Amherstburg Minor Soccer wraps up 2011 season

By Joel Charron

Amherstburg Minor Soccer Association (AMSA) has wrapped up the 2011 season with wrap-up tournaments this past weekend.

The two-day event, held at Larry Bauer Park saw four divisions, squirt, mite, tyke and intermediate play on Saturday and the junior and senior divisions square off on Sunday.

AMSA president Lisa Dennis said registration was roughly 600 this year.

“It has been a good year,” said Dennis. “That’s about the same as years past.”

Dennis admits this year has been an “interesting year” for AMSA. In the beginning of the season AMSA had to deal with the constant down pour of rain, which made the soccer field unplayable. As the season wore on, especially the last few   weeks, AMSA have had to deal with a heat wave.

A player on the Canadian Tire mite team moves around his opponent.

Dennis said they took precautions to make sure none of the children would suffer any heat related injuries.

“Because we can’t cancel every game we make sure the kids are well take care of,” she said. “We shorten the periods and we make sure the children have water breaks every five minutes.”

Dennis noted that the wrap-up tournament was pushed back one week because of the cancellation earlier in the season.

“It’s been a strange year, weather wise,” joked Dennis.

Although Dennis said AMSA is thriving, she said AMSA hopes to improve their travel division. In order to do so, Dennis said that they would have to find more coaches, which has become more of a problem than in years past.

“Most of these coaches have been around for a long time and we appreciate them because we couldn’t run the program without them but it does get tough to get coaches,” said Dennis.

AMSA was only able to field one travel team compared to five last season. Anyone interested in being a travel coach can call 519-713-9326, e-mail socceramsa@gmail.com or visit www.socceramsa.com.

This was also the first year the field at the United Communities Credit Union Complex’s field could be utilized. The indoor soccer field has allowed AMSA to conduct games when the weather decided not to cooperate while the older players could play under the lights.

“Every team has been given a chance to play on the turf field and everyone has loved it,” said Dennis. “

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