This past weekend was the first weekend of official competition for HYSA’s Academy and Rec programs as well as the kick off day for the inaugural season of HYSA’s Micro program.
More than 60 Academy soccer teams from Helena, Bozeman, Belgrade, Kalispell, Butte, and Missoula participated in HYSA’s annual fall Academy jamboree on Saturday, which sees each team play two friendly matches. HYSA teams will also participate in jamborees hosted by Butte, Great Falls, and Kalispell this season before ending the campaign with the inaugural Sleeping Giant Soccer Classic, also hosted by HYSA. "Our fall jamboree is always interesting because most of the teams are playing on a much larger field for the first time in a true game situation," said HYSA program director Brett Axelrod. "It’s certainly an eye-opener for a lot of U10, U11, and U13 teams, who are the teams playing larger fields for the first time, but if the kids are having fun and developing their soccer abilities that’s all we can ask for."
HYSA’s Recreational League also kicked off with their first games on Sunday. "We have 34 teams playing this fall and all of the kids, parents, and coaches seemed to have a great time," noted Jennifer Colegrove, HYSA’s recreational director. "It was a beautiful day for soccer and everything went off without a hitch. We’re looking forward to a great season."
Finally, HYSA launched its new Micro Program on Sunday, directed by Kyla Kaufman and Jason Seyler and assisted by Aine Lawlor and Aiden Downey. "Micro is intended to introduce children to soccer in a non-competitive atmosphere," explained Kaufman. "We’re focused on developing motor skills and making sure the kids have a ton of fun with a soccer ball on their feet." The Micro program is 30-45 minutes long and kids play soccer games, but don’t scrimmage.
Between all three programs, HYSA has just shy of 500 players this fall.
Please click for more info on HYSA’s Academy, Rec, and Micro programs.