The Acreage Athletic League (AAL) is an all-volunteer, non-profit youth sports organization located in unincorporated Palm Beach County in a community known as The Acreage. The AAL is the sports provider under Palm Beach County.
Acreage Athletic League
County Pines Recreational Complex at Samuel Friedland
18500 Hamlin Boulevard
October 14, 2006, Acreage residents were given a sneak preview of Samuel Friedland Park with a special ribbon–cutting ceremony hosted by Tony Masilotti (previous County Commissioner). Samuel Friedland County Pines (a.k.a Hamlin Park) includes four lighted Little League baseball fields, one lighted softball field, one lighted Pony League field, and three-lighted multi-purpose (football/soccer) fields. Also included are a large multi-purpose practice area, a two-story press box complex, restrooms, a picnic shelter, parking area, a jogging trail, and a 15-acre lake.
[Acreage Community Park Aerial] Acreage Community Park
6701 140th Avenue North
Acreage Community Press Box] Indian Trail Improvement District (ITID) obtained park and recreation powers during the 1996 legislative session. The bill was signed into law in June of 1996. In July, Indian Trail broke ground for Acreage Community Park and in August3, just one month later, the park opened.
The 25-acre park offers a playground, picnic area, Pavilion, Shade Structures, 3 football fields, 4 baseball/softball fields, and a Press box and concession stand.
Visit one of the other 8 local parks (Coconut Park, Hoefl Park, Citrus Grove, Downers, Kidscape, Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park, Sycamore Park and Temple Park.e.
A group of local residents founded the Acreage Athletic League in 1993. The group approached the Acreage Landowners Association (ALA) and asked for a donation. The ALA advised them to create a committee who later became the first Acreage Athletic League’s Executive Board of Directors. The ALA donated $500 toward the Acreage Athletic League. In 1993, AAL was designed to accommodate 200 children which currently has grown to represent over 2000 registered players. The AAL incorporated in April 1995.
AAL sports fall under the leadership of the Executive Board of Directors (EXBOD). In the beginning, COED flag was the first sport to play under the AAL along with cheerleading. Games and practices were played at Acreage Pines Elementary School and Hoefl Park until 1997 when Community Park opened. Tackle1 began blitzing around 1995 and played games at some of the Wellington fields. Several other sports followed such as baseball and softball. Baseball started their season at Community Park in spring 1998 and softball followed in the fall. Girls’ flag began their own sport to allow girls to play and show their talents in 2000. In 2006, Soccer2 charged into the AAL asking if they could join. Baseball and Soccer both kicked off their 2007 spring seasons at Samuel Friedland County Pines Park (SFP), commonly known to Acreage residents as Hamlin Park. Softball began using the only softball field at SFP in fall 2007. Wrestling tapped-in to the AAL in February 2014. Wrestling practices at Seminole Ridge High School. The newest sport to maul their way into the AAL is Rugby.
After the league began, it was within several years, each sport became represented by their own board of directors.
The Executive Board of Directors (EXBOD)
Regular meetings of the Board of Directors are held on the first non-legal holiday Tuesday of every month from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm.
Currently, the EXBOD consists of seven seats. Officers shall be elected on the first non-legal holiday Tuesday in July. However, if there is but one nominee for any office, it shall be if order to move that the Secretary cast the elective ballot of the corporation for the nominees. The Board Members shall elect officer positions of the corporation (President, Vice President/Assistant Treasurer, Secretary, Treasurer, Sgt. of Arms/Safety Director, Director of Equipment, Dir. of Communications/Marketing,) on the second non-legal holiday Tuesday of July. The Board shall consist of seven members at large representing seven individual seats on the Board – 1, 2, 3,4,5,6, and 7. Seats 1,2,3,4 shall be elected during odd numbered years and Seats 5, 6, and 7 shall be elected during even numbered years. A vacancy occurring on any board or committee office shall be filled for the unexpired term by a person elected by a majority vote of the remaining members of the executive board. In case a vacancy occurs in the office of President, the Vice-President shall serve notice of the election.
Below is a list of past and present Executive Board of Directors in no particular order. If you do not see your name, the AAL is proud of all of their volunteers, and we thank you.
Bill Carter, Linda Morris, Ken Jordan, Donna, Camp, Hal Camp, Ken Flynn, Brenda Amerson, Jeff Beach, Jim Geary, Chris Vanassche, Connie Vanassche, Bruce Evan, David Haas, Doris Lower, Sue Reed Mike Fulton, Butch Miller, Mary Wright, Cindy Shahlamian, Dianne Woodruff, Tammy Davis, Tammy Young, Louis Ananya, Lisa Chalkley, John Meredith, Geoff Grafton, Cheryl Lojewski, James Parson, Darin Decosta, Gina Parrish, Chuck Mancuso, Ron Last, Michelle Jourgensen, Hunter Smith, Dawn Herron, Molly Harding, Carlos Castilla, Ron Flores, Randy Herron, Wendy Tirado, Ken Voiret, Rick Varnell, and Lisa Seltzer.
Special thanks to John Bonde, Bill Gotthelf and Ralph Bair.
Individual Sports Board of Directors (BOD or sport)
The President of each sport board shall serve for a two-year term. The President appoints a sport board contingent upon approval from EXBOD. All Sports are required to keep all records for a minimum of 3 years. All sports will be required to attend the monthly meetings. Any sport that misses three consecutive meetings will be considered as an abandonment of the sport. All sports boards are required to obtain a set of sport related Bylaws prior to the season beginning, turn in game schedules and practice schedules. They are required to turn in financial records monthly along with their meeting minutes. Each Sport must have a representative from their board during games. Each sport board must follow the rules and regulations set forth by the AAL by-laws and Articles of Incorporation. All sport board members must be in good standings.