Dallas Area Teen Co-Ed Play!
Soccer League to be hosted this Spring by Lake Highlands SA
LHSA will host its 10th annual 8v8 Co-Ed Soccer League for teen players in the U-12, U-14, U-16 and U-19 age groups again this spring. Team rosters may include both competitive players and recreational players. Co-Ed play is open to players from any member association of North Texas State Soccer Association. Players do not need releases from their current competitive or recreational team to play in the Co-Ed League. Games will be played with eight players on a side, including a GK. Of the eight, there must be one boy, but not more than four, on the field at any time. Games will be “mini- game” duration, with two, 25-minute halves.
The inaugural season consisted of dozens of teams; many teams came from associations all over the Dallas area. For others, individual players (from Duncanville to far north Dallas) combined to form their teams. The emphasis was on fun, which was demonstrated by teams staying after their games to watch and talk to other players. In a number of cases, players continued to play after the game was over – just imagine a spontaneous 20v20 teen game with no refs and everyone having a great time!
Teens had lots of fun playing co-ed soccer last Spring. Teams are made up (by the League or by the players themselves – we encourage team formation) of teen boys and girls from recreational or competitive leagues, with a roster maximum of 16. Players currently rostered on other recreational or competitive teams may be rostered and play in this league at the same time that they are playing with their other team. All players on a team will play at least half of the game. Players must be eligible to play in the age bracket for which the team registers. An eight-game season will be played in each age division starting on Sat., May 2.
Games will be played on lighted fields on Saturday nights at Lake Highland’s Moss Park, located at 7914 Greenville Ave., in Dallas (just north of Walnut Hill Lane).
“We have an atmosphere where the emphasis is on fun, playing the game for enjoyment and enhancement of the social aspects of soccer, especially for teenage boys and girls,” stated Dick White, president of LHSA.
For co-ed play, referees discourage rough or aggressive play. Rules are modified to ensure that girls have opportunities to play and score. The boys were very conscientious in this aspect of play and it created unique, interesting and enjoyable games to watch. Other game aspects will be the same as traditional full-sided soccer.
Teams may register online as a unit with an adult coach or manager or individuals may register and be placed on a team by the League Commissioner. The registration fee is $85 per player. In-person registration will take place at the Lake Highlands SA office, located at 9603 White Rock Trail, Suite 301, Dallas, on Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Registration forms are available on the LHSA website at www.lhsasoccer.org.
“Players can register online this spring at our website, anytime between March 23 and May 15," says Tony Fenimore, LHSA Administrator.
For more information, contact the LHSA office at 214-221-0808, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Get on the party wagon – here are the details:
What: Teen Co-ed Soccer Leagues
Who: U-12, U-14, U-16, U-19 recreational or competitive players
When: Saturday nights starting May 2, 2015
Where: Moss Park, 7914 Greenville Ave., Dallas
Contact: Lake Highlands SA, 214-221-0808 Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Web Site: www.lhsasoccer.org