Danbury Trojans: Info

Babe Ruth Baseball
The baseball program is designed for boys and girls ages thirteen to eighteen. With high quality uniforms and gear, the young athletes play in a safe environment where they develop a sense of pride in themselves and their team. The emphasis is mastering the fundamentals of the game through clinics, often with visiting instructors and professionals. By providing state of the art such as pitching machines, the players can refine their skills in areas that let their natural abilities surface.

The D.A.Y.O. baseball program has twenty teams who compete both in town and with teams from the surrounding area. The Babe Ruth program includes post season competition up to the national level. The baseball season begins in the spring and runs through the summer.

The basketball program offers boys grades 7 through 9 and opportunity to play organized competitive basketball during the winter. The D.A.Y.O. league teams play each other for the championship. The athletes learn the value of an important lifetime goal: individual acheivement through team participation. The emphasis is on learning the fundamental mechanics of the game and the importance of sharing the glory for the benefit of the team.

Basketball is a demanding sport both physically and mentally. The players end their season with visible improvements in conditioning and with sharper minds. In addition, there is an end of season awards banquet where each player's accomplishments are recognized.

For girls ages five to fifteen, the cheerleading program is designed to provide support and increase spectator participation at the football games. Sanctioned by Pop Warner, the cheerleaders compete with other squads throughout the region. Cheerleading teaches the individual discipline and team cooperation necessary for cheers and routines. The program is offered in the late summer and through the fall, and there is an awards banquet to recognize the contribution of all participants.

Four levels of cheerleading are offered, allowing the girls to grow in ability and confidence and to test the limits of their skills. Many D.A.Y.O. cheerleaders go on to become members of area high school teams and continue cheering in college.

D.A.Y.O. is the sponsor of the nationally renowned Danbury Trojans Pop Warner football program. The Trojans have consistently won league, state, regional, ane even national championships. The D.A.Y.O. Pop Warner football program is acknowledged to be among the best in the country.

Pop Warner football is offered on five levels for boys and girls ages 8 to fifteen. The teams are matched by age and weight in order to ensure that no physical mismatches are encountered. At the lower level, the emphasis is on the fundamentals of the sport. As the athletes advance through the program, they learn the finer aspects of the game, and increase their understanding of the importance of individual performance in the context of teamwork. Every position is equally important to the success of the play.

Football is a physically demanding sport. Top conditioning is stressed from the first day with running, calisthenics, and drills. The players are outfitted with the best protective equipment available, and are carefully monitored by the coaching staff.

Football is also mentally demanding. Each player is required to memorize and execute a variety of plays and frequently in a number of different positions. In addition, he or she must be constantly aware of changes on the field and quickly adjust to provide the appropriate response.

The program begins in early August and ends in the fall. Practices are held in the evening during the week with games played on the weekends. At the end of the season there is an awards banquet. Each player's contribution is recognized and each player receives a trophy for his/her accomplishments.

With over 450 (4-7 yr old) children playing T-Ball, this is D.A.Y.O.'s largest program for the youth of the Danbury area. The game gets its name from the "T" that is used to hold the ball for batting (simular to teeing up a golf ball, but at the right height for hitting). There is no pitching in T-Ball.

The program is designed as an introduction to baseball, but the game is focused on non-competetive instructional play. Action on the field is frequently stopped so that the coaches can teach the players or correct their techniques.

T-Ball is a program for both boys and girls. At the end of the season, which runs throughout the spring and into early early summer, there is a T-Ball picnic for the players and their families. For many children, this is their first experience in a team sport where they can learn the benefit of cooperation with others for a common goal while developing the skills they will use later in competitive baseball.