Addendum 3:30 p.m. March1: Minutes for the South Kitsap Soccer
Club can be found on the Washington State Youth Soccer
Association Web site under information, then documents.
The South Kitsap Soccer Club Board of Directors is considering
cancellation of the Kitsap Kick-off, annual soccer tournament, due
to lack of volunteers, said club president Mike Kerr.
The Board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 11 at
Marcus Whitman Junior High School to discuss the proposal with club
Another proposal to be discussed at the meeting is switching the
U9 teams for players 8 years old and under to randomized team
assignment. In other words the rosters and coaches would change
The KKO last year was moved from its traditional slot on Labor
Day weekend to the week before, a move that Kerr said resulted in
increased participation. The number of teams in 2009, 72, was up
from 40 the previous year. Fees from the 2009 tournament generated
$10,000 in revenue for the club.
The tournament appears to be a plus for the club. Additionally,
with the KKO bringing teams from out of town for a three-day
tournament, the local economy stands to lose out if the tournament
The board went ahead and registered for the tournament this
year, in the hope that volunteers will step forward from the
meeting. If the KKO goes forward, the dates would be Aug. 27, 28
Members of the board last year held roles in organizing the
tournament, but “the executive board is stretched thin,” said
Following a 2008 change in board organization, in which the
number of board members was reduced from 21 to 13, a number of
volunteers in key positions left the club. Positions that had
previously been board positions became non-voting “committee
member” positions. The change was made in part because the club was
having trouble coming up with a quorum and had become “unwieldy,”
Kerr said. Nevertheless, it appeared to have caused bad feelings on
the part of some board members who left the club disgruntled.
I asked Kerr today if the club was having trouble filling
volunteer positions. He said, no, only in the area of the Kitsap
Kick-off. According to the SKSC Web site, one board
position and four committee positions out of a total of 21
positions altogether are vacant.
Kerr who previously held the post of Vice President of
Administration is now serving as club president. Former president
Dick Morhrmann stepped down in December, 2009. Mohrmann was not
available for comment. According to Kerr, he was “just getting
Mohrmann, in his late 60s, a former president of the Washington
State Youth Soccer Association, was appointed in Jan. 11, 2008, as
club president by SKSC’s parent organization, Kitsap Peninsula
Youth Soccer Association, which
stepped in at that time over what many called “dysfunction” on the
South Kitsap Soccer Club at one time had around 1,500 players.
In 2009, there were about 1,200. That’s still a lot of kids and a
lot of families who could potentially be affected if volunteer
momentum that keeps the club going peters out, for whatever reason.
If the executive board is stretched thin, that would suggest they
are having trouble recruiting volunteers.
If you’ve been involved in the club, tell me how you think
things are going. What do you think of the proposals on the table
(No KKO; randomize team assignments for players 8 and under). Have
you volunteered in the past? If you no longer volunteer, why?
Leave your comments here, or contact me at
Thanks, Chris Henry