When Lower Scissortail Park opens on Friday, basketball, soccer and pickleball courts will be open to the public. Also, something new for some of us: there is a futsal pitch.
But what is it and how do you play? News 9’s Colby Thelen received a tutorial from OKC Energy’s head coach.
Cross the SkyDance bridge and it’s the first pitch you’ll find: futsal.
Don’t know the game? Ask FC Energy head coach Leigh Veidman, who has spent 34 years in the world of football.
“It’s pretty much the same game, you just have a fence, smaller teams and a heavier ball,” he explained.
A heavier ball that stays on the ground, and inside the walls.
“With the walls we have here, the ball tends to stay inbounds a lot, so there’s a lot of reaction.”
Even with an ordinary ball, it’s easy to feel the beat. For people who play football, it is also a training tool or a way to improve in one’s craft.
“It’s because it’s really tight. So you… when you’re in a smaller space, you have less time and you have less space, so you have to react much faster. Your contact must be close, or you must make a decision very quickly.
And the finish is near for the lower park.
“I mean that so it’s lovely. It’s the best view in the whole city,” exclaimed Kimberly Gamalski, Scisortail Park’s events director. For her, that view is 10 years in the manufacturing.
“It gives something new and fresh and different, and you don’t see so many sports complexes in urban settings,” she said.
Differentiate the upper half from the lower half.
“We really wanted to make sure we had a diverse mix of activities for the lower park,” Gamalski said.
Diversify not only through futsal, but also through pickleball. Sports to learn and compete. Open to all from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
“We love that it’s new to the community, new to Scissortail Park. It gives people another opportunity to engage with the community and use this space as they see fit,” Gamalski said.
Opportunity for those who play the games and those who teach them.
Do you notice a difference in players who play futsal when they step onto the football pitch?
“You can see an immediate difference,” Veidman replied when asked if he notices a difference in players who play futsal when they step off the football pitch. “And the main difference you see is their creativity.”
Inside and outside the walls.
“You learn life skills through play. You learn to deal with conflict and you learn to deal with your emotions. He not only teaches football, but he also teaches life skills. That’s what these environments are for.