Soccer summer campers get leg up on sport

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 19, 2000

Drew Flach and Bettye Jane Carby both insist: A person can never learn enough about the game of soccer.

Flach and Carby, seniors at Cathedral High School, are taking part in the second annual Cathedral Green Wave Varsity Boys and Girls Soccer Camp this week.

&uot;I’m real happy about the camp, and the way it’s going so far,&uot;&160;said Flach, who has attended Cathedral since his freshman year.

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Flach, who is attending his first camp, has only played soccer for one year, and said he is learning things about the game of soccer he didn’t know he could.

&uot;I&160;don’t really know much about soccer, and this is an excellent way to learn about things I&160;never knew about,&uot; he said.

Some of the things camp co-directors Alex Horton and Paul &uot;Rocky&uot; Kettering were teaching at the camp, which runs until the end of the week, were dribbling techniques, passing drills and endurance drills.

&uot;The numbers are really up there in the elementary camp (which has 60 participants), so we’re happy about that,&uot;&160;Kettering said. &uot;I&160;think soccer is really starting to catch on around here, and it shows, because of the number of players we have out.

&uot;We’ve even got a guy from Los Angeles, who’s in town for the summer visiting his aunt, who heard about the camp and decided to take part, so things are starting to pick up,&uot;&160;he said.

Kettering also said there is a player from Natchez High and one from Franklin County who are participating in the camp.

Flach said he loves soccer because of the freedom that the game allows a person, and the camp is harboring that freedom.

Flach said the main reason it is so easy to learn is due to camp co-directors, Kettering and Horton.

&uot;Alex really helps you in that area, and he really knows how to help people understand everything about soccer,&uot; Flach said, as Horton instructed the group of varsity players on how to pass the ball correctly.

As Flach watched Kettering teach players how to properly dribble the ball with their feet, he said, &uot;Mr. Kettering is not your stereotypical coach. He explains things so easily and makes it fun at the same time.&uot;

Each time Kettering or Horton spoke, each player stopped to hear what the coaches had to say.

&uot;That’s just a testament to how good they really are,&uot; Flach said.

Carby, who is attending her second camp, said she believes &uot;coming to these camps is going to help me and all the rest of the girls who plan on playing varsity girls soccer this fall.&uot;

&uot;This year’s camp is not quite as basic as last year’s, because the people out here know more than they did last year,&uot;&160;she said.

&uot;But nobody knows everything there is to know, and that’s why we’re out here.&uot;

Cathedral started a girls varsity soccer team last month, and Carby is optimistic about how much this camp will do for the girls who have never played before this year.

Carby said she thinks the camp is going to be a &uot;tremendous&uot; help to the girls soccer program. &uot;I’m excited,&uot; she said.

Kettering has brought in a new coach specifically for girls soccer.

&uot;Tasha Webber who’s from Vidalia, will be there for the girls for the rest of the week and on into the season as someone who can be a positive female influence,&uot;&160;he said.