Recreation Authority hopes to kickstart adult programs

Published 5:54 pm Friday, January 13, 2017

The Bainbridge-Decatur County Recreation Authority is hoping to revive one of their adult programs this year after some early signs of involvement. The adult kickball league now has two teams signed up for it, and only need a couple more to get the season kicked off for the first time in at least three years.

An adult kickball league is the second of two programs aimed at growing the recreation authority’s adult program. However, filling the league with teams has been difficult over the past years.

“Right now we have two definite teams,” said Valerie Faircloth, Assistant Program Director. “It’s been 3 years since we’ve done it. We open up registration every year but it’s just a matter of how many teams we can get if we can play. So that’s the determination, we’ve had it open but we just haven’t had a team in three years.”

A successful adult softball program could lead to the development of other adult programs, which would be something the recreation authority is interested in.

According to Faircloth, there has been an increase in interest toward adult programs, which is what prompted the recreation authority to revive the kickball league.

“There’s a lot of interest in it, people have been talking about it and we’re just trying to feed the community and grow that part of our program,” said Faircloth.

The co-ed softball league has been successful for several years, so adding a second successful adult program could open up doors that lead to other options for the recreation authority, but without a multipurpose facility the authority has to play with the cards they’re dealt.

“Right now we kind of have to work with what we’ve got and start small,” said Faircloth. “Once we grow our softball and kickball, then other programs and certainly a possibility but right now those are our two.”

Lack of involvement has not been due to lack of advertising. According to Faircloth, the recreation authority has done their part in spreading the word about the league. Faircloth also encourages anyone interested to get in contact with the recreation authority because in order to grow they must grow involvement.

It costs $200 per team to enter the kickball league. Games will be held at the sports park and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. for four weeks. Registration is currently ongoing and will run until Jan. 27.