SoccerMadison’s dramatic growth will be evident Saturday morning when its inaugural spring season gets underway at Baughman-Belatti Park in Madison. The local, nonprofit soccer association has grown from 71 players, 12 coaches and three fields in its first season last fall to 117 players, 26 coaches and six fields this spring.

“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.

“Friendlies” — non-league games against out-of-town opponents — are being scheduled for both the U10 and U12-and-up groups to give them a more competitive experience. This 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 or call 605-270-2124.


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