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Yakima Valley Soccer In Full Swing

April 25, 2011

 

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 Kids Playing SoccerSoccer 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:



    • For the littlest players, the YMCA’s springtime Itty-Bitty soccer program runs from May 10 through June 16.   This program provides a supportive, noncompetitive environment and teaches the most basic skills, with a focus on teamwork and sportsmanship. Registration closes April 30. Find the brochure online by clicking here.

 

    • Yakima Parks & Recreation also brings pee-wee and itty-bitty soccer back this summer. Check their website for information to be posted in the summer parks program guide. Registration opens at the Selah Civic Center for the upcoming summer soccer program. Look forward to clinics and a tournament program. Find information on the City of Selah website by the second week of May.

 

    • UK International Soccer Camps, Inc., returns to Yakima with two week-long sessions focusing on skill building, technical development, and tactical aspects of the game of soccer.  Register players ages four to 14 for sessions beginning on August 1 and August 15 by visiting their website.

 

    • New this summer, coaches from Yakima’s Sun City Strikers will operate a camp put on by YYSA. Look for information about the June camp on the YYSA website soon.

 

    • From camps with a smaller player-to-coach ratio to private and group lessons, the Yakima Athletic Club (YAC) offers a full summer of soccer experiences. Whether you’re looking for one-on-one guidance tailored to your player’s needs or group lessons designed to focus on specific aspects of the game, visit the YAC website for information.

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