Soccer camp stresses development of skills

CHS soccer camp

Macy Esmonde, left, battles Ethan Anderson for the soccer ball.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, June 21, 2013 at 05:54 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Close to 30 children have learned new kicking and passing skills following Crestview High School’s second annual Soccer Camp for Future Bulldogs.

CrestviewHigh School boys soccer coach Scottie Milton and about 15 of his players led the four-day camp, which was scheduled earlier this year.

"The numbers are a little down this year because we pushed it a little forward a week, but I'm still pretty happy with the numbers," Milton said.

"A lot of these kids are getting better. I kind of stress having fun and selling the sport for them, meaning they can have fun playing it while developing the skills of dribbling and passing and stuff like that."

Soccer is a more technical sport — with the development of dribbling and ball-passing skills — and youth league coaches often overlook the fundamentals, Milton said.

"I hate to say this," he said, "but a lot of time you have coaches that are more interested in winning than teaching the finer points of the game..."

Bulldog senior Cameron White, a Crestview player who helped with the camp, said he enjoyed glimpsing the future of Crestview High School soccer.

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