By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
February 2, 2021-On this Groundhog’s Day, people are wondering if the groundhog will even try to emerge from hibernating in his burrow during this winter storm. The traditional belief is if the groundhog does not see his shadow because of cloudliness, spring will arrive early.
In the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), the spring and fall are our busiest seasons for soccer as the weather is not too hot and not too cold. Winter in New York often means that soccer fields are unplayable so kids play indoors then.
Very little indoor soccer action this season because of concern about indoor transmission of Covid-19 so our two affiliated futsal leagues, New York Futsal and the Long Island Futsal League, are not having any games or practices. The indoor soccer tournaments that dot the landscape have been reduced to two clubs hosting tourneys this winter and both are being played at Coleman Day Camp in Merrick as it has invested in state-of-the-art ultraviolet air cleaners supported by HEPA filters that purifies the air in each of their buildings several times an hour.
The two Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) clubs hosting tourneys there are East Meadow and Oceanside United. To promote a safe environment, everybody not playing has to wear masks and spectators are greatly limited with East Meadow and not allowed with Oceanside, which live-streamed every game for interested fans.
ENYYSA photo of East Meadow indoor tournament action.
East Meadow is hosting its 29th Annual World Cup Indoor Tournament on two holiday weekends for Martin Luther King Jr. and Presidents' Day. 124 travel teams played on January 16 and 17 with many more games also being played on February 13 and 14.
Oceanside United hosted its 54th Rudy Lamonica Indoor Tournament, the oldest youth indoor soccer tourney in the United States, last weekend on January 30 and 31 with 48 travel teams having fun.
ENYYSA photos above and below of Oceanside United indoor tournament action.
As a teenager, Rudy Lamonica scored more than half of Oceanside High School’s goals during 1968 and '69 in leading the Sailors to consecutive Long Island championships and starred in the indoor tournament that now bears his name, before his untimely death from bone cancer at the age of 17 in 1970. He is also remembered for always keeping his spirit high, even when he was sick and had his right leg amputated.
Special thanks to the 10 refs from the Long Island Soccer Referees Association (LISRA) who volunteered their services as all proceeds went to Oceanside United’s Scholarship Fund.
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. For more information, please log on to https://www.enysoccer.com/