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Low-cost youth soccer program at the Libertyville Sports Complex, Jan. 18 – Feb. 22 !

Heart of the City participant plays during last year's Winter Soccer Academy.Leah Perri

Heart of the City participant plays during last year’s Winter Soccer Academy.

Heart of the City invites boys and girls born in 2008-2013 to participate in Winter Soccer Academy, a six-week coed program with a focus on player development.

The program, held at Libertyville Sports Complex, will run on Saturdays from Jan. 18 through Feb. 22. Times include 11 a.m. to noon for kids born in 2012-2013; Noon to 1pm for 2010-2011; and 1pm to 2pm for 2008-2009.

Heart of the City is excited to share the game of soccer with kids throughout Lake County who want to learn the game, make friends and have fun while being active.

Each week’s training will focus on a specific topic, such as: ball mastery, 1v1 attacking & defending, shooting, etc. There will also be a weekly round-robin tournament to end every session for kids to implement the learned skills during game play.

The program is led by Heart of the City’s licensed professional coaches and HOTC Elite travel club high school athletes.

Cost is $25. Each participant will receive a free Academy t-shirt.

To register, please contact our Program Office at 847-623-6200, vashon@hotcsoccer.org, or register online at www.heartofthecitysports.org/recreation. Limited spots available! Register by Jan. 9 to reserve your player’s spot.

About Heart of the City

Founded in 2014 by community members, nonprofit organization Heart of the City provides an opportunity for youth in Lake County to participate in recreational and competitive soccer activities. We believe that all youth should have access to high-quality sports programs and academic learning opportunities. As a result, we endeavor to teach our players to be competitive on the field, successful in their school and productive in their community. To learn more, email leah@heartofthecitysports.org or visit www.heartofthecitysports.org.

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* ( 16 Different Amateur Sports ) *

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1-800-622-7370

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www.sadlersports.com/soda

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“Proudly Serving The USA/Canada 

Since 1981”

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Update Your Ballfield Inventory Annually !

As we move our operation from the growing season to the off-season at the little league complex where I volunteer, we also perform an annual inventory. This inventory is used to update our insurance coverage each year. As a manager, you want to protect all the investments your organization has made in the tools and equipment that you use to perform your job. If ever there is a fire, theft or act of nature, you need the ability to prove to insurers what you had on hand and how much it was worth based on the purchase price and age of the equipment. Over the course of a year new equipment & tools are added (purchased) while equipment is retired, so it’s important to update your inventory annually (see sample inventory document below).The information collected is tracked with a spreadsheet and includes the make, model and serial numbers for mechanized equipment as well as whether it was purchased new or used. A picture is also taken of each piece of equipment and dropped into the document. We provide the insurance company the actual purchase price of the equipment and have coverage that pays full replacement cost. That type of policy is a little more pricey but should an unfortunate situation occur where you lose a majority of your equipment, you get the full replacement cost of the equipment with just your deductible to pay. That’s peace of mind I like to have.The full crew is involved in this process so they learn the importance of keeping a record of this information and where to find it. The crew first goes through the list from the previous year and they remove any equipment or tools we have parted ways with. Then they go through and recount all of the existing items on the list to make sure all counts of hand tools, power tools, office equipment and furniture are accurate or adjusted, if need be. Finally, they get to the larger field maintenance equipment and double check all model and serial numbers.

Next, our crew adds all of the new equipment acquired this year. Invoices are used to record the original price paid and the date purchased. If you purchase some large or pricey pieces of equipment with a lease or lease-to-own agreement, you probably have already alerted your insurance company. But in general, it is good business practice to supply your insurance company with a comprehensive list of all of your equipment together for quick and easy reference.

An organization spends years accumulating the equipment and tools needed to operate a facility. But, it can all be gone in the blink of an eye. Be sure to document your equipment and adequately insure it. The more comprehensive your records for your insurance company, the faster you will receive a check to replace what you lost after a theft or catastrophic event.

Paul Zwaska

Paul Zwaska

A former head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles, Paul has been with Beacon Athletics for two decades. Among his many accomplishments, he authored Groundskeeper University, the first online ballfield maintenance training venue and continues to find innovative ways to help groundskeepers.

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1-800-622-7370

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“Proudly Serving The USA/Canada 

Since 1981”

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Ballfield Overseeding Tips from a Pro !

Nov 17, 2019 ·

Overseeding tipsFor many groundskeepers in colder areas of the country, mid-to-late fall means it’s almost time to shut it down. It’s a time of year when we begin to winterize our baseball equipment, shut down irrigation, and take a small step back from the fields. Fall means spending more time with friends and family, enjoying time in the woods hunting, or sitting on the couch with a beer and watching football. It’s also a time when you can fall asleep at night without asking yourself, “Should we have pulled the tarp? Why the hell didn’t we pull the tarp out? Does this radar app even work?”

North vs. South – Who has it tougher?

I spent my whole life in Wisconsin before I moved to Arizona for my first of three grounds keeping positions for the city of Goodyear at the Cleveland Indians Player Development Complex. I made the move in February (and if you have ever experienced a Wisconsin February, you know that there is no better month in the year to head south). It wasn’t until I spent a few years without winter that I began to appreciate and miss the solitude, quietness, and overall tranquility of the season. Yes I also missed the beer, cheese curds, fish fry, and 24 hour Green Bay Packer coverage, but I’ll save that for another time.

What it also taught me was that everyone doesn’t have the luxury of taking a break from their fields. I don’t know who coined the term, “things move slower in the South”, but they obviously didn’t take consideration into the fact that Northerners have 3 months where it’s perfectly acceptable to move slowly. Perhaps things move ‘slower’ because they have to take care of their fields ALL YEAR!

With that being said, I wanted to write a post with some tips for groundskeepers down south. Late fall for our southern friends brings on a variety of different tasks. For the purposes of this article, we’ll focus in on some basic fall overseeding tips.

Overseeding Tips

The optimum time for overseeding, based on typical temperature patterns, has passed us. However, with the current gradual increase in average temperatures, we may begin to see that date change.

Brandon BensonOur tips today come from longtime groundskeeper, Brandon Benson. Brandon spent many seasons as the head groundskeeper for the Visalia Rawhide before moving to Arizona where he took on the role as my mentor working for the city of Goodyear (he taught me groundskeeping and I taught him in how to drink a beer after work). He has a turf degree from Texas Tech and has spent his entire career in central California and Arizona. Brandon is now the Sports Facility Crew Leader for the city of Peoria where he oversees six baseball fields, four multipurpose fields and whole lot of common areas. Here’s what he has to say about the art of overseeding…

• Tip #1: Planning Is Key

An enjoyable overseed experience is all in the preparation you do prior to overseeding. The first step is all about the planning and logistics. Planning is essential when dealing with multiple fields and sites that use shared equipment. Coordinating where and when equipment is used, properly scheduling employees, and deciding which fields are going to be prepped first will make it less stressful. It’s also imperative that communication occurs with the people scheduling events on your fields. You can’t expect everyone to understand the maintenance practices of athletic fields, so communicating and educating coaches, players, and anyone else involved is a must. The last thing we want is to be watching a soccer team practice on our recently over-seeded field.

Tip #2: Fix Irrigation Before Spreading Seed

Second tip is to make sure you don’t have any problems with irrigation before spreading seed. Moisture and temperature are the main factors with seed germination, and going out to the field and making irrigation repairs after your seed has been applied can damage and delay your process. With the need for moisture, our short window of time, and Mother Nature’s unavoidable delays; we must have our irrigation running optimally from the start. This ensures you won’t have any delays or missed opportunities for germination.

Tip #3: Expect the Unexpected

The third tip is that no matter how much planning and preparation you do, be prepared for the unexpected. Equipment will break, the weather will not cooperate, employees will get sick. Remember these things happen and it’s important to keep a positive frame of mind. This can be easier said than done. Even though it’s easy to get frustrated with unexpected problems, you must stay positive and remember there are some things out of your control.

Thank you Brandon for all those great tips! If anyone has questions for Brandon or for the Beacon staff, please post your questions in the comment section below.

Brent Schroeder

Brent Schroeder

Brent is the national sales manager and product expert at Beacon Athletics. Prior to joining Beacon, Brent served as a full-time groundskeeper at the spring training stadium and player development complex for the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds. He has a degree is in Parks & Recreation Management as well as a Sports Turfgrass Management Certificate from the University of Georgia.

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Medaille College plans $7.5 million expansion of new sports complex !

It’s almost game time for the Cedar Point Sports Center !

SANDUSKY, OH — In terms of progress, they’ve entered the fourth and final quarter.

Construction crews pretty much wrapped up all major building-related tasks inside the Cedar Point Sports Center on Cleveland Road (U.S. 6). It’s beside the sister outdoor site Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center.

Within the past three months, inside this $42 million state-of-the-art athletics facility, workers:

• Laid down hardwood floors in a playing area, compatible for basketball, volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics and cheerleading

• Painted lines atop and placed finishing protective materials, to prevent scratching, on the wood

• Enclosed the entire structure, totaling more than 200,000 square feet, when factoring in all of the complex’s uses

• Installed many windows and drywall

“We are getting down to the finishing stages,” said Duff Milkie, Cedar Fair’s general counsel and executive vice president. He’s one of the project’s main point people.

Milkie expects the facility to debut in January, right before hosting its first tournament, for basketball, there. Ground broke on the complex in summer 2018.

“We are 100 percent happy with the progress,” Milkie said. “We can’t say enough about our construction partners. They have pushed this project along and kept it on track. We feel very good about getting ready to open the facility.”

Inside the 145,000-square-foot playing area, the Cedar Point Sports Center can accommodate enough space for 10 NBA-regulation-sized basketball courts, which includes one “championship arena.” The space is also compatible for 20 regulation-sized volleyball courts or space wresting, gymnastics and cheerleading.

How it works

Cedar Point owns the center’s land. Sports Facilities Management, working in conjunction with Cedar Point’s team, runs the entire indoor complex.

Sports Facilities Management and its affiliated company, Sports Facilities Advisory, oversee a portfolio exceeding $6 billion in sports and entertainment centers. The firm manages about 15 venues across the U.S., including in Chicago and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The firm wants to attract youth-based teams from all across North America to play tournaments in Erie County. There’s also an opportunity for local teams, such as middle school-aged children from area schools, to practice and play at this facility. Community members, both children and adults, can also participate in league games there.

“We have an operating team that is working toward booking events of all types of sports and are working diligently with the rights-holders and event operators to bring them in,” said Jake Schwerer, the sport center’s marketing manager.

There’s a goal to schedule games at the complex 52 weeks a year.

“It’s not just seasonally: The facility is going to be open year-round, and we’re looking to fill events, especially during those off-peak times, when Cedar Point is closed,” Schwerer said.

Inside the 200,000-plus-square-foot facility, the Cedar Point Sports Center features about 145,000 square feet of playing areas, an indoor walking track, an orthopedics and sports rehabilitation facility, various recreational activities and more.

What’s inside the center?

Among the facility’s main components:

• The 145,000-square-foot playing area can convert into nine NBA-regulation-sized basketball courts, 20 regulation-sized volleyball courts or a space for wrestling, gymnastics and cheerleading

• A “championship arena” with retractable seating for fans to watch the game

• An orthopedics and sports rehabilitation facility run by Firelands Regional Medical Center; “Having an orthopedics center — providing physical therapy, rehabilitation services, orthopedics and sports medicine — can provide services to athletes participating in the tournaments as well as local athletes who might need those services during their seasons,” Milkie said.

• Various recreational activities, such as climbing walls, a “ninja warrior” course and an arcade

• A grand lobby, or mezzanine, with event space available to rent out for community functions

• A one-eighth-mile-long indoor walking track, open for community use.

Paired with the outdoor component, both of Cedar Point’s athletics complexes will provide a game-changing experience for athletes, young and old, near and far, Milkie said.

“The new indoor facility combined with the existing first-class outdoor facility and the private development of an on-site orthopedics and sports medicine center make this a one-of-a-kind collection of first-class facilities that will both benefit area residents and drive year-round tourism to the Lake Erie shores and islands region,” Milkie said. This will “solidify Erie County’s position as a major youth sports center in the Midwest and America’s sports-family-fun capital.”

Upon opening in January, operators of the Cedar Point Sports Center invite the community to take advantage of its many amenities. This would include, at no cost, exercising along a one-eighth-mile-long indoor walking track.

The public benefit

While the facility represents an estimated $42 million cost, not a single cent comes directly from local taxpayers, officials said.

How the finances break down:

• $23 million: funds coming from Erie County through bed tax money, a fee assessed onto people, mostly tourists, whenever they stay in area hotels, motels, lodges, Airbnb or VRBO properties, bed and breakfasts and the like

• $11 million: funds coming from Firelands Regional Medical Center, which includes money from donors

• $6 million: funds coming from Cedar Fair, Cedar Point’s parent company, which is also assuming all operating risk and includes covering any yearly operating losses

• $2 million: funds coming from Sandusky through a tax-financing arrangement; This accounts for future property taxes from development occurring at this site.

A construction worker coats hardwood flooring with a protective finishing material inside the Cedar Point Sports Center on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.

Additionally, because Cedar Point owns the land, executives should pay upward of $700,000 in property taxes each year. The money goes into an account helping fund Landing Park. It’s a planned waterfront park located behind both Cedar Point sports complexes.

“We didn’t create a local tax, and we’re not spending local tax dollars on this project,” said Erie County commissioner Pat Shenigo. Shenigo, along with his commission colleague Matt Old, worked with Milkie to conceive this indoor complex. “This is going to be such a benefit to our community.”

Before the project broke ground, Shenigo served as a leading voice to ensure the public would benefit from this indoor facility, both through tax dollars and actual usage.

“It’s exciting to see this project come together,” Shenigo said. “This will prove to be a great asset for our community not only to draw more tourist income year-round but also what this could become as a community center for our children, schools and seniors.”

Among other project stakeholders, Milkie appreciates the cooperation of Erie County commissioners. Without them, this wouldn’t be a possibility.

“When you come in here and look at this facility, you recognize that this is a real statement of progress for the entire community,” Milkie said. “This should serve as a constant reminder that we can accomplish a lot when we work together.”

The Cedar Point Sports Center is located on Cleveland Road (U.S. 6) in Sandusky beside its sister site: Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center. The indoor facility should open in January.

More money

When the Cedar Point Sports Center opens, it’ll serve as another tool in Erie County’s arsenal to extend the vacation season beyond spring, summer and fall.

An indoor facility can help fill hotels, motels and lodges during winter and produce many more jobs, creating “an overall improvement in the local labor market and workforce development opportunities,” according to a preliminary statement from project stakeholders upon unveiling this concept.

“By having this (indoor) facility that runs year-round, the demand for hotels now expands itself, and the hope is that it creates additional investment and broadens the economy,” Milkie said. “And when the economy grows, we can make this area more of a destination than it already is.”

Furthermore, more people staying in local lodges and shopping at area businesses, such as restaurants, equates to more available tax money officials can spend on publicly funded operations Erie County residents want and need. This would include better roads, a higher number of safety service personnel and fewer condemned homes in neighborhoods.

“This facility, which is paid for by the tourists who visit our county, will help provide year-round activity,” Old said. “More of our local businesses will be able to stay open in the winter. By extending the season, we will create more money for local governments to be able to provide services.”

A construction worker, bottom left, paints the lines for a regulation-sized basketball court inside the Cedar Point Sports Center’s “championship arena” on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.

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“Proudly Serving The USA/Canada 

Since 1981”

www.sportsplexoperators.com

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A safer, longer-lasting wall solution !

This small town high school in northeastern Wisconsinwas looking for a high-quality but affordable backstop wall to enhance their ballfield. It needed to include padding and backstop netting to address player and fan safety concerns. Our integrated Backstop Wall System with Woodless Pads and In-Line Backstop Netting proved to be the perfect solution for Random Lake.

The backstop wall system is designed to fully incorporate both the lightweight pads and backstop netting. And, the padding and netting can be easily removed for off-season storage — especially important in northern climates — which saves the high school wear & tear on their pads and nets, extending the life of both.

Slide over post brackets…

After the installation of netting uprights and wall posts, the wall’s slide over post brackets were added over the wall posts. Pressure treated wood planks were mounted using our custom hardware.

Stainless steel mounting clips…

The next step for the backstop wall was to attach the stainless steel mounting clips and the Velcro wall plate in preparation for adding the Woodless Backstop Pads.

Add the pads…

Adding the woodless pads was next. Full-length support battens on the back hang on the mounting brackets and the bottom edge of the pads secure to the Velcro wall plates.

Netting anchored with slide-over brackets…

With wall and woodless pads in place, it was time to install the In-line Backstop Netting. The bottom of the net is anchored to the wall with a net cable that runs through the slide-over brackets.

Lifting winch & pulleys…

Before the netting was installed, the lifting winch, top pulleys and support cables were added for easy raising and take down, all from the ground — no ladders.

Raising the nets…

With engineered hardware in place for net support and tensioning, the nets were raised using the winch and pulley system.

Finishing touch…

Finally, the cherry on top. The backside banner was added, covering the back of the backstop wall and providing a clean, finished look to the final wall and netting system. Custom printed graphics can also be added providing a great branding or sponsorship opportunity.

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“Proudly Serving The USA/Canada 

Since 1981”

www.sportsplexoperators.com

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South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus, Georgia wins the 2019 USA Softball Complex of the Year !

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – After undergoing a multi-billion-dollar renovation in a mere six months and successfully hosting the 2019 USA Softball International Cup, South Commons Softball Complex has been awarded the 2019 Complex of the Year, presented by Stabilizer Solutions, Inc. South Commons Softball Complex will receive their award at the 88th USA Softball Annual Council Meeting in Sparks, Nev.

“Congrats to South Commons Softball Complex on winning the 2019 USA Softball Complex of the Year,” said USA Softball Managing Director of Membership Services, Rich Cress. “South Commons does a great job of ensuring their facility is in prime condition for each event they host. Whether hosting a grassroots event, local event or a National Team event, the South Commons staff, tournament directors and field crew offer nothing but the best for the players, fans and umpires.”

The South Commons Softball Complex is most notably known for hosting the historic 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games for the sport of softball, where the Red, White and Blue claimed the first-ever Olympic Gold Medal. A host for a variety of events throughout the year, the South Commons Softball Complex has hosted the NFCA Leadoff Classic, Sidney Cooper Invitational, National Club Softball Association (NCSA) World Series and annually hosts the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Softball Championships.

South Commons most recently held the 2019 USA Softball International Cup where over 9,900 fans enjoyed a week-long competition of international play resulting in the USA Softball Women’s National Team taking home the Gold and the U-19 Women’s National Team earning the Bronze Medal.

“USA Softball of Georgia wants to thank USA Softball for selecting South Commons Softball Complex as the Complex of the Year,” said USA Softball of Georgia Commissioner, Al Dattolo. “After undergoing extensive renovations, this is an award which is greatly deserved and appreciated by the city of Columbus.”

South Commons Softball Complex is an eight-field complex, which includes a five-field hub with a roundhouse and a three-field fan with a stadium, indoor score booths, concessions and restrooms. After undergoing a $4.8 million-dollar renovation, the South Commons softball facilities are unparalleled in the region. The renovations included new LED lighting, new scoreboards, field drainage systems, stadium seats, fencing, renovated restrooms and concessions, paint, sidewalks, ADA compliant ramps, netting, Wi-Fi and internet access, and updated umpire rooms, press box and skyboxes.

About USA Softball
USA Softball (USAS) is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USAS sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations.  USAS is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USAS annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USAS umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USAS is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USAS, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

What’s going up ? – New sports facility on Tucson’s south side !

Work Begins On New $6 Million Sports Complex in WI. !

The state-of-the-art, synthetic turf stadium will be used for football, soccer, lacrosse, and a variety of community events. (submitted rendering)

RACINE, WIRacine County officials joined Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy in putting the first shovel in the dirt in the $6 million S.C. Johnson Community Sports Complex at Pritchard Park Wednesday. In partnership with the Racine Unified School District, Racine County

Murphy joined Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave and Racine Unified Superintendent Eric Gallien for a ceremony at the SC Johnson Community Sports Complex.

The state-of-the-art, synthetic turf stadium will be used for football, soccer, lacrosse and a variety of community events. The project includes an innovative 2,000-person capacity top-loading bleacher system, raised plaza, ticket stands, concessions, press box, scoreboard and lighting.

It is made possible through an unprecedented $6 million partnership between Racine County and the Racine Unified School District, as well as a $250,000 grant from the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program.

The stadium, which is expected to open in Fall 2020, will be open to all area schools and sports teams, youth teams, community organizations and residents.

“This facility will truly be a game-changer for our children, families and visitors. For too long, our youth have needed to travel outside Eastern Racine County to play on quality athletic fields. I am beyond excited to officially break ground on a first-class stadium that will serve Racine County for generations to come,” Delagrave said in a statement.

Racine Unified School District’s contribution to this project comes from the Community Service Fund. State law requires the district to use these funds for the community – beyond their own schools – and the district is excited to partner with the county on this project.

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Since 1981”

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“Proudly Serving The USA/Canada 

Since 1981”

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