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YMCA, recreation departments collaborate for youth soccer programs

By Staff | Sep 16, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to run its course, the YMCA's soccer program will look different this season.

With the recommendation to not travel for games outside the district, the Rockland Harbor YMCA, Thomaston Recreation Department and Cushing Recreation Department have come together to provide six-week soccer programs to Regional School Unit 13 children.

All grade levels will be sessions of skill development by way of drills, stations, competitions and light modified scrimmages.

The kindergarten level will introduce the basics of soccer and instill the "fun of the game." The middle school division adds more advanced skills and strategies, while applying them to in-game situations.

The cost is $40 per participant, and all groups are coed. Some recreation departments may cover the costs for participants.

The following is a breakdown of each program:

Kindergarten — Saturdays, Sept. 19 to Oct. 24 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on the Laura Libby fields in Thomaston. This program is for RSU 13 students only.

First and second grades — Saturdays, Sept. 19 to Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to noon on the Thomaston Little League Field. This program is for RSU 13 students only.

Third through fifth grades — Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 21 to Oct. 28 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Jaycee Park on Old County Road Field in Rockland. This program is for RSU 13 students only.

Sixth through eighth grades — Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 22 to Oct. 29 from 5 to 6 p.m. on Lura Libby fields in Thomaston. This program is for RSU 13 students only.

To register for a session call the Rockland Harbor YMCA at 593-8500, Flanagan Community Center at 594-0321 or Penobscot Bay YMCA at 236-3375.

For more information, email Benjie Blake at bblake@penbayymca.org.

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