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Petition asks LCSD to reconsider snow removal policy on turf field, allowing student athletes earlier access

— A local youth sports league has drafted a petition asking the Liverpool Central School District to reconsider its policy regarding removing snow from the turf field at the high school.

The Liverpool Youth Lacrosse Association (LYLA), led by Liverpool resident Earl Hall, posted the petition on GoPetition.com. They seek to get 1,000 signatures by the end of July in an effort to encourage the district to remove snow from the turf rather than letting it melt on its own.

“The problem was that the district signed a contract with the manufacturer that extended the warranty from eight years to 10, with the understanding that the district cannot remove snow from the field or they would void the warranty,” Hall said. “Spring practices for the lacrosse teams start March 10. We were told the teams would be able to utilize those fields. [Instead], the field turf sits there and can’t be utilized because there’s snow and ice on it. We have to just wait for nature to melt it.”

Hall has long been active in Liverpool sports. A 1985 graduate of LHS, he played lacrosse under Kerry Quilty, who is now serving as interim athletic director. Hall then went on to play at Syracuse University, where he was part of the teams that won two national championships in 1988 and 1989. He and his wife, Colleen, an elementary school teacher in the district, moved back to Liverpool to raise their two daughters, and Hall’s passion for the sport continued. He became a coach with the LYLA and was asked to take over as executive director about five years ago. LYLA includes more than 300 athletes, both male and female, making it the largest league in the region. It partners with the school district to provide an education in the sport, using Liverpool’s facilities for its games and practices.

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