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Bits & Pieces: New field house answers the call for more play space

I have heard the requests for more fields and more space for athletics many times during my time here in Howard County. To that end, the county has obliged time and time again. Sometimes they've provided even more space than I thought necessary.

Yet, with each passing year, the need for more room continues to be an issue as the county's population increases.

The most recent addition — a 36,000-square foot field house in the Laurel/Savage area — just opened a few weeks ago. The facility, called 'Get Good Fieldhouse,' is sized to accommodate plenty of games and practices.

Already since opening, the field house has hosted several major tournaments.

The two owners, David and Jenna Ries, are both experienced managers. David, in fact, has local athletic ties after graduating from Centennial High School and playing on Bill Stara's 1989 state championship boys soccer team.

From what I am hearing, the individuals who have practiced and/or played there are finding the facilties to their liking. With that in mind, I recommend getting your requests for space in early before everything is booked up.

Satterwhite still going strong

For someone who supposedly retired from the Howard County school system in 2002, Carol Satterwhite seems to be everywhere and still going strong. When I call the school system for an answer to a question, Carol often answers the phone. Not only was she Howard County's first high school athletic director, but she has also been the acting Athletic Director over the years at Reservoir, Oakland Mills and Glenelg, as well as the acting Coordinator of Athletics for the school system.

She has provided invaluable service to the state Athletic Directors Association, the state High School Association and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. She is currently the Maryland State Athletic Directors Association Executive Director. Not surprisingly, she is also a member of the Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame. If you need to know something about how sports work in the county and state, don't call me. Call Carol.

Reality TV show crosses the line

I do not watch reality shows for the simple reason that they have nothing to do with reality. I point to the Kardashian show as a prime example. However, I did recently watch a show called "Friday Night Tykes" which should be called "How to Abuse 8- and 9-year-old Football Players." Apparently in Texas youth football, coaches and parents are allowed to abuse children even while the cameras are rolling.

I realize that in Texas, football rules. Still, screaming and yelling at the youngest of players is rather sickening. Coaches who shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a child are exhorting these kids using four-letter words and getting into their faces. They are literally urging these kids to tear the heads off of the opposing players. Incidentally, two of the coaches were suspended for the season by violating the coach's code of conduct.

I must admit that I have witnessed some lesser verbal abuse here in Howard County. It was not as bad as "Friday Night Tykes" but I still remember the mother who screamed at her daughter in a neighborhood swim meet. She walked the length of the pool screaming all the way only to rip the cap off her daughter's head after she finished not in first place. "You can't lose," she reminded her daughter forcefully. "Your father is a doctor."

Some parents must feel that a child's less-than-perfect performance somehow is a reflection on them.

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