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World Archery Tournament Volunteers Needed

The NFAA Foundation is looking for South Dakota and Nebraska residents who can help Yankton host one of the most prestigious archery tournaments in the world by volunteering for the 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center February 14-19.

The tournament will include archers from at least 33 countries.

More than 1000 volunteer shifts are available, from welcoming event attendees to helping with equipment to food service and transportation. No archery experience is needed. Volunteers are needed February 12th through the 19th. Available shifts range from two to several hours.

To volunteer, call (605) 260-9282 or go online at (or click here

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Lifeguard Training Courses

The Summit Activities Center will be offering two Lifeguard Training Courses this spring.  The first class will be held March 6 & 8 from 4 pm-10 pm, and March 9, from 7:00 am-5:00 pm, and with the Pre-test on Tuesday, February 27 at 6:00 pm.  The second class will be held May 11-13, 2018 with the Pre-test on Tuesday, May 1, at 6:00 pm.  Class times for this course will be Friday from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, and Sunday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm.  Attendance is mandatory for ALL classes AND the prerequisite testing.

 Registration begins immediately.  Participants may register online at or at the front desk of the Summit Activities Center.

 Cost for the training will be $140.00 plus tax and includes lifeguard training books. Registration and a payment is also required with Red Cross, but instructions for this will be give once the pre-test has been passed.  Participants must be at least 15 years of age before the class ends.

Prerequisites are:

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously.
  2. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 lbs. object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object, and exit the pool without using a ladder or steps within 1 minute and 40 seconds.
  3. Treading Water for 2 minutes using legs only.

* Participants who fail the prerequisites will not be able to continue the course.

 Class One Course Schedule:

Prerequisite Swim Test: Tuesday, February 27 at 6:00 pm

Tuesday, March 6:             4 pm – 10 pm

Thursday, March 8:           4 pm – 10 pm

Friday, March 9:                  7 am – 5 pm

 Class Two Course Schedule:

Prerequisite Swim Test: Tuesday, May 1 at 6:00 pm

Friday, May 11:                    5 pm – 10 pm

Saturday, May 12:              8 am – 8 pm

Sunday, May 13:                 8 am – 8 pm

 For further information, please call 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD.  Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook Page.

Quick Start Tennis

The City of Yankton’s Parks and Recreation Department is offering a four session “Quick Start” tennis program at the City Hall Gym for all girls and boys that are currently in grades K – 5th.  The Quick Start philosophy is designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size.

 The Quick Start program will consist of four consecutive Saturdays beginning March 3, 2018, and finishing on Saturday, March 24, 2018.  Times are as follows:

Kindergarten & 1st Grade        9:00 – 9:45 am

2nd Grade & 3rd Grade              9:45 – 10:30am

4th Grade & 5th Grade              10:30 – 11:15am

 Cost for the program is $21.30 (includes tax).  To register, please visit the Summit Activities Center by March 3rd or online at  Registration will also be accepted on March 3rd at City Hall during the Clinic (check payments only).

 For additional information, call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD.  Don’t forget to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on our Facebook page.


Pathways Shelter for the Homeless presents CABIN FEVER GAMES. The event will take place on February 24th, 2018 at NFAA Easton Archery Center in Yankton, SD. Get your team of six registered to compete in several games including corn hole and snow golf. This is an all day event for participants with registration at 9:30am. Team registration will be $150, includes T-shirts, koozie & drink ticket. All team participants must be 21 years old or older by February 24th, 2018.

Pathways is inviting the public to join in the fun as spectators from 2pm – 5:30pm. Included in the fun are a DJ & Emcee throughout the event, cash bar, concession stand, silent auction, inflatables for kids, face painting, and grand finale showdown of the top two teams. Full schedule of events can be found at

Cabin Fever games is a fundraiser to support operating costs of Pathways Shelter for the Homeless.

Freezin for a Reason

WHO: Special Olympics South Dakota (SOSD) and Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics are calling
on all Vermillion residents with daring souls and warm hearts, willing to brave the cold for the Polar Plunge® for Special Olympics on Saturday, February 24. This year’s annual fundraiser will be extra special as Special Olympics South Dakota celebrates its 50th Anniversary and Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics celebrates its 30th Anniversary. The annual fundraiser is organized by local committee members, including South Dakota Law Enforcement.

WHAT: At the Polar Plunge, participants raise funds then jump into chilly waters to show their support for the athletes of Special Olympics and increase awareness for people living with intellectual disabilities across South Dakota. Plungers set their own fundraising goals prior to the event and collect pledges in exchange for the opportunity to jump into icy waters. Each person must raise a minimum of $100 and can participate as an individual, or can create a team with friends, co-workers or classmates.

WHEN: Saturday, February 24, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Old Lumber Company Grill and Bar
3:00 p.m. | Plunge Begins – Outside of Old Lumber Company Grill and Bar

WHERE: Old Lumber Company Grill and Bar | 15 Court St. Vermillion, SD

WHY: Each year, Special Olympics Polar Plunges are held across the country to raise awareness and attract communities to this thrilling fundraising event. This year’s plunge will help provide funds for year-round sports training and competition for more than 2,100 children and adults living with intellectual disabilities in South Dakota, at no cost to the athletes.
By phone: (605) 331-4117 – to register or volunteer

The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics
South Dakota (SOSD). All proceeds benefit programming for Special Olympics athletes throughout South Dakota. Sinceit began, thousands of plungers have shown their bravery by taking the plunge for Special Olympics. In 2018, Polar Plunges will be held in 9 locations across the state.


Please pass this information (dodgeball rules and roster) on to anyone who may be interested in being a captain for a coed dodgeball team.

Please return the team roster and the $100.00 entry fee on or before Friday, March 2, 2018.  If the entry fee is not returned by Friday, March 2, your team will not be placed on the schedule.

There will be a single-elimination tournament at the end of the regular season in May.

If you have any questions, please contact the recreation department at 668-5234 or e-mail at

 Women’s Basketball League

The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for Women’s Basketball League.

Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, March 2, 2018.  League will be played on Wednesday evenings, beginning March 28, 2018.

Team registration forms and rules are available at the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street or on the City of Yankton website at

For further information, please stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit or call 668-5234.  Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook Page.


By Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Dan Swartos, Executive Director of the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

They don’t make the headlines, their names are not in the box scores and they don’t make the allstar teams, but perhaps the most important individuals in high school sports are the contest officials.

These individuals are so important that, in fact, there would be no organized competitive sports at  the high school level without the men and women who officiate these contests every day across  the country. Subtract the dedicated men and women who officiate high school sports and  competitive sports would no longer be organized; they would be chaotic.

Anyone looking for a unique way to contribute to the local community should consider becoming  a licensed high school official. For individuals who played sports in high school, officiating is a great  way to stay close to the sport after their playing days have ended. Officiating helps people stay in  shape, expands their social and professional network and offers part-time work that is flexible, yet  pays. In fact, officiating is a form of community service, but with compensation.

Another benefit of officiating is that individuals become role models so that teenagers in the  community can learn the life lessons that high school sports teach. Students learn to respect their  opponents and the rules of the game and the importance of practicing good sportsmanship thanks,  in part, to those men and women who officiate. And the objectivity and integrity that high school  officials display is an example that every young person needs to observe firsthand. In short,  communities around the country will be stronger because of the life lessons that high school officials help teach the next generation.

Officiating is a great way to stay connected to sports and to give back to the local high school and  community. We need dedicated men and women to become involved so that high school sports  can continue to prosper for years to come.

Individuals interested in learning more about becoming a high school official, and even begin the  application process, can do so at