Parents, Coaches and players upset
LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) — Youngsville's Southside Youth Soccer Association had been looking forward to playing at the new sports complex.
"It's very frustrating to have brand new fields right down the street from us and we can't use them," says Jesse Crouch, Southside Youth Soccer Association coach.
Youngsville's sports complex only has six soccer fields. Mayor Viator said they had three options to choose from. One was to start their own league and hire a new director. The other one was to choose the league representing Lafayette parish, or Southside's league. They couldn't afford to start their own league here, so they had to choose the league with the best proposal. And that league was not Southside.
"He came to me with his recommendation which was to go with Lafayette Youth Soccer Association cause he felt it was the best deal for the city and for the young people to play soccer here in Youngsville, and I concurred with him," says Mayor Wilson Viator, mayor of Youngsville.
But is bad news for Southside's league, who is outgrowing their facility.
"We actually have to turn away kids if we grow any larger right now staying at this facility, and I can't see telling a kid no you can't play soccer here because we just can't fit you," says Crouch.
Mayor Viator is sympathetic, but stands by his decision.
"We're in full agreement. Although I would love to have both associations playing of the field that's impossible. We don't have enough room, we don't have enough fields so we're just going to have to do the best we can with what we have," says Mayor Viator.
Now Southside Youth Soccer Association is looking forward trying to find another solution.
"Soccer is growing tremendously. We're going to need as many parks as possible in Lafayette," says Crouch.
For now, LYSA will be the organization using the new fields at Youngsville's sports complex.
"I was frustrated too, and it's a big decision. It's a decision we had to make and that's why they pay me the big bucks to make them. I'm not going to make everybody happy, but I got to make the decision that's best for Youngsville," says the mayor.