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EDSL DINNER PARTY
This year’s Eastern District Soccer League (EDSL) Holiday Christmas Party was held on Sunday December 11th at Reno’s Restaurant in Yonkers, NY. Reno’s is the leagues official meeting place and is home to the EDSL Champions Cup representing winners from year past. The cup is displayed proudly year round.
The Holiday Dinner is an annual traditional with two purposes. The first and foremost is to thank the representatives of the 12 Divisions representing over 120 teams for volunteering their time to promote the great game of soccer. Without their tireless efforts and leadership EDSL would not be able to offer the quality soccer experience that thousands of players have come to love and enjoy. The second is put our “soccer agendas” aside and enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the holidays. Although the conversation was light and reflected the holiday atmosphere it’s difficult to put a group of soccer enthusiast in a room and not bring up some great soccer memories and stories. In addition to the Division representatives and their better halves EDSL also invites other distinguished members of the soccer community to join our celebration. This year we had the honor of having ENYSSA President Sal Rapaglia and EDSLsoccer Hall of Fame Elias Tsekerides and Bill Marmo.
Peter Pinoi, President of EDSL, informed the group that today was not a time for speeches but a time of thanks and celebration and wished everyone a happy and more importantly healthy new year.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY 2017 NEW YEAR
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The Eastern District Soccer League (EDSL) was invited to the ENYSSA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. EDSL and its represented was honored to attend the festivities held on Sunday, December 4th at Verdi’s of Whitestone. The Induction Ceremony is a dinner dance which drew hundreds of attendees.
The ceremony was opened by Master of Ceremony Peter Pinori who welcomed all and introduced ENYSSA President Sal Rapaglia. This year’s induction ceremony had a special entrance and was honored to have the FDNY pipe band perform and open the festivities. The speeches were kept to a minimum but as always ENYSSA takes a moment of silence to remember the members of the soccer community we lost in 2016. This year special recognition was given to Ann Rapaglia and Rocco Amoroso. They will be sorely missed.
This year’s inductees were: 1. Joe Brosi 2. Joseph Sniliello and 3. Rocco Avallone. Each inductee is escorted to the podium by an ENY Hall of Famer and introduced by outlining their outstanding contributions to the game of soccer. Here they receive the official Hall of Fame Jacket and a beautiful Hall of Fame Trophy. The inductee is then asked to say a few words. Each inductee was most gracious to receive the award and thanked the many people who help them in their soccer career, on and off the field. Each inductee also took the time to thank their families who sometimes put their personal lives on hold and supported their commitment to the game of soccer. After listening to their introduction and acceptance speech it was easy to understand why they were being honored tonight.
After the official ceremony concluded everyone enjoyed a fabulous dinner and danced to great music late into the night.
As we break for the Christmas and New Year and start again in the spring, we see 2 teams in first place Yonkers Ukrainians our champion from last year and our new team Oranje 1777. Germania was held to a 3-3 draw today by Kelmendi and is in 2nd place behind 3 points with Cabo Verde, but Germania does have a game to make up with our other new team Black Eagles. This stretch of the season did tell us that any team from our open division can win against any other open team.
No one is undefeated and there is minimum distance on points between all of the teams. There are 4 teams that have to make up one game (Westchester, Ossining Portuguese & the 2 teams already mentioned), a win could make the standings even closer that they are today.
The most organized team that could depend on their best players will ultimately win our regular championship.
Playoff this year which will start on May 14th will be very interesting. Who will take home the $1,500 prize and Trophy?
Let me take this opportunity to wish a Merry Christmas and a joyous, prosperous and most important a healthy New Year to all of you and your families.
May GOD Bless ALL!!
The premier event for the Eastern District Soccer League is seeded and will get under way this Sunday! The top teams from across the EDSL will converge for this two weekend $5,000 Tournament of Champions. Two locations will play host to this event, Pelton Field and Columbus Park. The Champion of this event will receive their prize and trophy at the Champions Dinner Dance in October. If you are around in the lower Westchester area this weekend and next, come on out and watch some quality soccer! Good luck to all teams involved and may the best team win!
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
May 6, 2016-The soccer community is mourning the loss of the legendary Rocco Amoroso, who was a US Soccer Life Member and inducted into the Hall of Fame of both the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) and Eastern New York for his many decades of volunteering. Rocco also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nassau County Sports Commission in 1998, which is interesting as he lived and worked just over the county border in neighboring Suffolk County.
The LIJSL’s Sportsmanship Program was the brainchild of Rocco in 1980 and is the first program of its kind––not just in the world of youth soccer, but in youth sports. Rocco, a Melville woodworker, had become concerned when he saw a lack of civility on the playing fields. As the LIJSL grew, there was a movement within the league to remain focused on its mission to develop mature teenagers and responsible citizens through the lessons of teamwork and Fair Play. The goal was to Build Character Through Soccer, a sentiment that comes from the Sportsmanship Program and continues to be the league’s slogan and mission statement to this day. With this in mind, Rocco wrote the guidelines, secured initial sponsorship of the program with the Sports Billy organization and tirelessly promoted the program. He stressed the important role that sportsmanship plays in the development of players. The LIJSL Sportsmanship Award is given each season to a team in every division.
In 1982 and 1983, the LIJSL sent the guidelines of their Sportsmanship Program to every youth soccer association in the United States so it spread well beyond the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). Many of these groups adopted the same guidelines and Rocco promoted sportsmanship at their invitation in Connecticut, Maryland, Kentucky and Washington State. AYSO adopted the guidelines after Rocco gave a presentation to AYSO in Buffalo three decades ago.
In 1983, Congressman Thomas Downey entered the name of the Long Island Junior Soccer League into the Congressional Record, mentioning the program’s slogan of Building Character Through Soccer. In addition, the principles of the program have also been incorporated by leagues in Ireland and China.
The US Youth Soccer Association handed out the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Trophy during the Girls-Under-19 national finals to the individual who was the best example of Fair Play during the finals. The Amoroso Sportsmanship Trophy was handed out in 1983 in Boston, 1984 in Dallas and 1985 in Seattle. The Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Cup is given annually to men’s and women’s teams in Eastern New York. And New York Men’s-Over-40 teams compete annually for the Rocco Amoroso Cup.
Rocco’s emphasis on sportsmanship changed the fabric of youth soccer in New York, throughout the United States and indeed in other parts of the globe, for the good of the game and the development of the character of its players. An enthusiastic public speaker, Rocco gave speeches on sportsmanship throughout Eastern New York at the meetings of the diverse youth and senior leagues, including annually at the Eastern New York State Adult Soccer Association AGM. Rocco paid for signs which line the touchlines of local soccer fields that say: Fair Play, Please.
Exactly a month before his passing, I had penned this appreciation of Rocco’s life which appeared in Soccer America:
Services will be this Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm both days at the M.A. Connell Funeral Home, 934 New York Avenue, Huntington Station, NY 11746. A Mass of Christian burial will be on Monday, May 9 at 9:30 am at St. Elizabeth’s Church, 175 Wolf Hill Road in Melville.
May our dear friend who gave so much to soccer rest in peace.
With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.