YMCA Soccer League In Session

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Photo by Kirsten Price Players in the 5- to 7-year-old division wait for a throw-in last Saturday.

Story by Brennan Waldorf

The YMCA’s fall co-ed soccer league is currently in season. The league has 55 players enrolled with three different divisions. Each division has three teams and range from 3-5 year olds, 5-7 year olds, and 7-9 year olds. The fall league isn’t as popular as the spring league due to school being in session with the majority of the older players competing for their respected schools.

The league started Sept. 2, with a cost of $40 for YMCA members and $55 for nonmembers. Games are played at the old Onancock High School and are primarily run and coached by parent volunteers. This year the YMCA offered half off the sign-up fee for anyone who volunteered, which was highly successful.

Each division of the league has a different focus but they all place an emphasis on sportsmanship. The youngest players are being introduced into the sport with an emphasis on just having fun and developing an interest for soccer.  The 5- to 7-year-old league is where players start to learn the fundamentals of the game and rules. The 7- to 9-year-old division is more competitive where the players start to learn game strategy, team play, and position roles.

League coordinator Logan McCullough would like to bring the league back to the field at the YMCA. According to McCullough, the YMCA is highly appreciative of its community and its support and it looks forward to continuing its service by providing more great leagues and opportunities by partnering with local vendors and businesses.