By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
SALTILLO – Last-minute registrations for youth sports cause a citywide scramble to form teams and find coaches – an annual ritual park officials want to avoid this year.
Deadlines for Saltillo Parks and Recreation youth cheerleading, football and soccer are Friday. Parents can obtain forms online or in person at City Hall. Late registrations are accepted but cost $20 more.
“A majority of people wait until the last day, and that really sets us back,” said Andy Loden, the department’s facilities director. “We might think we’re only going to have two teams and we have the coaches lined up, and then 20 or 30 kids will sign up the last day.”
Assembling new teams takes time, but the biggest hurdle is finding coaches. When they sign up their children, parents are invited to coach a team but many decline to do so.
Any adult regardless of their sports background can make an excellent coach, said department Operations Director Steve Dillard.
“You don’t need to know much about soccer to coach 4-year-olds,” Dillard said.
Children ages 4 to 16 can play youth soccer; those aged 6 to 9 can play flag football; from 9 to 12 can play tackle football; and those ages 6 to 12 can take cheer leading.
Seasons last eight weeks, except for soccer, which plays in the fall and spring. Most games will be played Monday nights starting in September.
Depending on residency, registration costs $40 to $70 for the season for cheer, flag football and soccer. Tackle football costs $60 to $90.
Want to sign up?
TO REGISTER CHILDREN for youth cheerleading, flag football, tackle football or soccer in Saltillo, go online to www.leaguelineup.com/saltilloparks or call (662) 869-5668.