Balcones Youth Sports has been chartered with Little League since 1965 near the time that President Lyndon Johnson passed Federal Legislation in support of Little League Baseball as a Federally Chartered Lifetime 501© organization. Little League is still the only “Federally Chartered Non-Profit Organization” recognized as a lifetime non-profit organization by Congress. The timing was not in-coincidental as this was a push to get undeveloped areas involved in the growth of their Community.
Balcones Little League, in active cooperation with the City of Austin, made an agreement with the City of Austin that “IF WE WOULD BUILD IT, THEY WOULD COME”.
Balcones started as a spin-off from Northwest Little League on AISD property that was not ready for development and was built by all volunteer labor and funds to serve the Austin area residents the City was unable to reach in the far NW area. Balcones is one of three privately owned organizations/complexes that the land was purchased or donated, the facility was built and the organization strichered to serve area youths that exist in the City of Austin, as well as the Metro areas. The area had outgrown the Chartered Territory allowed to NWLL on AISD owned land and Balcones agreed to organize and obtain our own Charter from Little League and to service our expanding local community by providing one of the first fully Private Little League Charters in the Travis County area. In 1965, we were at the extreme N/NW end of the undeveloped end of Travis County, much less the City of Austin. In 1976 the current site of Balcones Youth Sports was donated by the Lyda Family and the current facility was built.
Balcones Youth Sports, in it’s 50 + years as a "Private Organization" has continued to serve over 60,000 area youths and families since they cooperated with the City of Austin. The socio-economic impact as an organization, in teaching children and parents the spirit of Little League and Volunteerism is an impact that cannot be overlooked. Balcones Youth Sports continues to give back to the community by its Volunteer Umpires that encompass the entire area of the City of Austin as well as the numerous families and children they impact within the City and District 11 Little League.
Balcones Mission Statement
Balcones Youth Sports primary goal is to organize and administer a Neighborhood/Community founded; fully Volunteer, Non-Profit, 501(C), Little League Chartered Organization and Pony Associated Softball & Baseball organization so that children and parents can encourage a healthy and active lifestyle in pursuit of learning the game of baseball and softball. For our young ladies we offer a full level of Pony Softball starting at the Pinto level (4 years of age). Children who are 4 years of age as of May 1st of the current Spring Season are eligible to enter our T-Ball or Pinto programs. As ballplayers players grow we will incorporate them into our Coach Pitch/Shetland, Minor/Bronco, AAA/Mustang and Major levels of play. As they continue in the Pony/Colt/Palomino programs we will make our best effort to prepare them for the next level of play as they near or reach High School age. Volunteer Coaches are needed to expand our impact on the Community and grow our organization. Recreational Leagues are our 1st focus, however selected organized teams will be given consideration within our organization for field time, provided they are “Members of Good Standing” within BYS. Participation within “League Play” is a strong consideration for additional requested field time. Our goal is to be all inclusive, no matter the socio-economic mix of our families and to make baseball and softball available to any child who wants to play. To secure our primary goal we must convince all members to be active Volunteers as their children advance and we must prepare all for the next level of play. Having “fun for all” is the only way to ensure participation. It is the responsibility of all “Members” to ensure skill development. Volunteerism is the only way we can continue to grow and continue to serve area youths per our history for the last 45 years.
Tournaments that generate revenue, organized by members, will also be considered as will outside sources of revenue generated for field rentals as fields are available. Other Youth Sports expansion is a consideration for the Board as facilities are available. A “Master Schedule of Fields will be maximized and maintained and outside areas of income will be reviewed as they enhance our area contributions to area youths, with 1st considerations always going to serve our Regular Season of Play, Leagues and members and residents of the city of Austin.
Volunteerism is the only way we can survive and grow. It is the soul of “Balcones”.