A parade ran through downtown that showcased each team and brought them back to the City of Rockmart recreation complex where an opening ceremony was held.
Rockmart Youth Soccer chairman Bill Sherfesee welcomed the parents and supporters for their hard work and dedication to helping the RYSA begin its sixth season.
“When we started this, we didn’t know where it was going to go,” Rockmart recreation coordinator Jeff Hulsey said. “But it’s started to grow year in and year out.”
This year, 173 players will make up a total of 16 teams that are split up into four age groups.
Saturday saw games get under way with contests for the U6, U8 and U10 teams that turned Hilburn Field into a hive of activity as the playing field was separated into four different sections.
Amanda Brinkley said her daughter, Ella, was excited about stating her second year in the league and playing for the U6 Orange Crush.
“I really like the program,” Brinkley said. “All the kids seem to have a really good time. They’re having fun.”
This is the first year that the RYSA is affiliated with Georgia Soccer, which helps organize and promote youth soccer throughout the state and provides support for its member organizations.
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