ABGC Volunteer Honored by Fairfax County

Long-time Annandale Boys & Girls Club coach, commissioner and volunteer, Gary GaryWright, will be honored October 1st by the Fairfax County Athletic Council and the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services as the 2019 Mason District Champion of Character. Gary was nominated as a parent who “always exemplifies superb sportsmanship and character in youth sports.”

Gary coached his first ABGC team more than 20 years ago, when his family first moved to Annandale and his daughter played Mighty Mites soccer and continued until this year when his son’s high school basketball played their final game. After coaching rec and travel basketball, soccer, t-ball and lacrosse for both boys and girls’ programs, Gary ultimately served as an ABGC commissioner for multiple sports and co-managed the Annandale Youth Lacrosse program for 3 years. Long after his children aged-out, Gary has continued to volunteer his time. Over the years, Gary has been a strong advocate for programs like the Positive Coaching Alliance and a firm believer that youth sports when managed well — meaning players play, coaches mentor and parents cheer from the sidelines – can have a tremendously positive impact on young lives.

ABGC offers our heartfelt congratulations to Gary!


ABGC Christmas Tree Lot is Open

The Annandale Boys & Girls Club is once again selling nursery-grown, freshly-cut Christmas trees to benefit our many ABGC community programs. We have a generous selection of Fraser Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine, ConColor Fir, and Norway Spruce is big at terrific prices. Best of all, you know your purchase helps fund terrific community programs and tens of thousands of dollars in youth scholarships provided to ABGC families each year.

ABGC Christmas Tree Lot

4251 John Marr Drive in Annandale

(in the K-Mart parking lot at the corner of Little River Turnpike and John Marr Drive)

Open Weekdays: 1:00pm to 9:00pm

Weekends: 9:30am – 9:30pm

Bring this flyer and get $10 off.

Christmas Trees

Here are just a few of the winter programs your purchase helps support:

Youth Basketball:  Registration is now open for Kindergarten through Grade 12.  Teams are neighborhood concept by grade level, and everyone is guaranteed to play half or more of every game.

Wrestling: Register now for ABGC’s youth wrestling program. It’s for ages 6-14 and  runs from November through February each winter. The program is designed for both novice and advanced wrestlers.

Call 703-941-ABGC (2242) Monday through Friday 3:00 – 7:00 PM or Saturday 9-12 noon for details on any of our many ABGC programs including spring soccer, coach pitch baseball, tee-ball, football, cheerleading, boxing, field hockey, and lacrosse.  Or go to abgc.org for more information.

Annandale Basketball Tryouts Set

Game Concept With Rugged Basketball and Chalk Board Play Strategy

Try Out for an ABGC County Basketball Team!



5th Grade Girls

October 4th & 6th

6-7:30pm Mason Crest ES

6th Grade Girls

October 3rd & 5th

6-7:30pm Glasgow MS

8th Grade Girls

October 3rd & 5th

6-7:30pm Glasgow MS


5th Grade Boys

October 4th 6-7:30pm Annandale Terrace ES

October 5th 6-7:30pm Bren Mar ES

October 6th 6-7:30pm Annandale Terrace ES

6th Grade Boys

October 3rd & 5th

7:30-9pm Poe MS

7th Grade Boys

October 3rd & 5th

6-7:30pm Poe MS

8th Grade Boys

October 3rd & 5th

7:30-9pm Glasgow MS

5th Grade Boys Clinch Basketball Championship


The ABGC 5th grade boys’ county team, coached by Dewayne Nelson and Brian Anderson, had a terrific 2015-16 season leading to the Fairfax County Youth Basketball League championship.

The 5th grade boys gave away a few close games during the season, entering the season as the #7 seed with a 9-4 record. The team worked hard in the playoffs and defeated both Gainesville (#6) and Fort Belvoir (#3) on their way to the championship game where they took it to McLean the #1 seed.

Congrats to our 5th Grade FCYBL Champs!

ABGC Basketball Picture Day – Saturday, January 23rd



It’s that time of the year when ABGC basketball teams pose for their team and individual pictures.  ABGC is happy to announce this year’s photographer, Annandale’s Briar Creek Photography, has a terrific package of items for families to help remember their 2016 basketball season.


Please check with your coach for your team’s specific photo time on Saturday.

To make it easier for parents, here is the ORDER FORM and SALE ITEMS you can download in advance of your picture day appointment.

Sign Up for ABGC Basketball Today


Registration is underway for the ABGC  Rec basketball season.  Practices begin in December with games starting in January


– The $94 basketball registration fee includes clinics for 5-12 year olds.

– A discounted ONLINE registration fee of $45 ($50 signup at the office) is available for First Time players with the ABGC.

– Teams are formed with a neighborhood concept by grade level.

– The basketball season is from December 2015 thru March 2016.

– Teams are formed in December, then players are notified of practice times by the coaches.

– The schedules will also be created and distributed once the teams are formed.

– Player registration is NOT complete until full payment is received online or at the office.

– Players will NOT be assigned to a team until payment is received.

Scholarship Program

The ABGC has a scholarship program for players who are:

– Fairfax County Residents and Qualify for “Free or Reduced Lunch”

– Parents will need to bring the paperwork into the main office at 4216 Annandale Rd., Annandale, VA to register.  – The office personnel will register the players and the cost is a non-refundable payment of $35/player.

– Online registration is not available for scholarships.

You can get an idea of the skills taught at the development level (1st-3rd grade) here and the 4th grade thru high school level here.





Think athletic scholarships are a ‘holy grail’? Think again

NBC_Sports_logo_2012For many young athletes and their families, the dream of playing college sports is very different from the reality

NBC Sports has this terrific look at what it’s really like to be a Division I collegiate athlete. We highly recommend you read the whole article but here are a few excerpts:

“The NCAA tells high school athletes the chances of getting a scholarship in many sports are around 2 percent.

But does the reality of athletic scholarships match the fantasy? Hardly.

While tens of thousands of athletes will head off to visit colleges this fall hoping to be recruited, only a small fraction will make the cut. Even fewer will get scholarships. And for those who do end up playing in college, whether on scholarship or not, the experience may be very different from what they imagined.

In a survey of college athletes by the NCAA asking what students wished they could have changed about their college sports experience, the most common responses were about time. Another NCAA survey found that a typical NCAA athlete in-season spends 39 hours a week on academics—and 33 hours a week on sports.

There are more opportunities every year for elite competition in youth sports, said Lisa Delpy Neirotti, an associate professor of sports management at George Washington University. “People are feeling the need to go because now they’ve got these college showcases and coaches show up, and if you want to get your kid seen, you’d better be there.”

When parents add up how much money they’ve spent each year, it’s almost equal to a scholarship in some cases, she said. Still, Neirotti has felt the pressure herself. She’s done her share of writing checks and traveling for her own children’s sports involvement.

Don Schumacher, executive director of the National Association of Sports Commissions, agrees that parents who expect youth sports involvement to generate a positive financial return in the form of scholarships are off the mark. “You could spend $5,000 to $10,000 a year for three or four years chasing all these tournaments all year long, where if you saved that money and paid the tuition, you’d be ahead,” he said.

“Athletics in many ways is about helping individuals achieve their dreams, and it is about learning how you can push yourself to become better,” said Perko, who was a star basketball player for Wake Forest. “It’s the question of at what point does it become too much.”

Elissa Cordrey, a Summit, N.J., mother of four lacrosse players who has been through the recruiting process with several of her own children, thinks often about that question. She has seen other young athletes have difficulty filtering offers from different schools, and said players and parents can often be blinded by a program’s success or prestige and fail to think about whether that college is right for them.

Luckily for Cordrey, her children have so far had positive experiences at their Division 1 and Division 3 schools. But she is under no illusions about what high-level athletics involve.

“My kids love it and we are thrilled they are making the commitment,” she said. But if the child is playing for the sake of a scholarship, and not for love of the game, be careful, she warned. “Keep your eyes wide open. It’s not high school athletics. In some ways, it’s really exciting. But if your child’s not passionate, you are going to have a lot of teary phone calls.”