DeFouw Sports Complex LaRocca Field Repair
Wade Seaburg, President of the Central Catholic Athletic Association
The Central Catholic Athletic Association (CCAA) is proud to announce that there will be a new playing surface on Paul J. LaRocca Field for the upcoming fall football and soccer seasons. With the help of our very generous donors and coordination with the athletic department, we are able to make this announcement.
The need was presented to us in the fall of 2016 that the current playing surface had experienced a turf disease, and it was not going to be able to be salvaged to a competition level for the 2017 sports seasons. The field is home to multiple sports, teams, and student activities. Each fall, the field sees 40-50 athletic events a season between Varsity, JV, and Junior High Football; Varsity and JV Soccer for both the boys team and the girls team; plus a handful of games played by the Little Gridiron. Between the heavy usage and the heavy rain, the field was in bad shape.
“LaRocca Field barely had grass on it and was near unplayable – it needed a complete repair,” said Tim Bordenet, CC Athletic Director. “At a minimum, we would have had to re-seed the entire field. But that still wouldn’t have solved our drainage problem, and we would have been in the same place again next year. It was the equivalent of having a leaky roof. If we didn’t do anything, it would just keep on dripping. It needed to be fixed.”
The CCAA, which is a booster club for CC athletics, saw the problem and, along with the school, went to work discussing the options for the playing surface. A field consultant was brought in to offer possible solutions – everything from synthetic to trying to maintain the native soil was discussed. Ultimately, the decision was made to convert the field into a completely new natural grass surface installed with proper drainage and a sand base. This puts in a layer of sand and drainage that will allow for heavy usage, and this new surface will allow for quick recovery time in between and during the fall rains that we experience.
You will begin to see equipment on the field beginning in May for the field repair, and it will be ready for play for the fall sports season.
“From all of the student athletes who use this field, as well as all of us at CC and in the Athletic Department, we just want to say a big “Thank You!” to the Athletic Association and the individuals who have offered to fund the new field,” said Bordenet. “Your help allows us to continue our tradition of strong athletics. Additionally, maintaining an adequate field will allow us to be proud of our facilities when the community and guests visit DeFouw Sports Complex’s LaRocca Field.”
A special thanks to our generous donors and all of our members of CCAA. We look forward to being able to fund more projects in the future and could not accomplish anything without our members.
CCAA is always looking for more members. Please reach out to one of our officers at wseaburg
Wade Seaburg – President CCAA
Nick Rooze – Vice President CCAA
Matt Metzger – Treasurer CCAA