TOWNSEND — “Adults and kids, this is for all ages,” Dave Schuttler said.
The recently named president of the Townsend Recreational Activity Council board is psyched about the upcoming whiffle ball tournament.
TRAC is in the process of developing an endowment fund to help cover the maintenance costs of tennis courts in front of the Hawthorne Brook Middle School. The tournament will be the first event to raise money for the fund.
The courts and a basketball court were rescued this summer, thanks to Sterilite. As of mid-August, the surrounding land has been cleared and repaving remains to be done before the courts are usable.
The school will maintain the courts by replacing the nets every two years and cleaning debris, Schuttler said, but that is about as far as they can go in contributing to maintenance.
“There’s really no money in the (school) budget,” he said, “That’s where we want to come in. The best way to maintain the tennis court is to maintain it every year.”
After the first few years, it will take between $3,000 and $5,000 to keep the courts up-to snuff, he said. With regular power-washing, line-restori g and crack-repairing, the courts should not fall back into disrepair.
TRAC was originally formed to raise money to replace the tennis courts. This year, Sterilite stepped in to rebuild existing courts that were no longer usable.
To support the expected ongoing maintenance, TRAC reorganized after going dormant for a few years, Schuttler said.
The tournament is open for an unlimited number of four- to six-player teams. Schuttler hopes 12 or more teams will sign up.
Adults and children, male and female, can be on a team together. An age handicap system will keep teams on an even footing. With no running involved, like a home run derby, almost anyone can participate and have fun.
Double elimination means that even losing teams will have a shot at getting to the final round and winning prizes. Each six-inning game will last about an hour. Four games will run simultaneously in the field behind Cherry Hill Too on Route 119 in Townsend.
If there is “any kind of success,” Schuttler plans to turn it into an annual event.
“We just want to get our name out there,” he said.
For more information, contact Dave Schuttler at email@example.com. The tournament is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. The rain date is Sept. 23.
The registration fee for each team is $30. Prizes will be awarded.