MASSENA - The 2014 season doesnt kick off until August, but AYSO Summer Soccer officials say they need participants to register now so they can take care of the logistics for the multi-age league.
The final registration will be held from 6-8 p.m. tonight in Madison Elementary Schools computer lab. Registration can also be completed on-line at www.aysomassena.com.
Its a large league. Typically we have in excess of 500 kids playing in AYSO. It takes a long time and a lot of work to set it up logistically. As an organization, we provide all the equipment that kids need, all the materials that the coaches need, and the kids generally end up with a shirt they can keep at the end of the season, league commissioner Alan C. Oliver said.
Were looking for our registrations to be closed by June 1. Its a big help for the AYSO organization if people get registered by the 1st, he said.
Mr. Oliver said that even though they have a good number of registrations right nowits sometimes difficult to get parents to register for a season that doesnt start until August.
We have a decent number of registrations. Historically its tough because theyre registering for a sport that doesnt start for a couple of months. Its not on peoples radar. We try to get the word out now to register as soon as possible, he said.
The cost is $50 per child, which jumps to $70 per child starting June 1. Payment can be made during tonights registration or on-line using a credit card or electronic check.
If you come (to Madison), you can settle up your bill, write your check and be all set for the fall. Even after (Thursdays) registration event, parents are welcome to register on our website, www.aysomassena.com. We will have late registration open after June 1, but the fee will be increased to $70 from $50, Mr. Oliver said.
The league is looking for coaching volunteers, he said, and that could save some money for parents.
Parents who volunteer to coach their kids team get an elimination in the fee for the child they coach, he said.
The league consists of several divisions from U6 for ages 4 and , up to U14 for ages 12 and 13.
Its U6 for kids as young as 4 straight on up to the modified level, which is elementary and junior high age, he said.
Practices and games will start the first week of August, and the league runs into the fall season. Games are played at the Massena Arena annex, Madison, Jefferson and Nightengale elementary schools and sometimes at the high school.
Its very robust; its very busy. I know probably for the time of year we run it, its pretty big and its pretty intense. I think we have a very robust, large and active organization, Mr. Oliver said.
And thats a good thing for the players, he said.
Its a great opportunity for kids in Massena to get out and get some exercise and learn the fundamentals of the game of soccer, he said.