New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 20, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Soccer registration set
Rodriguez hopes to boost local interest
By JOE BELK Sports Editor
The Greater New Braunfels Youth Soccer Club is gearing up for its fall season, with registration concluding on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The club has previously had two registration periods, and the third one cm Saturday will be at the Landa Rec Center.
! The president of the organization, Ernesto Rodriguez, voiced concerns recently about the future of soccer in l^ew Braunfels. Enrollment in the program has stagnated in the past two years after years of growth before that, and the percentage of Hispanics playing youth soccer has decreased.
Rodriguez said that he hopes to build the program while he is president, re-emphasizing soccer at the local level.
“I just want to promote soccer, because there should be a lot more kids playing," he said.
I In the recreational category of the league, there arc age divisions for teams of 6-and-undcr players up through 14-and-undcr.
The three youngest leagues — up through the 10-ycar-olds — play exclusively against the other local teams, while the older teams also play San Antonio and San Marcos teams.
All of the divisions have playoffs at the midcitics level, which includes New Braunfels, San Marcos, Wimberley, Bulverde and Canyon Lake. Tile winner at that level, where New Braunfels traditionally has done well, goes on to the state tournament.
The New Braunfels club also has girls teams, although probably in only the under-12 and under-IO divisions. That is another arca in which Rodriguez hopes to build the program.
"We definitely need more girls," he said. "We can’t get enough (in
some divisions) to make a team. In San Antonio and Austin, each association has IO to 12 girls teams."
The league also has a handful of Division I and II teams, from the under-12 to under-16 level. Rodriguez said he hopes there will be enough interest for an under-19 team of primarily high school players this year.
"We’ve got some teams that can win," he said. ‘‘The Division II and Division I teams really hold their own."
And despite the fact that the local under-12 recreational team won the state tournament last year, Rodriguez said that the local program docs not compare to other cities.
"Compared with Austin, San Antonio, El Paso or Houston, we’re still very behind," he said. "The U.S. is way behind in soccer anyway, and New Braunfels is way behind compared to San Antonio or Austin."
Rodriguez said one reason why Hispanics have been dropping out of the program may be the cost, which is S25 per player and $32 for older players. Much of that covers the three referees needed for each game and the uniform costs.
Arothcr problem, Rodriguez said, is that the better players in the league often defect to more competitive programs in San Antonio or Austin.
"We’re losing a lot of good players to them," he said. “I can’t blame the kids — it’s a lot more competitive for them."
He said the level of coaching in the league has improved through the years.
*4 In the years past, a person went up there and coached a team, but they didn’t really know anything about soccer," he said. "Soccer takes a lot of technique and it’s very hard to
Rodriguez, who has now been involved with the club for ll years, said his situation was not unlike that.
"The only time I played soccer was once in a while when I was in high school," he said. "I had two kids who were playing, so they told mc I had to be a coach or an assistant coach. I was supposed to be an assistant, but no one else was there so I was the coach.”
But after learning about the game and attending coaching schools, Rodriguez earned his state license as a coach.
Although the coaching level has improved in New Braunfels, Rodriguez said that soccer is unique in that there is only so much coaching possible — in fact, the older leagues don’t permit shouting instructions from the sidelines.
"In football and baseball, the coach tells you everything; in soccer, the kids have got to do it on their own,” he said. "It’s good for the kids — they’ve got to be making split-second decisions all the time. If you make the wrong decision, you can be setting it up for the other team."
Soccer also offers a chance for kids to start team sports at a very young age — the youngest players in the New Braunfels club are four years old.
Rodriguez said many of the players need that time because the skills arc so difficult to perfect.
"lf a kid starts at four, he might be 14 or 15 when he reaches his potential, where he can do anything with a soccer ball and make all the right decisions."
He said that New Braunfels has a good soccer program, but his goal as president is to make improvements
> * -V ••• r’The interest in club soccer in New Braunfels has remained constant recently after several years of growth, but Ernesto Rodriguez hopes to revive the program during his tenure as club president.
and build on the past success. public more, and make sure all the
"I think it can be better," Rodri- kids in New Braunfels have a chance gucz said. "We’ve got to educate the to try it."
Tuesday, August 20, 1991CHS hosts scrimmage
Canyon will host its first volleyball scrimmage of the year today, in a four-team event which includes New Braunfels.
The defending 26-4A champion Cougarettes open with San Antonio Roosevelt at 3 p.m., before playing New Braunfels at 4 p.m. and concluding with Austin Travis at 5 p.m.
New Braunfels will be going at the same time, taking on Travis, Canyon and Roosevelt.
All of the varsity teams will scrimmage in the new gym at Canyon, and the junior varsities will play in the old gym.
The format will feature two-serves each during the first half, preceding a game-type situation for the second half of each scrimmage.
Smithson Valley will play in its second scrimmage in two days today when the Rangerettes travel to Seguin. Boerne will also be participating in that scrimmage, which runs from 4-7 p.m.
On Monday, the Rangerettes hosted a scrimmage in which Seguin, MacArthur and defending 5A state champion Clark traveled to Smithson Valley.
Rangcrcttc Coach Louise Davidson said she was pleased with the outcome.
"We learned a lot," she said, adding that the team played well when it overcame initial court jitters. "We started off with Seguin, and they weren’t as good as they have been. Then we played MacArthur, and they were pretty good; then we played Clark, and they were real good."
Davidson said that the team’s serve reception and transition from offense to defense and vice versa was strong, and noted that the goal for the day was accomplished.
"We finished a whole heck of a lot better than we were when we started," she said.
NBSA holds B&C volleyball tourney
Hic New Braunfels Softball Association’s project committee will hold a B and C division co-ed volleyball tournament at Barry’s Under Pass Saloon on Aug. 25.
Tile sign up time for the event is at
10:30 a.m. and play will begin at ll a.m.
The fee is $40 per eight-player learn. The double-elimination tournament sums following a round-robin competition. Call Rey at 629-3343 for more information
Riders considering move to SWT’s Bobcat Stadium
Volunteers worked in me hot sun on Saturday to build a new concession stand tor the New Braunfels High School football stadium A member of the booster club, Mike Ethridge, donated labor to the cause from his construction company. (Photo Oy Annexes Schltckenneder)
Ryan returns for 5 shutout innings
ARLINGTON (AP) — Nolan Ryan ha* learned his lesson He’s not going to push his 44-year -old arm even if he ha* a shutout going
Showing his obi form in a success fiat return from the disabled list, Ryan notched career victory No. 310 as he went five dominating innings in a 4-1 victory by the Texas Rangers over the Baltimore Orioles Ryan said he probably could have lasted antithet inning but decided to listen lo Manager Bobby Valentine and pitching coach Tom House and not go back for the sixth inning.
The game plan was for Ryan to throw IOO pitches He threw 74 pitch es, 47 of them strikes "I felt I could have gone one more inning but Bobby and Tom fell I needed to ease back into this thing so I wouldn’t have any problems the rest
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the ball all year. Probably in the 95s," Valentine said
Ryan struck oui seven and walked two. He gave up a first-inning double to Ca) Ripken and a third inning single to Joe Orsuiak off a changeup
"I didn’t have good stuff in the bullpen but once the game started I found my fastball and my curve,’’ he said "Tile only pitch I didn’t have was my changeup ll was a fun night "
Ryan is 15th oil the all-time victory list, one behind Tom Seaver.
"I really didn't know what to expect my first ume back," Ryan said "I wasn’t quite there as far as my stamina was concerned. But I was pleased "
Ruben Siena and Kevin Reinter backed Ryan (ti 5) with homers.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Riders are considering playing their 1992 home games in San Marcos, where the World League of American Football team might be allowed to scil and advertise beer.
Riders General Manager John Peterson said the team is negotiating with Southwest Texas Slate University lo use Bobcat Stadium and with the San Antonio School District for continued use of Alamo Stadium.
’’We are serious and sincere about talking with both sides about this," Peterson said Monday.
The franchise paid about $12,000 per game last season to die San Anionic school district for using Alamo Stadium. The district banned the team from selling and advertising beer in
Riders majority owner Larry Benson said he hopes to approach the school district trustees about the beer issue again in several weeks.
Southwest Texas president Jerome Supple said Bobcat Stadium could be zoned to allow lite team to sell and advertise beer on game days.
"Thcre’s no legal regulations on thai," Supple said. "We would be willing ludo thai for them."
Riders officials said moving to San Marcos also might help atuact fans from San Marcos and Austin and would result in less traffic congestion than ai Alamo Stadium.
The Riders plan to move into the downtown Alamodome when that stadium is complete in 1993.
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