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Ball Kids Shine on Sideline
Over halfway through the season, Seattle Sounders FC have cemented their place in the hearts of every soccer enthusiast in the state; though, possibly none more so than the youth soccer players chosen to serve during this inaugural season as "Ball Kids."
With a relationship already developed, Sounders FC came to Washington Youth Soccer prior to the season opener and asked for help in securing 12 youth soccer players to assist as Ball Kids at every home MLS game at Qwest Field, plus other high-profile matches including the Sounders’ game vs. FC Barcelona, and the U.S.-Grenada Gold Cup game.
For the first year of the Ball Kids program, Washington Youth Soccer has focused on offering these coveted positions to players and teams as a reward for their achievements on the pitch, including State/Regional ODP players and those who competed at the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships.
While it may appear easy to be a Ball Kid, these players and teams are responsible for ensuring their part in the opening ceremony goes well and that match play flows as it should.
Faced with the pressure of live, professional action in front of them, screaming fans behind them and dozens of cameras on them, Ball Kids are put through a strict game-day rehearsal, training on flag formation and a tutorial on their job and placement on the sideline. With all of this work naturally comes a little play; Ball Kids have the opportunity to run into their favorite superstars, as well as to spend time on the Xbox pitch, with the best seats in the house.
Washington Youth Soccer is proud that, to date, nearly 200 players have represented the state in some of the biggest professional matches imaginable. With the success of the Ball Kids program in 2009, Washington Youth Soccer is already well underway in developing a more comprehensive selection process for next year’s Sounders FC season.
For future information on how your players and team can become part of the Ball Kids program, visit wsysa.com to find details as they are announced.
Washington Youth Soccer • 500 S. 336th St. Suite 100 • Federal Way, WA 98003
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