By JOSH FRYE
News Sports Writer
Atmore Soccer has officially closed the door on its 2019 Spring season, during which teams played a total of around eight games each within numerous age divisions.
“We had around 100 kids sign up for the spring season,” director Alex Alvarez said. “We had numerous age divisions that included children as young as two- and three year-olds.”
According to Alvarez, the season was a golden opportunity for young, beginner players to improve skills and gain a basic knowledge of the game.
Older players, in hindsight, were able to improve skills in preparation for tournament play which will begin in the fall.
“We will be registering players again starting in August, for the fall season,” said Alvarez. “Registration will last around one month.”
Older divisions such as Under 12 and Under 15 will have the chance to travel for tournament play in the fall to places such as Foley, Pensacola and Mobile to take on more competitive teams.
The spring season helped to prepare players for the opportunity by helping them polish and improve their skills.
“We are looking forward to improving the organization,” said Alvarez. “We are taking feedback from players, coaches and parents and using it to build a better program. We strive on quality and not quantity.”
Alvarez stressed that Atmore Soccer Inc., is a way of gaining a fun and healthy activity for Atmore youth. Soccer is a game that is not widely offered to youth in the Atmore area but draws more youth to its doorstep with interest every year.
“Spring season went really well for us; we were able to accommodate everyone, and that will continue,” he said.
With the offering of fall soccer, hopes are that interest in the game will peak and that kids will have the opportunity to play challenging games with travel play.
Clinics are also planned for various parts of the area during the upcoming fall season, which is set to run from October thru December.