The Nashua Youth Soccer League (NYSL) is a recreational, non-profit, volunteer organization that teaches basic soccer skills to children between the ages of 5 and 19 years old. It has been serving the Nashua area 40 years!
A number of other NYSL players tried to get involved on teams at the TSC, but spots were limited. Most players did not get the opportunity to play.
For the 2007 winter season, we decided to get a little more organized. A bunch of interested coaches and parents, most of whom were involved with the NYSL, got together to form some Nashua teams. In session 1, we had 2 BU10 teams, 2 BU12 teams, a GU12 team, and a BU14 team.
In the spirit of the NYSL, the winter soccer program was about giving Nashua area soccer players the opportunity to play soccer over the winter months, until the weather improves and the fields opened for outdoor use. Placement on teams was done on a first come, first serve basis.
For the 2007/2008 season, Nashua Winter Soccer had a total of 20 teams participate across the three seasons. Starting in session 2, the program was extended to include any players in NH or MA that were looking to play indoor soccer and did not have a team. The blended teams were formed, new friends were made, and lots of good soccer was played.
In the 2008/2009 season, a large influx of players from Hudson NH changed the focus from Nashua to NH, so the program was renamed to New Hampshire Winter Soccer, or NhWs. The teams spanned U-10 through High School level in both boys and girls divisions. Many of the Hudson players got an opportunity to play through the recruiting efforts of Lynne Poegel, Diane Chandonnet, Martha DeMinico, Bonnie Dumais, and Katie Knight. The number of teams increased to 24.
Each year saw higher participation. By 2011, there were more than 30 teams, several coached by NYSL board members. Peter Miller was active in GU14 and GHS. Allan McPhee and Adele Hunt were involved with BU12 and Jonathan Ulery in GU14. Discussions started on what it would take to bring the NhWs program back into the NYSL to get more players involved.
In the fall of 2012, the NYSL board voted to take over the indoor program for the 2013 season. The proposal was taken to the coaches at the April 2013 meeting, and the coaches voted to incorporate the NhWs program into the NYSL and to form a new director of indoor board position. Allan McPhee was voted in as the first NYSL director of indoor at the June 2013 coaches meeting.
There are lots of great ideas being discussed on ways to increase participation even further over the 39 teams expected for this year.