Launches website, begins lighting project
This is going to be a big year for the Waxhaw Athletic Association, as it celebrates 30 years of service to the community and launches its new interactive website.
The association’s new website, www.waxhawathletics.org, is open for spring 2012 registration for baseball, softball and soccer. The association turned to League Toolbox, a league-management software, to design a site to consolidate all sports leagues, simplify registration, post frequent scheduling updates and improve communication with parents.
“(Between) the old website (and) the new one, there’s no comparison,” Marcy Aufderheide, vice president of the athletic association, said. “Waxhaw soccer was a standalone site. We’re now able to get rid of (the Waxhaw soccer site) entirely and consolidate it into our new website, which is basically five sites in one.”
The association is a volunteer-based, nonprofit that offers sports leagues for children ages 4 to 18. The program strives to develop basic skills in the youngest participants and offer advanced leagues for the older players.
The association, which began with a handful of baseball players, now serves more than 2,000 players through multiple sport leagues, including baseball, softball, soccer, basketball and cheer. In addition, the association also supports youth camps and clinics and offers softball leagues for adults during the summer.
The group expects a 25 percent increase in registration for all sports combined this year. The association relies on grants, donations and fundraising projects to finance improvements and make accommodations for its growing number of participants. “We’re eventually going to have to go out and look for more space because we want to expand,” Aufderheide said.
One of the group’s biggest needs is lighting for the fields. Currently, most in-house games are played at Harvey Clay Nesbit Park. Because the park’s fields have limited lighting, games must be finished by dark, which has caused scheduling conflicts.
“Games are tight over there,” Aufderheide said. “Parking is limited. We want to add time in between games, not just for scheduling, but for parking as
The first phase of the lighting project will take place this year at a cost of $115,000. Costs of the entire project are expected to reach $450,000. The group hopes to enter into a partnership with Waxhaw’s Parks and Recreation Department and host a major fundraiser in the fall that will coincide with a celebration of the association’s 30 years of serving the community.
The association will host a walk-in registration session for spring baseball, softball and soccer Jan. 29 from 2 to 6 p.m. at its cheer studio, 3901 Providence Road, Waxhaw. For more information, visit www.waxhawathletics.org.