Soccer league drawing crowd

Published 12:03 am Friday, August 31, 2007

VIDALIA — More than 100 area children have signed up for the brand new Miss-Lou Soccer League.

Parents and potential coaches gathered for an “Introduction to Soccer” meeting at the Vidalia Recreation Center Thursday night. The league is for children ages 4 to 12.

“This is a new sport for a lot of the parents,” Concordia Recreation Director Mike Bowlin said.

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“To sign up this many kids is a success. Most of them are from Vidalia but we have some from Ferriday and a few from Natchez also. Our only problem is we don’t have enough coaches.”

Natchez High soccer coach Dennis Hogue gave a condensed lesson on the basics of the game Thursday, hoping to recruit coaches.He used his time to ease concerns and answer any questions the parents had.

“Parents are usually cautious about coaching because they don’t know the game,” Hogue said. “I’m here to help them.”

He also explained general terms, proper equipment, drills to teach and general rules.

“The main thing is to support and encourage your players,” Hogue said. “You want to make sure they are have fun.”

First time soccer coach Kate Eames is coach of the six and under team. She said she will definitely use some of the things Hogue taught.

“Tonight helped out a lot,” Eames said. “It was a ton of information but it will help.”

Bowlin is still in search for coaches and referees. If anyone is interested, Bowlin can be contacted at 601-431-9783.