By Stacy Case
Despite the temperature still recording all-time highs, the calendar does in fact, indicate that we turn to the Fall this month and will soon celebrate the commencement of one of the most popular recreational youth sports in the city.
That’s right…Coral Springs Youth Soccer is just about to kick things into high gear soon and is expected to have several thousand area youths participate once again.
Although the season doesn’t officially get underway until the middle of November, the CSYS program is still in the midst of registering boys and girls for its various age divisions.
(Boys: U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, U19;
Girls: U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, U15, U19)
And once again, the league’s president is excited about what’s on the horizon.
“The best part of soccer is that the players do really learn what it means to work as a team through discipline, direction, and responsibility,” says Alan Hymes, who has been steering the ship for CSYS for nearly a decade.
And as a league that was established in the 1970s when the community was considerably smaller, it has been consistently growing with the evolving needs of the city’s youth sports leagues.
After more than half of a century of functioning, CSYS has never strayed from its creed. According to Alan…“We continue to provide a safe, fun environment for kids to participate in something they enjoy,” says Alan, of the league that calls both Mullins Park and Cypress Park their home until the early part of March. “We know they have a choice to play many different sports within this city throughout the year, and I like that after all these years, we’re still a true recreational league that is geared toward kids of all abilities.”
To piggy-back on that, the league not only requires equal playtime in all divisions but also enforces concussion awareness and its related safety protocol measures. Additionally, each new player gets evaluated at some point and then the league’s software program enters the players into a database to create a balance of ability for each team to have on the field.
Now, to follow suit of years in the past, in order to guarantee that the league attracts as many players as possible once again, there are still some on-site registrations scheduled: Sept. 10 @6:30 and Sept. 14 @ 8:00 am @ Cypress Hall, and Sept. 21 @ Veterans Hall @ 8:00 am.
And those operating the aforementioned registration dates/times are none other than the CSYS volunteers.
“It takes a lot of work to get things going and it’s great when we get to see the kids come out to have a good time,” adds Alan, about his almost 400 volunteers, 130 refs and 180 teams.
For more info, visit CSYS.org