Things don’t slow down at the Ashland Area YMCA in December … everything just moves indoors!
Soccer is one of those things that moves inside. “Indoor soccer is very similar to outdoor soccer, but there are some obvious differences,” said Kevin Busick, YMCA Youth Sports director. “The most obvious change being that the game is played on a hard court, which is smaller. Because of this, there are fewer players,” he said.
Although the playing area is smaller, indoor soccer is just as strenuous as games played outdoors. “You have less ground to cover, but there are fewer players covering that ground,” Busick noted. Indoor soccer also uses a different type of ball – futsal – which is smaller and has less bounce.
Indoor soccer helps players develop new skills, technical control, coordination of their feet, and passing ability, he noted. Because there are fewer athletes in play, there are more touches with the ball, and accuracy has to be greater. “The typical indoor soccer player will improve their eye-foot coordination and decision making,” Busick noted.
For those who would like to learn more about indoor soccer – or perhaps join a league, the Ashland Y has several opportunities coming up:
Holiday Soccer Shoot Out
Join the fun at the YMCA Dec. 13-16 as U10 and U12 teams battle it out to see which one will take home bragging rights. Admission is just $2. Matches are scheduled for the Youth Gym; Adult Gym may be utilized depending on participation.
Youth Indoor Soccer Registration
Sign up for Youth Indoor Soccer through Dec. 23. Practice/games will begin after Jan. 10. Indoor soccer is for youth ages 6 to 12 and teams will play six games. Admission to the games is $2. The Y will provide a team shirt to all players and coaches. Shin guards and proper indoor shoes are required. Age divisions are U6; U8; U10; and U12. Cost is $30 for members; $50 for non-members.
In addition, kids age 7 to 12 have the opportunity to sign up for the YMCA/Easter Elite Soccer Academy, which will provide six additional training sessions intended to increase the player’s confidence and enhance technical and tactical skills. The Academy is limited to 30 players. Combined cost for the Y league and Eastern Elite is $100 for members; $120 for non-members.
Stop by the membership desk at the Y to sign up or visit the Y at AshlandAreaYMCA.org for additional information.
High School Indoor Soccer
The Y also is offering indoor soccer play for high school students in grades 9-12. Students can choose to form a team based solely from their own schools or mix it up with players representing other schools. Registration deadline is Dec. 23. The Y will provide a team t-shirt to all players, which must be worn during the games. Shin guards and proper indoor shoes are required.
Registration fee is $30 per member player; $50 per non-member player. Games will be played Thursdays, starting Jan. 17. As with all Y soccer, teams are co-ed.
Adult Indoor Soccer
Out of high school but still yearn for the thrill of soccer? The Ashland Y invites adults to sign up for its indoor soccer league 2019. Registration deadline is Dec. 23. Teams are limited to no more than 10 players. Registration fee is $30 per member player; $50 per non-member player. Players will be contacted after Jan. 10; games will be Wednesdays, starting Jan. 16. Shin guards and proper indoor shoes are required.
Now’s the time to join the Y!
Looking for a creative and different Christmas gift? Consider giving your whole family the gift of health, fitness and togetherness. Give the gift of the Y! Memberships are available for families, adults, students and senior citizens.
Memberships include access to the pool; racquetball courts; youth gym; youth track; adult gym; adult track; fun factory; aerobics; outside playground (kids 3-8) and locker rooms/showers. Additional services available with your Y membership (additional fees may apply) include sauna, steam room, whirlpools, treadmills, exercise bikes, free weights, nautilus, Stairmasters, massages, lounge and personal trainers.
Membership dues may be paid annually, semi-annually or quarterly. Monthly payment is available through bank draft. Many employers offer the convenience of payroll deduction. Call the Y to see if your employer participates!
The Ashland Area YMCA is a not-for-profit health and human services organization committed to helping people grow in spirit, mind and body. The Y believes memberships should be available to everyone regardless of ability to pay. The Y offers financial assistance to those who qualify. For more information, ask for an application at the Membership Services desk.
Ashland Area YMCA
3232 Megan Neyer Way
Ashland, KY 41102