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Middletown Youth Sports Fields Closed Saturday for Town Festival

In response to an inquiry from the press, Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante issued a statement today about Saturday's events.

The following statement from Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante was emailed at 4 p.m. Thursday regarding field use on Saturday, the day reserved for the township's festive Middletown Day. 

Nothing has been cancelled by the Township on Saturday because nothing had been scheduled by the Township.

The Township notified all leagues at the time field permits were being applied for, long before the fall season started, that there was a blackout day on September 29th and that fields and facilities were not going to be open.

This was done to make Middletown Day more accessible to the Township’s youth, who often in the past found it difficult to fit the festival into their schedules since sports commitments took up much of the day. 

This is especially true for families with more than one child participating in sports.

We have encouraged our youth and their families to use this opportunity to participate in Middletown Day activities including an NFL-sanctioned Punt, Pass and Kick contest for children 6-15.

All leagues were also invited to participate in the Community Showcase at Middletown Day to raise awareness about youth sports leagues and promote new registrations.

This does not in any way impact travel team participants who may have away games; those obviously are encouraged to still go on.

sr September 27, 2012 at 08:37 PM
This is one of the strangest decisions I have seen by the township. As the father of four children involved in youth sports, I am smart enough to figure out how to play some soccer games in the morning and then attend Middletown Day. Why do you need to force people to attend? You should just cancel it like last year and put the money towards better athletic fields. We will not be attending.
Brian Benjamin September 27, 2012 at 08:43 PM
The people that made the decision probably have kids on teams and they don't want to be burdened. It would be great if no one showed up and just went and played on all the fields in middletown anyway.
Marshmallow September 28, 2012 at 01:17 AM
The township fails to realize b/c of the "blackout" instead of our young kids being able to play on a Saturday morning at a decent time... 9am, 10am , 10:30 am ect... this now pushes the season forward a whole week into November. These games will have to be made up on a weekday night after a long day of school and work for the parents and it gets cold into November! The morning games would not have interfered with Middletown Day anyway!!!!!! Awesome to interfere in thousands of peoples scheduled team sports for 1 fair. Very selfish to whoever was in charge and made this decision.Our family will not be attending Middletown Day! Instead we will be out shopping for warming clothes to handle the make up games in mid-November !
Maureen September 28, 2012 at 01:19 AM
As a travel soccer coach and two girls playing soccer as well a daughter competing as a gymnast, I applaud the decision to take a day off from sports to spend time building community and enjoy family and friends. This day would not be possible if not for volunteers. Relax, reschedule your game and enjoy your children or not. This day comes once a year!
Joe Cool September 28, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Middletown Township closed 2 of Middletown travel soccer fields at Fairview Fields, instead of pissing away money on Middletown Day, why don't don't you fix these fields so our children have a safe place to play..Once again our leaders have failed us, but what else is new...boycott Middletown Day, it is run poorly anyway..
James Falvey September 28, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I don't think I've ever met anyone who has actually attended Middletown day. I have lived in the township almost my entire life. If this event is under utilized it hopefully does not have a high budget.

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