The fall is one of the busiest times of the year for the Conway Parks and Recreation Department.
Adult league softball, fall youth baseball and adult flag football are the programs that are on the horizon for the Conway Parks and Recreation Department. The city is just finishing up its first year of youth league flag football. The city had 20 teams and 200 youngsters competing in the program.
"Everything went well," Conway Parks and Recreation program director Clint Brock said. "We’re definitely going to do it again next year. We were able to use the soccer fields at Centennial Park because there are no soccer games out there this time of the year. So everything worked out well with that."
The city is having its youth flag football super bowl at Centennial Park on Monday. The first- and second-graders will have their super bowl at 6 p.m., while the third- and fourth-graders’ title game is set to start at 7.
"One thing that is good about this program is that it kept the kids in good condition for the Optimist fall football league," Brock said. "They had two games a week and some practices in there, so they were able to stay in condition. They were out here and getting used to the heat. One thing that one of my coaches used to tell us was don’t be in the house sitting on the couch. So that’s got to be the No. 1 advantage of this programs was how the kids were able to stay in better shape, even though we didn’t have too many hot days."
Brock said the city is accepting registration for the adult flag football league. Those who are interested can register from now until Sept. 11 at the Conway Sports Center in the Don Owen Complex on Lower Ridge Road. Brock is hoping for around 20 teams to participate in the season, which runs from Oct. 1-29. This is the third year for the adult flag football program. The first year the city had 14 teams and last year, 17 teams reported.
"The league is for 13-year-olds and up, although it is an adult league," Brock said. "I don’t recommend that 13- or 14-year-olds play in this league, but we do have some. They may play on their dad’s team or something like that. We have two divisions, the AFC and NFC. We take the top two teams out of each division and have a playoff at the end of the season. The final game will be the super bowl."
According to Brock, the city had to quit taking registration forms for the adult softball league because it reached its maximum amount of teams that can participate, 64. There are four divisions in the men’s league and four in co-ed.
"It’s definitely busy around here," Brock said. "There are a lot of things going on for the adults and the youth."