By Stacy Case
Coral Springs Youth Soccer
As Summer is just about concluding, some parents may still be in the midst of the decision process in regards to which sport their child should play over the next few months. To aid in that department is Coral Springs Youth Soccer, as it is currently accepting players for this coming season. It is still one of the most popular recreational leagues in the city as it has been since the 1970s.
And with divisions spanning from U6 all the way to U19 for both boys and girls, it’s no wonder why CSYS has been the obvious choice for thousands of families over the decades.
“We continue to keep making it better for the kids and always focus on them having the best experience,” says Alan Hymes, who is CSYS’s 2018-2019 president and has been on the Board of Directors on and off for about 20 years. “This is an incredible league year after year, and it’s still run by great volunteers.”
And during Alan’s time with the league, in which his own children have already aged out, he has seen the program flourish. From watching those in the youngest divisions play all the way through their high school years and some taking the sport to the collegiate level, while some graduated to referee status, Alan has witnessed CSYS’s participants achieve success in some capacity via the program.
“This is a fair, fun atmosphere for everyone,” adds Alan, about the 11-on-11 CSYS game format, in which players participate in 2, 30-minute halves of game time. He says it may also be the equal playing time rules that add to him being happy to say that last season’s total of 2,354 players very well may be surpassed this coming season.
“We’ve had a good amount of players sign up once again but I’d always like to see some more,” adds Alan, who is accompanied by about 30 other Board Members. “Our soccer program is wonderful because it’s not only a great exercise in a great environment, but it also teaches the players how to work with others of different playing abilities.”
In fact, before the season even starts, the league conducts player evaluations. All registrants are placed on a team, and the evaluations are simply to ensure a balance of players’ skill levels to offer the best possible play for all involved.
Games are scheduled at both Mullins Park and Cypress Park, and run from mid-November until early March.
On-site registrations are scheduled for: Aug. 25 and Sept. 8 from 9am-3pm and Sept. 13 from 7pm-9pm, all at Cypress Hall adjacent to the pool, which is located at 1300 Coral Springs Dr.
For more info, visit CSYS.org