There are two ways to celebrate the day: one is to buy a crossbow and shoot the ball.
And the other is to shoot it.
The two methods are the subject of a lively debate among New Jersey youth soccer coaches, players and officials.
“You can buy a cheap crossbow,” said a player who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the topic.
“But the thing is, when you get to the game, you have to shoot.
And then, after the game you can’t shoot, either.”
A soccer coach at a nearby high school said that his players could shoot in the morning or in the afternoon.
A coach at the other school said, “You can’t do that because it’s not appropriate for a youth sport.”
“It’s too dangerous,” said another player.
“It is too dangerous because we don’t know what to do when we get to a game, we don.
There is no safety,” said the coach.
“It’s not a sport for everybody, for everyone.
It’s not right.
It should be a sport that everyone can play.”
A team from the local elementary school also pointed out that shooting a crossbows is dangerous.
“That’s dangerous,” the coach said.
“When we’re shooting, there’s a chance that someone is going to get hurt,” said an assistant coach.
“They’re not shooting at us,” said one player.
“The ball comes flying, it goes flying.
The guy is in the middle of the field.
He can’t even make a play.”
The player in charge of the team at the nearby school also told The Jerusalem Times that he is not sure if the youth team can shoot.
“We have no idea if we can shoot,” he said.
“I’m not sure that they can shoot in a high school.”
The debate has not ended there.
The two teams have been practicing, as well as some of the younger players.
“If I shoot it, I get a big kick,” said goalkeeper Joe Elam of the youth soccer team.
“There’s a lot of people cheering for me, I’m the one who has to shoot.”
But some players are unsure if shooting a soccer ball is appropriate.
“What if we get hurt?” said a youth soccer player.
When the issue of youth soccer safety was brought to the attention of the NJBEC, the league said that it is working with youth teams and the youth coaches to determine how the two methods of celebration can be implemented.
“While we are committed to creating a safe and fun environment for all youth players, the safety of youth sports is paramount,” said league commissioner Brian Dolan.
“In light of recent events, we want to be sure that the league can take the lead and work with the community to find a way forward.”
The issue has caused some friction in the local community.
Some residents, who are often the primary users of the crossbow for the practice, are now pushing for more safety measures.
“They’re shooting the ball, but they’re not letting us practice, they’re just shooting at our children,” said resident Michael Obeid.
The NJBECA is currently holding a workshop for all of the teams to discuss how to prevent accidents during practice.
It is also considering a proposal to increase the amount of time between shooting and the practice.
“Some of our players are saying we need to shoot at them,” said coach Obeids father, Michael.
“Because they’re going to hit us.”
For now, it appears that the two ways of celebrating youth soccer will remain a subject of discussion among youth coaches, youth players and the players themselves.
The question is whether the two approaches will be adopted by youth teams across the country.