The numbers aren't where they could be in the indoor soccer league sponsored by the Craig Youth Soccer Association, but Bill Sawyer isn't worried.
"Usually the numbers double after the first couple of weeks," said the coach for the winter league. "We have about 20 now, but word will spread and we welcome them."
Indoor soccer at Craig Middle School consists of two programs. The older groups, 10-18, are run by the CYSA and the younger divisions are coordinated by Craig Parks and Recreation.
"Indoor soccer is faster and it requires more ball movement," Sawyer said. "It is a good way to work on those skills."
Sawyer said about three-fourths of the high school soccer teams come to hone their skills when there aren't any fields to play on.
The practices for the older athletes are Mondays and Fridays from 6-9 p.m., with each age group, 12 & Under, 14 & Under, and 18 & Under playing for an hour. But the age groups don't always stay within their bounds.
"We move the younger players up," he said. "It takes them out of their comfort zone at times."
In addition to the local scrimmages, Sawyer has arranged a tournament on Saturday, Feb. 7 called the Ground Hog Tournament. Teams from the Western Slope are expected to come and play.
The 18 & Under boys team also has three tournaments scheduled for the fast-paced cousin of their
The three age groups for the Parks and Recreation league are 10 & Under, 8 & Under and 6 & Under. The teams are currently practicing and the season will begin Feb. 4.
"This league is supplemental for out outdoor leagues," said Parks and Recreation Coordinator Pam Brethauer. "It is a good learning experience and it keeps soccer fresh for the younger groups."
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