A good soccer story

October 29, 2007 |

So many times we hear of the soccer parent out of control or a league that doesn’t promote good competition.

Today, I’m going to tell you about a good story. That good story is the one about the Eastern Area Soccer League.

This league formed in Baltimore County ‘s Eastern Region is comprised of recreation councils including: Rosedale, Bengies Chase, Hawthorne Middle River, Back River, Edgemere Sparrows Point, Eastfield, and North Point Village.

The league has teams — both boys and girls — from ages U-8 through U-17. The league was established to give kids a fair, balanced, and fun place to experience the game of soccer. The EASL is very well organized and has a dedicated group of volunteers from each recreation council who provide numerous hours of volunteer time to make sure these kids have a great place to play.

One of the cool aspects is the kids get to play about 3-5 games of their schedule under the lights at Eastern Regional Park. There is nothing like experiencing a soccer game or other athletic event under the lights on a cool, crisp, fall evening. Certainly the players look forward to playing on stage under the lights and creating memories that will last a lifetime. In fact a Blast player who recently attended a game commented on how playing at night brought back his childhood memories as a youth soccer player.

The schedule is made so every team receives an equal number of games in prime time, not just a selected few powerhouse teams. Each year, the regular season ends with a single-elimination tournament called the Boo Bash. The Boo Bash is taking place this week and at the end of each game, the losing team receives a hot dog, soda and a bag of Halloween candy. Now how many times does the losing team leave with just bad memories? Well not in the EASL — this league makes sure the kids leave with something positive and more than just the memory of losing their last game. After all only one team in each age group is actually going to win their last game.

In December, all the EASL teams will participate in the pre-game ceremony prior to the Dec. 1 Baltimore Blast game. Each participant who attends that night will receive trophies compliments of the Blast and the EASL.

Again the EASL is creating a positive memory for each player and not just a select few. So, if you live in an area that participates in the EASL soccer league, please know that, the EASL has simply “got it right” when it comes to youth soccer.

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