Dozens of aspiring David Beckhams took to the soccer fields Saturday morning at Fairgrounds Park to kick off the spring season of the Hagerstown Area Youth Soccer League.
The fields were saturated from Friday night's heavy rains, but that didn't seem to dampen the spirits of the players or the parents, who cheered their children regardless of the game's outcome.
"It's a good program," said John Kessler, whose daughters Amy, 6, and Ashley, 9, play in the league. "It teaches the kids the fundamentals. ... And everybody gets to play."
Warren Johnson, the league's referee administrator, said the season was supposed to start last weekend, but the league had to cancel because of bad weather. Fifteen games were scheduled to be played Saturday, he said.