Hockey Group and City Hope for Compromise

By: Patrick Claybon Email
By: Patrick Claybon Email

A roller Hockey Group and Dothan High school hope they can compromise on a surface.

This all started a few weeks ago, as the Dothan Roller Hockey Association approached Leisure Services with the proposition to turn three tennis courts at the Doug Tew Recreation Center into a roller hockey rink.

The city, under the impression that Dothan High School was not going to use the courts, proceeded with placing the item on the agenda. Two weeks later, the item was removed to make a few more calls on usage.

Tuesday, the item was removed yet again as Dothan High has requested the courts remain usable for tennis.

Under the new schedule the time consuming option of transporting P.E. Students to Rip Hewes Stadium tennis courts has become the less appealing option.

"Due to the fact that we only have one gym that's usable, we've narrowed down any extra place to do anything," said School Board Member Gayla White. "Plus, going from a four-block to a seven-period day you've got an hour and a half time span condensed into 50 minutes. So, you can't bus kids to another location for tennis lessons."

Heath Sadler, a parent of two roller hockey participants says that a compromise is possible, depending on the surface the city places on the courts, and the liability surrounding it.

"It's contingent on what surface they want to use; you either want to use a smooth surface as provided for by the hockey or a multi grain surface that can be used by hockey and tennis," said Sadler.

"The stalemate is where the insurance is going to lie; it's provided with the flooring, with the players with the equipment. If you change the flooring out is that going to be a loophole for any insurance coverage? And, our biggest thing is to make sure the city isn't liable for anything," White added.

Both sides hope that one surface can make everyone happy, with the group using the courts at night time and the school using them during the day.

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