Youth soccer season coming, Sept. 1 clinic set

<p>Young Joseph and Enterprise soccer players vie for possession of the ball in a game at Joseph City Park last fall. Players are asked to register for a new season by the end of Sept. 4.</p>

Local youths, ages 5-13, interested in playing soccer should begin registering immediately with the Wallowa Valley Soccer Association (WVSA).

Completed registration forms need to be returned by Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Forms are available at Family Video, Video Buffs, and schools throughout the county.

The registration form and soccer information are also available on the soccer association’s website at www.wallowavalleysoccer.org.

WVSA will offer a free Soccer Clinic for all players, coaches and referees at Jensen Fields (behind Safeway) Saturday, Sept. 1, starting at 8 a.m.

Teams in three age groups (5-7 years old, 8-10 and 11-13) will be organized in Wallowa, Joseph and Enterprise as in past years. Coaches plan to begin practice the second week of September.

The season is scheduled to start after Labor Day weekend, run for five to six weeks, with each team playing eight to 10 games. The season will end by mid-October.

The times of the Sept. 1 soccer clinic are 8 to 9 a.m. for the youngest players and their coaches, 9 to 10 a.m. for the middle age group, and 10 to 11 a.m. for the oldest players and coaches.

A referee clinic will be held at 11 a.m. All players, coaches and referees are encouraged to attend the clinic sessions. A shoe and gear swap is also scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m.

WVSA is looking for more interested parents and community members to again volunteer as coaches and referees throughout the season.

Anyone interested is asked to contact one of the city soccer managers: Enterprise, Jeff Fields, 541-426-0413; Joseph, Peg Nave, 541-263-1096; Wallowa/Lostine, Christie Shaw, 541-886-3182. Potential volunteers may also contact one of the WVSA board members, who are Amy Busch, Jeffrey Wecks, Caio Vierira-DMelo, Maria and Jeff Weer and Ken and Ann Gebhardt.

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