LARCHMONT, N.Y. The Larchmont Junior Soccer League will kick off its 35th season on Sept. 8.
The league has divisions for players from kindergarten through 12th grade. The kindergartners play on either Tuesdays or Thursdays when they have half-days at school. The first-graders play in a developmental program run by professional trainers, while those in grades two through 12 practice and play in games run by volunteer coaches once per week.
The high school division of the league started in 2009. A group of ninth-graders met with the Village of Larchmont recreation director, the president of the LJSL and the Larchmont village board in the spring of 2009 to petition for the new division. Recreational soccer ends in ninth grade.
Several of the older players in the LJSL also serve as referees. The league purchased a Web-based system for referee evaluation, and the officials go through the Westchester Soccer Referee Organization course. The referees move up the ranks from the Minor Division of second- and third-graders to the High School Division. Several adults also lend their time to the league as referees.
All children who live in Larchmont and Mamaroneck are eligible to join the league with the exception of those who play travel soccer in the fall or high school students who play for their schools varsity soccer team. Those interested in joining can go to www.ljsl.org or contact league registrar Diane Goodman at firstname.lastname@example.org .
From a report by Diane Goodman/Larchmont Junior Soccer League
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