For everything that I would like to change about Coastal Bend soccer, the one thing that I would NEVER touch is the yearly Thanksgiving tourney.. This year is the 32nd annual CBYSA Thanksgiving Tourney. For 32 years players have converged on the Coastal Bend to play soccer. I played in the first annual Thanksgiving tournament all those years ago and then was a referee in later years. I am thankful that the tradition continues every year and teams from across South Texas have this option.. The number of teams may have dropped as competition from other tourneys has arisen but throughout the years, the powers that be (whom I usually question) have ensured that this tradition of Coastal Bend soccer carries on. For that I say thank you. I also appreciate fact that the tourney is “unrestricted” and open to anyone who wants to bring a properly registered team. I invite anyone looking for a tournament to take a serious look at coming to Corpus this Thanksgiving.
I have been very outspoken with my displeasure with the state of soccer in the Corpus Christi area. I have gone so far as to post an open proposal to my peers in Corpus with a plan that I feel can start us moving in the right direction. However, I feel that to really bring Corpus soccer to the level it should be is a three step process. Here they are.
First, the clubs in the Coastal Bend need to merge into one club. We do not have the population or player pool for our area to try to field teams from seven different clubs. One unified club would allow us to put together teams of the best players from our area and compete on the level that we are capable of. Also, one unified club would allow us to hire a professional DOC who would assume responsibility for the tryout process, player development, and tournament selection. A unified club would also give us enhanced purchasing power and a better chance at getting our city to help out.