PAYSA makes the most of wet soccer season

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Although the Prince Albert Youth Soccer Association was forced to cancel several games over the weekend due to inclement weather, Mother Nature was cooperative on Monday as boys and girls competed in the U10 soccer jamboree at Princess Margaret School. Herald photo by Andrew Schopp 

Unfavourable weather conditions in Prince Albert this spring continue to take a toll on the city’s minor sports leagues.

On Thursday, The Herald reported that according to city officials, minor sports groups in Prince Albert have been feeling the brunt of a rather wet spring as rainy conditions have led to numerous cancellations and postponements. 

While Prince Albert Minor Baseball was able to take to the field last weekend, the Prince Albert Youth Soccer Association wasn’t as lucky.

Due to the city closing all of its soccer fields on Friday evening, PAYSA was forced to cancel their house league playoffs scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. 

“It’s disappointing,” said Mitzi Pitlak of the PAYSA. “It’s too bad, especially with the World Cup on, I think there’s a lot of excitement for soccer, it’s disappointing we didn’t get to play.”

The PAYSA was scheduled to wrap up its 2014 Dairy Queen Outdoor League season over the weekend, with U16/19, U14 and U12 divisions looking to declare champions. 

Pitlak said the decision was made on Friday to close down all of the fields under the city’s control to prevent further damage.

Due to scheduling conflicts, PAYSA is unable to postpone the playoff games, however Pitlak said the league and its players made the most of a rainy season. 

“The whole outdoor season, the weather was bad,” she said. “Fortunately we didn’t miss a whole lot of games, the kids played in the mud. I was just really disappointed we didn’t get to finish it.”

With the city’s fields back open on Monday, PAYSA was able to go ahead with its U10 boy’s and girl’s soccer jamboree as youngsters took to the pitch at Princess Margaret School.

The jamboree marks the end of PAYSA’s outdoor soccer season as the organization looks ahead to indoor play in September. 

With the outdoor season wrapped up, the PAYSA office will be closed from June 27 to Aug. 5, but all information can be found on their website at ssa-princealberyouth.goalline.ca. 

Organizations: Prince Albert Youth Soccer Association, The Herald, Dairy Queen Outdoor League Princess Margaret School

Geographic location: Prince Albert

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