BISD Adds Intermediate School Soccer

BISD Adds Intermediate School Soccer
Posted on 09/24/2018
This is the image for the news article titled BISD Adds Intermediate School SoccerThe Brazosport Independent School Board of Trustees voted to add intermediate soccer programs at the Clute, Freeport, and Lake Jackson Intermediate campuses. The Board also allocated $45,000 for the initial start up cost of the programs to purchase the necessary equipment and supplies for each intermediate school, while also providing funds for coaching stipends, game officials, game day personnel and transportation.

Since 1967 when soccer officially expanded to the professional ranks in the United States, there has been a steady growth of the sport throughout the country and the Brazosport area. In a recent report by the National Federation of High School Associations, soccer is the second fastest growing sport in America and currently ranks fourth in the number of youth participating in school sponsored programs.

Intermediate soccer programs will provide another avenue and opportunity for students to connect with their school, compete athletically and deepen their sense of school pride. This program will align with the District’s belief that students find purpose through connections with their school. An Intermediate soccer program will offer a place for our students to remain engaged in school and provides an avenue for the families to increase their involvement within our school district.

Additionally, these new intermediate soccer squads will have a positive impact on the high school programs. All four head high school soccer coaches are glad to see this addition and believe that they will provide a way for students to come better prepared for their programs.

In year one of implementation, Intermediate Soccer, a sanctioned sport by the University Interscholastic League (UIL), will follow the rules and regulations for this program as outlined the the Constitution and Contest Rules provided by the UIL. BISD will offer one boys and one girls team at both the 7th and 8th grade level at all three intermediate schools. Therefore, each campus will have four teams with typically 18 to 20 students on a team. The soccer season will start no earlier than April 8, which coincides with the conclusion of intermediate track. The schedule for 2019 will not interfere with any other intermediate sports programs. There will be tryouts and practice will be 2 to 3 days per week on the intermediate school’s campus. There will be one game per week on intermediate campuses, Slade and/or Hopper Field with the last week of the season culminating with a tournament for all teams.
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