By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
February 12, 2013-With all the snow that New York received last weekend, the question on everyone’s mind is, "When does spring begin?"
Spring officially arrives on March 20 but most people associate the march toward spring with other events. For baseball fans, spring begins when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in Florida and Arizona. To others, it’s when they hear the chirping of happy birds who have returned from Florida. For New York soccer fans, the first sign of spring is the Long Island Junior Soccer League Convention.
With over 1,500 travel and premier teams, the LIJSL is the largest soccer league in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). The LIJSL Convention is annually one of the world’s largest soccer conventions and promises as always to have something for everyone. 10,000 people are once again expected to flock to the convention from March 8 to 10 at the Huntington Hilton on Route 110 in Melville.
The fun begins at 8 pm on Friday night, March 8 with the Club Recognition Dinner. The Volunteer of the Year from each LIJSL club will be honored. Dolores Jose of the Mineola Athletic Association, Mitch Pally of the Stony Brook Soccer Club, Bob Porter of the Cold Spring Harbor/Huntington Soccer Club and Tom Vollmuth of the East Islip Soccer Club will be inducted into the LIJSL Hall of Fame at the dinner as well.
Throughout the day on Saturday, March 9 and on Sunday morning, March 10, there will be LIJSL Sportsmanship Award presentations, meetings for club presidents, coaches and volunteers plus coaches and referee clinics as thousands of people purchase items from vendors who have come from around the world. There will also be a College Forum in English and Spanish on Saturday at 2:30 pm for all interested high school students and their families.
Admission to the 31st Annual LIJSL Convention is free. For more information, please contact the LIJSL at 631-648-9020.
With 123,843 youth soccer players––68,587 boys and 55,256 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 12 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 Special Children. 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.