Faltering soccer fields have Rockburn looking to turf

March 12, 2000|By Lowell E. Sunderland

A rug for Rockburn? Ken Alban, capital budget director for Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, says resurfacing Rockburn Branch Park's soccer/football/lacrosse fields off Landing Road in Ilchester with artificial turf is being considered, although no plans are in place.

"Our fields at Rockburn are in deplorable shape," he said. "We reseeded them and hope they'll come back. But they're rough, rocks are working back to the surface, and they just don't get enough time to rest.

"There's so much demand, and they're so bad, we're at the point of talking about putting synthetic turf on them, which is very expensive at the front end but cheaper in the long run," Alban said.

"It's not just a lot of use by each sport. It's that everyone wants to play all seasons -- soccer year-round, even spring football."

Soccer showcase

Several Columbians have spotlight roles in today's annual Maryland State Youth Soccer Association workshop at Towson University's Towson Center.

Louise Waxler will talk tournaments. She directs the annual Columbia Invitational on Memorial Day weekend and, now, the Washington Area Girls Soccer event -- primo college recruiting events.

Jim Allen, Major League Soccer's first-year refereeing director and now a national referee assessor, and Wayne Wray, MSYSA's ref assessor, will be talking about whistle-blowing matters, along with Monkton's Paul Tamberino, two-time MLS Referee of the Year.

Tony Corbett, a Columbia coach on MSYSA's staff, will deal with licensing for coaches.

And, the program says, Maryland men's coach Sasho Cirovski, who lives in Columbia with his wife, Shannon, Maryland's women's coach, will "talk soccer philosophy" for nearly an hour.

Mike Curry, youth coach and goalkeeper coach for the Soccer Association of Columbia/Howard County until moving a couple years ago to Pennsylvania, returns for another clinic on the subject.

Oh, and yes, the Maryland State Cup draw, originally announced for last Sunday, was rescheduled for this event.

Duck. Duct work.

Add falling aluminum to the list of unexpected things that can play hob with youth sports schedules.

The Columbia Basketball Association, its season winding down, had to scramble last weekend to reschedule Under 12-13 boys rec-league games at Wilde Lake Middle School. Reason: a 3-foot piece of duct work crashed from the ceiling to the gym floor after being hit by a ball during school.

No one was hurt. But CBA phones went into overtime to detour players, coaches and fans to Owen Brown Middle on Tuesday.

"Just keeps life exciting in the volunteer world," said Joe Bryant, commissioner of CBA's travel teams and scheduler.

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