What’s Up? Video: Casey Prescott discusses the spring lineup of youth and adult sports programs

By The Public Communications Office

In this episode of “What’s Up, College Station?,” Marketing Coordinator Grace Hallowell and Recreation Supervisor Casey Prescott discuss the city’s energetic spring lineup of youth and adult sports programs and leagues.

Transcript

Grace Hallowell:

What’s up, College Station? I’m Grace Hallowell and today I’m joined with Casey, our athletic supervisor. Hi, Casey.

Casey:

Hey, how’s it going?

Grace Hallowell:

It’s going well. So we have a lot of fun spring athletics and sports to talk about today.

Casey:

We do. Absolutely.

Grace Hallowell:

So I’m excited. I’m not the biggest sports person, but I love spectating. So what programs do we have coming up this season?

Casey:

I think this spring is really exciting, because we do a lot of programs that we don’t do in other times of the year. And so there’s a large variety for youth and adults, which I think is really unique. But I do want to start out, anything that I share today you can find online and is all viewable and has more information with exact dates, times, prices at cstx.gov\sports. So if you visit that website, that’s our sports page for athletics for the entire city. And so you can see all of our programs, youth and adult, you can see the calendar and everything on there, which I think is really helpful.

Grace Hallowell:

Yes, very easy.

Casey:

So most of our registration for adult programs are team-based. So you register as a team, so you have a team captain that registers you. And so that’s softball, kickball, volleyball, and basketball. So those are all team registration leagues that we do. Volleyball is on Tuesdays and Thursday nights, you pick a night that you play. Kickball is on Wednesday nights. Softball, we have Monday through Thursday. We have men’s divisions every night. And then we have co-ed divisions offered on Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays. And then our adult basketball league takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays. And so volleyball and basketball are at the Lincoln Recreation Center. And softball and kickball are at Veteran’s Park.

Grace Hallowell:

Yes. It’s a fun way to grab your friend group and do something fun, stay active, something more than just going out and hanging out.

Casey:

And if you’re new to town or you just moved here, you’re looking for people to play with, you all play one of those sports, we do have ways that we try to connect individuals to teams if you don’t have a team to sign up with. So we have a free agent link online that you can go online and fill out and it allows us to get your contact information and send it out to managers. So if they need an extra player or something happened with their roster, they can go to that roster and call people and invite them be on their team.

Grace Hallowell:

Awesome. So what other programs do we have going on?

Casey:

So also for adults and youth, we do have all of our tennis programs Sunday through Thursday nights, varies from beginner introductory programs to competitive league play, round-robin style. Those are all at Bee Creek Park and they’re taught by our head tennis instructor who’s certified. He has tennis instructors and assistants with him, really neat things. So you can start as young as five and play if you’re 99, come out there, it’s awesome. But it’s all at Bee Creek Park, it’s all individual sign up. There is resident and non-resident fees for all of our tennis programs, but it’s really unique how much we offer in our tennis realm, which is really, really cool.

Grace Hallowell:

Yes, I know a few people that are a part of the tennis league and they love it. It’s great.

Casey:

It’s really neat. It’s really neat. And another league we have for adults is our ultimate Frisbee League. Individual registration as well. It’s on Tuesday nights at Bachmann Park. Really neat. We partner with BCS Ultimate to provide that program to the community, which is really, really cool.

Grace Hallowell:

Yes, my husband played Ultimate in college and he loved it and it’s a great way to stay active.

Casey:

He may need to come out.

Grace Hallowell:

Yeah, he might. I might encourage him to sign up.

Casey:

That’d be awesome. So besides for our youth programs, like I mentioned, we do have tennis, but in the spring, which is really fun, we offer two programs that are really unique. One of them is Fundamental Field Hockey, which is on Wednesdays at Central Park. It’s taught by a former college coach who’s very talented, very gifted at what she does. We break it up in a younger and older age group. And we have all the equipment. We have everything that’s need for the program. Kids just have to wear shin guards and a mouth guard and they’re good to go, which is really cool. And then on Monday nights at Central Park as well, we have youth rugby actually. So it’s a introductory youth rugby, it’s taught by a college coach, who’s extremely experienced and it’s really fun. We really are teaching kids the basics of rugby. And so they start out by doing these drills and learning about the technique and the structure and organization of rugby. So by the end of the program, at six weeks, are hopefully simulating and playing an actual game, which is really cool.

Grace Hallowell:

I’ve never played rugby and I may not look like it, but I did play field hockey growing up. So that’s an exciting, and especially when you’re young, get your frustrations out, but leave it on the field.

Casey:

And we have a very diverse city and rugby and field hockey aren’t very popular here in the south, in Texas. And so it’s really fun that we offer it to people who may not be from here. Maybe they grew up somewhere that it is a sport that’s mainstream and they’re used to. But there’s a lot of kids that soccer, baseball, basketball may not be their thing. Absolutely. And so we’re trying to find ways to provide different experiences and opportunities for kids.

Grace Hallowell:

And it’s always fun to try something new, learn a new skill, even if you’re not good at it, as long as you have fun.

Casey:

And both the Fundamental Field Hockey is an eight-week course. Youth rugby’s six weeks. And so it’s an hour, hour and a half out of your week for just that small period of time. And your kid may love it, which would be awesome to discover something that your kid you don’t know that may be their favorite thing.

Grace Hallowell:

So what else can you tell us about what’s happening in the world of sports and College Station?

Casey:

So something that’s not one of our programs, but one of our partners that we try to help promote and do what we can in helping their organization is the Brazos Valley Hockey club. So it’s a youth hockey club and later this month is National Hockey Week across America, where the NHL and hockey everywhere is trying to promote hockey to youth and to everybody. And so the Brazos Valley Hockey club on February 25th and February 26th are doing one-hour try hockey for free. So it’s at Spirit Ice Arena you go. And on Saturday, February 25th is a girls only opportunity. And so if your daughter’s out there and she’s never played, really cool chance to go learn hockey for free, which is really fun. And then on Sunday is for everyone, February 26th.

Grace Hallowell:

And ice hockey is a lot of fun. I know I’ve mentioned before on this show I’m from up north. It’s very different than field hockey, but it’s fun just the same.

Casey:

Yeah, absolutely. And so I want to throw that in there. Really lot of caring people a part of that organization and so definitely want to help them spread the word about what they’re trying to offer to the community as well. Trying to offer different experiences that are very hard to find.

Grace Hallowell:

All right. And if anybody has any questions, again, like you said, cstx.gov/sports or you can stop into any one of our facilities and ask one of our staff members for help or for more information. Is there anything else you can share with us, Casey?

Casey:

Yeah, that is a lot of information. You can find it all online. I love talking about all of our athletic programs. It’s really fun, especially this spring, like you said, we offer a lot. So if anyone wants to call me directly, it’s great. (979) 764-3442 and I’d be happy to answer any questions or help explain more about these programs and the dates and everything are online as well. But I’d love to help provide any more information that you want out there who may be curious about what we’re doing.

Grace Hallowell:

All righty. Well, thank you so much for being here today.

Casey:

Yeah, thank you.

Grace Hallowell:

And that’s what’s up.

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