In case you missed it, Copa America (Centennial Cup America) took place this month and had soccer fans going crazy. Perhaps soccer is not your thing, but there was definitely some action that any sports fan can appreciate. This year the tournament was hosted in the United States, and fortunately for local fans the U.S. team really delivered. Coming in a very respectable 4th place, right behind Colombia, Argentina, and Chile who took the championship for the second year in a row. Huge disappointment for Argentina and their star Lionel Messi who has lost twice to Chile in the Copa finals. For the fans though Copa America was a thrilling tournament, and had no shortage of action.
Personally soccer has not been my favorite sport growing up, I think I was traumatized because of an incident as a child where my teammate got sick from pesticides on the field. In fact I told my mom I no longer wanted to play soccer after that season, perhaps a little paranoid, but it seriously freaked me out. The field had just been sprayed before our game, and one of my teammates had a really bad allergic reaction that eventually led to him leaving the game, and going to the hospital. I think these types of incidences are rare but they certainly do happen, and not just on soccer fields, but on any field that has grass because they’re usually treated by some type of pest control. Unfortunately the city and the youth sport organizations are not making a lot of money, so they aren’t getting the best pest control companies to service the fields.
I believe however safe and organic pest control will become a lot more prevalent on youth fields in the years to come. Parents and officials will undoubtedly react if they believe that current pesticides are unsafe, especially considering the age of the kids who are coming into contact with with these pesticides. And the reality is there has been growing exposure to the dangers of certain pesticides, and their link to serious diseases. I don’t write this to deter parents from letting their kids play youth sports because I believe sports are great for childhood development, but urge them to consult with their local youth sport associations and the fields property management about what’s being used. I think these property managers should try and locate a local organic pest control company in their area, or some one who offers pest control products that are safe for children to be around. There is already serious concern with the amount of chemicals children are exposed to on a regular basis, and it’s important as parents you do as much as possible to mitigate these exposures.