As Denise Fatigate embarks on her first year as the league’s president, she looks back on the history and growth of the 1976 established program with pride. Denise will always reserve a special place in her heart for Coral Springs Youth Soccer and her reasons are certainly valid.
Denise has been a CSYS mainstay for 26 years ongoing and, not only has she coached her own three children from the youngest age group throughout the program, but she herself was a CSYS player decades ago.
“Soccer has so much to offer children and their families. It is not just about the practices, games, scores and schedules, it is about relationships. It’s about teaching players to work with and care for each other as a team. Thanks to our dedicated core of volunteer coaches, so many players are being fostered on these same soccer fields that I played on,” says Denise. “The team dynamics and respect of teammates often leads to long term benefits and just a much healthier community.”
Over 2,000 CSYS players took to both North Community Park and Mullins Park last season, comprising of over 200 teams, nearly 300 coaches and schedules for approximately 1,000 games.
Accompanied by nearly three dozen other CSYS Board Members, it is no surprise as to why an optimistic and energetic Denise anticipates nearly 2,500 area youngsters following suit for the 2022-2023 season as well. The boys age groups offer play for U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, 19 and under while the girls age groups include: U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, U15, 19 and under.
The excitement begins in mid November and continues through the end of February or mid March, depending on the specific age division.
The high level of player retention from one season to the next for CSYS is no coincidence. According to Denise, she, and the program in general, are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers as Board Members, coaches and many generous sponsors.
“I’d say that about half of our Board of Directors’ kids have finished playing here, and yet, the adults just really like to still help out. I see so much passion for soccer here in Coral Springs and CSYS continues to offer a great experience for everyone involved,” adds Denise.
“We continuously work hard throughout the year to keep our program as great as it is; we continue to offer equal playing time for all players, which allows each one of them to develop their skills and the confidence of being a true asset to their team,” Denise adds.
“It warms my heart to still see this league run so efficiently. It is about the kids – pure and simple. We all take a lot of pride in offering this incredible opportunity to our area families.” Denise continues, “we do our best to remain affordable for our families, and offer some competitive play in a safe, fun environment for this group of skillful players.”
Although practices are not scheduled to start until the middle of November, registration will remain open until sometime in October for those who may still interested.
For more info, visit CSYS.org