With the number of youth sport choices, it can be somewhat of a challenge to know what sports are available, for what age and what organization runs them. Some organizations run their programs based on their sport season and some offer their sport year-round. A variety of organizations are now holding clinics, offering parents an opportunity to learn about the sport and/or organization prior to signing up their children. Young participants experience the sport of their choice to see if they would like to continue playing that particular sport. Clinics tend to be less expensive or may be free of charge. It’s a trial prospect for you and your child. Take advantage and ask all necessary questions, about sport commitments and demands, along with costs.
Danbury Athletic Youth Organization (DAYO) offers Danbury’s Introductory Lacrosse Clinic for Grades K- 2, also known as DINGO Lacrosse. During FUN drills, participants learn the fundamentals of lacrosse, including; scooping, throwing, catching, cradling and shooting. This is a great way for your child to learn about lacrosse! Parents are welcome to volunteer and help coach! Lacrosse registrations include all games, practices, tournaments and indoor winter training. Lightning grades are 3rd and 4th, Junior grades are 5th and 6th and our Senior grades are 7th and 8th. Online registrations are available at www.danburyyouthlacrosse.com.
DAYO’s Born to Play is a way for children to become familiar with T-Ball and shortly after, rookie ball and baseball. Born to Play is for 3-year-old boys and girls. Regular T-Ball is for 4 to 6 years old, and rookie ball is for 5-to-7-years old. Players will learn the proper techniques for throwing, hitting and fielding, along with calisthenics flexibility drills in a non-competitive environment, with additional emphasis on group rules and teammate interaction. All players will learn the dynamics of the baseball diamond and the primary rules for playing organized baseball in years to come. Registrations are now open online at www.leaguelineup.com/dayotball.
DAYO offers USA NFL Flag Football to boys and girls in the Greater Danbury area. Flag football is a non-contact version of football. There are three divisions. Division 1 is for ages 6 to 8 years old, Division 2 is for ages 9 to 11 years old, Division 3 is ages 12 to 14 years old. Playing flag football also offers the opportunity to learn the game of football and to improve physical conditioning. Games are played every Sunday, beginning in April until end of June, at the Steve Kaplanis Field next to Broadview Middle School in Danbury. The organization will provide an NFL Flag jersey for participants to keep! Flag football is designed to be an introduction to football, with an emphasis on passing, catching and learning the basic fundamentals of the game. Right now, we have a great combo package deal for both flag football and tackle football. Online registrations are available at www.dayosports.com.
DAYO Lightning Indoor Track & Field is offered in the spring, summer and winter for girls and boys in 3rd grade to 8th grade. Participants have the opportunity to get into great condition while learning about and competing in track and field meets. Practices are designed to allow athletes to reach their own potential in a fun and competitive environment. Some track and field events are the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter sprints, and on distance, 800 meters, 1600 meters and 3000 meters. In addition to running, there are field events; hurdles, long jump, high jump, shotput, discus and javelin. Online registrations are available at www.dayosports.com.
If you want your child to try a different sport, look into sport clinics. Most sports hold clinics throughout the year and summer camps during the summer. This is a fun way to introduce skills or reinforce skills. Other youth organizations post their information on their website. The Police Athletic League offers Girls Basketball 2nd-8th grade and Little Baller for Coed K-1st. The Danbury Youth Wrestling Association offers wrestling to both boys and girls from K-8th grade. Girls Field Hockey is from 3rd to 8th grade. For information on organizations that are not mentioned in this column, please contact Estela Camacho.
For additional information, please call Estela Camacho at 203-530-2457 or email her at EstelaGC005@gmail.com. You can also learn more about the organization at www.dayosports.com, on Facebook (Danbury Athletic Youth Organization) or Twitter (@DAYOinfosports) or read about us in Tribuna Newspaper.