Waterloo Sports Association is a not-for-profit community sports association dedicated to the health and fitness of Waterloo residents — particularly its youth. It began its service to the community more than 40 years ago! Waterloo Sports Association operates separate of the Monroe County Park District, and does not receive any funds from the state, city or county. Its operating funds are self-generated from sources including sign-up fees, sponsorship funds and monies generated from selling concessions and holding various annual fund-raising events. Waterloo Sports Association was founded in 1964, and remains the only organized team sports option for Waterloo youth. Managing the practice and game schedules of over 1,000 athletes is an ambitious task. Each season the task is accomplished thanks to dedicated volunteer coaches, loyal parents, enthusiastic players and generous sponsors! This important community organization is led by a volunteer Board of Directors, headed by a non-paid executive committee.
Youth soccer saw record-setting team participation in 2012 with over 400 kids.
More than 1,000 athletes participated in Waterloo Sports Association programs in 2012. Primarily aged 4 to 14, children participate in recreational baseball, softball, t-ball, soccer, cheerleading, and football. In 2012, WSA completed its eighth year of co-ed adult slow-pitch softball.
The Home Field Advantage
Ebeler Park is a 9-acre, WSA-owned facility with 5 baseball, softball, and t-ball diamonds. The WSA Jaycees Ball Park is a 7-acre landmark that WSA acquired in 2002. It provides 3 baseball, softball, t-ball diamonds, of which 2 are used for slow-pitch softball in the spring and fall. To meet practice and game needs, WSA also negotiates the use of the Konarcik Park football and soccer fields, SPPS Park for baseball, softball, and t-ball practice as well as soccer practice and games, and the Gibault High School softball field and the old Waterloo High School softball and baseball fields. WSA also contracts with the Waterloo School District to play football games.
The WSA Sports Menu
In the spring, WSA provides boys and girls ages 4 to 14 with the chance to play baseball, softball, and t-ball in a recreational fashion, learning skills for success and quality citizenship. Approximately 500 youngsters played ball in the spring/summer of 2012, forming over of 40 teams. WSA is also affliated with the Southern Illinois Select Baseball League for boys aged 9 to 15. The spring season goes from early April into July. In the fall, soccer is offered to boys and girls aged 4 to 14, cheerleading is offered to girls aged 5 – 14, and boys from 5 – 14 may play football. More than 600 area youth played WSA fall sports in 2012. The season runs from early August to early November.