Black Mountain Recreation & Parks announces youth summer soccer league

Ezra Maille
Black Mountain News

Black Mountain Recreation & Parks kicked off registration for its youth summer soccer league March 1. 

The summer league returns for its second season with practices beginning April 18 and the first game on May 21. The season will consist of six games. 

"There was a lot of interest for a spring league," said Collin Bugniazet, recreation coordinator. 

A flyer for summer soccer posted by the Recreation & Parks department circulated social media.

Bugniazet said the first year, since the very popular indoor soccer league ended directly before the summer league began, the program had only nine teams. Comparatively, the indoor league boasted 27 teams. 

This year's league offers four groups, broken down by age: under 8, under 11, under 14 and under 17. 

"I didn't have any signup last year for under 17," Bugniazet said. "But I did have five teams for indoor under 17."

This year, by having the season start earlier, Bugniazet said he does anticipate having more teams sign up, likely in the older age groups as well. He said the decision to start the season earlier also came a result of many people traveling during the summer months. 

Coaching staff for the summer league consists of volunteers and parents of the players.

Although the cost to sign up is $50, Bugniazet said scholarships are readily available for players;, they need only ask. He said the cost mainly goes toward providing jerseys and upkeep of fields and facilities.

Bugniazet said if players access scholarships, the cost can be broken down to as low as $10 or $15. 

"It usually depends on how much they can afford," Bugniazet said. "It's recreation. I want all the kids to play that want to play."

Aside from the jersey, players will need to provide their own gear. Cleats are encouraged and shin guards are required.

Registration for the summer league will end April 3. To register, visit the Recreation and Parks website. For more information, email collin.bugniazet@tobm.org. 

Ezra Maille covers the town of Black Mountain, Montreat and the Swannanoa Valley. Reach him at 828-230-3324 or emaille@blackmountainnews.com. Please support local journalism with access to more breaking news by subscribing.