The Larchmont Junior Soccer League has opened its fall registration with two major changes. First, there will be a new Senior Division for players in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Second, the League is developing a new system for training and assigning referees.
Traditionally the opportunity to play recreational soccer has ended in 9th grade. This year, a group of determined 9th graders led by Rebecca Ward, Margo Schneider, Lily Roberts, Emma Badner and Stacy Rozansky met with the Village of Larchmont’s recreation director, Joyce Callahan. They then went before the Larchmont Village Board to petition for more years of play. (See: More Soccer.)
They then met with Sid Ings, the president of the soccer league, who agreed to their request with one caveat: There have to be 60 players signed up for the Senior League to insure there will be four teams and enough competition.
Although the girls originally came up with the idea, the league decided to open the Senior Division to boys teams as well. As of May 4th, there were 26 boys and 15 girls registered.
The league is also changing the referee assignment and evaluation procedures. In late May, there will be a meeting for players who want to take their interest in soccer to the next level by becoming a ref for the rec program.
Several changes are being implemented: the LJSL has purchased a web-based system for assigning and evaluating the referees.
According to Tom Leissl, the new ref coordinator, ”The goal is to build a group of committed and qualified refs that have a good grasp of soccer laws and dynamics as well as a leadership personality on the field.”
Another change is the hiring of a student coordinator for Flint Park who will be overseeing games and ensuring any issue with a coach, ref, or player is resolved immediately.
Prospective referees should be in 8th or 9th grade (or 7th if they have completed the WRO level 8 or 9 course) and will be evaluated weekly online to help with their training and development.
Larchmont Junior Soccer League has been a presence in Larchmont for over 30 years. Adding a Senior Division and improving the referee system is aimed at further strenghtening the program for fall 2009.
Diane Goodman is Larchmont Junior Soccer League recreational registrar.