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Yesterday, I launched Saturday Soccer, a casual kick-around for area kiddos. All youth players are welcome to attend, though I’m trying to focus on ages 5-10. Roughly the first half of the hour session will be going over soccer basics, like trapping and passing, then we’ll break away to a short-sided game with small goals and no goalies.ss-090713-1

Just telling a few neighborhood kids, and no flyering, I had about 7 lil’ dudes show up. That was perfect because I was without an adult helper, which I’ll need when numbers grow. I passed a ball around with Fred and Anthony, then had them take shots on a super-wide goal. Really, it was ridiculously wide.

ss-090713-2We’d been kicking it around for a bit when Samuka, Boss and Omar dropped in.  Those three have more soccer experience so I threw out a couple orange pinnies, set up a couple flagged goals, and went right into a game–barefooted. Yep, played some good ol’ bare-footie. See, the inimitable trio went shoeless so I, thinking I had the advantage of not only age and strength but also cleats, tossed off my boots and socks and joined in.

ss-090713-3So, my feet hurt today but what a blast! Of course, as this program matures kids will get decked out with proper attire. Tony Feller and folks in MAYSA donated (that morning!) a dozen Size 3 soccer balls, and Tony extended his and MAYSA’s help when procuring equipment for future soccer modules, and also kits when we gather enough players to start an area club team… which would be awesome!

Soccer balls donated from MAYSA

Soccer balls donated from MAYSA

Kids from all around can participate. Be on time! It starts at 10:30, ends at 11:30. Parents are encouraged to attend, too. Bring something to snack on, or host a potluck picnic to follow the soccer hour. I’m open to suggestions and I’ll always welcome help. Saturday Soccer is going through the end of October, and another will follow next Spring. I plan to offer this four times next year.

If you have questions or comments, please get in touch.

~Alfonso