Soccer players now are being recruited by the Dallas County Soccer Club, DC Raptors.

There are five teams this year, including the following: 6- to 7-year-olds and 8- to 9-year-olds, both of which will be the Lil’ Raptors teams; and 10- to 11-year-olds, 12- to 14-year-olds and 15-year-olds to high school seniors, which will be on the DC Raptors team. As long as the players turn these ages by Dec. 31, they will be eligible to play. 

All teams’ practice will start from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. Practices will continue each Tuesday and Thursday. Practices will be held on the soccer fields on the north side of Buffalo off U.S. 65.

The Lil’ Raptors will be taught basic soccer skills and drills to prepare them to play semi-competitively during the summer months. Teamwork skills also will be one of the main topics to focus on. The cost per Lil’ Raptor player is $25.

DC Raptors ages 10 to 14 will make up two different teams, U12 and U15. Both of these teams will learn position plays within the team in order to better understand competitive play. The players also will advance in their position skills. The objective is to grow the teams to be challenging themselves to be in the competitive world of soccer. 

The U12 team (ages 10 to 11) will play all games at Lake Country Soccer in Springfield. Eight games are scheduled, beginning in late August.

The U15 team will focus on advancing its footwork, coordination skills and teamwork skills in order to advance the team into full competition. 

The U15 team also will play all games at Lake Country Soccer. The team will play indoor futsal beginning in early November. The cost for each of these two teams is $50.

Dallas County Soccer Club is a local nonprofit youth organization. In order to meet the financial needs of the team, teammates and parents must help with fundraising. Fundraising is where the majority of the needs are met. Sponsorships are collected from businesses throughout town to help the group meet its financial needs.

To enroll a child for any of these teams, contact Cheryl Minor on Facebook or call her at (417) 345-2897.

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