HAYSL opens its 2007 season today

September 08, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

The Hagerstown Area Youth Soccer League opens the 2007 season today at Fairgrounds Park.

"We'll have seven different divisions this season, everywhere from Under-5 to Under-19," said Lisa Johnson, Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate for the league.

"The league started in 1990 and we have over 500 participants in both the spring and fall seasons."

HAYSL involves mostly Washington County athletes, but there are some who journey to Hagerstown from Pennsylvania and West Virginia for the contests.

"What makes the league unique is that it's handled by volunteers," Johnson said. "The men and women work very hard to provide a good youth soccer program in the community."


Over the years, HAYSL has produced excellent soccer players, many of whom have become standouts on the high school and college levels.

Johnson says there will be 49 teams in competition and any child 4 1/2 years or older is eligible to register and play.

One of the highlights of the season, perhaps not in the minds of the parents, is Silent Saturday, which is scheduled for Oct. 13.

"No words are spoken from the fans that day and the only time a coach can offer instructions or encouragement is during a stoppage of play," Johnson said. "It's really a change from the regular routine. It's kind of eerie."

Games begin at 9 a.m. each Saturday and conclude around 4 p.m.

A postseason tournament will follow regular-season play.

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