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Update from Parks & Rec 9/8/20 - pickleball, soccer and more
This week's notes:
Good afternoon St. George! Here is this week's news:
Youth Soccer Volunteers:
As you have heard by now, we will be having youth soccer on an intramural basis here in town. If you are interested in volunteering to help with this program, please contact me. Coaching volunteers will be required to use a face covering while coaching. The structure of the program will be skills work and individual competitions followed by small sided games. Thank you in advance for volunteering.
Racquet sports updates:
Pickleball - its been great to see all the use of the court at the school this summer. Beginning Tuesday, September 8th the school court will only be open before 8 AM and after 4:30 PM on school days. It will be open dawn to dusk on weekends. But....
Tennis Courts - the town courts will be closed the week of September 21 for the courts to be resurfaced. Barring weather setbacks they will reopen Monday September 28th.
When they do, Court 2 will also have two new pickleball courts painted in!
There will be a sign up sheet for Court 2 as it will now have both tennis and pickleball lines. There will be portable nets at the courts for use. As with the school court, we thank you for your courteous use of the facilities as you put back what you use.
Fall youth recreation programs
Online registration is now open on the Parks and Recreation web page. Go to stgeorgemaine.com
Once there, go to Departments, click on Parks and Recreation, then see the Youth Sports Registration link on the left of the screen.
Parents are welcome to register their children for basketball and baseball/softball as well. Of course at this point, we can only speculate what those programs will look like.
Fall Youth Soccer:
After consultation with school and town officials, we will be using an intramural model for soccer this fall, rather than traveling to other towns for games. For those wondering what that might look like, it will be similar to what we have used for K-2 basketball for the past several years. The beginning will be skills work and individual competitions, followed by small sided games with the participants that are there. Our hope is that we can offer a soccer program here that will be fun, instructional while continuing to observe safe practices that will maintain good health for players, families and volunteers. Let's cover the important information in a FAQ format.
1. When will the soccer program be offered?
-Saturdays only - 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/17
2. What time on Saturday?
- K-2 9:00-10:00
- 3-4 10:30-11:30
- 5-6 12:00-1:00
3. What safety rules and guidelines will be in place?
- Parents will be asked to fill out a brief pre-screening questionnaire on Saturday mornings for their child
- Players will all have a separate place ( marked by a cone) to set their water bottle, ball and gear if any, rather than have player benches. Players will wear face coverings.
- All coaches will wear face coverings
- No throw ins - balls out of bounds will be played in with a pass. Players will be asked to not handle the soccer balls at all.
- Soccer balls will be sanitized prior to sessions.
- Parents will be asked to physically distance, and if unable to, wear a face covering
4. Where is this program being held?
All sessions are at the Big Ball Field.
In closing, I want to thank all parents and children in advance for their patience and cooperation while we work together to provide programs during this pandemic. We can make it go if we work together.
March 25 Update on Status of the Town During this Pandemic During this pandemic we urge everyone to follow the Governor’s orders and guidance, to protect the health of us all. We will get through this difficult time, relying on the good sense and solidarity of this community. We want to thank all citizens for their help and support for each other while we ride this out together. The Town Office is staffed but closed to the public; please call 372-6363 if you have any ques tions about Real Estate Tax payments, re-registering vehicles, buying Hunting & Fishing licenses, re-registering boats, etc. We will be glad to assist you any way we can. We appreciate you conducting as much business as possible via US mail or online. The Transfer Station is ONLY accepting bagged trash and cardboard; if you can, please store other recyclables until this restriction is lifted or include them in your bagged trash. Our Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Services are trained and organized to
ST. GEORGE NEWSLETTER In light of our rapidly changing world, for the time being the newsletter will be published on a monthly, rather than bimonthly basis. As we have seen, much of what we sent out at the end of February for March – April news was obsolete very quickly. Hopefully, this change will allow us to stay closer to what is current news. From the Town Office: Thank you to everyone for your patience and solidarity as we maintain physical distancing and safe practices to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our families, friends and neighbors. We will be continuing with doing essential town business by mail, phone and drop off using the box outside the town office door. Meetings will be done remotely and the public is invited to participate as well. To participate in a remote meeting, watch the Town of St. George website for upcoming meetings and directions for connecting to the meeting. Click here to open and read the entire newsletter