"We are thrilled at the response we've gotten," said SoccerMadison founder and president Jeff Boldt. "And feel very blessed to have so many volunteer coaches, great sponsors and Ted (LaFleur) and the city supporting us."
Sixty-three percent growth and new Under-6 (U6), U8 and U12 fields are just part of what's new with the group. Coach's kits, a free book, certified referees and friendlies are all part of the spring program.
The coach's kits are designed to give each team's volunteer coaches everything they need for training sessions -- a bag, spare balls, a pump and spare needles, scrimmage vests, a first aid kit and both tall and flat cones. A kit is being loaned to each of the 17 teams.
"The Rules of Soccer Simplified" is an easy-to-read primer being given to each family for both players and parents to read in order to get more familiar with "the beautiful game."
Older age groups require referees, which prompted Madison residents Aly Boldt and Devon Bruna to take a United States Soccer Federation certification course in Rapid City last fall. They will work U10 games this spring.
effort will expand to include more games and other age groups in the future, and participation in tournaments is sure to follow.
Saturday's action will get underway with U6 and U8 games at 9:30 and 10:30 on the northeast area of the park, and a U10 game at 2:00 on the southwest area. The public is
invited to come out and watch the action.
SoccerMadison is a member of South Dakota State Soccer Association and US Youth Soccer. For more information, visit www.soccermadison.org or call 605-270-2124.
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SoccerMadison is a non-profit association dedicated to providing children, their families and the community with a positive soccer experience that emphasizes having fun, getting fit and building character through teamwork and sportsmanship.