In soccer it’s all about the fundamentals, and aspiring players in Cody recently had a chance to learn them from some of the best.
On June 4, Youth Soccer Camp kicked off with groups of participants arrayed on the Cody High School football field working on passing and kicking drills.
Fillies soccer coach Marian Miears oversaw the activities, which were open to toddlers through eighth graders.
“The turnout was wonderful,” she said. “We had 98 kids registered.”
Among those participants was Joe Ivanoff, 4, who enjoyed the passing drills.
“I like going to kick the ball to my friends,” he said.
The direct instruction Joe and other participants received came from high school and college soccer players recruited by Miears. Their duties ranged from running stations to extracting cleats tangled up in the goal net.
Among them was Emma Nieters, a junior at CHS who has played soccer since her freshman year. During the first two days she ran passing and shooting drills.
“They’re actually really good,” she said. “They listen well.”
Among the players on the field was Piper Mcfadden, 4.
“I like it,” she said of the camp. “My favorite part is kicking the ball into the goal.”
Also helping to run stations was Ryan Blaylock, who graduated from CHS this year and played soccer her freshman and senior years.
“I worked with the 3-6-year-olds,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun because they’re so high energy.”
Organizers for the event are hoping to turn it into an annual occurrence. It all helps to keep kids active during the summer months.