“We are among the nation’s largest youth sports organizations, with more than 2,200 boys and girls participating in baseball, flag football and basketball,” said Eddie Albert, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Vice President of Baseball. “We offer both intramural teams and more competitive travel teams for kids 5 to 17 years of age.”
There is still time to register for flag football and the Sports Prep Training program. Those interested in learning more about the Brooklyn-based 78th Precinct Youth Council and getting registered for its programs should visit www.78pyc.org.
Albert is expecting approximately 160 participants in flag football this fall. Kids 7 and 8 years of age are eligible for the Sports Prep Training program.
“The training program is something we are just starting and it’s going to be very unique,” said Albert, who has been involved with the 78th Precinct Youth Council for the past 14 years. “This is where professionals will teach kids fundamentals that will apply to every sport, including balance, agility, weight transfer, strength, endurance and safety.
“The kids who go through this program are going to be more prepared for their sport than they would have been. They’re going to have more skills and are going to be more confident. We’d like to eventually expand this to even younger kids.”
In the recently completed baseball season, the Brooklyn Bulldogs travel teams won an unprecedented seven tournaments toward the end of the spring season. The 9s, 10s, 11s and 12s won their divisions in the New York Travel Baseball (NYTB) post-season tournament, while the 14s captured the NYTB July 4th Tournament, and the 11s and 12s won the Cooperstown Baseball Classic. During the spring, the 11s and 12s each won three tournaments.
Overall, more than 1,300 boys and girls played baseball and softball under the 78th Precinct Youth Council umbrella.
Following the flag football season, the 78th Precinct Youth Council will focus on its basketball program. Approximately 750 participants are expected to play basketball this winter. The travel basketball teams are known as the Brooklyn Kings.