Alex Wilcox is sports director at Tupelo Parks and Recreation. He oversees adult sports, and the fall registration deadline is Aug. 2. Applications are available at www.tupeloms.gov/parkandrec or the Park and Rec office at Ballard Park. Wilcox recently answered questions from the Daily Journal’s M. Scott Morris.
Q: What adult sports are offered?
A: During the fall we offer adult softball, adult flag football and adult coed kickball. Tupelo Parks and Recreation offers several different leagues to choose from for the adult softball program for both the spring and fall seasons. Adult fall softball league games are played at the Veterans Softball Complex, and the season runs from mid-August to the end of October.
There are men’s, women’s and coed leagues for adult flag football. The season for adult flag football will run from mid-August to the end of October. The adult kickball coed league season also runs from mid-August to the end of October.
Fall entry fees are $375/per team for softball, $100/per team for kickball, and $275/per team for flag football.
Q: What’s been the participation level?
A: Tupelo Parks and Recreation has had an average of 35 to 40 teams sign up for the spring adult softball league. The adult kickball league has averaged 12 teams the last two seasons. The adult flag football league only had a few teams signed up last year so it did not make it.
Tupelo Parks and Recreation only takes team registrations for adult sports. I have had individuals call me asking if I knew of teams needing players.
If I knew of any teams that were still trying to find players or needed one more player, I would make sure they got in contact with the coach of the team.
Q: Are there concerns about adults getting injured?
A: Here at Tupelo Parks and Recreation we are always concerned about everyone’s health when playing in any of our leagues that we offer. If someone is injured, we help out any way we can to make sure the person receives proper medical attention. We always document each accident that happens at the fields and take every precaution necessary to prevent further injuries from happening during any league games or tournaments.
The youngest a player can be is 16. We do not have an upper age limit. All players have to complete and sign a player release form before they play their first game.