Reed CIty soccer camp draws high numbers

Reed City High School players worked with youngsters at the soccer camp last week. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

Reed City High School players worked with youngsters at the soccer camp last week. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY – It was a full house at the Reed City soccer fields with dozen of youngsters learning how to properly kick a ball.

Reed City soccer coaches and players were working together all of last week and making plenty of significant progress.

Coyotes boys soccer coach Chris Maddox is also getting his boys team ready for practices, which will officially begin on Aug. 9.

The camp started on Tuesday of last week and went through Thursday. Maddox estimated there were around 50 kids throughout the three days. The grade range was kindergarten through eighth grade.

“We’ve had a wide variety of ages,” Maddox said. “It’s been focused on how to kick the ball, simple drills and simple fundamentals, getting their feet on the ball and letting them have some fun.”

The event was sponsored by both boys and girls varsity soccer teams.

“This is our first year,” Maddox said. “We break them up into groups of like five or six. There’s some small-sided games. We’ve got some AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) players and some kids from Northland (United Soccer).

“AYSO starts with kids at U4 and U6. I believe Northland does the same but I’m not sure what their age limits are.”

Maddox and girls soccer coach Andrea Pollaski had several players helping out with the youngsters.

“We’ve got varsity boys players and varsity girl players helping out with the coaches to run the camp,” Maddox said.

It also ends a busy soccer summer for the Coyotes. This will mark the first season boys practices can start on Monday of opening week rather than Wednesday, giving Maddox an extra two days to work with his squad to prepare for the 2021 fall season.

“It’s going to be a blessing,” Maddox said.