Abilene Youth Sports Authority | COVID-19 Update
It goes without saying that our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), which is why we’ve temporarily closed the Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center. Our decision was made in accordance with health organizations and government authorities, and was driven by our AYSA mission to maintain the safety of our community, as we all look forward to a healthy and confident future. We want to emphasize that how each of us respond in times like this is a reflection of who we are and what we stand for. We will continue to put our AYSA family first and offer COMPLETE transparency, because we are all in this together.
Be sure to follow us on Social Media, and use #AYSA2020 for anything AYSA/Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center related.
*We are DAILY posting sport specific challenges, workout ideas, and encouragements. We are also creating AYSA Athlete Spotlight days on our social media feeds, so if you have an athlete you would like to nominate please CONTACT US *
UPCOMING AYSA EVENTS
VOLLEYBALL POSITION CLINICS – Boys and Girls 7th-12th Grade
AYSA YOUTH VOLLEYBALL SUMMER LEAGUES – Boys and Girls Programs 7th-12th Grade
FIRM FOUNDATION ACADEMIES
THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS TO SUCCESS
Playing sports is like living life – the fundamental skills must be learned, practiced, and turned into habits (character) in order to truly succeed and grow! When the pressures build in a close game or in areas of our lives, our performance always falls to the level of skills that we have made our normal habits (character). Competition REVEALS our skills (character) more than it BUILDS our skills (character).
PRACTICE & TRAINING IS WHERE OUR GAME IS BUILT!!
Firm Foundation Academies provide fun, challenging, and encouraging environments where youth learn to develop the skills they need to succeed in their sports and in their lives. Firm Foundation athletes receive quality instructions, COOL T-SHIRTS, and a comprehensive handbook for them to continue their development at home with their parents and friends.
*signups for 2021 WEST TEXAS ALL-YOUTH EXPO vendor space reservations are currently open – contact us for 2021 vendor form.*
*Due to COVID-19 Youth Leagues have all been put on a temporary hold and will be until they have been cleared to continue with their seasons. The City of Abilene is restricting all use of City Facilities until May 1, 2020 for organized activities to reduce the risk of the spread of the COVID 19 virus. This means no practices, games, or other gatherings can take place on City fields or complexes, nor will any tournaments of any kind be allowed during this time period in City Parks. If conditions allow them to relax the situation early, leagues will be notified. Below is a brief update on where leagues are currently. Please check with leagues for final decision on Spring Seasons for 2020! All information below has come directly from Youth Leagues on either their websites/Facebook/emails. If you have ANY questions regarding your registration/season play, please get in touch with leagues DIRECTLY. AYSA does not run any of the Local Youth Leagues in Abilene. *
League News & Upcoming Season Info
Youth Tennis – Due to the heightened concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, effective immediately the USTA will suspend all USTA sanctioned products and events, including Adult and Junior Tournaments, League Tennis, Junior Team Tennis, USTA Schools programs, Tennis on Campus, Wheelchair Events and USTA Pro Circuit Events. The health and safety of all players, staff, fans and volunteers are the foremost concern. This suspension is in effect through May 3. The USTA’s goal will be to reschedule events where possible following this suspension period. Additionally, recognizing the evolving and fast-changing nature of this situation, the USTA will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about events and activities taking place after May 3.
Visit abilenetennis.org for more information about registration information and future seasons.
Registrations for Spring 2020: Please check below to see what leagues are saying in regards to their spring seasons. All responses have come directly from their website/Facebook/Email. If you have any questions, please get with your league to get them answered! Please check leagues individual websites for more information about season information, schedules, practices, rosters, and any important information.
Abilene Eastern LL – Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the City of Abilene has decided to close all fields through the end of April. Therefore, we will have not practices or games until May. The hope is, we will still get to have a baseball season in 2020! The situation is still fluid, and we hope that this will pass quickly.
(Lee, Johnston, Bowie, Thomas, Taylor, & ACS)
Abilene Southern LL – Southern still intends to have a baseball season! Our season is just on a delay…a long, weird, scary delay. But once this delay is over and life is back to normal, our kids will be playing baseball again.
(Bassetti, Ward, or Jackson)
Abilene Dixie LL – Update from Dixie: It is still our intent to have a full 12 game season during the later summer months. Practices and games will resume once we have state and local approval to do so.
(Austin, Reagan, Bonham, & Dyess)
(Jane Long, Martinez, Ortiz)
Abilene Wylie LL – Wylie Little League Family, due to circumstances beyond our control, the 2020 Spring Season is going to be suspended thru at least May 1st. The City of Abilene is restricting the use of city parks, including no games or practices at any city owned facility. We feel confident we will play this year, and we will do everything within our power to make sure that happens! Our priority remains the safety and health of our community, but when this passes our focus will turn to getting our kids on the baseball field!
Jim Ned Little League – Jim Ned Little League Community: With the new developments that seem to be coming on an hourly basis, we have made the decision to delay our 2020 Spring Season indefinitely. We do want to stress that we have every intention of playing our entire regular season at some point this spring/summer once concerns have passed. We believe our season will provide a fun and positive environment for our participants and spectators that will help our lives return to normalcy, hopefully sooner rather than later.
Registrations for Spring 2020: Please check below to see what leagues are saying in regard to their spring seasons. All responses have come directly from their website/Facebook/Email. If you have any questions, please get with your league to get them answered! Please check leagues individual websites for more information about season information, schedules, practices, rosters, and any important information.
Abilene Fast Pitch Softball Association – The city has shut us down, actually, all recreational activities, until May 1st. No practice & no games allowed. Please rest assured knowing that the 3 local softball league Presidents (AFSA, Wylie & North) will be meeting with the District Commissioner this coming Saturday to discuss a plan of action, come May 1st. We would hate for anyone in our softball community to be affected by COVID-19. Please be patient with us & know this is being done to keep everyone safe & virus-free.
Abilene North Softball – The City of Abilene is restricting all use of City Facilities until May 1, 2020 for organized activities to reduce the risk of the spread of the COVID 19 virus. This means no practices, games, or other gathersing can take place on City fields or complexes, nor will any tournaments of any kind be allowed during this time period in City Parks. If conditions allow us to relax the situation early you will be notified. (email from the City of Abilene)
Wylie Fast Pitch Softball – From the City of Abilene: No practices, games or other gatherings on city fields or complexes until May 1. We encourage you to encourage all of your kids to work at home in the coming weeks. We’re meeting with USA Softball district commissioner Saturday to try to make a plan to salvage the season. We would like to give these kids a chance to play ball, even if it means a delayed, shortened season. We’ll be in touch after that meeting. Our goal, after making sure our kids and community stay healthy, is to provide a season for everyone who wants to play.
Abilene Boys & Girls Softball Association – At this time no more registration will take place. We have been told no practices or games til May 1st. If anything changes, we will let you know but at this moment we cannot play ball. Sorry for any inconvenience but we must follow the rules.
Big Country Soccer Association Keep an eye out for when registrations will be open! Check League website for roster, team, and schedule information!
Dear Parents, Players, Coaches, Refs:
BCSA Board had a discussion today after the local schools held their press conference, and here was the outcome. With the local schools closing indefinitely and with the Mayor saying size of meetings should be limited to 50 people or less, we will be suspending the spring season indefinitely, with the fluid situation with COVID-19 the safety and well-being of our players, refs, coaches, parents and spectators is at our utmost importance. In the bylaws we have some time to let the situation resolve itself and may be able to complete the season before the insurance restarts. So, we are not ready to give up on the spring season just yet. We understand that a lot of you would rather be on the pitch playing but with the COVID-19 virus situation we just cannot put people at risk. We hope that we will be able to get the season played as soon as it is safe to do so, and we are allowed. The BCSA office will remain closed to walk in service during this time. Alisha and myself will answer emails and phone calls during regular office hours of Monday-Friday 9am-2pm. Thank you in advance for your patience as we work through this everchanging situation. BCSA Board will notify you of any new information as soon as we can get back on the pitch, we will give you as much heads up as we can. BCSA board is remaining the request of no practices for teams at this time.Michael Brooks BCSA President and the BCSA Executive board
The West Texas Youth Football Association and Cheer Fall Registrations for the 2020 Season will OPEN in APRIL/MAY! Keep an eye out for when full registrations begin! Be sure to check the WTYFAwebsite and individual organizations pages for information, schedule updates, and other important information!
Abilene Hockey 2020 Spring Season registrations are now closed! Check their website for more information, schedules, and photos.
The Coronavirus has shaken our community, but we are confident we will come out of this bigger and stronger than ever! After meeting, we have decided to press forward with our season on May 4th going into June. Please note that as things come to light in the coming weeks, this could change. The board will continue to come together to find the best possible solutions in the unprecedented time to grow hockey in Abilene in a healthy way. (Chairman – Jonathan Spencer).