Havelock youth leagues say they need more space

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 01:56 PM.

"As of right now we have about 150 kids that are not really practicing enough as we need them to because of the lack of fields," Verduzco said. "We try to practice on the weekends but that’s kind of limited. People have to go to church. There’s more time for the family and it’s kind of hard to work around that on the weekends."

Casi Walton, president of Havelock Youth Lacrosse Association, said the league’s players have gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to playing fields.

"We’ve been around since ’04 and we have so many troubles trying to get field space," Walton said. "They finally allowed us to practice at Walter B. Jones Park but the field is horrible and every time the circus comes to town we get kicked off with no alternative. Last year we did get some alternative space but it was too small."

Walton said the league has grown from 25 to 30 players to about 150 with five boys teams and two girls teams practicing on just two fields.

"There’s no other place for us to go other than Walter B. Jones Park and then they did give us Sermons Park for the girls, but that is too small for regulation size," Walton said. "To have 30 to 40 girls out there practicing from ages 8 to 18, it gets pretty crazy out there sometimes."

Walton said spaces are so small that a full lacrosse field can’t be marked off, which hurts player development. She also said the fields don’t have lights, and that the portable lights that the recreation center has brought in aren’t enough.

"It’s a little dangerous to try and practice lacrosse in the dark with sticks and balls flying everywhere in the dark," she said.



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