Abilene Youth Sports Authority | Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center UPDATE

THE DODGE JONES YOUTH SPORTS CENTER IS FINALLY RE-OPENED!!

While all of us are excited to get back onto the courts, the safety of all those who attend Abilene Youth Sports Authority events has and will always be our top priority. All protocols will be continuously updated in accordance with guidelines from the CDC and state/local officials.

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EACH UPCOMING WEEK’S SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED ON website / facebook / instagram / twitter

Below is our updated schedule and safety guidelines:

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June 1 – June 5
Monday : Basketball Camp (9-11a), OPEN GYM (11:30-1:30p, 2-4p, 5-6:30p)
Tuesday : Basketball Camp (9-11a), OPEN GYM (11:30-1:30p, 2-4p, 5-6:30p)
Wednesday : Volleyball Camp (9-11a), OPEN GYM (11:30-1:30p, 2-4p, 5-6:30p)
Thursday : Volleyball Camp (9-11a), OPEN GYM (11:30-1:30p, 2-4p, 5-6:30p)
Friday : OPEN GYM (9-11a, 11:30-1:30p, 2-4p)
  • Sanitation stations are located throughout the facility
  • All staff, volunteers, parents, and athletes will be screened before entry into every single event
  • There will be a buffer in-between open gym hours and tournament gaps for staff to clear and clean the space before the next groups enter
  • Additional cleaning will take place throughout and at the conclusion of every day
  • The number of entrants allowed into the facility for events will be subject to the guidelines from the CDC and state/local officials
  • All balls will be sanitized before and after each open gym time and tournament game
  • AYSA highly encourages all individuals considered at-risk to stay home
These guidelines may vary from event to event based on CDC and Local governing bodies.
Be sure to follow us on Social Media, and use #AYSA2020 for anything AYSA/Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center related.

 

*We are constantly looking for ways to highlight youth in the community, so if you have an athlete you would like to nominate please CONTACT US *

 

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UPCOMING AYSA EVENTS

 

AYSA YOUTH VOLLEYBALL SUMMER LEAGUES – Boys and Girls Programs 7th-12th Grade

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AYSA YOUTH BASKETBALL SUMMER LEAGUES – Boys and Girls Programs 7th-12th Grade

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WEST TEXAS SHOWDOWN

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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.

VOLLEYBALL FIRM FOUNDATIONS 1

VOLLEYBALL FIRM FOUNDATIONS 2

BASKETBALL FIRM FOUNDATIONS 1

BASKETBALL FIRM FOUNDATIONS 2

BIG COUNTRY BASH

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*signups for 2021 WEST TEXAS ALL-YOUTH EXPO vendor space reservations are currently open – contact us for 2021 vendor form.*

 

Raising the Bar – The Abilene Youth Sports Authority is on a mission to help kids, coaches, and parents have a better experience with youth sports than ever before. We want to cultivate an atmosphere of friendly competition and good sportsmanship throughout the Abilene area and beyond.

 

CITY LEAGUES

*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. As of May 1st, the City of Abilene Parks and Recreation Department has permitted outdoor recreational sports for four or less people. This includes opening up our basketball courts and tennis courts. Our playgrounds are still closed until further notice, but our parks are still open to the public. Please continue to practice social distancing while visiting parks and during outdoor recreational activities.

 

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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 31st. 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 31st.

During this uncertain and ever changing time, USTA and USTA Texas are exploring all options for the League tennis season, including modified formats and adjusting eligibility requirements. Once the suspension is lifted, any approved changes will be communicated.” – USTA League Update Statement

Visit abilenetennis.org for more information about registration information and future seasons.

Youth Basketball

AYBA registrations for 2020/2021 will start in September!! Be sure to check website for updated team, roster, coach, and season information!

Youth Baseball

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 LLJUNE UPDATE:

“Good morning Eastern Little League family! We are excited to say you should be hearing from your coaches today if you haven’t already.

Please note, the Eastern Little League baseball season has not been cancelled. We are doing everything we can to get the season going as soon as we are allowed to do so and can consciously say we have taken precautions to help guard any health concerns we can per the regulations set by the government.

Concerning refunds, unfortunately, Eastern is not able to give any refunds on registration. Since we were only days away from the season starting with our opening ceremonies and Opening Day when everything happened. Registration funds had already been used on a new scoreboard at Cal Young, uniforms, field prep, baseball, equipment, insurance and all the other expenses required to get ready for baseball season.

But again, the season is NOT OVER….actually, as long as everything goes well, the delay is almost over! We want to encourage families to play baseball in your yards and be prepping to get back to practice and games. We hope to have more details as far as dates and times by the end of this week. Thank you for your patience as we have been working through this time of uncertainty.

If you have any questions, please email abileneeasternbaseball@gmail.com. Thank you!

Go Eastern!”

(Lee, Johnston, Bowie, Thomas, Taylor, & ACS)

Abilene Southern LL – JUNE UPDATE:

“Hello Southern Little League Family,

We are excited to get this baseball season started! We want you all to know that the board has been working hard to make sure all our players, coaches, and spectators remain safe. If you have not been informed yet, teams can hold practices as early as May 22 in accordance with City of Abilene policy. Games will begin June 15 (Coach Pitch will begin June 13).

Here are a few of the safety protocols we will have in place this season:
✓ Coaches will be provided hand sanitizer and Lysol spray for their team. We encourage kids to sanitize their hands when they arrive at practices/games and again when they leave.
✓ The coaches will spray down the bats and any other equipment that is being shared.
✓ There will be hand sanitizer in each dugout and at the concession stand during each game.
✓ The bathrooms will stay stocked with toilet paper and soap.
✓ We will have signs posted to remind spectators to use social distancing.
✓ To reduce crowding in the stands, we encourage spectators to bring their lawn chairs and watch the game outside the fences.

PLEASE KEEP YOUR PLAYER HOME if your player or someone in your house is sick! A baseball practice or game is not worth risking the team’s health.

We encourage you to review the Governor’s OpenTexas guidelines for youth sports families: https://gov.texas.gov/…/OpenTexas-Checklist-Youth-Sports-Fa…

Thank you in advance for your support, patience and understanding as we get through this season together. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us at abilenesouthern@gmail.com.

Go Southern!” – Southern Little League Board

(Bassetti, Ward, or Jackson)

Abilene Dixie LLJUNE UPDATE: GOOD NEWS!!! Baseball is just around the corner! Practices will begin May 31st and games will begin June 15th! For more information about the opening of youth sports, please visit https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas Also, stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram pages to see more information on our League specifically.

(Austin, Reagan, Bonham, & Dyess)

Abilene Northern LL 

(Jane Long, Martinez, Ortiz)

Abilene Wylie LLNO JUNE UPDATE

(Wylie Schools)

Jim Ned Little League – JUNE UPDATE: In accordance with the governors reopening plan, practices will resume on May 31st, with games beginning on June 15th. Schedules will be posted as soon as season length is determined. As always, we appreciate your patience and support!

Youth Softball

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 – NO JUNE UPDATE

Abilene North Softball JUNE UPDATE:

“Abilene North Softball will be playing a crammed-into-a-month season!
Starting 5/29 & playing all of June.

The league will communicate the COVID-19 recommendations from the city of Abilene and USA Softball, but there aren’t any set guidelines or restrictions that will be required.

We expect parents and players to use common sense and safe hygiene practices.

*All coaches and players must wash hands before any games and practices. *No sharing of equipment (spray/sanitize catchers equipment if you change catchers).
*Balls will be rotated often.
*Stay away if you are sick!!!!!
*Try to keep some distance between spectators.
*Bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized often.
*Masks will not be required.

Any questions please contact Tony Perez Jr. or Crickett Keith Owen. Thank you!”

Wylie Fast Pitch Softball JUNE UPDATE:

Let’s play ball!! We will be playing a crammed-into-a-month season! 

Starting 5/29 & playing all of June.
If any individuals want to play but their team isn’t, send us an email at wyliesoftball@gmail.com and we will try to make room for them.
Need to know by Saturday 10pm.

**all players must have USA Softball insurance. If they aren’t insured through our (or another) league this spring, we will need payment and birth certificate so we can add them.

The league will communicate the COVID-19 recommendations from the city of Abilene and USA Softball, but there aren’t any set guidelines or restrictions that will be required.

We expect parents and players to use common sense and safe hygiene practices.
*All coaches and players must wash hands before any games and practices. *No sharing of equipment (spray/sanitize catchers equipment if you change catchers).
*Balls will be rotated often.
*Stay away if you are sick!!!!!
*Try to keep some distance between spectators.
*Bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized often.
*Masks will not be required.

Anyone registered for spring ball through Wylie but not able to play will receive a refund of registration fee minus $30 (the cost of insurance and shirt). Coaches are communicating with the league which players on their team will not participate. You do not need to contact us if you’ve been in contact with the coach.

FUNDRAISER
Raffle tickets can be sold through June 15. All money and tickets due that day.
Players will receive a raffle entry for every 15 tickets sold.
$500 to top seller, $250 to runner up
Drawing at the end of June. (Do not have to be present to win)

Abilene Boys & Girls Softball Association – JUNE UPDATE:

“We would like to inform everyone that we will NOT be having a softball season this year due to covid19. We are very sorry for the inconvenience but the safety of our players come first. We are already thinking about ways to make next years season amazing so please watch for more information at beginning of 2021. Thank you and stay safe and see you next year.”

Youth Soccer

Big Country Soccer Association Please see updated information for league play below. If you have any questions, please get in contact the BCSA directly! Check League website for roster, team, and schedule information!

“Hello BCSA Coaches, players, families!

We hope everyone is getting through this time as well as they can. Like many of you, we are eagerly waiting for soccer to start again. The BCSA board has been following the information provided on re-opening Texas and meeting to formulate a plan for playing soccer this Spring. With the latest public health protocol as of 18 May 2020, 15 June seems the magic date for us to back on the field to play games.

First and foremost, the safety of our players, coaches, and their families is a priority. If we are still able to continue the season, our BCSA community must each do our part to make Covid-19 a thing of the past. We ask all of our BCSA attendees, whether you are a player, coach, spectator, to at a minimum, practice social distancing, wash your hands, dispose of any used gloves, and if appropriate, wear a mask. If you are feeling ill or have a weakened immune system, we ask that you stay home and get better. Remember we are in this together!

The BCSA board decided the best way to finish out the Spring is to host two tournament style events in June. There are several factors that were taken into consideration, such as summer weather conditions and the limitations that come with it, public health concerns, referee availability, timelines to consider such the Fall Season preparation, registration, etc. The tournament style event will take place 18-21 June for all Boy teams and 25-28 June for all Girls teams. If your team does not have enough players to play, or your team does not want to play in the tournament but you would like to play, we will try to coordinate with others teams and players in the same situation to combine teams. We will also generate a waiting list, if needed. Some age groups may be placed in the same bracket for the tournament to ensure each team plays at adequate amount of games. ( 4U-6U; 7U-8U; 9U-10U; 11U-12U; 13U+ )We are planning to get at least 3 games for each team.

During the tournament event, there will be a schedule to disinfect common area items such as bathrooms, game balls, etc. We ask that you bring your own chairs for the sidelines. All bleachers will be removed from the fields for this event. Please help us follow public health guidelines. Water breaks will be implemented to ensure our players are staying hydrated.

If you feel the risks are still too great for you and your family and would like a refund, please email the office at bigcountrysoccer@gmail.com . There will also be a form to fill out to complete and help us track your refund. Please note that the refund will be for the games not played as originally scheduled, minus the cost of field fees, referees, insurance, and office fees. The possible refund is $34.00.

We look forward to seeing you on the field. If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to email bigcountrysoccer@gmail.com or call the office at 325-676-1447.”

               
                    Big Country Soccer Association

Youth Football

The West Texas Youth Football Association and Cheer Fall Registrations for the 2020 Season is NOW OPEN! Please keep in mind that due to COVID-19 all in person registrations will be postponed until further notice from the City of Abilene. Keep an eye out for when full registrations begin! Be sure to check the WTYFA website and individual organizations pages for information, schedule updates, and other important information!

Youth Hockey

Abilene Hockey Please see updated information for 2020 Spring Season below. If you have any questions, please contact league directly! Check their website for more information, schedules, and photos. We are still waiting for the phase that opens us back up but the rink is now open to the public again! Please continue following the guidelines and we will see y’all soon!

 

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