Soccer to replace football at district middle schools
June 27, 2012
The three middle schools in the Snoqualmie Valley will replace football with soccer during the 2012-13 school year.
According to a press release issued by both Chief Kanim and Twin Falls middle schools, the Triangle League Middle School athletic directors made the switch on a 3-1 vote due to high costs, a drop in participation and the existence of community youth football leagues such as the Sno-Valley Wildcats Junior Football league.
The league is comprised of the Valley’s three middle schools, plus the Tolt and Islander middle schools from two neighboring districts. Tolt dropped football this year due to lack of interest and Islander does not participate in football.
The league explored whether other districts might want to join in its football championships and two expressed interest: Sultan and King.
“Their distance would increase travel costs and time,” the release stated, adding that districts in Issaquah, Lake Washington, Bellevue, Tahoma and Northshore were not options, as they don’t field teams either.
Community football leagues such as Wildcat Junior offer options for children still interested in football. Online registration for Wildcat Junior programs is June 30 and the cost is $325, the release stated. Scholarships are available at www.wcjfa.org.
Furthermore, with athletic fees rising from $125 to $140 this year in middle school football, levels of participation may decrease further yet.
Lastly, the middle schools surveyed student interest among sixth- and seventh-graders and the interest in soccer was 45 percent higher, the release stated.