Spring 2015 and Fundraisers

Welcome to an exciting spring 2015 season. Our practices will begin soon and our opening day is April 25th. We will have a full day of games at Presidential Park, so get ready for some wonderful events coming up.

Please see the attached flyers for valuable coupons for our AAYO families. We have Dick's day deals,  Menchies fundraiser and Schaumburg Boomers discount ticket deal with AAYO day at the park. 
Visit our web site for all updates and league events at www.aayo.net.


See you on the field.



AAYO Boomers Family Night Out

On Saturday 5/30/15 at 6:00 PM Algonquin Area Youth Organization will host a Family Night Out Event:

- Everyone runs the bases!
- Post game fireworks!
- Open to all Players, friends, and family
- Free Parking!

Tickets are $9. To order your tickets, please download, fill out and return the form below to your coach on picture day. 

[Download Form]

Questions? Email Brian Horn at bjhorn92a@gmail.com. Orders are due by May 3rd, 2015. 



Spring Player Waiting List

Registration is still open in most divisions online, with limited availability.

We are offering a waiting list for select divisions. Please contact Registration with your child’s name, birthdate, division & call back info.

We will contact all players by Spring Break if we have a spot on a team. If you would be able to coach your child’s team please register online and contact the league coordinator.

Divisions open now for wait list are:
- Minors Baseball
- U14 Jr Majors Softball
- U10 Ponytail Softball

Contact register4aayo@gmail.com for more information. 



Spring Season Update

Draft day is set for most divisions this Sunday March 15th. All players should hear from the Managers by Spring Break.

Practices should begin after break with Opening Game Day April 25th. Mandatory Parent Meeting Friday April 10th 7pm at Westfield Community School.

Picture day is set for May 3rd times TBD. Please see the AAYO Calendar for more info. We are still looking for Volunteers to Coach. Please register online. 

Spring is almost here, see you on the field!!



Softball Update

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 nisoftball.org.

Any questions please reach out to our Softball director, Dawn Jackson Dawn.jackson66@yahoo.com.



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Welcome to AAYO.net!

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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