Soccer registration underway at Atmore YMCA

Published 10:13 am Monday, August 2, 2010

Soccer season is getting ready to kick off at the Atmore Area YMCA as registration began Monday and runs until Thursday, Aug. 12.

Once registration for teams is complete, the Y will hold a skills clinic on Aug. 12 to teach players the basic skills needed for the sport.

Ross Terry, manager of the Atmore Area YMCA, said the skills clinic is used to teach the ins and outs of soccer to newcomers as well as enhance the skills of experienced players, so they can play the sport to the best of their abilities.

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“We run all the players who have signed up through skills tests and drills to get them accustomed to the game,” Terry said. “We teach the three-to-five-year olds the basic skills and not to touch the ball, the six-to-eight-year-old players focus on passing drills and the nine to 12-year-old teams try and put all the skills together.”

The break down of the leagues is separated into three different age groups.

The three-to-five-year-old teams play five-minute quarters and play on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The 6-to-8-year-olds play seven-minute quarters and play Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Teams in the 9-to-12-year-old league play 10-minute quarters and play their games on Mondays and Thursdays.

Terry said the 13-to-18-year-old travel teams are still signing up and start to play after the younger kids begin.

He added that the registration fee is different for members and non-members.

Registration for soccer at the Y varies in price for members and nonmembers.

The fee for members of the Y is $40 for the first child with the cost at $25 for each additional child that is signed up. Nonmembers must pay $60 per child.

Any child registered after the Aug. 12 cutoff date will be charged a $15 late fee.

Opening games for soccer at the Atmore Area YMCA begin on Sept. 7 with the season running until Oct. 8.

For more information contact the Atmore Area YMCA at 368-9622.