Lovington Youth Soccer joins NMYSA


In late spring of 2008, Jimmi Castro, the president of a local soccer league in Lovington, called the NMYSA office about sanctioning through NMYSA and US Youth Soccer. Lovington had been an NMYSA league in the past, and had also affiliated with AYSO. For several years, Lovington was unaffiliated and had been registered and insured through the City of Lovington. Their traveling teams had registered in Hobbs.

After several discussions on the phone, Jim Tilley, the NMYSA Executive Director, went to an organizational meeting with the Lovington Board on July 22. And organize they did!!! The entire Lovington Board of Directors was present. It was a very energized group of people, with great leadership and a strong commitment. They had a charter, bylaws, financial documents and a plan for getting started right away. The first order of business was adoption of the Charter and Bylaws, and NMYSA had a new league. By the time Jim left for Albuquerque at 9 p.m., the entire season was planned and registration processes were put in place.

By the end of the week, Gloria Faber and the Lovington registrars were registering players (training was done completely over the phone) and Jimmi and Josh Groves, the NMYSA Technical Director,  were talking about coaching education in Lovington.

On September 29th and 30th, Josh visited Lovington. He was introduced to many members of the Lovington Youth Soccer League Board of Directors. This provided a great opportunity to discuss local and statewide issues surrounding player development. During the 2 days, he also taught a youth Module 1 course to a host of local U6 through U8 coaches. Josh worked with some local players and visited the soccer fields where league games are played.

In all it has been a whirlwind but very enjoyable few months. Lovington only plays soccer in the fall, but had over 430 registered players in the fall of 2008. We are excited about the future of our relationship with this emerging league. We’re sure the fall of 2009 will be even better.