Empty Recreational Fields

December 16, 2013
By

As you remember, yesterday I talked about year-round sports.  Today I am exploring another aspect of this trend.  You will notice that most municipal athletic complexes stand dormant for much of those vacation days of summer.  The older kids don’t have the time to spend at the pool or on a recreational field just having fun.  In days gone by, there would have been no open fields.  Somebody would have been playing baseball or softball on it.  Today you can drive by Liberty Park most nights of the week and the ball field is empty.  Why is this?  The high school kid has had practice starting as early as 5 a.m.  He/she then goes to work and then most will report back to their school sometime in the evening for more of the same or a different practice.  How much time does that give them to really do fun things?  If this trend continues, I can see a time when a high school varsity team will have just enough kids to participate in games with almost no subs, because the kids will have said “I’m not going to put in all this time and not play.”  Unfortunately, it is already creeping in to some sports.  This past year Batesville had to really scout to find a full freshmen football schedule.  Many girls sports only have varsities because the girls have already decided that the time needed to be a reserve athlete does not fit into their schedules.  When a young person decides not to participate, they loose interest and they find a much easier path for recreation instead of calling friends for a “pick up game”.  Worse yet, some of them begin to loiter in wrong locations.   We all know what that leads to.

Listen Live

Upcoming Events

May
26
Thu
6:00 pm Stayin’ Alive Open House @ Brookville Public Library
Stayin’ Alive Open House @ Brookville Public Library
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Stayin' Alive Open House @ Brookville Public Library
Share this:TweetEmailPrint
May
28
Sat
9:00 am Versailles Farmer’s Market @ Versailles Courthouse Square
Versailles Farmer’s Market @ Versailles Courthouse Square
May 28 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Versailles Farmer's Market @ Versailles Courthouse Square
Share this:TweetEmailPrint
May
29
Sun
all-day Sunman Farmers Market
Sunman Farmers Market
May 29 all-day
The Sunman Park Board will be hosting the Sunman Farmers Market for the 2016 season. Every Saturday beginning May 14 til October 29. For spaces & more information contact Janice 812-65-2180Share this:TweetEmailPrint

View Calendar