The fields are empty, the nets are down and hopefully the league players and the coaches are getting a little extra sleep these last few Saturdays now that another season is over.
Looking back over the season, I realize how hard so many families and individuals worked to make the Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization (KYSO) season happen. From the Recreational League to the Tops Program, and also our Kaneland United Soccer Club, the KYSO is an organization that makes a lot of teams possible for a wide spectrum of player ages and abilities. The only thing left to do this season is express gratitude for a season well done and send a huge shout out to everyone who made it possible.
First, I would like to thank the players and their families who signed up to play in the league. Without our players, we would not be a successful league. Without our parents who coach, assistant coach and come out two times a week to practices and games, our teams would not be complete. And what would we do without our biggest fans every week? The parents, siblings, grandparents, etc., sitting on the sidelines each week and cheering the players on is what makes our games so much fun. Rain or shine, hot or cold, they come out each week with their lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas and often wearing mittens and hats. Our spectators make the kids feel special and watch the players grow as individuals and as teams throughout the season.
Our parents go above and beyond in regards to our established volunteer program. Our parent volunteers help each week moving goals and nets, manning tables, picking up trash and assisting our busy coaches. The refs also need to be acknowledged—they come out each week to call the shots and keep the games moving along.
I can’t forget to thank Hill’s Country Store, who faithfully offered our players and fans a great assortment of treats and drinks. A final thank you goes out to KYSO Board members who work diligently all year long meeting, planning and making improvements to the league so that each season is better for our players and families. Thank you all and we look forward to doing it again this spring.
Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization