About Niwot Youth Sports
Niwot Youth Sports, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing exceptional recreational and competitive sports experiences that promote teamwork, build self-esteem, and increase skill knowledge for kids ages 4 to 18. These programs, which include Baseball, Softball, Basketball, and Flag Football provide kids in the St. Vrain School District with the opportunity to participate in organized sports activities on a year-round basis.
Niwot Youth Sports, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing exceptional recreational and competitive sports experiences that promote teamwork, build self-esteem, and increase skill knowledge for kids ages 4 to 18.
These programs, which include baseball, softball, basketball, and flag football provide kids in the St. Vrain School District with the opportunity to participate in organized sports activities on a year-round basis.
History of Niwot Youth Sports
NYS originally began as sandlot softball in the late 1960’s. Almost 10 years later in 1978, and after continual expansion and interest, the organization became known as Gunbarrel Lefthand Valley Recreation Association, Inc. or “GLVRA” for short. At that time both basketball and girls softball programs were added to the association.
Over the years, various donors came forward to provide additional fields or to replace those that had been lost to development. Many volunteers dedicated countless hours to help maintain and improve these fields with backstops, fencing, dugouts, and bleachers.
The organization continued to grow and, in 1991, GLVRA became Niwot Youth Sports, Inc. With additional donations and fundraising efforts new fields were added and old fields were given needed improvements and enhancements.
Although founded in tne Niwot/Gunbarrel communities, NYS has grown to become a comprehensive youth sports organization that proudly serves most communities in the St. Vrain School District and Boulder county at large. NYS currently offers both recreational and competitive team sports and fields dozens of teams in baseball, softball, basketball and flag football. We are now serving over 500 boys and girls in the baseball and softball programs, as well as another 250 in the basketball programs and 150 in the flag football program. We currently have 10 ball fields serving the needs of all our players, with some of the finest facilities in the area.
Please download A History of Niwot Youth Sports (PDF) for a more detailed history of the organization.
Board of Directors
Members of the Board of Directors are elected for a one year term. Annually, the regular membership of NYS is required to elect the Board of Directors. Immediately following the election, the newly elected Board of Directors will meet and elect its officers from within the membership of the Board. The past President will run the officer election process. The first office filled will be that of the President. Once the new President has been determined, he/she will govern the remainder of the officer election process.
Recreational Sports Directors
DIRECTOR OF BASEBALL: Galen Scheidenhelm
DIRECTOR OF SOFTBALL: Glenn Wager
DIRECTOR OF BASKETBALL: Elena Ciaravino
DIRECTORS OF FLAG FOOTBALL: Patrick Longseth and Randy Blondeau
DIRECTOR OF FIELDS AND FACILITIES: Jim Ehrets (Biff Warren Complex) and Glenn Wager (Monarch Softball Complex)
Competitive Sports Directors
DIRECTOR OF COMPETITIVE BASEBALL & BASKETBALL: Doug Van Riper
Commissioner of Bumblegum, Rookie, AA: Open
Commissioner of AAA, Majors, and Seniors Baseball: Ben Bernstein
MEMBER AT LARGE: Tony Dageenakis