NORTH PERTH – Due to the sports seasons being shortened due to COVID-19 restrictions, council agreed on June 14 to lower the per-player fees for minor sports and adult soccer.
“We are anticipating registration will be low compared to 2019 registration numbers and as a result, we’re trying to encourage participation in sports and would like to reduce the fees to reflect a percentage of the season that would be remaining to them being that May and June will be gone,” said Manager of Facilities Jeff Newell.
“We hope that the reduction in fees would increase participation,” he said. “If people look at it and see that their child could have participation for $20 for the remainder of the season it might be seen as an affordable option and increase participation, however we don’t have a have a feeling for sure if there will be a season put forth of any kind by minor ball.”
Coun. Neil Anstett asked for an amendment to the resolution to allow council to review the decision as changes emerge due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic landscape.
The fees for minor baseball and soccer will be reduced from $31 to $20 and the cost of the adult co-ed soccer season will be lowered from $232 to $150 plus HST.
Colin Burrowes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Listowel Banner