Photos courtesy of Johanna Keefe
Rutland Elks Lodge hosted The Elks Soccer Shoot from 8 a.m. to
12-noon at Hathaway Fields (Polo Grounds) in Rutland Town Saturday,
Sept. 29. The Soccer Shoot program consists of two different
contests that test different level skills for different
Saturday, Sept. 29, Rutland Elks Lodge hosted The Elks Soccer
Shoot from 8 a.m. to 12-noon at Hathaway Fields (Polo Grounds) in
Rutland Town. Rutland High School Boys White Soccer team helped
keep score and Elks Volunteers ran the program. Soccer players up
to the age of 13 had a chance to participate. Soccer is one of the
fastest growing youth activities in the country and this program
was intended to help keep youth focused on positive 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
were, U-8 for kids age seven years old and younger, and U-10 for
kids age eight and nine. The contest was open to boys and girls who
shoot separately. The U-8 contestants kicked from 15 feet from the
face of the goal, while the U-10 contestants kicked 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, kids ages ten
and eleven, and U-14, kids ages twelve and thirteen. The contest
was open to both boys and girls and they shoot separately.
Winners from this year's shoot are: U8 Ian Reynolds and Caroline
McCormack; U10 Eliot Mason and Cecily McCormack; U12 Jacob
Henderson and Allison Nemeth; U14 Noah Tanon. These winners will go
on to compete in the VT State Soccer Shoot in St. Albans on October