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8/20/2014 2:45:00 PM
CBYSA prepares for fall soccer
The Columbia Basin Youth Soccer Association (CBYSA) is gearing up for yet another year of competition, with fall league soccer set to start Sept. 5. The league offers soccer opportunities to area players from Ephrata, Moses Lake, Othello, Quincy, Royal City and Warden.
The association runs local youth soccer leagues by age, with players as young as 5 years old and as old as 18. Mike Schmuck, the director of development for CBYSA, said the association has been around since the early 1980s offering soccer opportunities in some form.
The CBYSA season runs from the first weekend in September to almost the end of October, with each team getting to play about eight games through the course of the season. Schmuck said the teams in the youth divisions (U-11 and younger) focus more on improvement of skills and passion for the game than winning records.
"It's primarily recreational and we really try to focus on player development at the younger ages," he said. "At the younger ages, from U-6 to around 10 and 11 years old, it's noncompetitive."
Schmuck said from U-11 and older, CBYSA doesn't have enough local teams to form a local league, so the local teams join the Puget Sound Premier League. He said it is more competitive, as teams get to travel to different places in eastern Washington for games.
While the older teams play against more rigorous competition, Schmuck said the league is recreational and aims for more than just wins and losses.
"(It is about) getting kids to love the game and developing them as players," he said.
Registration for the youth leagues ended July 10, but Schmuck said CBYSA normally extends the registration deadline because it can be hard for parents to remember in the middle of summer. To sign up for CBYSA's fall 2014 season or get more information about the soccer leagues, visit the association's website at

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