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YMCA hosting registration for fall soccer league

By J.R. Tidwell / Editor

The YMCA of Chilton County has opened up registration for the 2018 fall soccer league.

The league is part of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO).

According to Josh Elmore, the regional commissioner for AYSO who covers Chilton County, there will be different age divisions ranging from 6 and Under to 14 and Under.

“We will have five or six age divisions,” he said. “It depends on how many kids we have sign up. Last year we had six age divisions, 14 teams and 163 total kids playing. They were from all over Chilton County and were a diverse group from all backgrounds.”

The cost to sign up is $85 per player, with a $5 discount for families who sign up multiple children.

Anyone interested may register online at ayso.bluesombrero.com/region1642.

“Our recreation program allows kids to experience the game and become lifelong fans,” Elmore said.

Evaluations will be held for those who register on Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Aug. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Chilton County YMCA. The YMCA is located at 405 Ollie Ave. in Clanton.

“We have the kids run, pass and shoot to see what their soccer knowledge is,” Elmore said. “We take a look at their agility, balance and control, things like that.”

Games will be held at the YMCA in Clanton, but some contests will be held in cities like Montgomery, Wetumpka and Alexander City.

According to the AYSO website, “The American Youth Soccer Organization is a volunteer, non-profit program dedicated to providing children with a positive sports experience in a fun, safe and fair environment.”

“AYSO has six tenets,” Elmore said. “They are everyone plays, balanced teams, open registration, positive coaching, good sportsmanship and player development.”

Elmore also said the group was in need of some more volunteers for coaches and referees.

“There is a background check involved, and we can help get them training,” he said.