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YMCA Youth Soccer League builds athletic, social and interpersonal skills

Feb 08, 2017 11:19AM ● By Today's Family
The Y is the starting point for many kids to learn about becoming and staying active, as well as developing healthy habits they will carry with them throughout their lives. Lake County YMCA Youth Soccer League not only helps children gain confidence by learning to pass or kick, but it builds positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork.

“The coaches/parents and referees/teens that volunteer to lead these children on the field are incredible. Not only do they teach the basics of soccer, but also they inspire. We have seen shy children become confident and outgoing players,” said Michele Kuester, executive director at the Lake County Outdoor Y.

Children ages 4–5 can discover their personal best, have fun and be part of a team on the field during the preschool soccer league. As young athletes, our coaches encourage more skill development though games that teach techniques and build confidence. These new improvements to the preschool program also create more opportunity for game exposure.
Soccer at the Y is family friendly because of flexible scheduling and all games are on Saturdays at the Outdoor Y, 4540 River Road in Perry.

Spring Youth Soccer League registration deadline is Saturday, March 22 – early registration ends February 19. Games will be held on Saturdays beginning April 15 thru May 27.
Program fees for children ages 4–18 are $55 for Y members and $65 for program members. Late registration is open through April 10 and fees increase to $70 for Y members and $80 program members.

Register in person at the Lake County Outdoor Y or online:
Parents and teens are encouraged to volunteer as coaches and referees respectively. Contact Liann Cox at 440-259-2724 or [email protected] if interested in volunteering.

About the Y
The YMCA is the nation's leading nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the potential of children, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Since 1866, the Lake County Y has engaged men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – with its diverse programs to deliver lasting personal and social change. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together to support their neighbors. For more information visit the Lake County Y online ( and follow them on Facebook.