Reed City soccer program starts open fields

REED CITY — Boys soccer practices don’t start until Aug. 12. But new Reed City coach Cody Jacobs has been watching his players during the summer to get ready for the season.

Jacobs has been having open fields on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the school’s soccer practice facility, plus conditioning on Mondays and Wednesdays.

During an open field, “we just roll the ball out and let them play,” he said. “It’s pretty laid back. We let the players (on their own).”

Jacobs said he can personally be at the open fields and play, but he can’t do any coaching. At an open field last Thursday, he had three varsity players and two freshman, plus some alums.

“It’s open to the public,”Jacobs said. “Anyone who is willing is welcome.”

The open fields last as long as the players desire.

“The first two ran until about 9 p.m., almost two hours,” Jacobs said.

Conditioning allows the players to stay in shape.

The Coyotes are hoping to have enough players for a junior varsity and varsity squad with hopes of 14 to 15 on each, Jacobs indicated.

Practices open Aug. 12 with games scheduled to begin later in the month.

Seth Phelps, a sophomore midfielder, saw varsity action last season.

“This is my first open field,” he said last week. “They are very important.”