Letter From Normantown Little League Parent

(05/22/2008)

Why are we not playing on our school fields?

A few of the Normantown Little League Parents would like to voice our opinions.

There have been some issues with using the new sports complex in Glenville. We wouldn't mind driving to Troy, Sand Fork, and Glenville part of the time, just to get to play on our own field. There are several reasons we think playing on the school fields was a better idea.

I speak mostly for those of us who live on the outskirts of Gilmer county, in the Rosedale direction. There are five of eleven Normantown Little League players that live in this area. The parents believe that if we played on our own field we would have more opportunity to make more money for our own fields and schools. Goodness knows we could use it.

The small schools need people to be in our communities. Also with the gas prices at $3.89 to $4.00 per gallon, playing every game in Glenville is getting a little hard on the pocket.

Sports is important to our children, but all these aspects are causing fewer children to be able to sign up for such sports.

Another issue has became an inconvenience we wouldn't have if we were playing on our own field. There are older teams of ball players playing in this same area, so they are charging $5.00 per person just to park. They will give us parking passes but what about the grandparents, family , and friends? Everyone has to have a pass if they don't want to have to pay.

We might have a problem with room at the complex as well as the school but we never had to pay to park at the schools.

There is talk of changing game time on Saturday, which is fine but why not do it from the beginning. There just seems to be a lot of confusion that would not have been if we played on our own field.

I am sure that Sand Fork and Troy as well as Normantown could use the money for their own fields, schools, and ball players.

I just think that the parents of these players should have a say so in decisions made by a handful of people. Let's leave some for the smaller, outer-lying schools.

Jaime McCumbers