News Update!!: Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Special Needles Recreation and Parks Commission Meeting.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Special Needles Recreation and Parks Commission Meeting.

A Special Needles Recreation and Parks Commission Meeting was held on Monday, December 4th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The Special Needles Recreation and Parks Commission Meeting was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

** Here is a summary and the voting results that occurred during the meeting: **

**** Administer Oath of Office: ****

Cheryl K. Sallis with the City of Needles administer the oath of office to Needles Recreation and Parks Commission Member David Keller.

 

**** Agenda Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #1:

Discussion regarding change(s) to the Youth Sports Handbook to allow players to play in any recreation youth sports if currently on a school sports team.

** Agenda Item Information: **

  • Background:

Currently, players are not allow to play any recreation youth sports if currently on a school sports team per the current Youth Sports Handbook.

Should the Commission decide to change the current rule and allow 6th graders to play both recreation and school sports, a revision to the Youth Sports Handbook will be required.

Additionally, the Commission needs to be aware of the placement of any players that would then be eligible. Current league late sign-up procedures are: All registered players are drafted onto teams the night of the draft, if there are open spots on any team after the draft then the next team in the draft order would get the 1st player that signs up, and then the next late sign-up would go in the draft order and so on. Once rosters are full, players are then placed on a waiting list in order of signing up. When an available spot becomes open, the 1st player on the waiting list is then placed on the team.

With the exception of 3-4th grade boys, all other rosters and full with 8 players, however the handbook does provide the City of Needles will hold a meeting for each division to select teams. Youth basketball teams can have a maximum of 10 players and youth flag football teams can have a maximum of 12 players. To ensure a high quality of instruction, the City of Needles will try to limit basketball teams to 7-8 players and flag football teams to 10-12 players. 

  • Fiscal Impact: 

N/A

  • Critical Timeline:

Season begins Thursday, December 6th, 2017.

  • Environmental:

N/A

  • Recommendation:

Commission discretion to leave status quo or revise the Youth Sports Handbook to allow the 6th grade to play both recreation and school sports.

Before the vote, at least 2 members of the Needles City Council spoke during public appearance about if they think if it’s a good idea or bad idea to allow the 6th graders to play both recreation and school sports.

Members of the Needles Recreation and Parks Commission voted 3-2 recommending to allow 6th graders to play both recreation and school sports, for a year trial run period, then review it all again in the Spring of 2018.

The recommendation also said that parents and coach will be surveyed and asked if they should allow this to continue or not to continue. 

The surveys and collected responses will be provided to members of the Needles Recreation and Parks Commission when they review the year trial run period recommendation in the Spring of 2018.

The recommendation that was voted and approved by members of the Needles Recreation and Parks Commission will be placed on the upcoming Needles City Council Meeting to be discussed and possible be voted on.

 

**** You can view other City of Needles meetings agendas at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Boards/

For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meetings, please contact Dale Jones in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345.

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