PYA Registration Open

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PYA_090514ARegistration has begun for the 2014 fall sports activities and programs of the Port Washington Youth Activities (PYA).

Once again, PYA will conduct its Midget Football for boys in fourth and fifth grades in Port Washington and Manhasset. Those grades will play in the junior division. The program also features developmental/intramural flag football for boys in second and third grades.

The junior division (fourth and fifth grades) practices begin at Lions Field on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon, and Sunday, Sept. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Developmental flag football (second and third grades) practices begin on Sunday Sept. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. The registration fee is $195 for junior division football and $175 for developmental football.

The midget football senior division (sixth and seventh grades) is considering whether to field intramural teams or a single travel team. A decision will be made based on interest in the program and the level of participation.

Boys fall lacrosse for first through sixth grades begins Thursday, Sept. 4. Girls fall lacrosse for first through sixth grades begins Monday, Sept. 8. The registration fee is $150 for each group.

Girls Field Hockey for first through sixth grades begins Friday, Sept. 5, and will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Friday afternoons through Oct. 25. The registration fee is $125.

Fall baseball returns with the instructional program (kindergarten through second grade) starting on Saturday, Sept. 6. The registration fee is $125.

Intramural baseball for boys (minor and major leagues, third through seventh grades) will also begin on Sept. 6. The registration fee is $150.

Girls softball, kindergarten through second grade, (Saturdays 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.) and girls softball minor and major Leagues, third through seventh grades, (Saturdays 9 to 10:30 a.m.) begins Saturday, Sept. 6, as well. The fee is $125 for kindergarten through second grade, and $150 for third through seventh grades.

The PYA fall tennis program runs during October on each Thursday afternoon. It takes place indoors at the Port Washington Tennis Academy on Harbor Road, and serves 8 to 10 year olds. The registration fee is $95. Participation is limited to 16 players with two alternates, and selections will be made by lottery.

A comprehensive application for all the sports, with all the details, including deadline information, can be picked up at Arena Sports at 52 Main Street, Gail’s Shoes at 9 Main Street, or online at www.pyasports.org (where you can also register and pay by credit card).

PYA, established in 1963, is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the sportsmanship and character development in children through participation in its sports programs. PYA is the only Better Business Bureau-Accredited sports-related charitable organization in Port Washington, a spokesman said. With its top-notch facilities located at the end of Glen Lane in Port Washington, PYA has one of the finest youth sports complexes on Long Island, the spokesman said.

Visit the PYA website, www.pyasports.org, to sign up online, get further details, or print an application, as the fall sports registration is going on now. Details for those are also available on the website.

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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