2014 NYSA Board Elections
Positive Effects of Youth Sports
Positive Effects of Youth Sports
Youth sports continue to be very popular. However, it seems that more and morechildrenare spending more of their time indoors playing video games or browsing the Internet. It's important to understand all of the benefits of youth sports, so that you can take the initiative to get and keep your child actively involved.
One of the best positive effects of youth sports is the increase in exercise and physical activity. It's very important for children to stay active and get enough movement and exercise to stay healthy.
When participating in a sport,your childwill have the opportunity to meet many new friends. It will be easy to get along with other children participating in the same activity.
Youth sports teach the important lessons of teamwork, which can be applied to all areas of life off of the playing field.
Playing a sport will teach your childabout goal setting, motivation and working to accomplish something. It's important that a child learns about hard work and following through on a mission.
Youth sports will also teach your child how to deal with defeat. It's not about winning, it's about trying hard, doing the best you can and having fun. Those are all ideals that even as adults we lose sight of too readily.
Thank a Volunteer
Volunteers - outside of our youth, these people are probably the most important individuals in our communities. They've often been described as the 'heart of communities'.
Without a volunteer in our communities, very little would be done. You could pay for every last thing that's done in a community and it wouldn't take long before bankruptcy would hit.
Unfortunately, volunteers are not often recognized for their efforts. They do things unselfishly for their communities without the desire for a paycheque, but it often comes at a sacrifice. That sacrifice is time away from their own families and friends, or perhaps even their place of employment.
Life is better because of volunteers, and residents should make an effort to let these individuals know their services are appreciated. A pat on the back or a handshake goes a long way to saying thank you - job well done!
NYSA Sports Fees - Know the Facts
NYSA charges an Annual Family Membership Fee of $45. That one fee covers all members of their immediate family and it is paid once per year even though a family may have several children playing multiple sports year round. The annual period runs from October 1st thru September 30th. The first sport registration where this fee is collected is Winter Basketball and if the family did not participate in that sport, it is then collected in our Spring Sports Registration which includes Baseball, Tee Ball, Softball and Soccer. This membership fee is separate from the sports registration fees.
In addition, a registration fee is charged by each sport to cover it's operating expenses. The player registration fees collected only cover a portion of the sport's operating expenses so fundraising efforts are required through Concessions, Dances and sales of Sponsor Banners and other related activities. We must rely on our volunteers to support and assist with those fundraising activities to ensure each sport is able to operate through an entire season. Below is an example of how the sports registration fee covers it's operating expenses.
Below is the Baseball Registration fee per player breakdown for 2014:
Baseball Registration fee: $100
Cost Breakdown: $40 is deducted to cover the NYSA Utilities ($20) Office ($10) and Insurance ($10).
Net registration fee to Baseball per player = $60.
Full uniform cost: $38 (include MLB hat, shirt, pants, belt and socks)
Remaining Fee to cover all other expenses = $22 per player
Baseball has approximately 300 players @ $22 = $6,600 to cover all remaining expenses.
Our Umpire Expenses runs approximately $15,000 each year and our equipment, baseballs, bases, chalk, chalk machines, paint, etc runs another $5,000+ approximately. So we are usually about $13,000+ short of covering our operating expenses after the registration fee is collected. Therefore, we must rely on our fundraising efforts from Sponsor banners sales, Dances and Concessions to make up the difference. Please visit the Baseball Page for more specifics.
Please remember that all NYSA Board Members, Officers, Sports Commissioners, Coaches and Team Moms are VOLUNTEERS who are NOT paid. All that they do is balanced with working full-time careers for most of them. They put in a tremendous amount of time, effort and energy at our park to ensure we have a great place for the children in our community to play ball. Please be sure to thank them for all that they do and sacrifice to help our children have a positive youth sports experience.
Impact of Youth Sports
When pundits discuss the influence of sports on American culture, they often emphasize the negatives: Michael Vick and dogfighting; the steroids scandals in baseball; lewd fan behavior in football; doping incidents in cycling and track. But below the radar of popular athletic culture is something that has profoundly shaped the lives of millions of Americans for the better: youth sports. A growing body of research is showing the social and economic benefits of participation in youth sports to be surprisingly large and overwhelmingly positive. Other things being equal, if a kid plays sports, he will earn more money, stay in school longer, and be more engaged in civic life.