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THE GREATER HAZLETON YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION

     The GHYSA is a non-profit organization that provides recreational and competitive soccer to the residents of the Greater Hazleton Area. Age divisions are U-6 (begining at age 4 if birthday falls into time frame listed on Player Registration Matrix see registration page) through U-19. Presently our area includes the following locations: Carbon County, Luzerne County and Schuylkill County. Fields are located in the following areas: Hazleton Community Park Complex and in the Conyngham Valley at Whispering Willows Park and Valley Elementry School.

     The intramural recreational program is a non-competitive league. No standings or scores are kept. The philosophy of the program is to provide fun instructional soccer. All players must play at least half of the game.

     In addition to the intramural recreational program, we also have several competitive travel teams for those players who are interested and able to participate in a more competitive environment. The teams play in the Back Mountain Travel League and the Northeast Travel league, in addition to playing in various tournaments. In the spring of 2000, the GHYSA opened it's soccer complex in Community Park. Currently 6 fields are in operation. Currently the GHYSA has just under 1,000 participants in the intramural and travel programs.

THE MISSION

     The mission of the Greater Hazleton Youth Soccer Association is to provide quality intramural and competitive travel soccer programs for the youth of the Greater Hazleton Area.

GHYSA PHILOSOPHY

     The purpose of the Greater Hazleton Youth Soccer Association is to teach and promote soccer in the Greater Hazleton Area. Our objectives are to contribute to the positive physical, mental and social development of all participating youths through constructive suggestion, encouragement and praise. This will be fulfilled through adult / parent participation as coaches, referees and supportive fans. We are committed to teaching attitudes of fair play, sportsmanship and positive social interaction. Coaches must teach the children sportsmanship, self-reliance, teamwork and soccer skills while providing a positive role model. Our consistently positive attitude will motivate our players to excel. This league does not track wins and losses, so coaches, players and parents should not stress winning. Your players win by learning and growing from this experience. The efforts each player present throughout the season and the demonstration of having improved their skills makes all the players, coaches and parents winners. It is important that we make sure the children are having fun while learning soccer skills. By keeping our purpose and objectives in mind we will have another successful season.

Competitive Division

For the competitive division, please navigate to the Competitve Soccer Program.

Laura Baranko
President