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Local Sports Organizations Join Forces

Posted: February 5, 2008 11:42 a.m.
Updated: April 7, 2008 2:01 a.m.
Looking for growth and exposure, several local sports organizations have announced the formation of the Santa Clarita Youth Sports Association.

The SCYSA includes youth football teams, the Santa Clarita Wildcats and Grizzlies, SCV Lacrosse, SC Youth Rugby and the Phenom Athletics, which competes in track and field.

"All the organizations are fairly new to the valley," said Wildcat and Grizzly president James McGoldrick.

The Santa Clarita Wildcats, the largest and thus far most successful in the group, is hoping each can help the others grow.

"We felt that unifying under one loose umbrella, we'll be able to promote each other's sports," McGoldrick said.

All SCYSA members cater to pre-high school level sports.

Founded in 2006, the Wildcats currently have nearly 300 families participating in their 10 tackle football teams and cheerleading programs. The teams are split into five age groups from six to 14.

The Grizzlies, under the same organization as the Wildcats, will be entering their first year of establishment and currently have two football teams.

Though not geographically restricted, the Wildcats are located on the west side of the valley, while the Grizzlies will be playing on the east side.

The formation of the SCYSA may help provide the exposure needed for the less popular sports.

The lacrosse and rugby groups currently have the smallest amount of participants, according to Goldrick. Despite the need for growth, McGoldrick said the smaller groups have found it difficult to find coaches.

"Rugby has been around a long time, but it certainly wasn't the most popular sport when we were growing up," McGoldrick said referring to the reason for lack of coaches.

The SCV Lacrosse has been around for five years, primarily spreading through word of mouth, as well as, giving demonstrations at high schools in attempts to promote the sport.

"I believe those organization have done flyers at schools but at this point its been pretty much word of mouth," Goldrick said. "Now we'll be able to promote through other groups."

The lacrosse program is scheduled to start practice this week.

Both the lacrosse and rugby programs travel outside of the valley to compete against other teams.

The oldest member of the SCYSA, Phenom Athletics has between 75 and 80 athletes currently participating, according to McGoldrick.

"They're fairly well established but not on the radar," McGoldrick said.

According to Goldrick, the SCYSA was established with the common goal of instilling sportsmanship, character and family.

"We're not looking for individuals, we're looking for teammates," McGoldrick said.

Dedication is required. Wildcats members participate in conditioning to prepare them for the pads and full contact play.


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