A total of 170 small-sided teams will be on the pitch for Kamloops Youth Soccer Association’s Fall Season Wind-Up Jamboree this weekend, Sept. 24-25.
The jamboree is the last event of the season for teams in the U-5 to U12 age groups. Each team will play up to four games over the weekend.
As is now customary in small-sided (meaning less than 11 vs. 11 on the field) youth soccer, no scores or standings will be kept and no awards will be presented.
“The objective of the Jamboree is to try and remove the emphasis that is placed on results and have our coaches stress the fun side of participation in soccer,” says KYSA Executive Director, Keith Liddiard. “We do not want to put pressure on the children or the coaches because they have to win to get to a final, or to amass points in the standings. We discourage teams running up scores and we want to eliminate coaches harassing our young referees who themselves are learning their role in the game."
Games get underway at 9 a.m. on Saturday and run through until the early evening. The same schedule is generally followed on Sunday.
This year the Jamboree is under the sponsorship of Chopped Leaf for the first time.
“The Chopped Leaf and KYSA go together as well as fitness and nutrition,” said owner Brenda Chornohus, who has two locations in Kamloops at North Hills Shopping Mall and Summit Shopping Centre. “Starting our youth on the right path to a healthy lifestyle early on can shape their future forever, and we want to help instil positive eating habits and the benefits of physical activity in them."