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With Yakima’s spring soccer season coming to a close and Yak Attack on the horizon, it’s time to make plans for summer and fall. From camps and clinics to tournaments and team registration, the Yakima Valley delivers youth soccer experiences for all ages. T
ime for Tournaments Soccer fans can get in the spirit with two upcoming spring tournaments. Combining five-a-side soccer and music, the weekend-long Yak Attack tournament, hosted by the Yakima Youth Soccer Association (YYSA) makes soccer fun and festive for players and fans alike. With a schedule of fun activities, food booths and vendors, Yak Attack provides a perfect chance for kids thinking about playing soccer for the first time to check things out. This year’s tournament runs May 21 and 22 and features music from the ‘50s. Find more information on the Yak Attack website. Check the YYSA’s website for information about their Midsummer Classic tournament, scheduled for June. This spring, Yakima’s Cinco de Mayo celebration includes a three-on-three soccer tournament for kids on Saturday, May 7. Look for more information from the Yakima Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's website.
Registration Roundup It may seem as if the fall soccer season is a long way off, but registration is underway. Whether playing for the first time or returning with your team, all players must register, says Sally Bredwell, of Yakima Youth Soccer Association (YYSA). Making youth soccer possible in the Yakima Valley since 1983, YYSA serves 1,200 kids ages five and older. To begin playing in the upcoming fall season, beginning September 10, kids must be five by July 31. Register online by clicking here or call 509.452.1392 for more information. Selah players can also register with the Selah Football Club through Selah Parks & Recreation. A youth soccer program for players in the Granger area is currently being developed under the YYSA umbrella. Players in Grandview, Sunnyside, Prosser, and Benton City can register with The Lower Yakima Valley Youth Soccer Association and play without traveling to Yakima for games. For players ages 11 to 18 who are ready for a more competitive environment, it’s time to register for try-outs with the Sun City Strikers , Yakima’s premier soccer club. With higher-level training and a state-wide travel schedule, playing with the Strikers requires team dedication and strong commitment to skill building. Try-outs for U11 and above begin April 30.
Spring and Summer SchedulesOff-season, players can take advantage of spring and summer camps and clinics throughout the Valley to brush up on soccer skills. Here’s a list to many of them highlighting events for kids of all ages: