Why join the Yorkville Youth Athletic Association?
Since 1968, the not-for-profit Yorkville Youth Athletic Association has offered sports, performing arts and after-school programs for boys and girls pre-K through 12th grade. Programs include baseball, basketball, dodgeball, football (flag and tackle), hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and more – at recreational, developmental, and competitive/travel levels. Every year, YYAA serves more than 6000 boys and girls from all around New York City. We are an established association that ensures players have fun and learn how to compete with sportsmanship.
How do I know if games have been cancelled due to inclement weather?
There are two reliable ways to get updated information on the status of programs when there is inclement weather. The first, and easiest, way is to click on the GAMEDAY HOTLINE link, which is located at the bottom of our home page. The other method is to call the hotline phone number (212) 876-4976.
Are spectators allowed?
Except for our after school programs, which are drop-off programs, the answer is an emphatic Yes. Spectators are allowed and encouraged. We love to see parents, relatives, and friends cheering for all of our children in a positive way.
Why can locations and times change?
We are probably the best program in NYC in letting people know the day, dates, times and locations of our programs. However, sometimes enrollment, gym, or park permits change. These unforeseen instances are few and far between, but they do happen. When they do, changes must occur. We have an excellent record of doing exactly what we say on our applications. If something changes we cannot refund, but we may credit or transfer if we feel it is appropriate.
Are background checks conducted on volunteer/employees?
Yes, prior to their contact with any of the young people in our programs, all volunteers and employees are cleared through a criminal background check.
How do I register for a program? Online?
There are two ways to register: online, or by mail.
To register online click the “Sign-Up” link at the top right of our homepage. This will take you to the Shopping Cart page. Once there, simply choose the program for which you want to register.
To register by mail go to the webpage and click the program/sport you are interested in joining. Print out the appropriate mail-in form, complete this, and mail, with payment, to: Yorkville Youth Athletic Association, PO Box 1556, NY, NY 10028.
Do you accept checks?
Yes. Checks are accepted when registering through mail. Checks should be made payable to “Yorkville Youth Athletic Association.” There is a $25.00 fee for returned checks.
Can I sign up for a program after the season has started?
Yes, you may sign up if space is available. We do not pro-rate until week 4; and we do not accept new registrants after week 5.
Why no refunds, transfers or credits?
Prior to the start of each season we have allocated the expected registration fees to ensure that we have paid for staff, space, supplies, equipment, trophies, etc. We cannot plan without commitment. Before you register for one of our programs, please check your schedule. Once you make a commitment to play with us it is final. This policy is clear on all our applications. Everyone signs this agreement each time you join. We are firm on this policy under all circumstances.
Can my child try a program before registering?
No. Our programs are a proven success over many years. Please ask your child his/her preferences prior to joining. You can also always come watch a program prior to joining.
Is there a discount for siblings?
No. Not at this time.
If my child is on the waiting list, should we show up to the program?
No. Being on a waiting list does not mean that you are registered for a program. If space becomes available, we will contact you to complete the registration process.
Can I store my credit card information with you for future registrations?
No. In an effort to protect your personal credit card information, we have chosen not to store anyone’s credit card information at any time.
We respect and are committed to protecting your privacy. We may collect personally identifiable information when you visit our site. We also automatically receive and record information on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, cookie information and the page(s) you visited. We will not sell your personally identifiable information to anyone.
Your payment and personal information is always safe. Our Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software is the industry standard and among the best software available today for secure commerce transactions. It encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, name, and address, so that it cannot be read over the internet.
Why do we organize divisions by grade and not age?
First, we find it much easier than using birth-dates. Second, it is easier to verify what grade your child is in rather than when his/her birthday is. The most important reason is that children in the same grade want to play with, and against, others in their grade. Birthday cutoffs are difficult and friends could be separated.
Why do we have 2 grades together?
We love the 2 grade concept for a few reasons. Each year different groups of children move up to another group and leave the younger one behind. We do not feel it is great to play with one group from Pre-K through grade 12. When your child is in the younger grade he/she can learn from those in the older grade. When your child is in the older grade he can help a children in the younger grade.
How are our teams made up?
Teams are made up of individuals. We are a community program and do not take full teams into the league. We build teams by coach draft in basketball, flag football, and baseball for grades 4 – 12. We have director-selected teams in baseball in pre-K – grade 3 and K & 1 flag football, soccer and lacrosse. We frown on friend requests for drafted teams and if you ask they are never guaranteed. The coach’s goal at the draft is to make the best team he can. We try to have teams that can compete in close games. We do not make school teams.
Can my child be on the same team as his/her friends?
Maybe. When your child is in a younger grade (below 4th) we try to place him/her with a requested friend. It is not always possible. Our belief is that children should play because they enjoy, or want to learn, the sport and meet new friends. We feel that this is important to their development. Special requests MUST be made prior to team make-up. After teams go out, we will not be able to accommodate your request or change your child’s team. Requests must be made in writing.
Can a family request a certain coach or a coach request a player.
NO, we love that coaches suggest our league to players and that players love playing for their past coaches, however we cannot, and neither can a coach, promise that you will be together the following season. This is not possible for drafted or director placed players.
How do I sign up to coach?
Click the “Coaching” tab on our website. This will direct you to the links in which there are coaching opportunities. Click the season you would like to coach and complete the form. For the safety of our young people, a new coach application will include a necessary background check.
How many players on each team?
In travel baseball there are 12-13 players on each team.
In travel basketball there are 9-11 players on each team.
In tackle football there are 18-25 players on each team.
Is my child guaranteed a certain amount of playing time?
No. Playing time is earned.
How many teams are in each age division?
We have no more than 2 teams in each age group.
When and where are the practices? Can I see the schedule before I join?
Travel baseball will practice and play on Randall’s Island and at our Baseball Academies, which are located at 106th Street & 1st Avenue; and 109th Street & 2nd Avenue.
Travel basketball will play and practice at various gyms on the UES.
Tackle football practices during the week on Randall’s Island. Our home games are played at Randall’s Island and away games are at various locations throughout the city.
Does my child have to try out?
Yes, for travel baseball and basketball. All players, even those who have played in the past, must try out each season.
There are no tryouts for tackle football.
Is transportation provided to the games/practices?
No. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children arrive at all practices and games. Many parents work together to form carpools to make this happen.
Shuttle bus is provided for tackle football practices for an additional fee.
Each time you signup for any Yorkville Program or Activity, you electronically or physically sign this agreement.
Parents/Guardians do hereby give approval for him/her to participate in any and all activities of the Yorkville Youth Athletic Association and agree to abide by all rules and regulations of the institution. I assume all risks and hazards incidental to such participation in these activities, and I do hereby waive, release, absolve, indemnify, and agree to hold harmless the Yorkville Youth Athletic Association and its staff, the Board of Directors of The Yorkville Youth Athletic Association, officers, directors, organizers, sponsors, supervisors, participants, trainers, independent contractors, agents, representatives, all persons transporting my child/dependent to and from activities, the City of New York, New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation, and their respective officials, from any claims, loss, liability, expense or damage arising out of an injury to my child/dependent, whether the result of negligence or for any other cause, except to the extent and in the amount covered by accident or liability insurance. I understand that this release applies to both future and present injuries, damages or loss and is binding on the Player and the Players heirs, executors and administrators.
I understand that the Player may be photographed and/or videotaped during participation in YYAA and hereby grant YYAA permission to use the Players likeness in photographs and/or video in any and all of its publications and in any and all other media.
I also understand that the Yorkville Youth Athletic Association has a no refund, no transfer, no credit policy for any reason at any time for any program. Times and locations are subject to change.
YYAA Concussion Awareness Policy
Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. All coaches, parents, and athletes need to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.
All of YYAA’s professional coaches have been made aware of how to properly identify a concussion in children. We care about the kids in our care. Coaches are able to recognize concussion signs and symptoms and learn how to respond, and focus on prevention and preparedness to help keep athletes safe season-to-season.
What is a Concussion?
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A concussion is a brain injury.
Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.
Recognizing a Concussion
To help recognize a concussion, you should watch for the following two things among your athletes:
A forceful bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that results in rapid movement of
Any change in the athlete’s behavior, thinking, or physical functioning.
Athletes who experience any of the signs and symptoms listed below after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body should be kept out of play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says they are symptom-free and it’s OK to return to play.
Signs Observed by Coaching Staff
• Appears dazed or stunned
• Is confused about assignment or position • Forgets an instruction
• Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
• Moves clumsily
• Answers questions slowly
• Loses consciousness (even briefly)
• Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
• Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
• Can’t recall events after hit or fall
Symptoms Reported by Athlete
• Headache or “pressure” in head • Nausea or vomiting
• Balance problems or dizziness • Double or blurry vision
• Sensitivity to light
• Sensitivity to noise
• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
• Concentration or memory problems • Confusion
• Does not “feel right” or is “feeling down”