Soccer Skills Camp Commences

first_img Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Bio Latest Posts Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Fenceviewer Staffcenter_img BAR HARBOR — With the fall high school sports season barely ended, some young soccer players already are lacing up their shoes and taping their socks for the Late Fall Skills Academy.The focus of the eight weekly sessions is fundamental soccer skills for individual players – passing, trapping, dribbling and shielding the ball. But the object of the skills academy, according to director Michael Curless, is mastery.“What we emphasize is how to do these skills perfectly,” said Mr. Curless. “Not just how to get the ball from point A to point B, but how to pass the ball so it’s smooth and at a perfect pace. We really break down the skills to their components.”The academy is a program of Acadia Fire FC, a soccer club based in Mount Desert Island that draws players from Hancock County. The soccer club offers winter and spring programs in addition to the fall program and league play.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFemale and male players compete together in the sessions. “That’s why we have some of the strongest female players [in Hancock County],” said Mr. Curless. Each session ends with a scrimmage.“We have seen massive improvements in a lot of players,” many who have returned after the program was first offered in 2011. Mr. Curless said in some ways, it is an ideal situation to refine individual soccer skills. Practices take place indoors.“You really have to learn the skills and learn them correctly,” he said. “The wood floor reveals all mistakes – and perfection.”The 65 participants were broken into groups by grade. The 1st to 3rd grade players practice together from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Trenton Middle School on Mondays.The 4th to 6th grade players practice together at the Mount Desert Island YMCA in Bar Harbor Sundays from 8 to 10 a.m. The oldest players in the 6th and 8th grades practice the longest, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, also at the YMCA.Following the first sessions, Mr. Curless said it was going “spectacularly well.” This is the second year of the official fall program, but Mr. Curless said it took place in a less formal format during the five years since the club’s founding.Anyone interested in the winter session could contact [email protected] or 244-0454.For more sports news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img

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