1. WHAT IS THE MISSION OF APG YOUTH SERVICES SPORTS AND FITNESS, AND IS THERE A MEMBERSHIP FEE?
The MWR CYS Sports and Fitness program provides a wide range of opportunities for participation in team sports, individual sports, clinics and camps. The program emphasizes play, competition, maximum participation and physical conditioning, rather than winning or losing. In compliance with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, we inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
2. WHAT TEAM SPORTS DOES YOUTH SPORTS OFFER?
|Soccer League||Fall||4-15 yrs old (age as of Jul 31)|
|T-Ball||Spring||5-6 yrs old (age as of April 30)|
|Baseball||Spring||7-15 yrs old (ages as of April 30)|
|Girls' softball||Spring||7-18 yrs old (ages as of Jan 1)|
|Flag Football||Spring||6-14 yrs old (ages of April 1)|
|Cheerleading||Winter||7-15 yrs old (ages as of Dec 31)|
|Cheerleading||Spring||7-15 yrs old (ages as of April 1)|
|Basketball League||Winter||4-14 yrs old (as of Dec 31)|
3. WHAT INDIVIDUAL SPORTS DOES YOUTH SPORTS OFFER?
|Tennis||Summer||7-18 yrs old (ages as of June 20)|
|Golf||Summer||7-18 yrs old (ages as of June 20)|
|Start Smart||Year Round||3-5 yrs old (must be 3 before program starts)|
4. WHAT CAMPS DOES YOUTH SPORTS OFFER?
|Challenger Soccer (British)||July 27-31||5-14 yrs old|
|Cecil Community College Basketball||TBA|
5. IS THERE A "COACH'S CERTIFICATION PROGRAM" AT APG?
Yes! The Army mandates that all volunteer coaches attend training and receive their coach's certification credentials in order to coach. This program applies to all head coaches and assistant coaches. At this time Youth Services uses the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) for its certification program. All volunteer coaches also submit to a background screening for prior instances of reported misconduct involving children, assault behavior, substance abuse, and larceny misconduct.
6. WHAT IS THE POLICY FOR SPORTS PHYSICALS?
Youth participants must provide a medical statement by a licensed health care professional that certifies the individual is physically fit to participate in the chose sport(s) and addresses any pertinent medical condition(s)/constraint(s). The medical statement must be current at the time of actual registration and remain valid through the completion of the chosen sport. These requirements are a condition of participation and no child/youth will be authorized to play (practice or participate in games) until a valid physical is furnished.
7. WHY DOES MY CHILD GET PUT ON AN "INTEREST/WAITING" LIST?
All youth who register with the Youth Services Sports program during the registration dates will be assured a place in that program. Youth who register after this time frame will be placed on a space-available basis. As openings occur on teams, Youth Services will fill those openings from the "interest/waiting" list. Youth who register late for Sports and Fitness programs due to PCS moves to the APG community (must provide a copy of PCS orders) will be given priority on any "interest/waiting" list and will be the first called on a program when an opening occurs.
8. HOW ARE THE DIFFERENT TEAMS PUT TOGETHER?
Ages 4-8 yrs old will be arbitrarily placed on teams regardless of ability. Request for children to play on the same team with other children (friends, carpooling, etc.) must be in writing to be given consideration. The request for placement must be done prior to the parent/coaches meeting. Once the parent/coaches meeting takes place, changes of rosters will be on a space-available basis. Ages 9-15 yrs old will be evaluated and placed on a team through a player evaluation plan. It is strongly recommended that all players show up for the evaluation process to ensure all teams are as competitively equal as possible.
9. ARE PLAYERS AUTHORIZED TO PLAY IN DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS?
Yes, but must be evaluated by the higher age group coaches that they wish to play in. They must also appear at their normal age group evaluations, so that all coaches have the opportunity to evaluate the child. After evaluation, all coaches must agree that the child is capable of playing at the higher level. Children may not play down in age groups.
10. DOES CYS SPORTS AND FITNESS PROGRAMS PROVIDE UNIFORMS?
Parents or coaches will sign a hand receipt for all uniforms issued to youth participants. They are assuming direct responsibility for the items on the hand receipt. The hand receipt signer will pay for any uniform/equipment signed for that is lost, stolen or thrown way.
The Youth Sports and Fitness program provides support for children 2-1/2 to 18 years of age to encourage healthy life-long habits. Team sports are only available with the participation of volunteer coaches and assistants. All coaches are trained and certified by the National Alliance of Youth Sports (NAYS). Players must be registered with CYS in order to enroll.