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Crandall ISD invites community to experience upgraded fields for baseball, softball and practice

Crandall ISD invites community to experience upgraded fields for baseball, softball and practice

Crandall ISD recently upgraded playing fields for both baseball and softball, along with adding a multipurpose practice field. The surfaces will provide new practice areas for more than 1,000 – and growing students involved with CISD athletics, cheer, fine arts, JROTC and other district programs. 

The fields can also assist with high school class scheduling and create potential revenue during springtime sports—and CISD wants families and community members to experience the upgrades first-hand – here is the link to this year’s baseball and softball schedule.

“Adding turf to our softball and baseball fields is huge for CISD athletes and programs,” said Kyle Hardin, athletic director and head football coach. “We are opening the gates to all three new fields so everyone can see how much this will help our kids, coaches and teachers, and maybe generate interest in our programs.”

Hardin explained the savings that will go into these new fields reach beyond just dollars and sense. Time and mother nature are both factors that will be offset moving forward.

“Countless hours go into mowing, raking, dragging and striping fields for games. That is now gone. Also, in years past after a heavy rain, it could take days and a lot of man hours to make a soaked field ready for play. Now it’s just a matter of the rain stopping and our fields are ready to be used.”

Hardin added that the fields could also be a hotspot for other school districts looking to rent a dry field or site for a softball or baseball playoff game—an added tool not only for CISD, but a potential boost to the local economy.

John Yeary, CHS baseball coach, stressed the positive impact on practices and field time his kids will now experience.

“The turf on the baseball field is a complete game changer,” Yeary said. “It will completely change the way we practice and operate on a daily basis by allowing maximum field time and games for kids. We could not be more excited to use this great facility this spring.”

Installation of the two fields began last fall with CISD board approval. The multipurpose practice field was also part of the installation and recently opened behind the PIT (Pirates In Training) complex. Symmetry Sports Construction managed the three projects, which completed last month.

Funding came from a combination of the district’s general fund reserves and remaining 2017 bond funds. Trustees voted to call another bond proposal at this month’s board meeting, February 14. The bond includes plans to renovate more outdated facilities in the district.

For more information on CISD Facilities Planning, click here.