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Yorktown Sports Complex Raises the Bar for Local Athletes

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Local teams from northern Westchester and Putnam can up their game by playing at Yorktown Sports Complex in Jefferson Valley.
Local teams from northern Westchester and Putnam can up their game by playing at Yorktown Sports Complex in Jefferson Valley. JOSEPH ARSENEAU PHOTO

Yorktown Sports Complex, the company that owns and oversees Navajo Fields in Jefferson Valley, is looking to help athletes improve their game so they can compete against players from throughout the country.

The privately owned sporting facility, which is 67 acres large and extends into the town of Carmel, is looking to help student athletes excel in baseball, football, lacrosse and soccer by providing the players use of professional grade fields.

Currently the site has two multipurpose fields. Each field has a 90-foot baseball diamond, which can also be used for football, lacrosse and soccer, all held to professional standards and dimensions. The second, larger field has a turf infield and 400-feet outfield walls. Additional fields and covered training areas are in development also.

“We create batters boxes and fix the pitching mound, so when these kids come they will elevate their game and their commitment because they are in a location that is closer to the professional fields than anywhere else in the area,” said Charles Diven of Yorktown Sports Complex.

Diven and his partners are allowing many of the local leagues use of the fields in hopes that they can not only scout some of the best players for travel teams they want to take to tournaments in the South, but so that community leagues do not have to lose their best players to other teams.

“If we have the ability to control when teams play and I can coordinate when N.Y. SWARM plays then the local leagues do not lose their best players, which is what is happening now,” said Diven. “That is when a program falls apart.”

In addition to teams such as the Gators, SWARM, the Predators, Yorktown Sports Complex will host clinics run by Division III coaches who will bring their teams along for pick-up games, according to Diven.

This summer Yorktown Sports Complex will host World Class Sports Camp at Navajo Fields. The summer camp, which is open to youth ages 5 and up, will feature over a dozen different athletic activities including the traditional sports that the facility specializes in as well as fun skill training with zip lines, paintball, horseback riding and more.

Campers can choose from: archery, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, field hockey (only open to girls currently), fitness trails, flag football, golf (camper must be at least 8 years old), lacrosse, obstacle course, paintball, soccer, trail rides and zip lines.

“World Class Sports Camp, which is an all-round sports camp,” said Joseph Arseneau, of the Yorktown Sports Complex. “Then kids that want to cater to a certain sport within that camp will have two hours a day where they can get a higher level of training in their sport of choice.”

The camp will run for seven weeks beginning June 25 and ending August 10. It will hold traditional two-week sessions as well as a one-week camp from August 6 to August 10. However, unlike other camps, WCSC is willing to be flexible about scheduling.

“These are our suggested time frames, but campers will not be held strictly to these dates,” said Joseph Arseneau, of the Yorktown Sports Complex. “We are aware summer is the time of family functions and vacations. We want to be able to work with them.”

World Class Sports Camp offers lunch and transportation to and from the home of the attending campers. It has certified teachers and nurses on the premises at all times while camp is in session.

The price is $495 for one week of camp, with a 10-percent discount for a second week, or a 20-percent discount for 3 or more weeks of attendance.

 For more information call (914) 564-2959 or email

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