2022 Season Service Reductions Notice

Effective October 2021: 

Due to continuing hiring challenges and staffing shortages (most notably with our part-time workforce, as well as with our contractual vendors) it has become necessary to further cut back services within Sports Management. 

With Parks & Recreation experiencing staffing shortages across the board in all areas of operation, currently Sports Management is down 33 out of 40 PT positions, and 3 out of 9 FT positions. Recruitment/hiring efforts remain ongoing but has not resulted in enough qualified candidates to mitigate retirements/resignations/existing vacancies. Although the department is doing all that it can to fill in the gaps, including regularly borrowing staff from other units, the current situation is unstainable and additional service reductions are necessary. 

 Sports Management is making the following youth basketball service reductions: 
  • Due to staffing shortages with both the officiating vendor and our staff, we will only be able to offer the youth 10-12 league (12U). This age group was chosen intentionally as it was our largest age group in 2019, serving roughly 1,000 youth. 
  • It is with heavy hearts and we will need to cancel all other youth basketball leagues (all age 13-18 leagues.) This will impact approximately 780 youth (based on 2019 participation levels). 
  •  Established timelines for the 12U league will remain unchanged at this time. 
  •  Some area recreation association partners may choose to offer the leagues serving ages 13-18, so please check with your association for details. 

We are unsure when staffing levels will return to anywhere near semi-normalcy and permit the return of these services. It is also anticipated that future service reductions may be necessary if staffing levels do not improve over the next few months. Providing opportunities for youth sports is a top priority and we hope beyond hope to get back to full steam ASAP. We appreciate your continued patience and support as we navigate these unprecedented times.
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