Fall or spring? The last hurdle before softball becomes an official high school sport

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WATERTOWN, S.D. (GoWatertown.net) — Fall or spring softball? That is the debate the South Dakota High School Activities Association will take up after sanctioning the sport for the high school ranks at their November 3rd meeting.

The board of directors tabled the discussion to January 2022 after a differing of opinions of either having the sport in the fall or spring or a split fall/spring season.

Watertown Softball Coach Travis Young says the AA schools are pushing for a fall season where the club season currently resides:

So why not move to the spring? Coach Young says in addition to that unfavorable winter weather, the move would affect the travel teams:

On the other side of the ball, one worry about a fall softball season is the availability of players.  Craig Young, President of USA Softball of South Dakota and an SDHSAA steering committee member who recommended sanctioning of softball in the state says there was one current high school sport, in particular, that was of greatest concern with numbers especially in smaller schools:

With a busy fall sports season, Watertown Athletic Director Craig Boyens says there is also concern about staffing for all sports:

However the SDHSAA votes, there is one thing both sides of the issue agree on: