The SFSA Board has started the petition "Support youth Baseball and Softball Tournaments in Spanish Fort parks and fields" and needs your help to get it off the ground.
Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:
Here's why it's important:
The city of Spanish Fort, local business and the Spanish Fort Sports Association (SFSA) are missing out on significant revenue and economic benefits associated with weekend tournaments at Spirit Park. Nearly every other park in Baldwin County and the rest of the state embraces these type activities and understand that tournament promoters need make money to bring these events to their parks. The city of Daphne estimated between $2.5 and $3 million in economic impact due to tournaments and has plans to build an additional sports complex. The cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have a sports tourism department and estimated more than $20 million in economic impact per year. The city of Foley is spending $16 million to build a sport complex and is advertising it across the southeast.
The direct cash inflows to their youth sports programs from concessions or other revenue sharing arrangements allow them to keep fees low for rec programs and fund their local team in outside tournaments while purchasing and maintaining equipment. A weekend tournament will normally consist of 10 to 30 teams which translates into 300 to 1000 people spending one or two days, shopping, eating and some staying in hotels in the local area.
Most cities have employees that work with tournament promoters and have city workers present at tournaments to maintain fields. SFSA is will take on this responsibility so tournaments will not cost the city any additional payroll or manpower and will keep the city fully informed of all activates scheduled at the park through the city parks department or other designee as directed.
You can sign the petition by clicking here.
SFSA Board of Directors
Games start - September 12th
Check out the game schedules, scores, and directions to the fields at www.daphneyouthsports.com
SFSA will hold a board meeting on TBD at 6pm
Please check out all the sponsors on the Sponsor page of our website. These companies donate hundreds of dollars to SFSA to support youth sports and help keep the cost down to parents. Most are small local businesses so please get out and support these businesses as they support us!
President - Tommy Hallmark
Vice President - Michael Larson
Treasurer- Shannon Murphy
Secretary - Leigh Walker
Baseball - Justin Caron/Daniel Williford
Softball - Gregg Wood
Football - Pete DiMario
Basketball - 1st - 4th grade - Angela Revere; 5th -8th grade Craig Morris
All Softball games for 10/27/15 have been cancelled
UPDATES provided by 4PM whenever possible
SF Elementary Park
Football and Cheerleading