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Letter to the Editor

Edgefield County Recreation Director seeks help with Youth Basketball League

web posted October 31, 2007
Dear Editor,
The County Recreation department over the past three years has offered a basketball league for our youth.  Within those three years we have averaged around 80 kids per season but we have had a big problem with parental or adult support for the program.

The last two seasons we had 10 teams participating in the league and out of those 10 teams 8 of the teams were coached by 2 adults.  Two ladies coached 4 teams apiece just to make the league a success.  It was very tough on these two ladies and also very unfair for the kids on the teams. 

On game nights I was left to man the clock, concession stand and gate all at the same time, which is virtually impossible. At times a coach had to run the clock while coaching.  Another big problem that we have had over the past three seasons is that we had kids dropped off at the gym and we had to call and find rides for them when we closed the gym. 

We are not a baby sitting service.  

Since the last basketball season the Recreation Commission and I have talked about the league and have come to a conclusion that if the league is going to continue we are going to have to have some adults help in the operation of the league. That means a board of directors and coaches. We will also need help with concessions, clock operations and other.  

All of our other leagues in the county have a board of directors that runs their particular league and sees that everything runs smoothly. Our basketball league needs the same type of structure. If any one is interested in working with the recreation department with the basketball league please call Nick Wates at (803) 637-2621. If we do not have any interest we will be forced to discontinue our basketball league.

Nick Wates,
Edgefield County Recreation Director

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