Pine River partakes in 3-day soccer camp

Pine River soccer players work out at camp.
Pine River soccer players work out at camp.

LEROY — It’s never too hot to play soccer, as far as Pine River’s boys program is concerned.

This is why Pine River boys coach Jenny Hoaglund brought in coaches from Northwood University’s men’s program to work with her players, Monday through Wednesday (July 16-18), at the Bucks’ home field west of the high school. Each session went for three hours.

“This is the Pine River High School team camp, so it’s mainly Pine River kids,” Hoaglund said. “We have a handful of them that came to camp (about 10). Camp is not a mandate. We just tell them we’d love to have them here. These were the ones able to make it.”

The instructors were Northwood University volunteer assistant Josh Moura, who played soccer in Portugal. Northwood’s head coach, Steven Shard, made appearances at the camp on Monday and Wednesday.

This is the main camp Hoaglund is conducting for the program this summer.

“I’m a firm believer with the smaller schools where kids are in two or three sports and every coach is demanding more and more out of the kids,” she said. “I really feel they’re not giving these kids enough down time and their bodies aren’t having an opportunity to recuperate. I feel that can result in injuries during the sports season.

“The kids know here they can come to the field anytime and shoot and play around and can organize a scrimmage anytime. I don’t do that for them. We’re doing this team camp prior to the start of practice on Aug. 8. I feel it’s important they have family time. I also don’t want to see them get injured.”

Hoaglund has had camps for the Bucks in past years.

“I’ve had different trainers come to our field and have a camp,” she said. “We took a couple years off from it because we didn’t seem to have very good numbers. When I talked to the kids in the spring and we talked about where our program was, the players agreed with me it’s harder to build a program when you’re not putting the time into it.

“We looked at going to camps at different universities but they’re astronomically expensive. I reached out to Northwood and they said they could come to us and we didn’t have to worry about travel and lodging or anything of that nature. It just seemed to work out.”

The camp, Hoaglund said, consisted of various drills including passing and shooting.

“We’re working on different facets of the game to try to give them more exposure,” Hoaglund said.

She didn’t have any girls on her co-ed team but Hoaglund indicated she expects to have three to six on the team this season.