The winter indoor soccer program will hold an information meeting at the Fort Frances High School cafeteria Wednesday at 7 p.m. to discuss the upcoming practice sessions and schedule of tournaments.
“It’s a chance for an idea and information exchange,” committee member John Pierce said Tuesday. “What ideas people from last year have, what directions they want to take it in, and what improvements that can be made.”
Pierce said everyone from parents, players, and potential coaches are welcome to attend. The program is open to boys from grade eight through 11 and girls in grades eight through 12.
Registration forms also will be available with the season’s cost being $45 per player. There is no set deadline but Pierce said they’re hoping for a commitment by the end of November.
Entering its second year, the indoor soccer sessions will move from the St. Francis gym to the large gym at Fort High this winter.
Weekly Tuesday sessions will begin Oct. 30 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (two 90-minute sessions for each boys and girls) and will run until the end of March.
“One of the real benefits is that we have the full use of the big gym,” said Pierce. “That allows us to come much closer to simulating a full field practice.”
The program was started by Pierce and Jim Curr as a way to make up for the possible loss of high school soccer amid last year’s teacher dispute and to keep up with the growing popularity of the sport locally.
It attracted 22 boys and 16 girls last winter.
The boys’ team, coached by Jorg Ruppenstein, Mike Webb, and Curr, captured the under-15 division championship at the Thunder Cup in Thunder Bay last July and also competed at the annual Children’s Hospital tournament in Winnipeg in June.
All three boys’ coaches will return but those behind the bench of the girls’ team have yet to be decided.
Pierce said there are preliminary discussions of entering teams in indoor tournaments—or even hosting one.
“That will be predicated on the commitment from parents and committee members to put the time and effort in developing a tournament,” he noted.