For many, the community college system has represented a last chance to continue playing high level football. High school players who aren’t going to Universities have previously had to stop playing of start looking for amateur leagues at a lower levels. The community college network provides a way for continuing and indeed sometimes launching professional football careers.
The state community school district will eliminate soccer following the 2018 season. Citing constraints, Maricopa County Community College District officials said Monday they’re ending the district sponsored soccer programs at the four schools that have soccer: Glendale, Scottsdale, Mesa and Phoenix public schools. District spokesman Matt Hasson said the choice to get rid of the game wasn’t made lightly. Even though this is a disappointment to our student athletes, coaching staff, and soccer fans, it’s finally the right decision for the district and the long lasting success of pupils, he explained in a statement. As an important resource for the community and companies, MCCCD must be accountable for the financial resources it’s been entrusted with.
Last year, a working group submitted recommendations to Chancellor Maria Harper Marinick with the possibility of soccer being cut. But district officials announced in October they’d continue the soccer applications, that makes this week’s announcement to eliminate soccer a surprise. This really is a killer’. This really is a killer for children that are scholarship players right out of highschool, Casa Grande High School coach Jake Barro explained. Arizona makes it particularly difficult, he explained, due to That the nation has only two universities of the national associations of intercollegiate athletic Universities which play no universities and soccer in Division II or Division III.
Vail Cienega high school coach Pat Nugent explained that schools have helped Arizona children develop emotionally and physically for higher levels. We may have so many players miss out on an opportunity to go play soccer even when it was only for two more years in school. Four out of the district’s 10 schools offer school football, a game that’s seen as a last hope for high school players that want to continue their passion. 20 percent of athletics spending budget, 50% of insurance costs. It’s a time of lots of competing sports from all over the world of course, and American football is often one of the most difficult and expensive sports to run. Lots of US children are becoming interested in ‘soccer’ for example watching from the UK through programmes like Match of the Day live on TV – watch this.
District officials said that the decision of the state to eliminate funds to the community schools several years past played a part in the decision.
They also looked at national trends. Of the 530 member schools In the National Junior College Athletic Association, just 65 sponsor soccer applications, officials said. MCCCD officials say soccer makes up 20% of the district’s total athletic spending budget and is accountable for more than 50% of insurance costs. Ongoing costs to keep the soccer programs could top $20 million in needed capital improvements and associated expenses, officials said. Phoenix St. Mary’s High School coach Tommy Brittain called the choice to eliminate junior school football unlucky for the many high schools soccer players that can compete in the next level, but haven’t yet been recruited. He say others just need a couple of years to develop their potential as an athlete or they lack the financial assistance that playing out of state usually requires.
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