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SCHSL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
May 10-11, 2024 @ Memorial Stadium (1000 S. Holly St, Columbia 29205)


May 10

1:00 pm – 5A
*Girls Kickoff First
*Boys Follow 25 minutes after girls

5:30 pm – 3A
*Girls Kickoff First
*Boys Follow 25 minutes after girls

May 11

10:00 am – 1A/2A
*1A Boys Kickoff at 10 am
*2A Girls Follows 25 minutes after 1A boys
*2A Boys Follows 25 minutes after girls

4:30 pm – 4A
*Girls Kickoff First
*Boys Follow 25 minutes after girls

*Upper State Representative will be the Home Team for all State Finals.

*Tickets are $15 per day on GoFan.co

*Streaming: NFHS Network

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Gates will open for spectators 45 minutes prior to kickoff unless the previous game is not finished.

Game Site: Memorial Stadium - 1000 South Holly St, Columbia 29205
• Tickets: $15 per person. Ages 5 and under get in free.
• Tickets can be purchased at GoFan.co "SCHSL"
• Ticket link will be released to schools.
• The ticket is good for the entire day.
• Tickets must be validated by a gate worker. Do not validate your ticket early. Screenshots of tickets will not be accepted.
Pass Gate: S.C. High School League Pass Only
Food and Drink: Food, drink, or coolers are not allowed into the stadium. Concessions will be available. All proceeds benefit the S.C. High School Soccer Coaches Association's two summer all-star games - the Clash of the Carolinas and the North-South Soccer Classic.

SPECTATOR REQUIREMENTS:
• Visiting fans will sit on the visiting side. (Bleachers closest to South Holly Street)
• Home fans will sit on the home side (Press Box Side)
• Student sections must be located directly behind the schools’ team bench. School Administration must monitor student sections. Student sections are not allowed on the field. If they rush the field, the school will be fined a minimum of $500.
• Items such as streamers, confetti, baby powder, etc. or any devices that disperse these items or are not allowed at any time.
• No pets allowed.
• Umbrellas are allowed in the stadium.
• Fans are not allowed on the field or in the field house area before, during, or after the contest.
• Parents may meet their teams in the parking lot at their team bus after the match.

NOISE-MAKERS: Please remind your fans that signs, banners, posters, flags, air horns, vuvuzelas, amplified megaphones, any artificial noise makers, or whistles are NOT allowed in the stadium. Such materials will be confiscated, and the individuals may be removed from the stadium.

PARKING:
• Spectator Parking is available in the lot directly in front of ticket booths. Additional parking is available in the grass lot to the right of the parking lot and along South Holly St. Overflow parking is available at the Richland One track facility located off Jim Hamilton Blvd.
• Handicapped Parking is available until space runs out. (DMV pass or license plate must be current).
• The parking area behind the home stands is reserved for for officials, the team bus, and limited handicapped parking only. Any unauthorized cars parked in this area will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Notes:
• T-shirts signifying the state finals will be available for purchase.
• Please be reminded that spectators are not permitted on the field.

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FRI 5/10

1:00 PM - 5A Girls
#5 Clover (19-4) vs. #7 Chapin (23-2-2)
Clover 2-1

25 Minutes after conclusion of Girls 5A match - 5A Boys
#7 Fort Mill (15-8-1) vs. #12 Stratford (19-5-1)
Fort Mill 2-2 (3-0pk)

5:30 PM - 3A Girls
#25 Powdersville (18-5-1) vs. #18 Waccamaw (16-6-1)
Waccamaw 2-0

25 Minutes after conclusion of Girls 3A match - 3A Boys
#32 Daniel (18-6) vs. #27 Waccamaw (22-6)
Daniel 1-0

SAT 5/11

10:00 AM - 1A Boys
#22 St. Joseph's Catholic (16-4) vs. #24 Christ Church Episcopal (16-5-1)
St. Joseph’s Catholic 2-1 (ot)

25 Minutes after conclusion of Boys 1A match - 2A/1A Girls
#16 Christ Church Episcopal (18-3-2) vs. #3 Oceanside Collegiate (17-1-2)
Oceanside Collegiate 3-0

25 Minutes after conclusion of Girls 2A/1A match - 2A Boys
#16 Gray Collegiate (27-5-3) vs. #2 Oceanside Collegiate (17-0-1)
Oceanside Collegiate 3-0

4:30 PM - 4A Girls
#3 Eastside (21-2) vs. #6 Lucy Beckham (19-3)
Eastside 2-1 (ot)

25 Minutes after conclusion of Girls 2A/1A match - 4A Boys
#13 Riverside (15-5-1) vs. #4 James Island (15-4-1)
Riverside 1-0 (ot)

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After Friday night's Championships late-night fiasco, would you rather see a chance for 2025 to include something similar to this format:

Thursday
12:00 pm - Class 1A Girls
2:30 pm - Class 1A Boys
5:00 pm - Class 2A Girls
7:30 pm - Class 2A Boys

Friday
12:00 pm - Class 3A Boys
2:30 pm - Class 3A Girls
5:00 pm - Class 4A Girls
7:30 pm - Class 4A Boys

Saturday
10:00 am - Class 5A Div II Girls
12:30 pm - Class 5A Div II Boys
3:00 pm - Class 5A Div I Girls
5:30 pm - Class 5A Div I Boys

*No game will kickoff after 8pm
*Makeup day for any matches affected by weather will be the following Monday


Your thoughts?

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Yes on the schedule, especially with 5A having two Championship matches.

As far as next year’s schedule is concerned - that should begin a rotation of times for every Classification to occupy each time slot until the cycle is completed.

Also, the latest any match should “start” is 9:00 p.m.

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Coming from the guy that agreed to the fiasco, I am good with making some sort of rule on that. But there also needs to be times and locations pre-determined for the makeup game/s. The SCHSL couldn't give me any information on when and where the game would be played, other than Monday. We would have to pull our kids out of school again and make a long trip back home after we had been there for hours just to do it all over again on Monday. Charter bus was $1500 alone and we had people from all over the southeast come to town to watch the game. There are a lot of factors to consider.

I do not however, agree with playing games on Thursday and Friday before 5:30. Some of our kids were doing their AP tests and had to finish quickly to get on the bus to Columbia. No students from the school will be there unless it is a local team, and it is a tough ask of parents as well.

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My ideal State Championship WEEK...

Tuesday
5:00PM - Class 1A Girls
7:30PM - Class 1A Boys

Wednesday
5:00PM - Class 2A Girls
7:30PM - Class 2A Boys

Thursday
5:00PM - Class 3A Girls
7:30PM - Class 3A Boys

Friday
5:00PM - Class 4A Girls
7:30PM - Class 4A Boys

Saturday
12:00PM - Class 5A Div II Girls
2:30PM - Class 5A Div II Boys
5:00PM - Class 5A Div I Girls
7:30PM - Class 5A Div I Boys

*No kickoffs after 9PM
*Severe weather date is the following Monday with 5:00PM/7:30PM kickoff times available (pre determine site)
*As Kyle suggested, rotate through kickoff day/time for each classification
*Utilize two host sites (1) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (2) Friday, Saturday

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The SCHSL does not take into account the AP exams that student athletes are taking. This year we were lucky that the first three rounds were not during the AP exams. In the past, the first three rounds were during exams and impacted every school that had qualified for the playoffs. Whether it is an athlete having an exam the next morning after a late game and travel or having to worry about finishing their afternoon exam and having their parent drive them to hopefully make it by the time the game starts. Then if you are fortunate enough to survive and advance, your athletes that are taking multiple AP exams are impacted multiple times.


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