Big crowd turns out for SASL's Kup

Apr. 30, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Approximately 350 local youth took the fields Saturday as the Sanford Area Soccer League (SASL) closed out the Spring recreation season.

Boys and girls between ages 4 and 10 played in the fourth annual Kangaroo Kup Tournament at the SASL fields at the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds, while the traveling recreation teams for ages 11-15 also hosted home games.

"The Kangaroo Kup is an exciting way for our young recreation players to close out the season and to experience, on a smaller scale, tournament play," said Erin Borrell.

The tournament, sponsored by the Kangaroo, Marathon Oil and supported by local businesses as field sponsors, features either round robin or elimination games within age groups. All games were played Saturday and drew approximately 1,000 spectators throughout the day.

"It is just a fun day for the kids and their families," Borrell said. "We had a DJ, jumpy rides for the younger kids and siblings, food sales, and various vendors."

Borrell said the recreation league is the cornerstone of SASL and the tournament gives the organization a chance to really showcase what the youth have learned throughout the season.

"Our goal is to teach local children about soccer and good sportsmanship," she said. "We have had quite a few players who started in our recreation league that have gone on to play high school and college soccer. "

The next recreation season will start in September, with registration starting in July.

For youth who wish to advance to the next levels of play, SASL will be hosting tryouts for the Select Development Program (formerly known as the Challenge teams) and Classic program in mid-May. These programs offer more advanced skills training and competition for youth ages 8-18. Currently, approximately 150 boys and girls play in these programs, hosting games in Lee County and traveling in a multi-county area.

Tryouts will be held the week of May 19 by age group. For more information about the tryouts, interested persons may call SASL at 919-708-6886 or email saslsoccerops@gmail.com.