HCSA signups

HIGH COUNTRY — High Country Soccer Association is accepting registrations for youth players aged under-6 to under-15 for the spring season.

The under-6, under-8, and under-10 Academy programs are designed to teach kids the fundamentals of soccer and prepare them for travel soccer.

The under-9 and the under-15 Challenge programs are designed for kids who have aged out of Academy but are not ready to commit to travel soccer.

All Academy and Challenge Soccer programs will be held at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex on Brookshire Road in Boone. Each team will be assigned a licensed, paid coach.

Under-6 Academy is an age-appropriate, basic introduction to the game of soccer. It is a six-week program consisting of a weekly 45-minute session. Classes are offered on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday.

Sneakers or soccer cleats are appropriate footwear. Each player needs to wear shin guards and should bring a size 3 soccer ball and water bottle to each session.

Practice begins March 23.

Under-8 Academy is soccer with philosophy and curriculum taught by professional licensed coaches. It is an eight-week program consisting of a weekly practice (Wednesday) and weekly game (Friday).

Soccer cleats are appropriate footwear. Each player needs to wear shin guards and should bring a size 3 soccer ball and water bottle to each session.

Practice begins March 18.

Under-10 Academy is more advanced than rec soccer and is an introduction to travel soccer. It is a 10-week program consisting of practice twice a week (Monday and Wednesday) and a weekly house match (Friday). There is also opportunity for Academy matches against similar Academy teams from clubs in our region of the state (limited travel, with the opt-out option to play on some Saturdays).

Practice begins March 13.

HCSA Challenge Soccer is a recreational league for players under-9 to under-15. This program is suitable for all levels of experience, including first-time players or those who are not ready to commit to travel soccer.

The league will be an eight-week season consisting of a weekly team practice and league game culminating in an end-of-season one-day tournament. Each team will be assigned a licensed, paid coach hired by HCSA. Coaches will follow a consistent curriculum for practices to ensure all players receive quality instruction from fun skill-building activities.

Practice begins March 18.

HCSA, which opened in 1986, offers soccer training to youth ranging from under-6 to under-18 and competes in the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association. HCSA also operates adult leagues, winter futsal youth training, and summer camps. In all, HCSA has more than 600 youth players and more than 300 adult players from Avery, Ashe, Caldwell, Wilkes, and Watauga counties.

For more information, click to www.hcsoccer.com or call (828) 386-1215.

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