You may have a foot of snow in your yard, but two South Dakota clubs are playing full-sided soccer this weekend. And several more are playing indoor soccer at the
The sanctioning march continues. Several sources around South Dakota have informed us that big news will be coming soon on adding some soccer programs to the sanctioned group. We will
Gatorade announced the state winners for the soccer Player of the Year today and Lee Wynja was chosen as the South Dakota winner. Click here to go to the Gatorade
Belle Fourche school district made a commendable – and pragmatic – decision on Monday to offer their students sanctioned high school soccer beginning with the fall 2014 season. Belle Fourche
We want to thank Beef O’Brady’s for being such a great sponsor. So part of doing that is giving away a $25 gift card for some of their fabulous food!
You may have a foot of snow in your yard, but two South Dakota clubs are playing full-sided soccer this weekend. And several more are playing indoor soccer at the Hub City Futsal Classic in Aberdeen.
Dakota Alliance send their U13 Boys and U17 Girls to the Hub City indoor tourney. Their 14 Boys are attending the Shattuck St. Mary’s showcase tourney. And they have several players who are in ODP playing in the Hub City Futsal Classic.
South Dakota United send their U-15 Boys Copa side to the Shattuck St. Mary’s showcase. The U-17 Girls Legacy side are in Dallas at the FC Dallas College showcase.
Combined BFC/WYSA teams are at the Futsal Classic.
Most, if not all Hub City teams are playing in the Futsal Classic.
Dakota ODP have both boys and girls teams competing in the Futsal Classic.
Most of us are itching to get out on the grass in a big hurry and hopefully the weather will cooperate. There is one more indoor tourney on the docket for 2014. Tempo will host their indoor tourney in Tea next weekend.
The sanctioning march continues. Several sources around South Dakota have informed us that big news will be coming soon on adding some soccer programs to the sanctioned group.
We will know more on Sunday and will keep you up to speed on what’s happening!
Gatorade announced the state winners for the soccer Player of the Year today and Lee Wynja was chosen as the South Dakota winner. Click here to go to the Gatorade announcement and the full press release.
We had the privilege of a Google Hangout with Chad Konecky who coordinates the Gatorade Player of the Year program. The link to that interview is here.
Lee is a junior at Sioux Falls Christian High School and carries a 4.0 GPA there while serving in many volunteer capacities. Congratulations Lee!
Belle Fourche school district made a commendable – and pragmatic – decision on Monday to offer their students sanctioned high school soccer beginning with the fall 2014 season.
Belle Fourche has always been one of those towns that offer good youth programs and opportunities for their kids. A little over twenty years ago, a huge investment in a community center showed that. Despite some very vocal opposition, the community banded together for their kids to raise funds and build the center. It has since paid untold dividends for Belle Fourche and the surrounding communities. No doubt, it will continue to pay those dividends for decades to come.
Monday night’s actions by the school board – after hearing well-prepared presentations from the Belle Fourche soccer community – showed that the school and community leaders clearly are in tune with their student-athletes and understand that soccer belongs as a sanctioned sport. Belle has long had a reputation for turning out tough athletes in the traditionally male-dominated sports, with great football teams, wrestlers, basketball teams and rodeo.
Watching Belle Fourche girls’ varsity and Elite Eleven player Madison Huffman win a ball out on a wing, or witnessing the iron will of the Lady Broncs defender Cassie Willard, or seeing junior midfielder Bailee Ward totally own the entire middle of the park, it soon becomes obvious that Belle’s talented student-athletes aren’t only playing the “traditional” American sports! And they aren’t all guys!
With the South Dakota Soccer Association no longer offering high school soccer after the 2014 season, Belle Fourche would have to take action before the 2015 season if their players would still have high school soccer. But Belle Fourche chose to take immediate, sanctioning for the upcoming 2014 season and not play the waiting game, like too many school districts seem to be doing. As a smaller school, Belle had an important reason, especially for their female student-athletes, to move ahead this fall.
The SDSSA Girls A division had dwindled to only four teams – and now there are only three – Sturgis, Vermillion and West Central. We talked on one of our wrap-up shows about that. It’s hard to call six or seven games a season. With Monday night’s vote, Belle Fourche joins a growing group of thriving programs in the sanctioned A division and will now have plenty of great opportunities to play for their school.
The Belle Fourche boys never had trouble finding matches, and had an outstanding 2013 fall season. They are now in a better position to play a wider variety of teams throughout the season, which will undoubtedly help them come playoff and state tournament time.
Non-sanctioned program players miss out on a lot of perks. For instance, we got a call from the Gatorade Player of the Year program a couple months ago. They were looking for our opinions on some players who we thought deserved the Player of the Year honors. What a great honor – but it’s open only to players who play in sanctioned programs.
During the high school season, we had several sanctioned program players who had goals nominated for Goal of the Week – a much smaller honor than the Gatorade award. But the sanctioned programs were better able to involve their student bodies to rally behind their players who were up for nomination. Some of the districts even put links and embedded the videos on the school’s web sites! It is different being sanctioned.
The players at Aberdeen Central tell us that since they have been sanctioned, they feel far more accepted by their high school peers and are included in the weekly school pep activities right along with the other fall sport athletes.
Monday night’s action may have been a down-to-earth, pragmatic decision but it was also visionary. The Belle Fourche school board has acknowledged several things here:
- Soccer is here to stay.
- The Belle Fourche School District values its student athletes.
- The Belle Fourche soccer players deserve to have a sanctioned soccer program.
- The Belle Fourche school board is a board that does not look for feeble excuses to avoid doing the right thing for their students.
- Instead, the Belle Fourche school board worked with the local soccer community to build the capacity to serve their students and their needs.
Doesn’t get much better than that. Congratulations to Belle Fourche school and community leaders. Just like the decision to invest in your community center decades ago, you have just made a decision that will pay dividends far into the future.
We want to thank Beef O’Brady’s for being such a great sponsor. So part of doing that is giving away a $25 gift card for some of their fabulous food! And the best part is you can take a three minute walk from the Sanford Fieldhouse and be there.
Here’s how you win. Carol will be at the DASC Indoor tournament today, along with other Soccer605 crew – just doing what we do.
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