encouraged to live up to their own highest personal standard of Honoring the Game, even when their opponents are not.

Alone At The Plate

He pulls on a helmet, picks up the bat,
and walks to the plate, "gotta hit and that's that."
The crowd starts to yell, the game's on the line,
last inning, two outs, the score's nine to nine.
Dad yells, "Go get it," Mom wrings her hands,
coach hollers, "hit it," but alone there he stands.
Heros are made in seconds such as this,
but he's just a little boy, what if he should miss?
Years after this game's ended and he's little no more,
will he remember the outcome or even the score?
No he'll have forgotten if he was out, hit, or a run,
he'll only look back on his friends and the fun.
So cheer this boy on, alone with his fate;
help him remember with fondness this stand at the plate.
Spend your time wisely and help in his quest
to be a hitter with confidence and always his best.
And when the game's over, this boy can stand tall,
for you've helped him prepare to give it his all!

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