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Elks Lodge to host first soccer shoot

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Elks Lodge to host first soccer shoot

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The Lake Oconee Elks Lodge will host a “soccer shoot” at the Greene County Recreation Center.

Lake Oconee Elks Lodge #2849 will hold its first Children’s “Soccer Shoot” on Sept. 8, for kids in Greene, Morgan, Putnam and Hancock counties at the Greene County Recreation Center.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or as participants allow. The shoot is free, and a free lunch will be provided to the participants and their families by the Elks Lodge #2849 Emergency Canteen Group. The event will be conducted on the Greene County Soccer Field weather permitting or indoors if need be. Awards of participation will be given to all contestants, with trophies given to the winner of each division. First place winners will advance to the State Competition in Conyers. Proof of age by birth, baptismal certificate or passport will be required. No equipment will be required other than appropriate clothing or footwear for competition, indoor or outdoor.

Soccer is one of the fastest growing youth activities in the country. The Elks Soccer Shoot Program is geared to coincide with this sport phenomenon. From toddlers to teens, soccer is becoming the sport of choice for youth. This program is the type of sporting event to help keep our youth focused away from undesirable activities.

The Elks Soccer Shoot program consists of two different contests that test different level skills at different ages. A “Five Goal Contest” consists of a series of five goals, decreasing in size from 48 inches to 17 inches. The age groups that use these goals are divided into two categories. U-8 contains all ages 7 and younger, and U-10 contains ages 8-9. The contest is open to boys and girls who shoot separately.

The U-8 contestants kick from 15 feet from the face of the goal, while the U-10 contestants kick from 18 feet from the goal.

The Grid Goal Contest consists of a full-size goal sectioned off, so points can be scored when the ball is kicked into certain sections. The age groups that use this goal are U-12, which contain the ages 10-11, and U-14, which contain ages 12 -13. The contest is open to both boys and girls and they shoot separately.

The Elks Soccer Shoot Program is a terrific program for our youth, the future of our country.

For more information contact Soccer Chairman Bob Pluta at: 770-331-8103.