Get out and reg­is­ter

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Greet­ings soc­cer fans! This is the first in­stall­ment of a weekly fea­ture that deals ex­clu­sively with soc­cer, the most pop­u­lar sport in the world.

This is the fastest grow­ing sport in North Amer­ica and Canada. The Trin­ity-Con­cep­tionPla­cen­tia re­gion has cer­tainly em­braced this sport as the num­ber of play­ers en­rolled in soc­cer con­tin­ues to grow each year.

This sum­mer soc­cer pro­grams will be op­er­ated at seven sites in the Trin­ity-Pla­cen­ti­aCon­cep­tion ge­o­graph­i­cal re­gion. Over the next few weeks we will pro­vide our read­ers with in­for­ma­tion about reg­is­ter­ing chil­dren for soc­cer. This week we will fea­ture three clubs.

• Lower Trin­ity South Mi­nor Soc­cer (Hant’s Har­bour) will hold a reg­is­tra­tion July 4 at the Hant’s Har­bour soc­cer pitch. If you re­quire ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion call 586-2655.

• The Con­cep­tion Bay soc­cer as­so­ci­a­tion in Har­bour Grace held reg­is­tra­tion on Satur­day, June 25, but reg­is­tra­tion will take place ev­ery evening this week. The cost is $60 per player.

• CBN Light­ning soc­cer club op­er­ates soc­cer pro­grams for chil­dren ages 3 to 16 at three sites — Bay Roberts, North River and Marys­vale.

It also has a re­cre­ation soc­cer league which is open to male and fe­male play­ers ages 14 to 65. This pro­gram be­gins Mon­day, June 27 at Bay Roberts and a week later in Marys­vale.

Any­one who hasn’t al­ready reg­is­tered can do so at any of our three sites from June 27-July 2.

On July 2, CBN Light­ning will hold a mini World Cup tour­na­ment for all age di­vi­sions. For more in­for­ma­tion call 786-1417 or visit the club web­site at www.league­lineup.com/cbn­light­ning.

Reg­is­tra­tion for CBN Light­ning soc­cer is $30, with a max­i­mum of $60 per fam­ily.

In ad­di­tion to these three clubs, soc­cer pro­grams will take place in Old Shop and Pla­cen­tia. Con­tact mu­nic­i­pal of­fices in each of these towns to find out the times and lo­ca­tions of reg­is­tra­tion for the sum­mer pro­gram.

Tip of the Week

Par­ents of­ten won­der how old their child should be be­fore they en­rol them in soc­cer. This is a dif­fi­cult ques­tion to an­swer be­cause ev­ery child de­vel­ops phys­i­cally and so­cially at a dif­fer­ent rate.

My ad­vise is bring them along to a few ses­sions and ob­serve their level of in­ter­est and their abil­ity to fol­low the coaches di­rec­tions. You will know af­ter a few ses­sions if your child is ready to play soc­cer. I have had some chil­dren as young as two-and-ahalf years who were fan­tas­tic lis­ten­ers and closely fol­lowed di­rec­tions. Most clubs use three years-of-age as a start­ing point but there are al­ways ex­cep­tions to this rule.

Robert Tar­rant is a bronze cer­ti­fied ICA coach and has spent 25 years coach­ing chil­dren ages 2 to 18. He also has a mas­ters in ed­u­ca­tion with a spe­cialty in early child­hood de­vel­op­ment. He presently coaches CBN Light­ning un­der-14 and un­der-16 boys teams.

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