ABOUT THE 78th PRECINCT YOUTH COUNCIL
Our Mission Statement
The 78th Precinct Youth Council is a non-profit youth sports organization that provides Brooklyn children from kindergarten through high school with the opportunity to develop leadership abilities, team skills, and personal discipline. Our players gain emotional and social maturity, while having fun, through participation in a variety of athletic programs. We provide a full menu of options for players at every level, ranging from balanced intramural activities to our highly competitive and well-respected travel programs. We focus on providing our volunteer coaches with the tools and training to ensure their success in accomplishing the dual goals of developing the athletic skills and the characters of their players. We use technology wherever possible to optimize our administrative interactions with parents, while always ready to provide personal assistance if the need arises. We provide our players with safe, clean facilities, and certified coaches who help them achieve their athletic potential and their personal goals.
Our Vision Statement
We envision the establishment of a cohesive youth sports environment in Brooklyn, supported by government and private business, and operated by community organizations, where character development is recognized as the primary goal of athletic participation and the policies, procedures, and processes of all involved groups support that priority.
As one of the largest independent youth sports organizations in Brooklyn, the 78th Precinct Youth Council is uniquely positioned to lead the way to this vision for Brooklyn athletics; this leadership will take place by having our parents, players, and coaches consistently set an example of good sportsmanship in all situations.
Our Approach to Sports: Have Fun, Learn and Succeed.
Over the years much research has been devoted to developing the youth athlete. Much of it leads to a few consistent conclusions: 75% drop out after the age of 13 because it is no longer fun for them and most adults who coach fail to understand the importance of measured physical and mental training that balances learning, repetition and competition. This applies equally to both recreational and “travel” youth sports.
Developing the youth athlete is a gradual process that requires patience and understanding that winning is a by-product. While winning is obviously a fundamental ingredient in any sporting activity, to overemphasize it is to reward results over effort – which is a prescription for failure. We would rather think of winning as a house build of hundreds of bricks of success. It is in doing of little things that great things can occur.
We have adopted this view and wish to share one example of the research that supports this viewpoint. Click here.
We are a non-profit organization.
Yes, the 78th Precinct Youth Council is a 501c(3) N.Y. Not For Profit corporation, incorporated in 1988.
Where does our money come from?
Approximately 80% of our income comes from the fees our players’ families pay at registration. Our fees have stayed relatively the same for the past six years . When late registration is permitted, a nonrefundable late fee is charged any player who has played with us before, but who registers after the last evaluation date. The late fee is meant to encourage timely registration in order to reduce the burden of administering late registrants.
The balance of our income comes from the fees our team sponsors, individual supporters, team and individual pictures, and other donations and fund raising efforts.
Where does our money go?
Approximately 75% of our income is spent directly on program expenses. This includes league fees we pay for field permits and maintenance and umpires fees to the Prospect Park Baseball Association and outside leagues, uniforms, equipment, including consumables like baseballs and non-consumables like catchers’ equipment , gymnasium rental, trophies and basketball referees and security guards.
The balance of our income covers administrative expenses including liability and officers and directors insurance, computer software, website, and hardware costs, the rental of our store in which we house our baseball equipment, postage, phone services, and mailing costs, office supplies and bank fees.