With the backing of the Springfield Local School Board & the support of the Springfield Local Athletic Boosters a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Organization, a committee of community members, coaches, and administration, has been formed to raise money for the installation of a turf playing surface in the stadium complex. This upgrade will be in addition to the current replacement project of the all-weather running track. The goal of the committee is to raise enough funds to install an all-weather turf field starting in June 2019.
Currently, all Varsity, JV and middle school football games along with all Varsity girls soccer home games are played in our stadium. In addition to the school sports played in the stadium our complex also plays as the home field and host site to the Springfield Lil Tigers football program with as many as four games being played in one day when they are the host team.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) current regulations for hosting playoff games require that football & soccer fields be an all-weather turf playing surface to eligible host playoff games after the first round. Due to our location and stadium size, we are the current site for the OHSAA Division III Track & Field Northeast District meet, which is state qualifying meet. In addition to hosting track, our athletic department has played host for OHSAA Division III Northeast District Softball tournament. The stadium complex has also played host the Quad County Football Coaches Association Penn / Ohio game.
With the installation of an all-weather turf playing surface, our field will be a benefit to every district student guaranteeing a safe surface for school recesses, physical education classes, club sports programs, High School Marching Band Night, as well as, off-season practice space for Varsity and JV Baseball and Varsity Girls Softball.
As evidence of the serious consequences of concussion and repetitive brain trauma grows, the Springfield Local Athletic Boosters would like to help the School District is committed to providing the safest equipment and playing surfaces as possible. Annual turf maintenance and the choice of components, including the foam underpad, can significantly alter the force of impact and reduce concussion risks.
The average turf field has a warranty of eight years but generally lasts between 10 and 12 years with a replacement needed at that time. It is a conservative estimate that the current annual maintenance on our natural field is approximately $30,000. With this savings and a plan to create an endowment with a portion of the funds raised we are preparing for the eventual need to replace the field in the future that will allow us to make sure our turf field remains in good condition.
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: MARK CARDEN
11335 YOUNGSTOWN - PITTSBURGH RD
NEW MIDDLETOWN, OHIO 44442