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SD United’s Morgan Hluchy inks with Concordia.

Morgan Hluchy has committed to play soccer at Concordia University next fall.

Pierre native Morgan Hluchy will be attending Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Morgan is a captain for South Dakota United’s Legacy side and is one of a small handful of

Honoring the life of Kip Lytle

Kip Lytle

The soccer community lost a great friend over the weekend.  Kip Lytle of Rapid City crossed the finish line late Friday night, a year and a half after being diagnosed

Allie Zueger LIVE from ODP Interregionals in Boca Raton

We have a special Thanksgiving treat for you this evening! We’ll be hanging out LIVE with Allie Zueger, who is spending her Thanksgiving week representing South Dakota ODP and Region

Guest Article: Coach Mike Greco fills us in on the three ingredients to Player Development.

In my short time working with South Dakota soccer communities, I’ve quickly recognized that there is one major thing that needs to happen if we are going to move the

Brookings to host valuable NSCAA coaching course.

Good coaches are always looking to raise their competency levels and they have a great opportunity in mid-December.  Brookings will host a great NSCAA coaching course December 12th and 13th. 

SD United’s Morgan Hluchy inks with Concordia.

Morgan Hluchy has committed to play soccer at Concordia University next fall.

Pierre native Morgan Hluchy will be attending Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Morgan is a captain for South Dakota United’s Legacy side and is one of a small handful of South Dakota soccer players who has played in a national championship tournament environment.

A versatile player, Morgan got the job done at almost every position for Legacy, but predominantly worked in the middle of the park for Coach Jason Bartels. Hluchy’s ball-winning and distribution skills were an integral part of the team’s success for the past several years.

Morgan will join Legacy teammate Katie Gillette, who also committed to Concordia in October, and will be competing against many of her former Legacy teammates in the Northern Sun conference, including Reiley Klose (Fargo Davies 2015) who has committed to Augustana. Morgan will study in Concordia’s Pre-Med/Biology department.

Here is an interview with Morgan and teammate Reiley Klose after their return from the Presidents Cup National Championships.

Honoring the life of Kip Lytle

Kip Lytle

The soccer community lost a great friend over the weekend.  Kip Lytle of Rapid City crossed the finish line late Friday night, a year and a half after being diagnosed with the deadliest form of brain cancer.  In true Kip fashion he fought off this cancer which was expected to end his life just a few short months after his diagnosis.  The doctors told him he had only a few months to live, but Kip would have nothing of that.  He looked to the future with enthusiasm, learning at a deep level about his disease and making lifestyle changes that improved his health.

That any person lasted eighteen months with the type of cancer Kip had is amazing.  That Kip lasted that long is no surprise at all to anyone who knew him.  He was no quitter – in fact he was completely on the other end of the spectrum.  The Championship End.

Kip had a matter-of-fact way about him and so many of us appreciated that.  He wasn’t one to waste words softening up an analysis to spare tender feelings.  He had high expectations of everyone around him, but set even higher standards for himself.  He inspired us all to be better.  Those who got to spend time with him understand that he cared deeply about his people.

Along with his wife, Beth, he raised two really good children – Lynsey and Brennan.  Young adults who understand how the world really works.  He not only allowed them to strike out on their own and discover, he encouraged it.  Those kids were lucky to have a dad like Kip.

Although we are going to miss Kip, we will never forget him.  We will never forget how special a person he was and how that special nature radiated out and improved everything and everyone around him.  He expected excellence from the people he loved and respected.

Kip gave us all a perfect example of what excellence really means – what excellence really looks like.

Thank you Kip Lytle.  Your presence truly had a profound, positive impact on the world.  We will never forget you.

Kip Lytle  1959 – 2014

Kip Lytle and Family

This photo of Beth, Brennan and Kip enjoying a stroll we think was taken by Lynsey. The Lytles were on a recent family trip to the Smoky Mountains.

 

 

 

Allie Zueger LIVE from ODP Interregionals in Boca Raton

We have a special Thanksgiving treat for you this evening! We’ll be hanging out LIVE with Allie Zueger, who is spending her Thanksgiving week representing South Dakota ODP and Region II at the US Youth Soccer Thanksgiving ODP Interregional Tournament in Boca Raton, Florida!

In the opening round of play yesterday for Allie and our Region II 1998 gals, they fell 0-2 to the always powerful Region IV side. Today, they will take on the Region III team - and Allie tells us the plan is “Region III is going DOWN!”  Good luck today Allie!

Hope you can join us here at 7pm Central Time, 8 Eastern Time! And if you’d like to get in on the conversation via chat, just go to the event page link to wish Allie a Happy Thanksgiving and Good Luck! Here is that link https://plus.google.com/events/cnb1u0etci6t0erfnv9052hfbkk

Guest Article: Coach Mike Greco fills us in on the three ingredients to Player Development.

In my short time working with South Dakota soccer communities, I’ve quickly recognized that there is one major thing that needs to happen if we are going to move the level of the sport, and our players forward. Stop building teams!

Build players instead.

It may be a novel concept, but it’s valid nonetheless. Team training is perhaps the biggest detriment to future success for our soccer kids. It doesn’t provide our kids with enough real player development opportunities. It forces our coaches to focus on the wrong things, pay far too little attention to each player, and make too many performance-based demands without allowable time for a player to actually acquire skill.

If we are going to build skillful players and actually do the work of player development, we need three essential ingredients.

REPETITION

The first essential ingredient is repetition. Players need consistent and continual repetition in order to acquire skill. Not just 10 times or 20 times, but hundreds upon hundreds – even thousands – of repetitions. » Read more..

Brookings to host valuable NSCAA coaching course.

Good coaches are always looking to raise their competency levels and they have a great opportunity in mid-December. 

Brookings will host a great NSCAA coaching course December 12th and 13th.  The registered course title is “Decisions and Application of Technique within Small Sided Games.”  The Friday evening session will run from 6 – 8 p.m. and the Saturday session will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The course is approved and published on the NSCAA site.

Title: Decisions and Application of Technique within Small Sided Games

Link to more info: http://www.nscaa.com/user_images/education/courses/141212-ST-BrookingsSD.pdf

Link to register: http://www.nscaa.com/course-registration/6246

If you have questions, you can email Brock Thompson at [email protected]