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Youngsters, adults attend Soccer Fest

September 27, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

Gathering together, the soccer players each reached out one arm to place in the center of the huddle. After a brief lecture about sportsmanship from the coach, the athletes threw up their arms and let out a cheer before moving on to the next soccer exercise, which focused on passing.

"I love being aggressive and working offense," said mid-field player Kendal Moss, 10, of Williamsport.

Moss was one of more than 60 children and adults who received tips on sportsmanship, teamwork, as well the finer points of soccer during the second annual St. Lawrence Cement Soccer Fest held Sunday.

"I learned a lot about playing offense," said Moss, who was participating in the event for the first time.

"If you just go out there and play, you're not going to learn. You have to be shown how," said Ryan Barrett, 8, of Maugansville.

Both players said they will be back for the clinics next year.

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Held at the Hagerstown Soccer Club's Paul C. Mellot Sr. Soccer Complex off Salem Avenue, the free event was co-sponsored by the Hagerstown YMCA and Hagerstown Soccer Club.

"We are hoping they picked up the basic principles and skills," said Rudy Krumpe, president of the Hagerstown Soccer Club.

Children from 6 to 12 years old participated in drills demonstrating the proper ways to pass, dribble, defend, shoot and head a ball. The children rotated among the different clinics held by area soccer coaches.

The players spent about 20 minutes at each exercise.

"I think it's good for the kids for socialization and to have fun. We want them to get out and exercise and enjoy themselves," said Krumpe.

The clinic for adults was designed to encourage people who may have little soccer experience to get involved, he said.

"We gave them some fresh ideas about what the kids should be learning and ways to teach them," said Krumpe.

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