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Slidell Bantam Baseball Association (SBBA)
SBBA is a not-for-profit organization formed in the early 1950s to provide recreational softball and baseball to the youth of the Slidell area.  Independent of the parish and city governments, SBBA depends upon registration fees, sponsor fees, fundraising activities and donations for its financial well-being. It depends on parents and family members to volunteer as coaches, commissioners, team coordinators, score-keepers and, most importantly, spectators. The organization is administered by an all-volunteer board of directors elected annually by the membership. SBBA has approximately 2,000 boys and girls participating, ages 5 to 17. They also host three separate tournaments at the regular season’s end. The annual Fourth of July Tournament saw approximately 100 teams participating, with many teams traveling from as far away as Kansas to participate in the USSA World Series. SBBA is located off of Terrace Avenue, north of Old Spanish trail, with twelve fields that allow all games to be played within one facility. From April through June, there are games five nights a week and all day Saturday. Membership is open to everyone in the greater Slidell area.

Slidell Youth Basketball Association (SYBA)
The SYBA is an incorporated youth sports organization dedicated to providing quality recreation to the youth of the Slidell area. It is governed by a board of directors elected each year by the general membership comprised of the coaches and parents of the participating youths. The SYBA provides recreation to over 1,000 girls and boys ages 5-17 through their participation in basketball and volleyball leagues. The program has grown to over 1,000 participants. In addition to regular season play, the SYBA is represented by players in age groups 8 through 12 who travel across the state to compete in biddy basketball tournaments. Having no facilities of its own, the SYBA depends on the city of Slidell and area school gyms for practice and game facilities. The association is financed through participant registration fees, sponsorship by local businesses and an annual grant from the city of Slidell. It takes a major commitment by a large number of dedicated individuals to run an organization of this size. The SYBA has been blessed with outstanding participation from board members, volunteer coaches, sponsors, school and city administrators and parents of children involved.

Slidell Youth Football Association (SYFA)
The SYFA is a non-profit, volunteer organization established in 1967 to provide children 5 1/2-13 an opportunity to play tackle football in a safe, organized environment. All SYFA coaches are nationally certified through the National Youth Sports Coaches Association. This program now has approximately 600 participants on 32 teams, plus approximately 400 participants in its auxiliary cheerleading program. The program is funded primarily by private fund-raising activities, donations from individuals and support from the city of Slidell. The 32-year-old organization is directed by seven board members and is the oldest volunteer youth athletic association operation on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. SYFA facilities are located in Slidell off of Terrace Avenue, where they have three full-sized football fields.

Slidell Youth Soccer Club
The Slidell Youth Soccer Club is a non-profit organization that provides an outlet for boys and girls 5-19 in Slidell and the surrounding area to participate in the sport of soccer. The club played its first full season in the fall of 1976 with 100 players (seven teams) and 35 games. Now the club boasts 1,500 players on over 100 teams that compete in weekend games on the 25 local soccer fields. The club offers 5 levels of play: developmental, ages 5-10; recreational, ages 11-19; premier, amateur and adult. Funding is derived entirely from player registration fees and team sponsorships. The cost is $60 a season or $85 a year. The fee includes the cost of a complete uniform. A discount is given for families with more than one child registering. Registration is held in August and January. Registration is at its highest and continues to climb because of the popularity of soccer to players, coaches and parents. Soccer is the international sport and the fastest growing one in the United States.

For more information on any activity listed above, please call the City of Slidell Recreation Department at (985) 646-4372.

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