Youth sports

PITCH takes over Five-Town Recreation Soccer Program from YMCA

Organization offers host of fall outdoor soccer options for Midcoast youngsters
By Staff | Aug 04, 2017

Warren — The Five-Town Fall Recreation Soccer Program, open to those in first through sixth grades and run Aug. 31 through Oct. 14, has been taken over by The PITCH after years of being directed by the Penobscot Bay YMCA.

Training sessions are run by The PITCH’s soccer instructors Robbie Krul, Dan Williams and Dwight Pitcairn.

Players learn and develop skills to be utilized in one or two games per week. The league is comprised of coed teams. There are no tryouts. Teams will be formed after three evaluation practices and be led by volunteer coaches.

The cost is $65 per player. The registration deadline is Sept. 6. There will be no games on Saturday, Sept. 2 and Oct. 7.

The outdoor soccer program will include the following:

Micro League (grades 1-2) — Practices on Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at True Park in Hope. Three-on-three games on Saturdays, 9:45 to 11 a.m at True Park. Start date: Wednesday, Sept. 6.

MLS League (grades 3-4) — Practices Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at Marge Jones Recreation Facility, Route 90, Rockport. Six-on-six games on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon at Marge Jones baseball/softball fields. Start date: Thursday, Aug. 31.

Midcoast League (grades 5-6) — Practices Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:45 at Marge Jones Recreation Facility, Route 90, Rockport. Eight-on-eight games on Saturdays, times to be determined, at Marge Jones Babe Ruth fields. Rockport Elementary School field or at Midcoast Community Fields. Start date: Thursday, Aug. 31.

Recreational Soccer (introductory) — Saturdays, Sept. 9 through Oct. 14. Pre-kindergarten through second grade, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at True Park in Hope. The cost is $45 per player. The registration deadline is Sep. 9. This program is run by The PITCH'S soccer instructors. The six-week recreational program will provide an opportunity for participants to develop skills and experience game situations. Volunteer coaches lead participants through drills and small-sided games each week with the primary focus on individual skill development and participant enjoyment.

To register for any of the outdoor soccer programs, visit mainepitch.com and look under the soccer menu for the fall programs. Questions: Dwight Pitcairn at dpitcairn@mainepitch.com or 207-322-1182.

Courier Publications’ sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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