Page 10 - Salem Magazine Spring 2014
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                                       Parks & Rec Announces Changes
The City of Salem Parks and Recreation department is making some changes beginning this month. Starting this May, residents in Salem will be required to pay $40 per participant while non-resident tuition paying students, who wish to play youth sports in Salem, will now have to pay $90 per person.
the start of the season. Once games start, teams will be limited to no more than two meetings per week with one being a game. No scores or standings will be kept in this league.
These modest increases are necessary to help offset the rising costs of player uniforms and online registration transaction fees. Even with this $5 across-the-board change, Salem’s fees are still the lowest in the valley.
“This should truly increase the enjoyment the kids have for the game of football and give them a better foundation and outlook as they progress to the next level,” he says.
         “The economy definitely has had an effect on everyone since the recession hit in 2008, and we’ve done
             a great job of serving our citizens and still keeping costs down as much as possible during this time,” says John Shaner, Salem Parks and Recreation Director. “This modest increase is definitely needed right now in order to maintain the level of quality in our recreational programs that citizens have come to expect in Salem.”
Along with the increase also comes the formation of a brand new football league for our youngest participants. Beginning with our 2014 Fall Sports registrations, Salem will be offering NFL Youth Flag Football for children ages 6-7 years old.
This new league will replace that same age group’s current Biddy Football League that has experienced declining participation numbers in the last few years. Our aim in developing this program is to introduce kids to the joys of the sport without the contact of traditional football at this young age.
“We have always gone the extra mile to make sure we provide Salem’s children with the best recreational programs possible,” says Shaner. “I truly believe this new flag football league will help us get more kids involved and not only expose them to the fundamentals of the game, but also keep them active.”
An emphasis will be placed on having fun, the basic skills necessary to play the game, teamwork and sportsmanship. Each participant will receive an NFL team-identified reversible jersey, official NFL Flag football belt and flags and a free USA Football player membership. Teams will practice twice per week prior to
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