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Elks to host soccer shootout

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Soccer is one of the fastest growing youth activities in the country.

The Elks Soccer Shootout Program, coming Oct. 12 at the Mautino Field in Grass Valley, is geared to coincide with this sport phenomenon.

From toddlers to teens, soccer is becoming the sport of choice for local youth. This program is the kind of sporting event to help keep young athletes focused and away from undesirable activities.

Kids ages 13 and under are welcome and do not need any soccer experience in order to participate. Admission for the event is free.

The Elks Soccer Shootout program consists of three different contests that test different levels of skill at different ages. Contests will be from 10 a.m. to noon with an award ceremony and raffle to follow.

A “Five Goal Contest” consists of a series of five goal tries. Points are awarded the farther away the shooter is from the goal. The age groups for this contest are open to all age categories, including U14, U12, U10, U8 and U6. The contest is open to boys and girls who will compete separately.

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 U12 and U14. The contest is open to both boys and girls who will compete separately.

The final Contest is “Soccer Golf.” The contestants get scored on how many kicks it takes to connect with each flag on the nine hole course. This contest is open to all age categories.

There will be awards handed out to the top three finishers for each contest for boys and girls. Any ties will be settled in a three shot “kick-off.”

Each participant will be entered into a free raffle for multiple prizes, including a 2014 registration for Gold Country Youth Soccer.

A free barbecue hot dog lunch with cold drinks and snacks will be served to all family members.

Members of the Nevada Union High School soccer team will be on hand to coach and offer various clinics on several soccer fundamentals.

Members of Grass Valley Boy Scout Troop No. 21 will be on hand to collect canned foods for their annual canned food drive. Participation in this is not mandatory but encouraged. The troop will also be helping out coordinating the games.

Members of the Grass Valley Venture Crew No. 21 will also be on hand to help out and make the Grid Goal for the Grid Goal Contest.

For information on the event visit http:// grassvalleyelks.org.


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