By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
September 9, 2020-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
(ENYYSA) is pleased to announce that at our Annual General Meeting last month, Barry Salter was elected as a Life Member. This is ENYYSA’s version of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The selection was unanimous.
Barry started his youth soccer volunteering in New Rochelle where he coached two girls teams and managed one boys squad. He moved up the ladder as he was asked to serve as a Trustee of the Intramural program, as Treasurer for both the Intramural and Travel Programs, then as President of the Intramural Program plus Treasurer and Vice President of the Travel Program. He was literally on the soccer field 6-7 days a week while running his own business. During his tenure, the New Rochelle Soccer Club had one of the most successful intramural programs in ENYYSA.
Barry was elected to serve as a Trustee for the Westchester Youth Soccer League (WYSL), and he subsequently became the WYSL’s Treasurer.
In 1995, he was elected WYSL President, a position he held for the next nine years. During his Presidency, the WYSL tripled in size and expanded many of its most successful programs including coaching certification, referee recruiting and league select programs. His success with the WYSL led to him being elected to serve as a Trustee in ENYYSA.
At ENYYSA, he served as Chairperson of the Rules Committee and the Premier League Committee. In this latter role, he created and successfully ran the ENY Premier League in its early days and became involved with the Northeast Premier League and the Region One Premier League. The New Rochelle resident was elected President of ENYYSA and is best remembered as the leader whose skills and guidance kept the association out of bankruptcy.
Additionally, the Girls-Under-14 State Open Cup is named the Barry Salter Cup and he has been diligent in attending the cup’s finals.
With approximately 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with nine leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.