Concerned

Douglasville, GA

#1 Sep 7, 2012
I am truly concerned that the officers at Fairplay Park are ruining a good thing. I have heard over the past few years that the county wants to close it due to a lack of usage. My kids play ball there, the middle school uses it and I used it as a kid. However poor officers seem to be kicking off parents and running off the few that use it the most. Does anyone know the proper steps to remove officers before the end of the term. I want to save some of the good things Douglas County still has to offer our youth!
Old Coach

United States

#2 Sep 7, 2012
"Concerned":

If you were actually involved in the rec association at Fairplay you would know exactly what to do, you would not have to come on Topix to whine about it.

Fairplay park, like all parks in DC has had its ups and downs over the years. With the way that DC Parks & Rec has treated the old parks vs. Boundary Waters/Lithia Springs/Winston it is no surprise that the baseball program at parks like Fairplay and Bill Arp have had problems with participation. The old parks are sandlots in comparison. Recently, Fairplay park had become a virtual private park mostly catering to a few private travel teams. Those travel teams were limited to players that were invited to play and could afford the cost of those private teams. Now Fairplay park is being run by some people that are actually operating the park's programs as they should be - catering to the rec-player and rec teams who welcome all players who register. The level of participation in the Spring fund-raising "fun day" proves that the management of the Fairplay Youth Sports Association is doing something right.

If you are actually want the programs at Fairplay to improve what YOU should do is ask your child's coach what YOU can do to help make things better at the park and who YOU should talk to about volunteering to help manage the association.

You want a better experience for the youth of DC? Rather than whine about those that spend their free time working for the enjoyment of ALL the youth in a program - rather than just their own children - you could:

Help on a work day, man registration, clean up some trash after the games, clean a bathroom, coach, offer to help with the baseball or softball league's management, help organize a fund raiser, drag a field, work in the concession stand, volunteer for the board and give out your phone number so you could listen to everyone's gripe about how the park should be run...

Now that you know what to do, I hope that you do it - GET INVOLVED.

NOTE: I am not on the board of the FYSA - I just know how things are in the parks in DC.
one who knows

Alpharetta, GA

#3 Sep 7, 2012
Old Coach wrote:
"Concerned":
If you were actually involved in the rec association at Fairplay you would know exactly what to do, you would not have to come on Topix to whine about it.
Fairplay park, like all parks in DC has had its ups and downs over the years. With the way that DC Parks & Rec has treated the old parks vs. Boundary Waters/Lithia Springs/Winston it is no surprise that the baseball program at parks like Fairplay and Bill Arp have had problems with participation. The old parks are sandlots in comparison. Recently, Fairplay park had become a virtual private park mostly catering to a few private travel teams. Those travel teams were limited to players that were invited to play and could afford the cost of those private teams. Now Fairplay park is being run by some people that are actually operating the park's programs as they should be - catering to the rec-player and rec teams who welcome all players who register. The level of participation in the Spring fund-raising "fun day" proves that the management of the Fairplay Youth Sports Association is doing something right.
If you are actually want the programs at Fairplay to improve what YOU should do is ask your child's coach what YOU can do to help make things better at the park and who YOU should talk to about volunteering to help manage the association.
You want a better experience for the youth of DC? Rather than whine about those that spend their free time working for the enjoyment of ALL the youth in a program - rather than just their own children - you could:
Help on a work day, man registration, clean up some trash after the games, clean a bathroom, coach, offer to help with the baseball or softball league's management, help organize a fund raiser, drag a field, work in the concession stand, volunteer for the board and give out your phone number so you could listen to everyone's gripe about how the park should be run...
Now that you know what to do, I hope that you do it - GET INVOLVED.
NOTE: I am not on the board of the FYSA - I just know how things are in the parks in DC.
Good, informative response. A bit childish, too.
Concerned

Douglasville, GA

#4 Sep 7, 2012
Old Coach wrote:
"Concerned":
If you were actually involved in the rec association at Fairplay you would know exactly what to do, you would not have to come on Topix to whine about it.
Fairplay park, like all parks in DC has had its ups and downs over the years. With the way that DC Parks & Rec has treated the old parks vs. Boundary Waters/Lithia Springs/Winston it is no surprise that the baseball program at parks like Fairplay and Bill Arp have had problems with participation. The old parks are sandlots in comparison. Recently, Fairplay park had become a virtual private park mostly catering to a few private travel teams. Those travel teams were limited to players that were invited to play and could afford the cost of those private teams. Now Fairplay park is being run by some people that are actually operating the park's programs as they should be - catering to the rec-player and rec teams who welcome all players who register. The level of participation in the Spring fund-raising "fun day" proves that the management of the Fairplay Youth Sports Association is doing something right.
If you are actually want the programs at Fairplay to improve what YOU should do is ask your child's coach what YOU can do to help make things better at the park and who YOU should talk to about volunteering to help manage the association.
You want a better experience for the youth of DC? Rather than whine about those that spend their free time working for the enjoyment of ALL the youth in a program - rather than just their own children - you could:
Help on a work day, man registration, clean up some trash after the games, clean a bathroom, coach, offer to help with the baseball or softball league's management, help organize a fund raiser, drag a field, work in the concession stand, volunteer for the board and give out your phone number so you could listen to everyone's gripe about how the park should be run...
Now that you know what to do, I hope that you do it - GET INVOLVED.
NOTE: I am not on the board of the FYSA - I just know how things are in the parks in DC.
What YOU don't realize is that I have done every volunteer thing that YOU just told me to do. For YOUR information I wasn't whinning and the last time I checked I live in America where I am free to ask questions and voice MY opinion! So OLD coach, thank you for YOUR very unhelpful response. I have cleaned up fields, worked opening day, planned fund raisers and been very involved. So if YOU have some good helpful information to give me, please respond. If YOU don't go bug someone else!
Mark

Douglasville, GA

#5 Sep 7, 2012
Old Coach wrote:
"Concerned":
If you were actually involved in the rec association at Fairplay you would know exactly what to do, you would not have to come on Topix to whine about it.
Fairplay park, like all parks in DC has had its ups and downs over the years. With the way that DC Parks & Rec has treated the old parks vs. Boundary Waters/Lithia Springs/Winston it is no surprise that the baseball program at parks like Fairplay and Bill Arp have had problems with participation. The old parks are sandlots in comparison. Recently, Fairplay park had become a virtual private park mostly catering to a few private travel teams. Those travel teams were limited to players that were invited to play and could afford the cost of those private teams. Now Fairplay park is being run by some people that are actually operating the park's programs as they should be - catering to the rec-player and rec teams who welcome all players who register. The level of participation in the Spring fund-raising "fun day" proves that the management of the Fairplay Youth Sports Association is doing something right.
If you are actually want the programs at Fairplay to improve what YOU should do is ask your child's coach what YOU can do to help make things better at the park and who YOU should talk to about volunteering to help manage the association.
You want a better experience for the youth of DC? Rather than whine about those that spend their free time working for the enjoyment of ALL the youth in a program - rather than just their own children - you could:
Help on a work day, man registration, clean up some trash after the games, clean a bathroom, coach, offer to help with the baseball or softball league's management, help organize a fund raiser, drag a field, work in the concession stand, volunteer for the board and give out your phone number so you could listen to everyone's gripe about how the park should be run...
Now that you know what to do, I hope that you do it - GET INVOLVED.
NOTE: I am not on the board of the FYSA - I just know how things are in the parks in DC.
Who named you Judge and Jury? Come on coach, your attitude sux !!
Old Coach

United States

#6 Sep 7, 2012
Concerned wrote:
<quoted text>
What YOU don't realize is that I have done every volunteer thing that YOU just told me to do. For YOUR information I wasn't whinning and the last time I checked I live in America where I am free to ask questions and voice MY opinion! So OLD coach, thank you for YOUR very unhelpful response. I have cleaned up fields, worked opening day, planned fund raisers and been very involved. So if YOU have some good helpful information to give me, please respond. If YOU don't go bug someone else!
If you have been that involved then you should know that your only way to "remove officers" is to read the FYSA bylaws and follow them. You could also run for one of the positions on the board during the next election cycle - convince the parents at Fairplay that you are the program's savior and will stop the current officers from messing up the travel-team's good thing.

Note: I find it hard to believe that you would be that involved in the program and this uninformed about how things work.

Since I live in America also, I am also free to respond to your questions and to give my opinion. Your are welcome for the information that I have given you. However, my opinion is that you consider my response "unhelpful" because your are beyond being helped in these matters - you just want to gossip.

Your continued posting here will get you nowhere. Only at a board meeting of the FYSA will you be able to accomplish anything.

Have a great season!
standalone

Douglasville, GA

#7 Sep 7, 2012
My children have played at both FairPlay and Bill Arp. Four years we tried. As a parent and assistant, I just got tired of all the adult drama! Fortunately, my children became interested in activities that took us away from the public [ark area. I don't know the answers for the adult problems and the kids ball fields, but no one can deny they exist. No one can deny that a lot of kids get discouraged and quit. "That" is the sad part. The leaders should really take a hard look at themselves and ask why are "they" participating!
Unconcerned

Douglasville, GA

#8 Sep 7, 2012
standalone wrote:
My children have played at both FairPlay and Bill Arp. Four years we tried. As a parent and assistant, I just got tired of all the adult drama! Fortunately, my children became interested in activities that took us away from the public [ark area. I don't know the answers for the adult problems and the kids ball fields, but no one can deny they exist. No one can deny that a lot of kids get discouraged and quit. "That" is the sad part. The leaders should really take a hard look at themselves and ask why are "they" participating!
And yet some kids stay involved until they become too old for the rec programs and bring their own children when they get older.

It takes all kinds.

You are correct - there is always too much adult drama in any youth activity.
Concerned

Douglasville, GA

#9 Sep 7, 2012
"Old Coach" you amuse me!!! However, I like a challenge. I have read and read the bylaws and there is nothing there.
2013 And Still No Change

Douglasville, GA

#10 Mar 25, 2013
And yet in Spring 2013 things still seem to be the same. It's a shame that I grew up playing at Bill Arp and Fairplay, and all this nonsense and adult drama still continues. The prior comments from Old Coach are very sad & very true indeed. And funny enough it sounds like my uncle whom coached middle school ball for 35+ years. And I for one head coach a baseball team. I have paid for half of my teams uniforms out of my own pocket, equipment, pictures & year end party. I do hope that these smaller parks realize that people are trying to keep these parks going. But at the rate of the pointless drama, I'm thinking upward sports is the only place I'd like my children to continue playing sports.

Since: Jun 13

Douglasville, GA

#11 Jun 9, 2013
Concerned wrote:
I am truly concerned that the officers at Fairplay Park are ruining a good thing. I have heard over the past few years that the county wants to close it due to a lack of usage. My kids play ball there, the middle school uses it and I used it as a kid. However poor officers seem to be kicking off parents and running off the few that use it the most. Does anyone know the proper steps to remove officers before the end of the term. I want to save some of the good things Douglas County still has to offer our youth!
Well, if you wanted a change then you would have nominated yourself or someone else during the latest election. Since you read the bylaws and are so concerned with the way things are run then you would have said something to the board instead of on topix. And seeing that only 8 people showed up to vote then I'm guessing no one else feels the way you do or y'all just want to complain instead of actually try to make it better.

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