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SPRING SEASON UPDATE FROM THE AYL

AYL Families,

The health and safety of our families is our primary focus and the COVID-19 situation is disrupting life throughout the world. 

The AYL wants each person to feel in control of their own safety when returning to the fields. It is important to us that we do not rush anyone’s decision, and much remains unknown at this time. We will communicate the guidelines required by Federal, State and City officials as soon as we get them. 

While there is a lot of uncertainty, we all believe that getting back onto the field is a critical step for our families and the healing process.

As of today (5/10/2020) we have established the below schedule for Baseball, Lacrosse, Volleyball and Softball.

Baseball 

The AYL is still actively PLANNING to restart our 2020 baseball season.  We are planning towards restarting the season on 6/1/2020 through mid-July. More information will be communicated by May 25th or as we are informed about the socials distancing requirements. We are working with Tri-county health and other organizations to ensure our game play rules follow the official guidelines.

Boys and Girls Lacrosse:

We will be moving the 2020 Lacrosse season to start on August 8th, 2020. This season will run until August 31, 2020 and each team will get 6 games. We will adjust game play rules as needed. We understand this may conflict with Fall sports and will schedule games on week nights and Sundays to avoid any potential scheduling conflicts.

Volleyball:

AYL will be canceling the spring volleyball season. We decided to do this because of the gym availability limitations as a result of all school districts closing their facilities until further notice. 

We will be working to determine the seasonal cost incurred thus far and will be providing each club a reduced refund after June 1st, 2020. 

The AYL does not collect individual registrations and thus does not determine how each club will address this with their families. Please remember that all youth sports organizations pre-pay for the season and have continued to incur costs even when we are not running games and practices.

 

FAQ’s 

Will I get a refund or credit? Decisions on refunds will be communicated by the club you are registered with and not the AYL. Each club has different costs, facilities, and structures so each club will offer different solutions. Your club will provide you with any needed information.

If a refund is offered why would it not be for the full amount I paid? All youth sports organization pre-pay for much of the season in advance- which includes officials training, equipment, fields, trophies, insurance, rent, admin and accounting fees etc. Much of the spring sports cost were incurred in January and February prior to the COVID situation. AYL clubs are non-profits and run on very thin margins. Clubs will do their best to offer credits/refunds/donations if possible. As a reminder, the AYL does not set these policies and each of the clubs will decide on what to do individually.

Will you follow the guidance provided by the Governor and other local officials and agencies? Yes, we will follow all government (Federal/State and City) established guidelines and social distancing requirements.  

Can we gather as a team prior to the restrictions be lifted? The AYL is only responsible for game play and that will not happen until the restrictions are lifted. If your coach wants to meet as a team, that is not a club or AYL event and thus you do so at your own risk. NO AYL clubs are allowing practices or scrimmages at this time and violating the guidelines set by the government is not recommended. 

Craig Randall 

AYL President 


by posted 05/13/2020
Welcome to the Thunder

Littleton Youth Sports is a non-profit organization designed to provide structured sports programs for the youth in our community. The Primary Goal is to teach sports fundamentals, good sportsmanship and teamwork at multiple levels of competitiveness in order to serve as many boys and girls as possible. Our mission is achieved by the tireless effort of an all-volunteer organization who put children above all else.

To get news, information, schedules, game results, directions and much more click on the specific sport tab on the horizontal menu.


posted 03/22/2020
AYL IMPLEMENTS NEW MANDATORY HEALTH & SAFETY PROCEDURES

Due to concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other health authorities, the AYL is implementing new, mandatory health and safety procedures as part of a proactive approach to preventing the spread of germs.
 

Throughout the AYL organization, we are adopting these new measures effective immediately. We cannot stress enough how vital it is that all AYL participants adhere to these guidelines.
 

“No-Contact/No-Handshake” Policy
 

AYL is immediately instituting a precautionary “no-contact, no-handshake policy” to be observed at every level of the organization until further notice. This includes all physical contact and extends to customary game-related activities, such as pre-game coaches’ handshakes, umpire-coach introductions, and post-game handshakes between members of opposing teams. Instead, staff, players and coaches should use verbal queues, such as saying “good game,” without shaking hands, high-fiving or fist-bumping.
 

Maintain Good Hygiene Practices
 

All AYL volunteers, membership and participants in AYL sanctioned events should be aware of the coronavirus risk and take the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to germs. This includes maintaining good hygiene practices. We strongly recommend the following:
 

  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; this is suggested after any physical contact with another person or with a shared surface
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your mouth and nose – with a tissue, if possible – when coughing or sneezing, then properly discard the tissue in the trash
  • Avoid close contact with anyone else who is coughing or sneezing or who is otherwise sick
  • Clean or disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are sick stay home!!!! Don’t attend any practice or game.

 

Advice from the CDC:

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has a specific Q&A regarding the virus in children:

Q: Are children more susceptible to the virus that causes COVID-19 compared with the general population and how can infection be prevented?

A: No, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible...

- see here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html

 

We will provide updates related to these new measures or let you know about any additional precautions to take if and when they become necessary. We appreciate your cooperation in following these new procedures as we work together to maintain the highest health and safety standards as an organization.

 

We will be looking at the decisions made my CHSAA and the local public schools on what decisions we will make in the future.

Craig Randall
AYL President


by posted 03/11/2020
AYL goes mandatory concussion for training for all coaches!

It is now mandatory that all coaches that coach in the AYL must take the NFHS Concussion Class.  For more info click on Senate Bill 40 click the menu button to the left or to take the certification class now click here.

A bill was signed into law on March 29, 2011 by Governor John Hickenlooper. Senate Bill 40 named the "Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act" in honor of a past Arapahoe Youth League Player who died as a result of multiple concussions.  The AYL is proud of this bill and Jake will be forever remembered in our league.

Upon completion of either course you will receive a "Certificate of Completion", please save that certificate to your computer and email that to the Littleton Youth Sports Administrator at:  admin@littletonyouthsports.org

This certificate is mandatory to be a coach in our league. 

The certificate is good for one year and must be not older than one year through the end of your sport season.  Each coach will need to repeat it each year.

Choose from either of the following Concussion courses:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer the Heads-Up course, click here.
  • National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) course, click here. The class is titled "Concussion in Sports, What you need to know".  You will have to create a login before taking the class.

posted 01/07/2017

GOT QUESTIONS??

INTERESTED IN COACHING, PLEASE CONTACT OUR SPORT DIRECTORS LISTED BELOW.

BASEBALL
BASEBALL@LITTLETONYOUTHSPORTS.ORG

BASKETBALL
BASKETBALL@LITTLETONYOUTHSPORTS.ORG

FOOTBALL
FOOTBALL@LITTLETONYOUTHSPORTS.ORG

BOYS LACROSSE
BOYSLACROSSE@LITTLETONYOUTHSPORTS.ORG

GIRLS LACROSSE
GIRLSLACROSSE@LITTLETONYOUTHSPORTS.ORG

SOFTBALL
ADMIN@LITTLETONYOUTHSPORTS.ORG

VOLLEYBALL
VOLLEYBALL@LITTLETONYOUTHSPORTS.ORG

Online Registration Dates

Baseball - Dec 
Basketball - Aug 
Football - April 
Spring Boys Lacrosse - Nov 
Spring Girls Lacrosse - Nov 

Fall Boys & Girls Lacrosse - June

Fall Learn to Play LAX - Aug
Softball - DETAILS COMING SOON! 

Spring Learn to Play LAX - Dec
Volleyball - Dec 
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