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AYRA Baseball & Softball

Atholton Youth Recreation Association (AYRA)

AYRA has been providing Howard County Maryland communities (Clarksville, Columbia, Fulton, Maple Lawn, Laurel, Savage, Simpsonville) a youth baseball program that is fun, competitive, educational, and safe for children aged five to eighteen years old since 1963. Our baseball program is based on carefully-balanced objectives. While our first, and most important, focus is to create a fun and enjoyable baseball experience for children, this objective is balanced with a program aimed at developing fundamental baseball skills. Our program is designed to develop those fundamental skills at an early age and then continually hone and add to those skills as our players age and play more competitive baseball. In addition to player development, a second focus is on developing a coaching staff that is enthusiastic, competent, caring, and prepared.

AYRA is guided by three core principles:
 
First, baseball is a wonderful, multi-faceted game. It's simple enough for a 4 or 5 year old to understand, but also deep enough to provide a lifetime of learning and mastering skills and strategies.
 
Second, we focus on winning as a process rather than as a goal. We stress to our coaches and players the importance of mastering the fundamentals, working hard, and having fun. The combination of these three things complemented with opportunities for more advanced skills training produces teams that win. Winning is just a natural result of this process.
 
Third, and most importantly, baseball provides lessons players will carry with them through their lives. Baseball develops players through teamwork, fairplay, mentoring, competition, athletic achievement, physical fitness, and perseverance. Our baseball players know they should be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. These are all valuable life lessons each player carries with him or her into adulthood.

This website was developed to convey important, timely, and fun information to coaches, players, and parents. Inside you'll find contact information for the members of the Board of Directors and coaches, field information, schedules, league specific information, answers to frequently asked questions, calendar of events, registration information, helpful hints for getting the most out of your experience with AYRA, and so much more. If, at any time, you have a suggestion to help us improve this website, please feel free to send us an email with your suggestion.

We on the AYRA Board of Directors sincerely thank you for getting your child involved with our league. Community sports are a great way for kids to learn about physical fitness, teamwork, winning, losing, and sportsmanship under all circumstances. We look forward to seeing you and your children on the baseball diamond.

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