No bumming around at the Beach Bums soccer clinic

No bumming around at the Beach Bums soccer clinic
Ready to make a save, Brandon Sato is ready to snatch the soccer ball. - Monica Simpson | Sun

With their little boots tied, shin guards on, sporting their Beach Bums soccer jerseys, six-and seven-year-old Island area kids took to the small field last Wednesday night in The Center’s soccer clinic.

Lead by coach Thomas Philpott, now-veteran players like Maggie Sue Niedzwick, Dylan and Brandon Sato, and Camden Rudacille participate this spring in the oldest age group training sessions before eventually moving on to the big field.

No bumming around at the Beach Bums soccer clinic
Dylan Sato shows his years of experience on the pitch at The Center’s Beach Bums soccer clinic Wednesday night. – Monica Simpson | Sun

Other players in this season’s soccer clinic include Giuliana Bankert, Braylen Briggs, Preston Brighenti, Patrick Burnette, Sophia Kerr, Kinsley Roehl, Sophia Travis, Polea Vacek, Evita Moyer, Brennan Rygiel and Lexi Baugher.

After working the drills, the kiddos took their skills into a scrimmage game. Dribbling the soccer ball past defenders, striking the ball for the shot and playing the right position were just a few of the important fundamentals taught in the clinic.

As these players move on playing Island soccer, they will progress to games where the score and statistics are kept, but the fun and love of the game remains.

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