The Thomson-McDuffie Recreation and Leisure Services have gone high-tech.
Just last week, they launched a new online-registration Web site, which they hope will benefit parents registering children for such sports as girls' fast-pitch softball, youth baseball and T-ball.
The new online-registration Web site is: www.thomson mcduffierecreation.com.
"We want to spread the word that our new online registration is up and running and we want parents to take advantage of this new convenient way," recreation director Bob Howard said during an interview on Monday. "Only a few people know about this right now. We want as many people in this county to know about it as possible, because it can benefit parents who have tight work schedules."
In past years, parents had to personally go to the recreation office at Sweetwater Park to register children.
The new online registration offers an easier way, even though a $5 convenience fee is added. The price for in-county residents registering children for sporting events is $40. Those living outside McDuffie County will be charged $60.
"The $5 convenience fee isn't bad at all, considering parents don't have to actually come here to the recreation department to register their children," Howard said. "That's the convenience of this new online-registration program."
Another benefit of registering online is that payment can be made using a credit card or debit card, Howard said.
Those wishing still to go to the recreation office to register their children will be charged $35. Out-of-county residents, meanwhile, will be charged a fee of $55.
In either instance, parents still must provide a birth certificate before their child can be signed up for a sport. Parents registering online can fax the child's birth certificate to (706) 595-2157.
Howard also invites parents to provide their correct e-mail addresses in order to take advantage of mass e-mails now available from recreation department officials concerning rainouts, make-up game dates, etc.
"This is another real nice convenience that we've added and that we hope will be beneficial to parents and others who support our recreation programs," Howard said.
For additional information, contact the Thomson-McDuffie Recreation and Leisure Services at (706) 595-2152.