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Frostbite event gains attention through years

February 3, 2012

Youth soccer teams participate in the Frostbite Tournament last year at the Starkville Sportsplex. (Submitted photo)

The Frostbite Youth soccer tournament continues to be a main attraction even with the unpredictable weather that happens with a Mississippi winter.

As of Thursday morning, an approximate total of 68 teams have committed to playing in the event which will be held at the Starkville Sportsplex soccer fields Saturday and Sunday.

Starkville Soccer Association president and Frostbite tournament director Stephen Bock said the number of teams participating is down slightly from last year, but not a significant drop off.

"We had about 74 last year so it's around the same number," Bock said. "It's increased every year and last year was the biggest we've had. Holding at 68 is pretty good based on everything else going on across the state as far as employment and economic issues."

Bock said there are teams coming into Starkville from as far away as Vicksburg and Collierville, Tenn., for matches that begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and continue through 6 p.m. Sunday.

Weather can always be a concern and with rain in the forecast, there's a chance that part or all of the event may be in jeopardy.

Starkville Park and Recreation director Matthew Rye said everything will be done to play the tournament without risky injury to any of the players.

"The two things that come up is safety first and of course, if there is any lightning, it will delay or suspend any activity," Rye said. "Fortunately soccer players are used to playing in nasty weather. It's an outdoor event in the winter time."

Bock said soccer players adapt to any type of atmosphere presented for competition.

"We play in the mud and some people know we play in the snow too occasionally," Bock said. "We'll play in the rain as long as it's not lightning. If there's any danger to a kid, we'll clear the fields and get them out of there."

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