Let the Games Begin!
EYSA Soccer Sign-up
Photos by Bob Walter
board member Cory Van Buskirk works the soccer season registration table on
the Eatonville High School track Saturday
Sign-up Stalled For a Week...
by Bob Walter
September 16, 2007
Let the games begin. The Eatonville Youth Sports Association (EYSA)
soccer sign-ups took place on schedule
at the high school Saturday
morning, September 15, after last week's cancellation and a one-week
delay that included a contentious town council meeting last Monday,
At that meeting, EYSA officials, parents and kids came out in
force to voice their disappointment, and
disapproval, with all of
the council, except Councilmember Bobbi Allison, and some town
administrators, for their hardline stance on the legislated ban of
portable storage containers within town limits. Allison was the only
elected official to vote against Ordinance 2006-8.
Unless a solution could be reached
allowing them to continue, at least temporarily, to store their
equipment in the containers as they have done for years,
EYSA volunteers would have great difficulty storing and transporting the
equipment to the games and practices. The entire program, serving as
many as 900 children, was in jeopardy. They asked that the athletic
containers be "grandfathered in."
A compromise was reached giving the association time to come up
with a plan. One option was to build
permanent storage sheds during
the renovation of Eatonville High School, which is about to commence. As
it is, the sign-up precedes the first day of games by only one week.
"We had to speed things up a bit," said EYSA board member Cory
Van Buskirk, who is in charge of the project to build the sheds. "We're
looking for help with materials, construction and donations."
Kevin Anderson, a newcomer
to the area and a builder, was ready to help. "I've got an
excavator and a dump
truck," he said, as he arrived to register
his daughter, Serenity, for the soccer league.
Silcox, 6, was ready, too. "It's my first year," she said,
hoisting a bag full of soccer balls. As her older
checked the contents of the equipment bag, their dad Cory exclaimed,
"Let the season begin!"
Looking Forward to Soccer...
Connie Miller, a senior at EHS, and an EYSA student board
member, helps sign up players along with Cory
while new registrant Callie Silcox, 6, stands by with a bag
of Soccer Balls and Uniforms...
Near the sign-up table, a large number of equipment bags were
assembled. Some of the children, who couldn't
any longer to begin playing soccer, pulled out a few of the balls
and were out on the field practicing their kicks with their
parents. This is some of the equipment stored in the controversial
containers on school property.
Board Votes to Reopen
Soccer Sign-Up Saturday, September 15...
by Dixie A. Walter
September 11, 2007
After a no-holds-barred, two-hour council
meeting, Monday, September 10, EYSA (Eatonville Youth Sports
Association) board of directors
voted, Tuesday evening, to resume the soccer sign-up which was halted last
Saturday. Letters will be sent to "the kids" after approval by
Superintendent Ray Arment.
The soccer sign-up will be held the the same place,
same time, as was scheduled last
Saturday, September 9, at
the High school parking lot, beginning at 9 a.m.
EYSA board cancelled the soccer sign-up
last Saturday due to a letter from Superintendent Ray Arment
which said, in part, "Members of the Town government unequivocally
stated that the presence of the containers could
impediment to future permits for school modernization."
For more information about this issue
please see below.
EYSA Has Disappointing News for
Families at Planned Soccer Sign-up...
(photo by Bob Walter)
by Bob Walter
September 9, 2007
Parents and their children who showed up at the high
school Saturday morning to sign up for the upcoming
Sports Association (EYSA) soccer season heard the disappointing news
that the sign-up was temporarily suspended. At issue were the
Association's athletic equipment storage containers at the high
school's baseball field. Organizers handed out copies of a letter,
dated August 30, 2007, from Eatonville Schools superintendent Ray
Arment to EYSA's board of directors.
The letter described the town
government's claim that "the presence of the containers could
impediment to future permits for school
modernization," and thus must be removed. EYSA, which provides
organized youth soccer, basketball and baseball leagues benefiting
nearly 1,000 children, relies upon the containers to store equipment,
at the site of the games, which would be extremely difficult to
transport to each game.
One volunteer also pointed out that in
conjunction with organized sports in Eatonville, participants generate
revenue for many restaurants and other local businesses. A mother and
her child walked up to one of the EYSA volunteers and asked, "Who
do we give our money too?" She was asked to read a copy of
Arment's letter first. Parents were also being urged to attend the
upcoming town council meeting Monday evening, September 10 at 7 pm,
to express their views.
To read Superintendent Arment's letter please
Kid's Sports in
(photo by Bob Walter)
Would-be soccer players gaze out at the high school field as their
parents and EYSA volunteers discuss the
problem of what to do about
the season being in jeopardy, due to an ordinance, recommended by the
planning commission and passed by the Eatonville Town Council in
August of 2006, prohibiting the league's portable storage containers
on school property.
to Eatonville Youth Sports Association (EYSA) Board, Town is Pushing
School to Move Sports Equipment Containers...
(photo by Bob Walter July 2006)
following caption is from ENN, July 2006, before Resolution
2006-8, the ban on containers, was voted in by the council.
Councilmember Bobbi Allison was the only elected official to vote against
banning the schools containers.
large part of the council meeting Monday, July 24, 2006 concerned the
proposed ban of cargo containers, such as those seen here, painted Cruiser
blue, with the Cruiser logo, EC, behind the high school track.
"Last August (2005),
then appointed, mayor
Bruce Rath complained to the district about the containers, and
requested they be removed. According to town planner Nick Bond, the
proposed ordinance, "has been in the works since then."
"The ban, if
passed, would prohibit any cargo containers within the town limits
except those being used for hauling freight. The school district would
be required to remove the two containers at right, plus two others at
the baseball field behind Eatonville Elementary. The wooden shed at left would of course
remain legal. One other cargo container
is on Ski Park Road."
Board Letter Explains Hardship by Town's Actions...
by Dixie A. Walter
September 5, 2007
letter below from the EYSA board is also on the groups new Web
site. The letter states how parents and kids affected by
banning cargo containers pleaded with the town council to allow
the school to keep the containers because all the EYSA sports
equipment is stored in them.
During a public hearing last summer, Rick
Smith, an EYSA volunteer stated a ban would "affect nine hundred Eatonville
youth, and would jeopardize grants for scholarships for the kids."
To read background about the resolution and citizen concerns
please see Cargo
To visit the new EYSA Web site please see
September 4, 2007
EYSA regrets to inform you that effective immediately all EYSA
sports are being suspended. This suspension is the result of a
demand to remove equipment containers on the Eatonville School
District property out of the Eatonville city limits. These
containers hold all of the equipment for our sports programs.
The demand was not the wishes of the Eatonville School district but
was required by the Town of Eatonville in order for the school
district to be approved for any future renovation permits. The
Eatonville School District has been a committed
supporter for Eatonville Youth Sports Association and regrets that
it has come to the removal of our containers at no fault of the
The Town Council ordinance
regarding containers is what is causing this suspension. EYSA did
attempt to prohibit the passing of the ordinance through
petitions and attendance of Town Council meetings. Our
concerns were rejected by most town council members
and were passed without consideration of a grandfather clause. At
this meeting one council member did bring it to the attention of the
other town council members that the lack of a grandfather clause may
be illegal. The motion was passed at this meeting regardless of her
information and without future investigation.
EYSA is asking for community support to
get the container issue resolved with the town. Your best means
of support would be to attend an Eatonville Town Council meeting
or contact Eatonville Town Hall for clarification on the harm caused
by two sports containers located behind the high school boys hardball
We apologize for the inconvenience this
has caused our local youth and their ability to participate in local
sports. We hope with your support we are able to resolve this
situation with the Eatonville Town Council and provide sports in the
future for our local youth.
We ask that all parents and students
continue to show their appreciation to the Eatonville School
District for their constant support of our program, and remember
this was not their doing but instead the doing of our elected town
Our Sincerest Apologies,
The EYSA Board
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