At Monday night's AAA board meeting, we received updates on our spring-summer Fastpitch program which is currently conducting practices under Minnesota Department of Health guidelines. It's great to have the kids back on the field participating again and getting some normalcy back!
Plans are also in the works for late summer and fall sports to resume as restrictions continue to ease so watch for more information in the near future!
Many thanks to those AAA members who chose to donate some or all of their refundable registration fees to our association. As a result, our board voted to provide up to six scholarships for a total of $1,500 to 2020 high school seniors to apply to their post-secondary education, continuing our tradition of providing support to local students who participated in AAA programs in the past. Applications are due July 15 and recipients will be announced later in the summer.
Best wishes, be well, and I hope to see you out at a field or on a court soon!
Ted Butler, AAA President
Thank you for your patience and understanding as each of our sports works through its process for plans to resume play. Below is a brief summary of our spring sports statuses as of May 19.
Fastpitch Softball: MN Fastpitch (the governing organization for AAA Fastpitch) is part of a statewide effort to determine timing and procedures for safe return to play. See May 5 email from fastpitch director for details. We hope to have more updates soon.
Track & Field: Spring 2020 season canceled. Potential summer season under consideration depending upon state health guidance. All registrants were provided the option to receive a refund, credit toward next season, or donate to AAA.
Slowpitch Softball: Spring 2020 season canceled. Possible late summer/fall season is under consideration depending upon state health guidance. All registrants were provided the option to receive a refund, credit toward next season, or donate to AAA.
Boys High School Volleyball: Spring 2020 season canceled. A possible summer season may be held if allowed under state health guidance and if sufficient interest exists. Those registered for the spring season had their fees refunded.
We are in the midst of planning to resume sports offerings dependent on the ability to do so safely for our athletes, coaches, and community. Decisions will continue to be based on public health guidance.
Best wishes, stay safe, and be well!
Ted Butler, President and Track & Field Director
Andover Athletic Association Members:
Youth sports aren’t the most important issue facing society right now, but we believe they are important to the long term health and well being of our children and therefore to our communities and society at large. We are committed to fulfilling our mission as soon as it becomes safe and healthy to do so in these challenging and unprecedented times.
Our board members are closely monitoring guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the governing organizations of our individual sports to determine when our spring sports may safely begin. We hope that will be soon but the reality is that following Wednesday's executive order from Governor Walz and extended direction for social distancing, there will at minimum be delays to the start of each of our spring sports seasons. This creates scheduling and facility availability challenges that differ across each of our programs.
Directors of individual sports will be in contact with families of registrants about adjustments to schedules once we know more information.
We also understand that the economic instability created during this pandemic affects each of our families differently. To that end, we are also working as a board to create flexibility from our standard refund policy for families in need and those families for whom revised schedules are not feasible. A process is being developed to handle these requests so we kindly ask that you not send individual e-mails with requests right now. We will communicate more on this topic in the coming weeks.
We appreciate your patience as we continue to gather information and consider the logistics associated with changes to our spring seasons.
Best wishes, stay safe, and be well!
Ted Butler, President and Track & Field Director on behalf of the AAA Board
Registration for the 2020 Track & Field season for Kindergarten-5th Grade still has limited spots remaining! Learn more about and register for this fun, recreational introduction to the lifelong sport of track & field by clicking here.
The Summer 2020 registration link is available below. Openings remain for the 8U, 10U, and 12U levels for the upcoming season!
Registration is now open for Girls' Volleyball for grades 2nd through 6th. Season runs Monday and Wednesday from Aug 31- End of Oct.
Registration for the 2020 Spring/Summer Slowpitch Softball season for Kindergarten-12th Grade is now open.
AAA Board Positions
Andover Athletic Association has elected the following board members for terms starting in 2020:
Thanks to all who showed interest in the board openings. We hope you will continue to remain involved in AAA in the future!
About Andover Athletic Association
Andover Athletic Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide recreational youth sports programs that maximize fun, facilitate friendships and memories, provide equal opportunities regardless of ability, build respect and confidence, promote sportsmanship and teamwork and encourage physical fitness. We serve the youth of Andover and welcome members from surrounding communities as well.
Andover Athletic Association continues to grow. We have over 2,000 male and female athletes playing a variety of sports. Track and Field returned a few years ago, and we have now added Cross-Country in 2017. Andover Athletic Association added Girls Volleyball a few years ago, and we added High School Boys Volleyball in 2018. We continue to offer Boys and Girls Basketball, Slowpitch Softball, Fastpitch Softball, and Co-Ed High School Softball. Andover Athletic Association has been going strong for 30+ years. Our Association offers an affordable, fun way for kids to get involved with sports. They meet new friends and learn new skills.
So keep your child involved and get yourself involved. Is there a sport you are interested in, but have no association (tennis, golf, …) Please contact the AAA board with any suggestions. Our goal is provide opportunities for the youth in Andover and surrounding area.
Providing recreational youth sports programs that maximize fun, facilitate friendships and memories, provide equal opportunities regardless of ability, build respect and confidence, promote sportsmanship and teamwork and encourage physical fitness.
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