PYSA hopes soccer camp will be some consolation for canceled season

PYSA hopes soccer camp will be some consolation for canceled season

PAWTUCKET – A fall soccer camp planned to run from Sept. 19 to Oct. 24 will hopefully be some consolation for those disappointed with the Aug. 24 cancellation of the Pawtucket Youth Soccer Association’s fall recreation programs, say league leaders.

The camp at PYSA’s indoor training facility, 52 Plain St. off Beverage Hill Avenue, will be far easier to control with small groups of participants than hundreds of people descending on a soccer complex for Saturday recreation games, said PYSA’s Cristina Silva.

She said despite the state’s approval of fall school sports last week, there was simply no way to make all of the preparations needed for recreation soccer.

“That’s why we’re doing the camp to get these kids able to do something,” she said. “We don’t have the time to make sure everything would be up to par.”

The camp program is available to anyone ages 3-13, and is not limited to Pawtucket residents.

The PYSA is still waiting to learn about fall competitive soccer, and no one has any idea yet whether the indoor winter season will be held, said Silva.

Many other youth soccer programs are in the same boat, she said, and while it’s disappointing for many, the league is trying to make the best of it.

Sponsors have been phenomenal, most choosing to keep their money with the league, and families have also been great, said Silva. Many have chosen to take a credit for soccer camp or the spring soccer season instead of asking for a refund.

Spaces for fall camp are limited, so emailed registrations should be made quickly to pysa-asst_registrar@pawtucketsoccer.org .

“The sooner, the better,” said Silva.

The cost of camp is $90 per player. Find the PYSA on Facebook for more information.

Unlike many soccer leagues, the PYSA has a building to maintain and a mortgage to pay, said Silva, making the cooperation of parents and sponsors even more important.

In a message to families on Aug. 24, PYSA President Fred Nunes said the league’s responsibility is to provide a safe environment for everyone.

“With the beginning of the fall programs less than a month away, we are uncertain we have ample time to secure the resources needed as well as reducing all risk,” he said. “With that said, we feel it is in the best interest of our players, coaches, and families to cancel our Fall Recreational and TOPSoccer programs scheduled to start in late August. This decision was difficult to make, but we feel it is the best approach we can take to allow us to stay on top of an ever-changing situation.”