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West Point kids are about to be enjoying Americaâ€™s new sport in soccer. They are also going to be hitting the gridiron pretty soon, as peewee football and youth soccer began practicing this week in a season set to start at the first of October.
That being said, the West Point Parks and Recreation Department has a number of big things happening, some as soon as this weekend, and others throughout the the 2010-2011 school year.
The most pertinent is this weekendâ€™s USSSA baseball tournament that will take place at the sportsplex this Saturday.
The travel ball tourney will be getting started, with first pitch being at around 9 a.m. The Young Guns, a travel baseball team out of West Point will be playing in the event.
As of Wednesday, there were 23 teams that were scheduled to come to town. This is not only a positive event for the sportsplex, but it is also provides West Point businesses with extra revenue over the weekend, particularly restaurants and hotels.
â€śThese tournaments help the whole town,â€ť said Parks Assistant Director Jarod McDaniel. â€śIf youâ€™re driving from Jackson, youâ€™re not going to go back there to eat or pick something up from the store. Youâ€™re going to buy it here in West Point.â€ť
Back in May, the Parks Department hosted a similar tournament that brought over a dozen teams to the area for a two-day event.
â€śIt brings people to the whole city,â€ť McDaniel said. â€śThatâ€™s the most important thing.â€ť
So far, this is the only Fall tourney the department has on its schedule. It does have several Spring tournaments already on tap, starting in March and ending in July.
McDaniel says that it is possible other dates might be added for tournaments throughout the year.
As for other sports, the Parks Department announced this week that practice has begun for both youth soccer and football. Season schedules should be released in the next couple of weeks.
Right now, McDaniel said the teams are getting to know each other and a full slate of practices will be underway next week.
McDaniel said that his department is still promoting its Mentoring and Tutoring program that was started for the first time this school year. The program is designed for children to come to the main office of the Parks Department and get help, finishing their homework.
Parks Director James Crowley said during the Summer that many youth in the city are getting low homework grades because they are unable to finish just two or three of their homework problems.
Crowley said the department will help those kids get those problems correct so that they get a good homework grade.
Among other activities, the department is still offering aerobics classes at Central Gym, Monday-Thursday, from 5:30-7 p.m. The classes are taught by Terri Boatner.
Quilting classes are also available at the main office every other Monday at 3:30 p.m. and each Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Painting classes are also available. Call 494-3214 for information on all of the Parks activities throughout the year.