Super soccer Sunday kicks-off league

The Boundary Youth Soccer Association (BYSA) kicked off their 2014 spring season on Sunday with a plethora of games

There was 26 teams with players ranging in age from 3-15 taking the field for the Boundary Youth Soccer Association spring kick-off Saturday at GFSS.

There was 26 teams with players ranging in age from 3-15 taking the field for the Boundary Youth Soccer Association spring kick-off Saturday at GFSS.

The Boundary Youth Soccer Association (BYSA) kicked off their 2014 spring season on Sunday with a plethora of games which took place at Grand Forks Secondary School.This season, BYSA has approximately 285 kids currently registered including 50 in the Kicks For Kids (K4K) division which is free and for kids four and under.In all, BYSA has 26 teams in Under 7, U9, U11, U13 and U16. Communications direction Ian Mitchell said the league tries to get together and have all games on the same field at least two or three times per season including the wrap-up tournament.“This is known as the jamboree format and it really contributes to a great community/festive vibe,” said Mitchell. “We feel it makes the day an event beyond just showing up to play your game against one other team and leaving. Another huge benefit is that we have many families with multiple kids playing and this allows ‘one stop shopping’ so they can see all their kids without an excessive amount of extra travel.”Mitchell does add that they cannot do the jamboree format every weekend due to a shortage of fields that are big enough to accommodate the whole group, as well as the need to spread out home games to teams in the West Boundary and Christina Lake.Mitchell said the schedule is still being worked out but that all the teams will be back at GFSS this Sunday.Players can still register by going to the league website, boundaryyouthsoccer.com.Playing soccer has several great benefits such as allowing kids to be active while having plenty of fun.“It’s also a pretty ‘beginner friendly’ sport, too, in that it doesn’t really require specialized skills such as skating or skiing in order to participate” said Mitchell. “If you can run and kick, you can get started playing soccer.”