Abilene Youth Sports Authority | Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center UPDATE
WE ARE RE-OPENING THE SPORTS CENTER ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 20TH!!
First and foremost, we want to extend our thoughts to all families who are navigating this difficult time together. COVID-19 has drastically impacted all our lives and we express our heartfelt thoughts to all battling. Abilene Youth Sports Authority is monitoring the latest news about COVID-19 closely and we are making decisions based off of organization and government recommendations.
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.
Below is our updated schedule and safety guidelines:
May 18 – May 22
Monday : closed to public
Tuesday : closed to public
Wednesday – Friday : OPEN GYMS (9-11a, 12-2p, 3-5p)
These guidelines may vary from event to event based on CDC and Local governing bodies.
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*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
AYSA YOUTH BASKETBALL 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.*
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.
*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.
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.
Visit abilenetennis.org for more information about registration information and future seasons.
AYBA registrations for 2020/2021 will start in September!! Be sure to check website for updated team, roster, coach, and season information!
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 – PREVIOUS UPDATE: 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.
MAY UPDATE: NO UPDATES
(Lee, Johnston, Bowie, Thomas, Taylor, & ACS)
Abilene Southern LL – MAY UPDATE: Please note Abilene Southern Little League’s baseball season is not cancelled, just DELAYED. We are hopeful we will be given permission to restart our season sometime in late May, June or July.
Concerning refunds, unfortunately SLL is not able to give any registration refunds. We were only two weeks away from opening day when everything happened. Registration funds have already been spent on uniforms, field prep, baseballs, equipment, insurance, and all the other expenses required to get ready for baseball season. But once again, the season is NOT OVER, just delayed. We want to encourage families to stick with it. As soon as we get the green light, our kids will be back outside in the sunshine on the field with their teammates again.
Patrick Clancy – President, Southern Little League
(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 – Update from Texas District 5 Little League: Little League International announced formally what most of us anticipated was coming, that the Little League World Series and Regional Tournaments for 2020 have been cancelled. Please Note: This does not mean local Little Leagues will not have a regular season, and depending on the timeline of when we can get started, there may still be postseason opportunities. With this announcement and the Governor’s recent Orders, a timeline is starting to take shape for us on the local levels. District 5 and your local leagues will be communicating over the next few days and expect to have a plan in place by Monday. Also Note: Questions need to go through your local leagues as each league could be a little different based on local circumstances. Stay safe, hope to see you at the ballpark soon.
Jim Ned Little League – Please see update from Texas District 5 Little League!
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 new updates.
Abilene North Softball – No new updates.
Wylie Fast Pitch Softball – **UPDATE** The board is discussing whether or not we will have some kind of season, and we are in communication with the parks and rec department as well as our USA Softball district commissioner. We will let you all know ASAP once a decision is made. We have heard from the majority of teams/parents, and most want to play, even if it’s a very short season, if at all possible.
Abilene Boys & Girls Softball Association – No new updates.
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!
- Parents your coach should have gotten in contact with you. we are looking at maybe starting the season back up between the 23-30th of this month. If they have not contacted you please email the office and let us know.
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!
- OPEN REGISTRATION: accepting ALL NEW and Returning players and cheerleaders. Fill out the form here:
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!