Widgetized Section

Go to Admin » Appearance » Widgets » and move Gabfire Widget: Social into that MastheadOverlay zone

Recreation complex nearing home plate

Chris Myers with large diagram of new sports complex.

The Ace Basin Recreation Complex should be ready for the Recreation Football League’s season opener, Colleton County Parks and Recreation Director Chris Myers told Colleton County Council members during the September 4 meeting.

“The Youth Football League will be playing on the new multi-purpose field this season,” Myers said. The league is composed of the Pee Wee Division, composed of seven and eight year olds; the Junior Division, composed of 9-11 year olds; and the Senior Division, in which 11-14 year old youths play.

Facilities at the recreation complex include 12 baseball/softball fields, one multi-purpose field, a picnic pavilion, a gymnasium, a fitness center, two tennis courts, and two outdoor basketball courts, which are currently under construction. Myers said the newly-renovated fitness center contains state-of-the-art equipment to meet any fitness need, from cardio exercises to strength-building. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. “Membership is the most affordable in town and can be purchased in three, six, or 12 month terms,” he added.

Myers noted Youth Basketball League season begins in December and ends in February, playing every Saturday. He added that, last year, 18 teams played basketball, each team playing between 11 and 18 games. The Knee High League is composed of children ages 4-6; the Juniors Division, in which youths from ages 7-9 play; the Senior Division, composed of youths ages 10-12; and the Varsity League, in which youths ages 13-15 play. Free play basketball and volleyball is open to all ages. Basketball games are played on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Volleyball games are played Thursday.

The Dixie Softball League, composed of females only, begins in the spring. The T-ball League is composed of youth from 5-6 years of age; the Darlings League is composed of 7-8 year olds; the Angels League, in which youth from 9-10 years old play; and the Ponytails League, composed of youths age 11-12. “Last year, all teams had post-season all-star teams except for the T-ball league,” Myers said.

The Youth Baseball League also begins in the spring. The T-ball League is for 5-6 year-olds; the Coach Pitch League is composed of 7-8 year olds; the Minors league is for 9-10 year olds; and the Majors League is composed of 11-12 year olds.

Myers pointed out that the commission also has a program titled Smart Start Baseball, which is designed for four-year-olds. Participants must be accompanied by an adult, “This program focuses on improving children’s coordination, agility, and other attributes through various skills used in baseball.”

The Adult Softball League has spring, summer, and fall seasons, and offers the choice of playing either in an all men’s league or a co-ed league. Myers said the co-ed option was not available before the 2012 season. Myers noted that certified umpires are used during games “to keep it as professional as we can.” He added that two umpires, Ronnie Trotter and Stanley Mros who called Recreation League games umpired at games within our county also umpired at the State Championship Tournament last year. They then umpired a game involving the 9-10 year old Angels’ League at the World Series game in Georgetown.

Other activities include Karate and Jiu Jitsu lessons with children and adult classes that match experience levels. Classes meet in the activity room on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-8 p.m.; two levels of gymnastics, Lowcountry Gymnastics, for people from 18 months of age through adult, which meets in the Rec Center gym on Monday from 3:30-6:30 p.m., and Sports Academy Gymnastics, for people ages four and up, which meets on Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m.; weight watchers, which is composed of about 60 people, meets every Wednesday in the activity room; and the Pep Club, a rather large group composed of senior citizens, meets on the last Tuesday of every month in the activity room.

An eight-week summer camp is also held at the center. The program offers children exposure to healthy eating, music, and arts and crafts. “Many children would never get this in a different setting,” Myers said. He added that the camp focused on in-county field trips to locations such as trips to the local movie theater, Bee City, and Edisto Beach State Park. He added that children really enjoyed going to the water park in Charleston last summer.

Myers told council members that upgrades to current facilities include a new roof, new facia, painting throughout the facility, a new counter, and new ceiling tiles. Future plans include a girls’ volleyball, outdoor basketball courts, additions to existing trails, the opening of the Ace Basin Sports Complex, and a disc golf course.

When asked about disc golf by a council member, Myers replied that disc golf is an organized sport that is quickly gaining momentum. He explained the game involves a Frisbee and several baskets as the holes. Myers added Rock Hill has a major disc golf course and noted that the winner of the national competition now walks way with about two million dollars.