Bellevue’s Youth Fall Soccer Season wrapped up with three divisions of first place teams in the 2021 Soccer Championship  recently.

The season started off on August 15 with a soccer clinic, then many, many practices, and several games each week throughout the season, which concluded with the Division Championship Games for the three different grade levels on Sunday, Oct 17.

The Bellevue Youth Soccer League has a total of 20 teams with 251 youth athletes (149 male and 102 female). Gary Penniston, the Bellevue Iowa Youth Soccer Administrator, just finished his 8th year at the helm of the program.

“Bellevue Iowa Youth Soccer, Inc. is a non-profit corporation in the State of Iowa dedicated to providing a positive educational atmosphere for our youth athletes.  We emphasize teamwork, sportsmanship, and self-confidence in our participants, as well as the technical and tactical skills needed to be a successful soccer player,” said Penniston. “We operate two recreational youth soccer leagues. Our spring league is for fifth through eighth grades, and our fall league is for Kindergarten through sixth grades.  All registered participants are assigned to a team.  ‘There are no tryouts.’”

Penniston explained the league is entirely volunteer run - except for the middle school or high school referees who are paid for their time, but gain valuable administrative and leadership experience.  The officers of the program are Gary Penniston (President), Jon Decker (Secretary), and David VanZuiden (Treasurer).

“I would like to conclude with thanking all the parents, players, coaches, referees, and volunteer staff for their time and energy to help make this Bellevue Soccer Program a huge success each year for our local Bellevue soccer players,” concluded Penniston.