Searcy A&P Commission re-approves $ 30,000 for peewee football needs | New
Peewee football in Searcy is back this year after being canceled last season due to COVID-19, as is the Searcy Advertising and Tourism Promotion Commission’s pledge of $ 30,000 for equipment and other needs.
A&P committee chairman Chris Howell invited Cody Chapman, chairman of the board of the Searcy Optimist Club Pee Wee football program, to speak to the committee on Tuesday, so everyone is on the same page. wave, knowing that A&P revenue was not used last year because of the virus. was still good for use this year.
Chapman said the program, with third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders, will launch in the Travel League this year.
He said the program planned to order 100 to 120 helmets, shoulder pads and training gear “which are expected to cost around $ 15,000.”
“We have to straighten out a field, which will not be this summer but early next spring, maybe February, March next year,” Chapman said, adding that it will cost between $ 5,000 and $ 7,000. “… And then our clocks – not our dashboard, but two game clocks – Rainey Electronics, the one that maintains all the dashboards, they said these are obsolete.” They said they got them up and running, but in the future they won’t be able to do maintenance anymore because they don’t have the equipment and parts, so we are considering changing them.
He said it would cost around $ 2,000 per clock next August to change them.
“So that’s the bulk of what we spend money on,” Chapman said.
Chapman said The Daily Citizen this practice for peewee football begins August 1st. There will be camps in mid-July and league play is expected to begin around the end of August.
City attorney Buck Gibson said that since it was a travel league it would have to bring visitors to Searcy, and Chapman agreed, saying there would be four to six games at home and a jamboree every so many years.
“Right now. There are 10 teams in the league, the biggest being Greenbrier, Bald Knob, Batesville and Heber Springs,” Chapman said. “So we’ll play these teams as well as I think Quitman and Vilonia. There may be a few more, like Maumelle and Morrilton, so it’s growing, I don’t know how many home games we’ll have, but it’s increasing.
Chapman said there should be at least four home games on the weekend Searcy’s teams are at home.
Gibson asked if the ad would be sold to help the program.
“Yeah, we’re going to do signs on the new fences,” Chapman said. “We’re going to try to keep four main sponsors so that we have some sort of logo on all of the shirts. The jerseys will be the same for all ranks, but we will have different logos for the sponsors. “
Chapman said there was a drainage issue at the Queensway Street peewee football pitch that needs to be addressed. “We’re going to have to dig a drain and move it around a bit,” he said.
The commission re-approved the funding after Gibson said a motion was needed to do so since the request was dated last year.