Local Soccer League Accused of ‘Abusive Behavior’


theLoop received a Letter to the Editor from a reader claiming the Mamaroneck Junior Soccer League (MJSL) engaged in “disrespectful and abusive behavior” against a team from Fox Lane recently. We asked MJSL for a response, which you can see below it. To the Editor:

On Saturday night Mamaroneck FC 93 played Fox Lane FC Best Friends in soccer at The Armonk Indoor Soccer League winning the game 5-1 and also a place in the Hall of Shame along with their coach and some of the parents. During an intense game the coach of the Mamaroneck team resorted to a play of verbal attacks on the Fox Lane players and their coach, even promising one of the players, “I’ll see you after the game…”

In this country we live by rules and the golden rule for any sport is respect.  On Saturday, the Mamaroneck coach failed on every bullet point in the Code of Ethics.  The ultimate offense came when his players refused the traditional team handshakes after the game.  Where’s the leadership and sportsmanship? The disrespectful and abusive behavior exhibited throughout the game by the Mamaroneck coach only incited the players which, not surprisingly, led to a melee after the game.   What was surprising, however, was the conduct of some of the parents who asserted their own aggression on their defenseless opponents that were half their size.  How absurd!

Spring Rec Soccer for Teens

The Larchmont Junior Soccer League will begin a spring rec soccer league for both the Boys and Girls Senior Divisions in April. “The demand for a recreational spring season grew this fall, and as they say, ‘success breeds success’,” said Tom Leissl, the commissioner of the boys’ leagues and referees. The new spring league needs a minimum of 60 players (at least four teams of 15 players) in both the boys and girls leagues. All Larchmont/Mamaroneck teenagers in grades 9-12 who are not travel or varsity players are eligible to sign up. The sign-up process will begin soon and will follow traditional LJSL online registration process.

Victim was Well-Liked, Involved in Community

Jennifer Katz, the 49 year-old Mamaroneck Mom who was found murdered in her home late Thursday, was well-liked in the community and involved

with her children’s  then-elementary school at Mamaroneck Avenue, and was Team Manager with the Mamaroneck Hot Shots girls’ soccer team several years ago, according to LoHud, on which one of her two daughters played. A 2003 photograph in the Larchmont Gazette shows a beaming Katz with thirteen 3rd and 4th graders,  who ended the season #2 in the League Section. Village of Mamaroneck police have yet to charge anyone with the crime, but say they have interviewed “persons of interest,” including a man known to have recently done work around Katz’s Baldwin Place home. Katz was home alone while her children were with their father, who lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Published reports say Katz had a boyfriend at one time, but they were still friends.