Eastern New York Honors Kingston as Our May Club of the Month
New York Youth Soccer News: Kingston has an indoor tournament, scholarship program and club recognition dinner
The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that the Kingston Area Soccer League (KASL) is our Club of the Month for May.
Youth Soccer Club Kingston was nominated by volunteers in its member league, the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL).
Kingston currently has over 400 registered players. It has 12 travel teams, 133 boys registered on eight teams and 86 girls enrolled on four teams under the leadership of Nick Malvai, Travel Director. It also has 186 players registered in its Under-4 to Under-14 intramural program. Approximately one-third (60) are girls. They are a very diverse club, ranging from farms to inner city families, and they have managed to embrace everyone as they grew their program.
“Our intramural numbers are lower than previous years due to the pandemic but we expect to go back to our normal numbers of over 300 intramural players,” explained Kingston club president Juan Jeri.
Two decades ago, they were under AYSO but approached EHYSL to register two teams seeking higher competition. Then they grew their club under the EHYSL umbrella.
Kingston utilizes both outdoor and indoor fields at Tech City. Additionally, the travel teams play at Dietz Stadium and at Miller Middle School in the Kingston City School District. New fields at Kukuk Lane are currently under construction and the club hopes to inaugurate them soon.
Despite the moderate size of the club, it does things that would be the envy of some larger clubs as it has an indoor tournament, a scholarship program and a club recognition dinner.
The KASL Kick Start Into Spring Indoor Tournament has been played toward the end of winter for five years, taking off in 2021 because of the pandemic but hoping to return in 2022. Over 100 teams play on one weekend with girls playing on Saturday and boys playing on Sunday.
“We take pride that we run a very tight tournament where teams are guaranteed to play on time,” President Jeri commented.
Scholarships are given to five graduating high school seniors who are planning to pursue higher education. They are available for students who have competed or volunteered for the club and also played varsity soccer for their high school.
The year concludes with the Annual End of Year Banquet to celebrate the accomplishments of players and coaches. Senior students are also recognized. The banquet is divided into two nights with music provided by a DJ.
Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association: With 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) reaches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border.