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Chalk Talk

Chalk Talk is by, for, and about LOUYAA. It’s a running blog that could be about anything valuable to LOUYAA athletes and parents. Maybe it’s an event, an announcement, maybe something memorable a coach said or an update on a program. If you have a suggestion for “Chalk Talk,” send an email to webmaster@louyaasports.org with contact info and we’ll be in touch.


Senior Leadership Project! 5K Bear Crawl to be held Sunday November 15th, 2015 at Oakdale High School. Click Here for flier and registration information!


Field WorkIt Won’t Be Long Now!
LOUYAA’s largest field, a 90 foot diamond, is starting to take shape at the new LOUYAA park in New Market.  Along with the major league field, two tee ball fields and two 60/70 foot fields are also in the works.  Check back to “Chalk Talk” for photo updates as the excitement builds for these five new LOUYAA fields, including ‘Jeffy’s Field’.



Jeffys Field


Construction has begun on five new Linganore Oakdale Urbana Youth Athletic Association (LOUYAA) baseball fields, including Jeffy’s Field, a ‘field of dreams’ diamond being built in memory of Jeff Hayek, a New Market 10-year-old who once played in the LOUYAA program and lost his life to clotting complications in 2007. Play is scheduled to start on the fields next spring! An engraved brick fundraising campaign is underway at  www.brickmarkers.com/donors/louyaa Or print flyer

Pictured, l  to r: Shawn Meade, Jaime Swinimer, Scott Mogar and Rick Lane of LOUYAA; Jeff’s parents Brian and Robin Hayek, Abbey Herman of Clearwater Landscape, Evan Evans of LOUYAA,  Jamie Schinella of Clearwater Landscape, Lon Santis of LOUYAA, and Colleen Chidester, Community Foundation of Frederick County trustee.


7-08 Jeff Tshirt closeSupport the new fields with an engraved brick.

Make your family name or personal tribute a permanent part of the new LOUYAA baseball complex. Engraved bricks will be built into the walkway behind Jeffy’s Field and are now available for purchase. Eighty percent of the proceeds help support the baseball field project. You can purchase bricks securely online or by mailing a check. For details, visit www.brickmarkers.com/donors/louyaa Or print flyer


rainy_weather_with_thunderSafety first! LOUYAA updates its weather policies.

 At any given time, LOUYAA has hundreds, even thousands of members participating in activities at various locations in Frederick County, the Baltimore/DC metro area and sometimes even beyond.  To ensure the potential safety of our athletes, LOUYAA is leveraging current technology and expert information in updating its inclement weather policy.
Here is the new policy. We encourage you to copy, paste and print the policies for handy reference, and remember always err on the side of safety!


Drive Photo

Drive time.

In a recent survey, rec league kids were asked what they liked least about their sports experience, and the unanimous answer was “the ride home.”
In an effort to help parents better prepare for the trip, here’s a link to an article that appears on the US Lacrosse website blog, but applies across all sports. Photo on left by Matt Kowall (US Lacrosse site)


Site for sore eyes!

So how do you like the new website design? We hope you like it, and we hope it will provide a better online experience.  Please let us know what you think and what suggestions you might have for information and navigation.  Send your comments to webmaster@louyaasports.org Your commissioners are always looking for photographs to include on their sports pages, so please send them your favorites!


Volunteers R Us.

Simply put, the strength and success of our organization comes from the often tireless efforts of our volunteers.  Sports and teams need parents to run a successful program, from concession and apparel sales to field maintenance to team parents. But no one needs to make LOUYAA a part-time job.  If everyone steps up for just a few hours a season, we’d have all the help we need. Please, find the time to make your child’s experience that much better.



No Place Like…

LOUYAA has a home. And we are making it our own. Our New Market field complex at the end of Royal Oaks Drive is beginning its transformation from practice fields to a youth recreation showcase in southern Frederick County. The park will feature two soccer fields, two football/lacrosse fields, three baseball fields, and one baseball/softball field. “Jeffy’s Field,” a magnificent 60/70 ft. field of dreams, is being built in memory of Jeff Hayek, who played for LOUYAA at age 10. Ball fields will be constructed in 2014, so look for updates and opportunities to contribute to  the new park.


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