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.