The Jacksonville Soccer Association (JSA) will open the spring season on Saturday with a full slate of games scheduled to take place at the organization's complex on Byrd Road.
One of the town's strongest and most active youth sports organizations for quite sometime now, the JSA is expecting a sizable influx of new players this spring.
“We have had 150 kids sign up that did not play in the fall,” Jose Carmona, JSA commissioner of coaches, said. “We will be able to have three brand new teams because of this and we are excited that more and more kids are playing soccer and playing in the Jacksonville Soccer Association.”
Last Saturday many JSA members, along with some family members, gave of their time and worked up a good sweat by participating in a work day to spruce things up before the games begin this weekend.
“We do this the weekend before the season opens every year,” Brad Jacobson, JSA president said. “I (was) very pleased with the turnout that we had as we were able to get things cleaned up and our fields ready for the spring season.”
The two major things that were on the agenda for workday were measuring and lining the seven fields that the JSA uses at the complex, in addition to some general clean-up work.
“The City (of Jacksonville) has been real good in working with us on mowing the fields and cleaning the bathrooms every week and we appreciate their effort. We we try to assist them so that things will look a little bit better around here.”
Jacobson added that he, too, was pleased in the growth the JSA has shown this year and that he would really like to see the trend continue.
“Hopefully we'll be able to continue to grow and continue to be able to provide some exercise and team sports for the children in Jacksonville,” Jacobson said.