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Growing The Game: SD Champions League

South Dakota Champions League

April 15, 2015 at AO Watch Party, Sioux Falls, SD – Dale Weiler, Director of Competitive Soccer for Dakota Alliance Soccer Club and Director for the SD Soccer Association’s Champions

Growing The Game: Soccer Sprouts

soccer sprouts

April 15, 2015 at AO Watch Party, Sioux Falls, SD – It has often been said that for soccer to grow and for US soccer to gain prominence on the

Growing The Game: AO Sioux Falls

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April 15, 2015 at Gateway, Sioux Falls – Soccer605 caught up with Clint Krahn, President of Sioux Falls Chapter of the American Outlaws, at the Watch Party for the US

SDU Independence U17G bring home top honors from Southern California showcase.

It was just a little over a year ago that coach Mike Greco got out of his car in Watertown during one of the coldest parts of the year.  The

Sturgis Soccer Association seeks Varsity Boys Coach

Sturgis Soccer

High School Boys Soccer Head Coach Needed for Fall 2015 Season Sturgis Soccer Association (SSA) invites applications for the position of Head Boys High School Soccer Coach. The selected candidate

Growing The Game: SD Champions League

South Dakota Champions League

April 15, 2015 at AO Watch Party, Sioux Falls, SD – Dale Weiler, Director of Competitive Soccer for Dakota Alliance Soccer Club and Director for the SD Soccer Association’s Champions League, took a few minutes before the #USAvMEX game on Wednesday night to update Soccer605 on the 2015 Spring SDSSA Champions League.

We also visited about what is happening for Dakota Alliance’s competitive teams and the tournaments and leagues they are participating, as well as the upcoming DASC Summer Invitational, June 12-14th in Sioux Falls.

We are sure you’ll enjoy our interview with Dale Weiler (below) as much as we did! For more information about the SDSSA Champions League, check out this PDF and visit this link. To learn more about the 2015 DASC Summer Invitational or register a team, or to learn more about Dakota Alliance Soccer Club, click here.

Growing The Game: Soccer Sprouts

soccer sprouts

April 15, 2015 at AO Watch Party, Sioux Falls, SD – It has often been said that for soccer to grow and for US soccer to gain prominence on the world stage, we have to focus on kids at a younger age. To have them growing up with a ball at their feet, as they do in most of South & Central America, in Europe and in nearly every country except the United States. Perhaps no one understands this better than the Sioux Empire’s own Becky Janssen. Soccer605 visited with Becky at the American Outlaws Watch Party for the #USAvMEX game to get caught up on her growing Soccer Sprouts program.

Soccer has been a part of Janssen’s life since she was 4 years old. With 25+ years of playing experience – 17 of those also spent coaching players ages 3-23 – she has developed a true passion for the game that comes through loud & clear when you visit with her. After finishing her college soccer career, Becky moved from the Chicagoland Area to South Dakota to enter the world of coaching at the collegiate level, while pursuing her Masters in Sports Administration. Her path in life took a “slight left” when she met her husband Josh, and married in 2007.

No longer focusing on coaching at the college level, Becky decided to work with an age group at the other end of the soccer spectrum – players under 10 years old. And this is where she found her calling. Since 2005, Becky has worked with youth soccer players, and she has never looked back. Her background in both soccer and education, as well as her love of children, played a major role in her decision to launch “Soccer Sprouts” in September 2013. The concept was unique – create a traveling program taken to daycare centers throughout the Sioux Empire, giving preschool aged children fine & gross motor skills development through playing soccer.

Originally focused on 3-5 year olds, Becky’s Soccer Sprouts has been so successful in spreading the love of soccer that the program soon expanded to afterschool programs at daycare centers. And this year, Soccer Sprouts has added sessions at the Avera Sportsdome, where kids of all ages get together and play.  Janssen is, as she puts it, “living the dream” ad fulfilling her hope to spread her love of soccer throughout the Sioux Empire, so that children of all ages can experience the world’s most beautiful game!

Check out our interview with Becky Janssen below! You can learn more about Soccer Sprouts on their website here and on the Soccer Sprouts Facebook page.

Growing The Game: AO Sioux Falls

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April 15, 2015 at Gateway, Sioux Falls – Soccer605 caught up with Clint Krahn, President of Sioux Falls Chapter of the American Outlaws, at the Watch Party for the US Men’s National Team game against Mexico. Clint brought us up to speed on what the local AO chapter has been doing and will be doing this summer, and filled us in on plans for the bus trip to Canada for Women’s World Cup. Participating AO Members will take in the US Women’s National Team vs Sweden game on June 16th! There are still a few seats left on the bus. Check out our interview with Clint below. To reserve your seat on the bus, contact Clint on the AO Sioux Falls Facebook page here.

SDU Independence U17G bring home top honors from Southern California showcase.

SDU Independence

It was just a little over a year ago that coach Mike Greco got out of his car in Watertown during one of the coldest parts of the year.  The drastic change in temperature was roughly equal to the change in culture and the way soccer gets taught in South Dakota.

Last week, Greco took his SDU Independence team back to California to compete in the CPL College Showcase in his former Orange County area.  The trip, planned for months by team manager Paula Clary, turned out to be rewarding in more ways than one.  Naturally, traveling so far to one of the country’s soccer hotbeds and bringing home a championship trophy is fun, but Greco said the girls got to experience a lot of new things. » Read more..

Sturgis Soccer Association seeks Varsity Boys Coach

Sturgis Soccer

High School Boys Soccer Head Coach Needed for Fall 2015 Season

Sturgis Soccer Association (SSA) invites applications for the position of Head Boys High School Soccer Coach. The selected candidate will be responsible for the retention of current players, aid in the implementation of a practice plan and weekly game plan, compliance with all South Dakota High School Activities Association rules as well as the SSA policies and procedures, and other duties assigned by the SSA Board of Directors and Sturgis High School Activities Director. This is a part time, seasonal position.

To apply for this position, please submit a letter of interest, application, and resume with names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references to: Sturgis Soccer Association, PO Box 833, Sturgis, SD 57785 or e-mail information to [email protected]  SSA will begin accepting applications immediately for the position, which will remain open until May 31st, 2014. Background check required.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

USSF and/or NSCAA licensing preferred. The successful candidate will have a positive attitude and be a dedicated team player.

REQUIREMENTS:
A. Educational Level: D License, or must be obtained within two years of start date.

B. Experience:  High School head varsity coaching experience desired, but not required.

C. Physical Requirements:  Eye-hand, mind-eye coordination, physical dexterity, and the ability to bend, stoop, walk, talk, and sit. The ability to travel between locations.

D. Other Requirements: Course work in sport coaching and the prevention of athletic injuries.  Continued educational soccer training.

REPORTS TO: Sturgis Soccer Association Board of Directors & Sturgis Brown High School Activities Director

DATE: 2015 Fall Season

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES:

1. Assumes responsibility for the entire program which includes: Coaching the varsity & JV squad within the soccer program.

2. Communicating the high school soccer schedule

3. Verification of student physical examination requirements of the high school.

4. Preparation of athletic permission slips and eligibility lists.

5. Supervises practice fields and playing fields during and following periods of team participation.

6. Remains with students and supervises them while traveling to away games.

7. Cares for athletes and injured athletes.

8. Cares for and maintains equipment.

9. Prepares award lists and season records.

10. Attends all meetings regarding participation of soccer with the Sturgis Soccer Association and Sturgis Brown High School.

11. Keeps informed on current trends in your sport and attends and participates in clinics in your sport.

12. Prepares list when teams are taken out of school to participate in athletic contest.

13. Performs other duties as assigned by the Sturgis High School Activities Director and the Sturgis Soccer Association Board of Directors.

14. Communicates with players about personal development during the season as well as the off-season.

15. Holds meeting with parents to inform them about the program as well as your expectations of them and the players.

16. Leads by example regarding promotion of sportsmanship.

17. Promotes the high school soccer program by encouraging participation of players of the upcoming season.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
A. Outside: Soccer Fields
B. Climatic Environment: Often subjected to extremes of cold and heat. Occasionally subjected to extreme noise, odors, mists, dust and poor ventilation.
C. Hazards: Exposure to body fluids, communicable diseases. Travel between locations will cause exposure to hazardous driving and walking conditions.
D. Work Year: $3,500.00 for 2015 Fall Season. Duties of the position may be performed any time during that time period depending upon the needs of the soccer season, which typically begins August 1, and ends mid to late October.