Roaring Fork High School soccer in holding pattern
CARBONDALE – The Roaring Fork High School boys’ soccer team is in limbo.
After a players and parents meeting Tuesday evening, the players came away with a coach, but they won’t know until Friday if they have a team.
Roaring Fork athletic director Larry Williams said he has a coach committed to the position, but did not release a name pending a background check.
That’s the good news.
“We had a pretty small turnout (Tuesday night),” Williams said of the meeting. “We’re going to practice here through Friday and reevaluate and decide if we’re going to keep the program or not.”
The practices throughout the rest of the week, which begin at 6:30 p.m. at the high school practice field, will serve two purposes. It will be used to prepare the players for the upcoming season, regardless of the team with which they play, and it will serve a a period of recruiting in an effort to bolster the numbers.
Williams said about 12 players attended the meeting, with a few other players were out of town. It’s enough to field a team, but it would be a beat group by season’s end with the limited number of substitutes.
Last season the varsity squad fielded around 18 players in its run to the state playoffs. The numbers would be similar this season, but many of the returning players are not academically eligible, according to Williams.
“If all the (underclassmen) who played last year would have been eligible, we wouldn’t be having this conversation and we would have one of the stronger teams in the league,” he said.
If the decision is made not to field a team this season the Roaring Fork players will likely play for either Basalt or Glenwood Springs.
“It’s not a good situation for anybody,” said Williams, who apologized to everyone from the players and parents to the teams who may have to take on the players. “Unfortunately, it happened and we’re trying to make the best situation out of it we can.”
The practice tonight will be run by the new incoming coach. Players are asked to bring their physicals. If players don’t yet have their physicals, Williams said they are still encouraged to attend practice so he can gauge interest in the program. Players without physicals, however, will not be allowed to participate in drills.
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