Youth soccer group creats girls fall team |

Youth soccer group creats girls fall team

Bruce Tippets

— Craig Youth Soccer Association is building for the future as the Craig Storm a girls 12-and-under team will hit the soccer field this fall playing competitive soccer.

According to coach Craig Rummel, this is the first time a Craig Youth Soccer team has been formed this time of year.

“Craig Youth Soccer has done a traveling team for the spring season,” said Rummel. “They have a fall season in the area which is bigger, but we have never done it before. The reason why we did it this year is that there are a bunch of girls who are very interested in playing. They were all really excited to do it.”

Rummel said Craig Youth Soccer Association is a place for young soccer players to learn their skills before they enter into the high school.

“For the past several years, the soccer association has been trying to be the feeder for the high school team to develop the skills for the players before they enter into the high school program,” said Rummel. “Then they know what is going on and the high school coaches can refine those skills a little bit more.”

The girls team is made up of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders.

“We do have a couple of fourth graders on the team that have been playing for several years,” Rummel said.

The team will play in the Western Slope Developmental League which is made up of teams from Rifle, Glenwood Spring , Aspen, Basalt, Eagle and New Castle.

“We have 10 games and they start Saturday, Aug. 28 and they will go through Oct. 30. Its a pretty long season,” Rummel said.

Rummel said he wants to have the girls learn how to work as a team during the season.

“Right now we just want to develop the skills and a little bit of team work,” said Rummel. “We need to really accomplish team work at this level.”

The Storm will first play at home Saturday Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. against New Castle Lightning at Woodbury Park.