By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
May 1, 2020-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
(ENYYSA) is saddened to report that longtime soccer referee and assignor Ron Clark passed away from the coronavirus on April 23 at the age of 70.
The Ballston Lake resident refereed Capital District Youth Soccer League
(CDYSL) games for the past 20 years plus was also a well-liked high school and college official.
“Ron was always a quiet, unobtrusive official and I remember the first game that he ever refereed for me,” CDYSL President Roy Pfeil explained. “I was a little apprehensive having an official that I never observed before doing an important game that I was coaching.”
Pfeil continued, “As it turned out, we won the game and in the parking lot, he asked me if I had any feedback that I could give him regarding his performance. That was the first and only time that any official ever asked me that question. I simply chided Ron by saying ‘you brilliantly passed the test!’ He laughed, thanked me and we basically always had a friendly and cordial relationship ever since.”
Ron was the very first Secretary for CD-REF
before he became the head assignor.
“Ron went over and above not just assigning, but he kept a very close eye on the young referees to make sure they were working or if not why, and what could he do to help them enjoy the experience,” stated CD-REF President Paul Bascomb. “Ron was in the very first class to be a certified mentor. He was always available to go and help mentor the young refs who wanted some experienced help with game control, parent control, to make their learning experience a positive one.”
Additionally, Ron’s very active life included being a railroad electrician for 31 years, last working at the Amtrak Facilities in Rensselaer, and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was part of the Adirondack 46ers, having conquered all 46 of the Adirondack’s High Peaks, and was also an avid cyclist.
Ron had just retired as an assignor in February to spend more time with his family but was going to continue to referee.
President Bascomb concluded, “His passing is a huge loss not just to CD-REF but also to the young officials that he had a passion for.”
With approximately 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with nine leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.