GREENVILLE – The Darke County Soccer Association brought its eight-week spring program to a close with the first all-star games.
Two all-star games were played at Greenville’s North Park with teams of 6-8 year olds and 9-12 age group.
“We have an eight-week program of youth soccer from ages 3-12 at North Park,” DCSA President Dave Ernst said. “We decided to try 6-8 year old all-stars and 9-12 year old all-stars. The 6-8 were picked by their coaches and staff. Three from each team and then divided up into two rosters.”
Both Greenville high school varsity coaches were at the fields lending a hand with coaching and encouraging the county’s young soccer players.
“This is a great idea Dave (Ernst) came up with to kind of reward the kids that have been playing hard and practicing,” Greenville varsity girls soccer coach Steve Sheperd said. “It’s turned out to be such a good event. The kids are playing their hearts out and the parents are having fun.”
“We are trying to grow the program and bring fun to the sport,” Greenville varsity boys soccer coach Brent DeVoss said. “This is kind of the fun time. Come out here and see the youth and see if I can help in any way to continue to grow the program. Hopefully down the road it will benefit our program in the long run.”
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Sheperd said. “It’s the first year we have tried it. Dave Ernst came up with the idea and coach Brent DeVoss and I jumped on board. It was just a ton of fun to come out here with these kids and the parents. Everybody is excited. Just a good day for Greenville soccer.”
“The Darke County Soccer Association helps feed the Franklin Monroe program, helps feed the Greenville program coming out of that selects,” DeVoss added. We try to grow it here with the youth to help our club and eventually help at the high school levels.”
“Currently DCSA administers 350 kids playing soccer from all over the county and outside of Darke county,” Ernst said. “We are a nonprofit 501C3. We use sponsorships, donations and grants to keep costs as minimal as possible. We are the lowest select program in South West Ohio for fees ($20 for eight weeks). That’s our goal … to keep costs down so more kids can play and grow the game of soccer throughout our county.”
“We would like to get more people involved,” Ernst said. “We need younger people to get involved so we can grow the game and carry it on.”
“We’ll start this up again in the fall,” DeVoss said. “Go to www.darkecountysoccer.com where registration and the dates are posted. We will also hand flyers out through the school system.”