Happy Holidays from AAYO!

Hard to believe it's time to think about baseball and softball registration, but it is!
 
2014 was an exciting year for AAYO.  Enrollment in the Spring was up from the previous year.  Enrollment in Fall Ball was an all-time record.  We are looking forward to an even better 2015.
 
Attached please find an informational flyer which will help with registration.  We ask that you register as early as possible for 2 reasons.
 
  1. The earlier children are registered the smoother the pre-season runs.  We are better able to identify and slot coaches.  We are also better able to order uniforms and supplies.
  2. IT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY!  Register by 12/31/14, enter code 20off, and you will receive $20 off your first child's normal full price registration.
Again, please make sure to register early and tell your friends!
 
 
On behalf of the volunteers of AAYO, we hope you and your family have a happy and safe holiday season!
 
Joe Molinaro
AAYO Commissioner


Happy Thanksgiving AAYO Families!

This time of year is one for reflection and giving thanks for many things we have in our lives.  Most importantly, it is a time to be thankful for our health and the health of those who are most dear to us. In this spirit: The Algonquin Storm, the travel baseball affiliate of AAYO, is proud to put on its 7th Annual Algonquin Storm Hit-a-Thon Sunday, December 7. 100% of the proceeds from this event go to benefit two local children and their families who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses.

[ Click Here to Read More ]

This event is a great way for you and your family to give a little something to benefit local children who are battling conditions which take a significant emotional and financial toll on themselves and their family.  See the flyer for details on this terrific event.

Again, 100% of the proceeds go straight to the families of the children we are raising funds for. Please consider taking time to come and help out.  Reach out with any questions you might have.

Joe Molinaro
AAYO Commissioner
commissioner@aayo.net 



Online 2015 Spring Registration is NOW OPEN!

We have 3 ways to pay for this upcoming season...
Our Full payment Credit Card option open until 2/28/15 
Our Credit Card Payment Plan option open until 1/17/15
New this year a Full payment Check option open until 2/28/15

We are still offering our $25. sibling discount
We also have our Referral Program
Refer a new player and receive $10 per player that inputs your name at registration. (paid to you June 1, 2015 you must be a registered family for the same season) 



Coming soon Senior League Baseball for ages 15 thru 19. Check back for details.


Founder's Day Parade!

The 2014 Founder's Day Parade was held on July 26th, and was a huge success! A big Thank You to everyone who contributed and participated with us in the Parade. 

Founder's Day Parade



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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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