Ralph Thomas, chairman of the complex board said that while those concerns could be voiced, there would be no action taken, and that further discussion will take place between the complex board and the TCYAA when they have a joint meeting at the complex on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
It costs $50 for a child to play for a year with the TCYAA, and although it costs about $75 annually, the remainder of that is made up via corporate sponsors and fundraisers, according to the TCYAA’s web site. Children and youth ages 3 – 15 can register with the various age-related leagues, but the price is the same.
“I think it’s a little high,” Ricky Butts said about the price. “I have a six-year-old, and they’re not going to want to go to state.”
Andrea Hampton agreed with Butts and said the price is too high, especially considering the county’s high unemployment. Such a complaint was common among nearly everyone who spoke up.
“I work with people on a daily basis, and they’re living not even paycheck to paycheck,” Hampton said. “They’re going to get help from Helping Hands … they can’t even pay their bills.”
Another person stated that having parents work the concession stand could be a health hazard and could cause people to not want food from the concession stand. A few were concerned about the fundraisers and wondered if money was the TCYAA’s only concern.
Thomas said the board itself has a few issues with some of TCYAA’s decisions, some of which the public had brought up, but this was partly because of some of the recent complex board meetings that were scheduled, something came up to keep the meeting from happening.
“I’ll go on record as saying right now the $15 that you’ve seen … is a mistake,” Thomas said.
The site also states that registration ends, and evaluations begin, this month, with the first games to be played starting April 12 and the first league tournament games to start on June 7.
After the meeting, the TCYAA put up a frequently asked questions page on its web site to answer some of the questions that were asked at the meeting Monday evening. It can be reached at www.tcyaa.org/faq.html. Other information can be found at www.tcyaa.org.
The FAQ site says that the reasons they are charging $50 per child, no matter the age, include the used of a paid, sanctioned umpire, medical and library insurance, extra leagues for both boys and girls, and a cap of 12 players per team.
The FAQ also talks about the concerns about league champions playing in state tournaments and being beaten, stating that league champions aren’t forced to do so, though it would be “an honor” to play in a tournament and added that they wouldn’t be playing all-star teams or traveling teams.
The younger leagues will start a little later than the older leagues, and inclement weather such as snow or rain will result in some games being cancelled and made up later, according to the site.
Player evaluations are to make the teams more balanced, said the site, adding that during the week, only early games will be played, with late games scheduled only for Fridays and Saturdays.
Selling candy bars and working in a concession stand are necessary, as money is a “necessary component,” as the TYCAA can’t fall back on tax dollars, as it is a parent and volunteer organization, the site stated.