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NJCAA DIVISION I MEN’S SOCCER NATIONAL TOURNAMENT BEGINS MONDAY NOVEMBER 13

Exclusive Prescott/Prescott Valley event with all matches at Mountain Valley Park

For the second time in three years, Yavapai College is hosting the NJCAA Division I Men’s Soccer National Tournament beginning today (Monday). The 12-team tournament is held at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley. National semifinals will take place on Friday, November  17 with the national championship game scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18.  

No events were scheduled for the East side (Sedona/Verde Campus)  of the County.

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FREE SOCCER CLINICS FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AGES 5-16 HELD ONLY ON WEST SIDE OF COUNTY

Clinics in Prescott Valley and Prescott; none in the Verde Valley

The College continues to limit youth athletic programs to the west side of the County. The following are two examples recently announced by the College:

“Members of the 2017 Yavapai Soccer Team will be conducting a free soccer clinic at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley on Saturday, August 12. The clinic will be held from 9:00 – 10:30 p.m. Boys and girls ages 5-16 are eligible to participate. No registration is required.”

“Members of the 2017 Yavapai Soccer Team will be conducting a free soccer clinic at Ken Lindley Field in Prescott on Saturday, August 19. The clinic will be held from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Boys and girls ages 5-16 are eligible to participate. No registration is required.”

Despite the fact the Verde Valley has more than 70,000 residents, the College has historically ignored developing youth athletic programs in it. It does this even though the Valley taxpayers provide about 30% of the tax revenue to operate the College. A portion of that tax revenue goes to support the $2 million (operations and scholarships) plus athletic program.  

The historic treatment of the East side of the County continues.

WHY ARE ATHLETIC SUMMER CAMPS/CLINICS ONLY ON WEST SIDE OF COUNTY?

Athletic camps for boys and girls ranging in ages from five – 16; apparently no scholarships for under-served

Yavapai College offers a series of athletic activities over the summer months. However, the activities are offered at sites only on the West side of the County. No similar activities are offered in the Verde Valley or anywhere outside the Prescott/Prescott Valley area. There are also two “tryout” (prospect) camps where high school student athletes may demonstrate their skills.

Several of the activities are free while others are available only upon payment of fees. The range of fees charged runs from $40 to as much as $400. There are no scholarships listed for the under-served in the County who may be unable to afford the fee.  (Click here to go to web site.) The following is a list of the programs taken from the College website.

Soccer Clinics

Members of the 2017 Yavapai Soccer Team will be conducting a free soccer clinic at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley on Saturday, August 12 and in Prescott

Free Soccer Clinic – Saturday, August 12, 2017 (Prescott Valley) Boys and girls ages 5-16 are eligible to participate. No registration is required.

Free Soccer Clinic – Saturday, August 19, 2017 (Prescott). Boys and girls ages 5-16 are eligible to participate. No registration is required. 

Baseball Camps

May 14, 2017 Prospect Camp. The tryout camp is also geared toward Sophomores and Juniors wishing to get a head start on the recruiting process.

June 5-7, 2017 Baseball Day Camp. You will be placed in a group matching age and ability to maximize your learning experience. Fee $75.

July 16-19, 2017 Baseball Overnight Camp. You will be placed in a group matching age and ability to maximize your learning experience. Fee: $175 / $400 (commuter and overnight rates).

Volleyball Camps

Volleyball Youth Clinic (Grades 1-8) May 30 – June 1, 2017. Fee $40.

Volleyball Youth Camp (Grades 1-8) June 5-7, 2017. Fee $150.

Volleyball Elite Camp (Grades 6-12) June 8-10, 2017. Fee: $200 Commuter / $300 Resident.

Nike Volleyball Camp (Grades 5-12) July 14-17, 2017. Fee (Individual): $350 Commuter / $450 Resident.

Pre-Season Camp (Grades 8-12) July 24-26, 2017. Fee (Individual): $150 Commuter / $250 Resident. (Click here for brochure.)

Softball Camp

Prospect Skills Camp – Sunday, October 23, 2016.  The annual Yavapai College Softball Prospect Skills Camp’s purpose is to promote exposure to Yavapai College by high school student athletes as well as all other ACCAC softball programs. Geared toward Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors wishing to get a head start on the recruiting process. Seniors may also attend if uncommitted. Fee is $85 per student/athlete and comes with a FREE T-SHIRT. All Star game is an additional $50 per student/athlete.

ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CONTINUE T0 RISE; ALMOST $200,000 MORE SPENT IN 2017 THAN IN 2010

WILLS ENAMORED WITH CHAMPIONSHIPS; COLLEGE SPENDS ALMOST $600,000 ANNUALLY TO RECRUIT OUTSIDE-COUNTY STUDENT ATHLETES

There is little doubt that President Penelope Wills is enamored with having championship softball, baseball, soccer and volleyball teams. In fact, in data obtained by the Blog via a public records request, the Community College reports that it spent $598,052 in scholarships for athletes it recruited in 2017.  This compares with a total award to athletes of $405,170 back in 2010 ($192,882 more in 2017).

Based on a roster analysis, the almost $600,000 went to students 95% of whom were residents of communities outside Yavapai County, outside Arizona and occasionally outside the United States.  Moreover, these scholarships appear to be taking up around 75% of the available institutional scholarships (those financed by taxpayers) given out by the College.  Somehow, that seems unfair to County taxpayers and County high school graduates who find it difficult, if not almost impossible, to land a slot on any one of the four teams.

Data such as that obtained by the Blog can only be obtained by a Public Records request.  The annual published budget, which once listed scholarships (until 2012) and other athletic department expenses, no longer contains that detailed information.

Kids on west side of County benefit from many College youth clinics

No youth clinics scheduled for Sedona Center or Verde Campus

Kids on the west side of Yavapai County benefit tremendously from the summer youth clinics sponsored by the Community College. However, the College does not sponsor any of these programs on the East side of the County. Unfortunately this appears to be another example of how little the College is concerned with the 77,000 folks on the East side of the County. 

youth clinicsThe following is a list of some of the great programs being offered by the College on the West side of the County in Prescott and Prescott Valley.

Volleyball Youth Clinic (Grades 1-8) June 2 – 4, 2015. Fee: $30.
Volleyball Youth Camp (Grades 1-8) June 8-10, 2015. Fee: $150.
Volleyball All Skills Camp (Grades 6-12) June 11-13, 2015. Fee: $175 Commuter / $325 Overnight.
Free Soccer Clinic – Friday, August 14, 2015 (Prescott Valley).
Free Soccer Clinic – Saturday, August 15, 2015 (Prescott).
Baseball camp: May 10, 2015 Tryout Camp – Prescott. Fee: $50.
June 1-4, 2015 Baseball Day Camp – Prescott. Fee: $75.
June 23-24, 2015 Reel Recruit Camp. Camp Fee: $400 if registered by June 11, 2015.
July 19-22, 2015 Baseball Overnight Camp. Fee: $175 / $400 (commuter and overnight rates.)

For more information, please go to the following College website by clicking here. 

Will basketball return to Yavapai Community College

Community College President suggests during radio program basketball may return

basketball 2Yavapai Community College President Penelope Wills said during a radio broadcast on Prescott radio station KYCA on September 30 that basketball might make a return sometime in the future. She said: “If we get five years of sustained funding, we will bring basketball back.” She did not elaborate. The recorded broadcast can be found by clicking here (as long as it is posted by the radio station).

 

Community College Soccer Media Guide

Yavapai Community College produces Media Guide for Soccer program

Soccer anniversary edition of record bookAn extensive Media Guide and Record Book for the Community College Soccer team has been produced.  

If you click here, you will be taken to a pdf copy of the Media Guide and Record Book.

Historic scrimmage

Roughrider soccer to scrimmage in Verde Valley Saturday

The Yavapai Community College Roughrider soccer team will scrimmage at Mingus Union High School on Saturday, August 16.  Warm-ups are at 12:30 p.m., and the Green vs. Gold scrimmage will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Soccer 1The soccer team is one of several championship teams developed by the Prescott based administrators for the Prescott campus. Over the last 26 years this team and others have played all their games or matches in Prescott or Prescott Valley.  Some suspect that the scrimmage is an effort to reduce criticism coming from the Verde Valley over the cost and exclusiveness of the various athletic programs based on the Prescott campus.

This year the Roughrider soccer team is ranked third nationally in a recent pre-season poll. The soccer team has an overall record of 535-46-24 with 7 national championships, and 23 Arizona conference championships.

 

Prescott campus fitness center

Fitness Center on Prescott campus is “best fitness deal in the area”

The Fitness Center on the Prescott campus is advertised on the Community College web site as the “best fitness deal in the area, with smart, caring FITNESS CENTER 1support staff.” Residents and students may obtain a pass to use the facility or sign up for a class and take advantage of the equipment, swimming pool and the tennis court that is under construction. For more information, click here.