AYSO plans to keep the ball rolling on the South Shore
Parents on the South Shore will now have two youth soccer organizations to choose from for their children.
Reports of the American Youth Soccer Organization’s disbandment in South Lake Tahoe have proven to be false.
Yvette Kvasnicka, area director for AYSO for leagues from Bishop, Calif., to Truckee, said that a community meeting has been scheduled for Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. to begin the process of assembling a new board of directors for the South Lake Tahoe league.
“As long as we have parents and volunteers to run the league in South Lake Tahoe, it won’t be disbanded,” Kvasnicka said.
Stephanie Hannah, a regional AYSO commissioner for the past three years, reported last week that the local chapter of soccer had disbanded in November.
However, Kvasnicka said that an AYSO league can’t officially disband unless it is approved regionally and nationally. That hasn’t happened, according to Kvasnicka.
Hannah is part of a group of parents that have created the South Tahoe Soccer Association. That organization’s community meeting was planned for Tuesday night at the multipurpose room at South Tahoe Middle School.
Last week, Hannah explained that parents in the community have been planning for a new youth soccer organization for the past two years. They are interested in improving recreational soccer, as well as select and competitive components of the program.
“We really need to move in a new direction so we satisfy all components and all aspect groups,” Hannah said.
Hannah said that there has been a problem in filling AYSO board positions and that a small group of parents have put in large amount of hours to keep the league running. She said that national representatives of AYSO have failed to return her phone calls after turning in board minutes and results from a vote to disband the local league.
“As far as the soccer leaders of South Lake Tahoe are concerned, it is disbanded. We are moving forward with the new association,” Hannah said. “Everybody wants to help (in AYSO), but nobody wants to be on the board. Nobody wants to give 10-25 hours per week in the season for free.”
Hannah said the new association will have a board of directors, but the difference will be that the board will be professional and will include paid executive and technical directors.
Kvasnicka said that there is room for two soccer organizations on the South Shore. She said the Carson area has three organizations.
“There is room for multiple youth soccer programs with different names and different philosophies,” Kvasnicka said. “We’re the biggest soccer organization in the country. We just don’t go away.
“We need community support, and we’re trying to work in conjunction with their program. We’re not trying to get ride of anybody.”
Kvasnicka said that youth soccer sign-ups for the 2011 AYSO fall season will begin online on April 1, and walk-up registration dates will be announced later. Parents can register their kids online at eayso.org.
To register U10, U12 and U15 players for the AYSO Toiyabe Spring Select Soccer League, phone Kvasnicka at 775-790-5589.
The Jan. 10 AYSO community meeting is scheduled for the Tamarack Room at the Park Tahoe Inn, 4011 Lake Tahoe Boulevard.
To learn more about the new STSA, go to tahoesoccer.info.