The public service of the Calgary Minor Soccer Summer League
By April Cruz
Last night the pitch at Foothills Andrew Sibbald was hopping with the under 10 boys of the Calgary minor soccer summer league.
The weather was ideal for playing and standing on the sidelines. Not to mention, it’s simply a lot of fun watching kids that age play soccer.
The level of skills being demonstrated in this game, particularly by Deportivo, was impressive. For U10′s, this game was much more than kick and run.
Deportivo’s coach, Roberto Sandtander was proud of his boys.
“Today went very well. The boys were doing everything that they were supposed to correctly. What we’ve practiced was on the field today and they had a great game,” he said.
In U10 Calgary minor soccer over the summer league, the score is reported as 1 to 0 when there is a large difference between goals. Several were scored by Deportivo’s boys and will be recorded as win of 1- 0.
During the game, Sandtander would call out ‘cross it’ and ‘mark up’ from the sidelines. This is something commonly heard at games played by U12′s and up. The boys responded and demonstrated an understanding.
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“We work on corner kicks, game situation drills. It’s not just kick and run and the boys are really gelling together,” said Santander. “We have one to two practices a week and a game every Wednesday. Practices are an hour and a half long. We work them hard.”
Parents were wise to register their boys in this league. On practice and game nights, they sleep really well – the boys that is.
“We provide a service to the parents you know, tire them out so they go home and straight to bed,” joked Santander. It’s funny because it’s true.
The Foothills Hurricanes seemed be in another place mentally. Their coach, Ross Murray was a bit surprised.
“Well tonight was quite an adventure. The lads seemed to be thinking about something else other than their soccer,” said Murray. “They were outplayed, out-hustled and the skill set for the other lads was definitely more dominant. Our guys were put in their place tonight that’s for sure.”
Foothills practices every Monday and play a game every Wednesday during the summer league. Following a lose like this, their coach treats the experience as an opportunity to teach the boys about more than just the game of soccer.
“It starts right after the game here. What I tell them is to think about ways to improve the team play, not necessarily their own skill but we work on how to be better for the team,” Murray said. ”We have a little chat first thing on Monday about what we have decided on the weekend and from that, we try to work on that. For the most part, what we’re trying to do is focus on having fun for the boys.”
As Murray pointed out, the boys on this team are basically the Tier 3 lads. They are not the premiership team. The focus is fun first and developing basic skills second.
“Develop some basic skills which they can use in any kind of sport, not just in soccer. They can transfer these skills to football, hockey, basketball. It’s the same kind of team play that they’re going to be getting throughout their junior high and then high school years,” added Murray.
“We’re trying to develop a lot of these kids into better athletes and better people,” he said.
Here parents thought they were simply getting tuckered out ten year olds on game nights. That’s quite the public service.