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undergroundga

Sesser, IL

#21 Jul 28, 2012
Hmmmm wrote:
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Oh and by the way not all people can afford to be on travel teams....and not all people want to travel.....good for you but not all people can do that.....that is the concern.....and yes I am talking about people who work and have families.....some would like WF to have enough teams to have competition in their own town....now how is that so bad....wanting to keep things local and accessible so more kids can participate???
That might be one of the most sensible things I have read on these forums concerning our park.
I honestly believe that all of the people that are involved in our leagues are there to see the best competition they can locally. But then there is much more going on than just in our community. Some kids want to play more so they move on and find a way to play more.And to be honest you have to play teams outside of just our local leagues to develop kids for school ball.
I know that there are many(too many) kids that can't afford to play travel ball. And I agree that there is room for improvement in our leagues. I can tell you that the biggest thing that needs improvement is volunteer help. Beccause there isn't enough help a few people are doing the work that use to be spread around to many people. So of course quality goes down. There is so little help in our park that they have to pay extra for maintenance that they use to not pay(and that is a fact, not a rumor) Also there was a power outage that run around $10,000. And yes, numbers are down(Ichecked that out myself) so there is even less money in the "coffers".
What our leagues need are more money(if you know where to find any)and especially good help. Now, before you tell me that you "know" someone who tried to help and they were rejected, know that you can't just let anyone help. Not today, Boards have to go off the information they have(unfortunately this is the "good Ole boy" network everyone hates, but proper investigations into everyone that wanted to help for one season would be expensive. And I already stated that money is not flowing out of the ground.) I am not from here and they have opened their arms to me to help. But I worked hard to get to know people and show that I can be a positive influence. I would not want anyone playing in a league were a child abuser or drug dealer slipped through the cracks cause they were desperate for help.
And I can promise you this.Anything that I ever do to help in our leagues will be to promote local sports and competition. My vision is that my children would have competetive teams locally to play for.
No child should ever be left out of sports because of money. But it takes money to do that...... and people.But if a child has the resources and committment to do more than local sports, noone should hold that against them or their parents.

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