The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 27, 2001


Carlisle’s playing fields welcome teams from under-five to over-fifty

by Maya Liteplo

The surest sign that spring is here is the opening of the three Banta-Davis playing fields this weekend. The three new fields were seeded last year and will now double Carlisle’s recreational facilities. Currently two fields are used primarily for baseball and the third for soccer.

The existing Spalding field at the Carlisle school is a large multi-use space which includes a 90-foot baseball diamond. The actual number and layout of playing fields is arranged based on the age of the participants and the level of play. When younger children are on the field, three baseball/softball games and a soccer practice can go on simultaneously. For more advanced levels of play the field usually can only accommodate one or two simultaneous events.

According to Terri Hoffman who schedules the Carlisle playing fields, the facilities are in use continually every weekday afternoon and evening and all day Saturday and Sunday. Baseball diamonds in both locations primarily accommodate practices and games of teams in Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball. The program currently involves over 1,100 Concord and Carlisle youths, from kindergarten T-ball to the “Majors” for 11- and 12-year-olds. Carlisle fields accommodate many of the kindergarten through sixth-grade activities. However, Concord fields are also used extensively.

On Saturdays, beginning at 8:00 a.m., eight soccer games for the under-10 set are scheduled at Banta-Davis. In addition, the Spalding facilities are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. through 8 p.m., starting with the youngest soccer teams, the “Kinderkicks” for kindergarten through second-grade students, and followed by Concord-Carlisle Youth Travel Soccer. Sundays at Spalding are just as busy, with an over-40 women’s league, the ‘Minutewomen,” two over-40 men’s teams, and “Inter USA,” premier club soccer for 11-16 year olds. The Spalding facility is difficult to schedule, says Hoffman, as all fields are part of one large multi-use area.

Even with both recreational areas in full operation, “We are still getting more requests and still turning people away,” says Hoffman. A lot of adult women’s teams are “cropping up,” like an over-30 women’s group that she had to turn away recently.

Asked if Carlisle really needs more playing fields, Hoffman only laughs.