While high school sports begin to wind down for the end of the season, youth soccer kicked off its 2017 season this past Saturday at the Riverbank Sports Complex on Morrill Road, at the west edge of town.
Opening ceremonies were held about 8 a.m. with games beginning shortly after. Former Riverbank Mayor Virginia Madueño and Regional AYSO Commissioner Roberto Andalon helped with the ceremonies, along with the RHS Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp unit.
The Riverbank Futbol Club is in its second season. It’s an affiliate of the American Youth Soccer Organization, which governs its rules and other operations.
The Under-6 teams are co-ed and they play scrimmages rather than games, essentially being a training league. Scores are not recorded, although parents rooting them on may be keeping track.
Leagues of older players are more competitive, also co-ed, playing all-out.
The AYSO’s mission is to develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs which promote a fun, family environment based on AYSO’s Six Philosophies: Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development.
The mission is accomplished by providing the essential services of coaching and referee programs, quality administrative and operating systems with a support network, a strong financial position, special network for volunteers, with program research and development.