SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – Following Governor Kristi Noem’s request to close schools for the remainder of the school year, the South Dakota Middle School Activities Association canceled the remainder of the 2019-2020 sports season.
This means that the sports scene in South Dakota will not exist for the next two months. So where does it leave summer club sports?
Dakota Alliance Soccer Club has decided to cancel all winter / spring camps and clinics. Some camps / clinics only have two or three weeks left.
Dakota Alliance Soccer Club is scheduled to start spring on April 18, but leaders meet on Wednesday evening, April 8 to discuss how they want to progress with spring.
You can read more about the Dakota Alliance meeting on Thursday.
The Dakota Alliance has found a way to connect with their athletes because they use online videos and Facebook Live videos to make their players active.
Football has a good sized window in South Dakota to play with and it makes the club optimistic for soccer around this year.
“We have the ability to play in the fall and the season does not start until a week after Labor Day. We are very optimistic about playing football this year, “said Director of Soccer Operations Frank Gurnick.
Other sports clubs in the state are looking for the same approach to combat the spread of COVID-19. The Sioux Empire Baseball Association (SEBA) has moved the beginning of the 2020 season from May to June 1, but that is not all.
“We have been forced to cancel several tournaments, and honestly, we hope all our tournaments will probably be canceled this summer,” said SEBA Executive Director Chad Barman.
Barman said that SEBA was exploring ways to play or play baseball in the fall, if they could not find a way to play before August.
“At this point, there is still optimism,” Barnam said. “We will do everything we can to make it so that children can play baseball this summer / fall.”
SEBA has been entitled for the Central Plains Regional Legion tournament, but the tournament has been canceled.
“Central Plains for the Legion level was canceled yesterday. “Although this is disappointing, we hope that we can now extend the legion season to August, which will allow us to play as many matches as possible,” Barnam said.
SEBA is not the only baseball organization that many people watch in South Dakota.
The South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association (SDABA) hopes for the full season because the game does not start until late May or early June.
“There has not been a decision to start the amateur baseball season at another time like now,” SDABA President Dale Weber said.
The league has until the start of the season, but they also have time to work, if they have a delayed start until the 2020 season.
“In my opinion, we can start the season if needed and push back the country’s amateur tournament which is scheduled to be held at Mitchell on August 5-16,” Weber said. “We can also have shorter seasons and shorten the days to state tournaments if needed.”
Weber and SDABA know that this is a very serious pandemic that is happening, but he also knows that there are opportunities for baseball in South Dakota.
“SDABA will do everything in their power to have amateur baseball this summer. Of course with reason. I am optimistic that we will have amateur baseball at elementary school this summer, “said Weber.
Despite the cancellation and postponement of sports that are taking place in South Dakota, there is optimism that club games can occur at some point.