July 31 is the last day to sign-up your son or daughter to play soccer this fall for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Malverne.
The CYO Fall soccer program is open to kids ages 4 to 14 and runs from early September to November. The league is split into three levels:
- "Peewee" is for 4 year-olds: This program runs for an hour each Saturday morning at Malverne High School from early September to early November. Half the time is spent doing basic and fun drills. The balance is spent in small-sided informal games. Boys and girls will play together, but are split up for games based on ability/aggressiveness to keep it fun for everyone.
- "Intramurals" is for Kindergarteners and first graders: At this level, kids are placed on actual teams and split into boys and girls divisions. Teams practice once a week and then play a game on Sunday mornings behind Malverne High School from early September to early November. Games are played with a goalie and 5 field players aside. Scores and standings are not kept.
- "Travel" is for kids in Grades 2 through 8. Teams are entered into a CYO league to play against other parishes in Nassau County, including Sacred Heart, Cure of Ars, St. Aidan's, and Holy Spirit, as well as the Long Beach Tri-Parish CYO program. Home fields are at Malverne High School and Howard T. Herber Middle School. Games are played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from early September until mid-November. Second and third graders play 9 aside on a modified field. Fourth grader teams move to the full-size field and play 11 v 11. CYO also holds play-offs for grades 4 through 8 at the end of the season. There are no try-outs for these teams. Players are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the program is generally able to accommodate everyone who wants to play. All ability levels are welcome.
As a CYO program, the league emphasizes sportsmanship, and is proud to capture sportsmanship awards in six out of the 14 divisions. However, the program also aims to be competitive each year, and saw three teams crowned as champs last year out of the 8 divisions that had playoffs.
To register online for the program, visit ollchurchmalverne.org