Boundary Youth Soccer Association season in review

The Boundary Youth Soccer Association's first year was successful and organizers are planning for next season.

Co-ed teams from the Boundary Youth Soccer Association squared off for friendly games at Rock Creek last spring.

Co-ed teams from the Boundary Youth Soccer Association squared off for friendly games at Rock Creek last spring.

The winter cold is settling in and a successful soccer season has wrapped up for the Boundary Youth Soccer Association.

“Given that it was our first season it was extremely successful,” said Jeff Olsen, president of the Boundary Youth Soccer Association. “Right now we have the largest organized sports group in the Boundary area and we aim to maintain it.”

This season, which ran from April to October, had 307 registered youth, with 494 scheduled games in total.

“Our volunteers logged in over 8,000 hours of volunteer time, including coaches, board of directors, referees and helpers,” stated Olsen. “While our players collectively spent 13,000 hours on the field, which includes 17 to 18 games and 18 practices.”

Olsen pointed out as this was the inaugural year and that the board and he are already planning for next year.

“Next year we’re going to run a slightly different season,” he said. “We’re adding an age group and we’re possibly looking at a split season.”

Youth from ages four to 14 will be able to join next year when registration begins on Jan. 1, 2012.

“We start playing again on the field when the snow is gone, which is usually the first week of April,” stated Olsen.

At the moment, teams are co-ed because there are not enough girls to split the teams up.

“Next year we’re going to be training referees and providing a cash stipend for the games that they attend,” Olsen added. “We also recently hired an administrator at half-time pay to keep us on track.”

Olsen mentioned that those interested in coaching or refereeing would be trained through clinics during the spring.

“The soccer association is always looking for volunteers for small and large tasks,” said Olsen. “We’re looking for people who are interested in coaching and refereeing.”

For more information or to donate to the association, contact Olsen at 250-443-5157,  email at boundarysoccer@gmail.com, or visit the association’s website at boundaryyouthsoccer.com