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Avon Junior Athletic Association

Avon Junior Athletic Association

FAQ

      

You asked, AJAA listened!  Your Frequently Asked Questions, answered.



1. Why are the fields / gyms spread out all over town?  That’s not how things are in places like Center Grove, for example.

Answer:   AJAA purchased portions and received other portions of the land located off of 625 as a donation, which is where most of our baseball diamonds and clubhouse are located.  However, AJAA does not own any other facilities. Currently, AJAA has relationships to rent and/or use field and gym space from Avon Schools and from Light and Life Church.  Unfortunately, these are not located near the AJAA facilities.

2. Why does it cost so much to play AJAA sports?

Answer:   AJAA makes every attempt to keep its costs in line with what similar local organizations charge for similar offerings.  However, AJAA does not receive any financial support from Hendricks County, the Town of Avon, or Washington Township.  Other youth sports organizations outside of Avon do.  AJAA currently has a multi-year contract with Avon Schools, where AJAA pays $28,000.00 annually for the ability to use previously unused softball and baseball diamonds, provided that AJAA also prepares and maintains the playing surfaces, which is also at a cost to AJAA.  Under the contract with Avon Schools, AJAA also rents various school gymnasiums for winter sports such as basketball.  There are some programs that require extra gym space not covered in the ACSC contract, for which AJAA pays additional fees, on top of the contract. The cost to provide quality field or gym space, uniforms, referees, insurance, and staff to make it all happen all go into our pricing.

3. What goes into my player’s fee?

Answer:   Your player’s fee includes the following: uniform, equipment purchases or rental, referees / officials, gym / field rental, safety and first aid equipment, training for coaches, trophies and awards, marketing and printing of materials, utilities at fields, and administrative costs to process fees and create rosters.

4. Why does AJAA charge a membership fee?

Answer:   AJAA strives to keep our costs for our players low, despite constant increases in costs of uniforms, field/gym rental, and the like.  In doing so, in the past, we have requested families to fundraise.  Unfortunately, many families do not have time or ability to participate.  This led to AJAA offering an option to either pay a membership fee of $50 per family or participate in fundraising efforts.  Unfortunately, again, many families who indicated they desired to opt-out of the membership fee and participate in fundraising did not actually do so.  Moving forward, the $50 membership fee per family will be a requirement.

5. The clubhouse is old and outdated.  Why can’t you update it?

Answer:  See Question #2.  At this time, AJAA is working toward a capital improvement campaign to improve the clubhouse, including improved parking lots, expanded decking (for increased seating), and improvements to the interior of the clubhouse.  These improvements will allow for the AJAA offices to relocate back to the AJAA clubhouse.  As AJAA does not have financial backing from Hendricks County, the Town of Avon, or Washington Township, it’s up to donors, sponsors and our members to help us reach our goal of an improved clubhouse and facility to serve you better.

6. Why does AJAA pay its staff so much?

Answer:   AJAA provides opportunities for more than 3500 Avon youth to play sports.  AJAA is the only organization in Hendricks County and the surrounding counties hosting more than 20 different sports programs.  Our strength is in our numbers, which gives us buying power with vendors for uniforms and equipment. The only other similar organizations offering multiple sports in the Indianapolis Metropolitan area are Carmel, Westfield and HSE.  The sheer number of players, programs, and overlapping seasons cannot be managed by volunteers, or only one person.  At the present time, AJAA employs twelve (12) individuals, including the Executive Director, Director of Operations, Director of Facilities, Administrative Office Assistant, three Groundskeepers, three Concessions Employees, and two Lot Attendants.  AJAA provides these individuals with either a salary or hourly pay, but no benefits such as insurance or retirement funding.  AJAA programs would not run without having employees; there is too much involved to staff the organization entirely with volunteers.  For example, families have the opportunity to volunteer during their child’s season, such as by working the concession stand at the clubhouse.  Unfortunately, most families do not have the time to help out, so AJAA must also staff the concession stand at the baseball diamonds to keep families from getting hungry!

7. What does the AJAA Board of Directors do?

Answer:   The AJAA Board advises, governs, oversees policy and strategic planning for the organization, and provides financial oversight.  They also act as an advocate or liaison on behalf of AJAA in various community outreach opportunities.  The Board also assists with participation in special projects, events, and/or activities of the organization, such as fundraising efforts.  The Board also serves as a resource for AJAA staff, helping to render decisions, including suspension if warranted, on any protest or problem that comes before the Board, from our staff.  As a group of volunteers, the Board simply cannot weigh in on personnel decisions for the nearly 600 coaches who volunteer for AJAA every year and trust our amazing AJAA staff to manage the day-to-day operation of this organization.

8. Does the Board of Directors get paid?

Answer:   No.  Being a Board member is a volunteer position, just like the amazing coaches, coordinators, commissioners and other folks who help out on a day-to-day basis.  The only individuals who are paid by AJAA are staff.

9. Why doesn’t AJAA have more girls playing sports?

Answer:   Girls are welcome to play in all AJAA sports programs other than High School Rugby.  Unfortunately, the number of girls who sign up for sports is not on par with boys’ registrations.  After speaking with similarly situated youth sports organizations, there are simply fewer girls signing up for youth sports overall.  AJAA would welcome and support greater participation from girls in our sports.  AJAA strives to be inclusive to all interested participants, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Contact

Avon Junior Athletic Association
866 S County Rd 625 E 
Avon, Indiana 46123

Phone: 317-839-5480
Email: [email protected]

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