Elks soccer shoot is Sunday

12 years ago

    HOULTON — Calling all soccer players, the Houlton Elks Lodge No. 835 will hold its annual soccer shoot on Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Houlton High School soccer field. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., with the competition following at 1 p.m.
    A birth certificate will be required at registration to verify contestant age. Age is determined by the age of the contestant as of Aug. 1. Parent or legal guardian must be present to sign consent at event.
    Age groups for the “5 goal Contest” are broken up into two groups — U-8 and U-10. The U-8 contains all ages seven years old and younger, and U-10 group contains ages eight and nine. The contest is open to boys and girls who shoot separately.
    Age Groups for the “Grid Goal Contest” are also broken into two groups — U-12 and U-14. The U-12, group is for those ages 10-11, and U-14 is for ages 12 and 13. The contest is open to both boys and girls and they shoot separately.
    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 that use these goals are divided into two categories, U-8 contains all ages seven years old and younger, and U-10 group contains ages eight and nine. The contest is open to boys and girls who shoot separately. The U-8 contestants kick from 15 feet from the face of the goal, while the U-10 contestants kick 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, which contain the ages ten and eleven, and U-14, which contain ages twelve and thirteen. The contest is open to both boys and girls and they shoot separately.
    Winners in both boys and girls divisions for each age group will compete in the Northern District Event to be held in Houlton on Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. Winners at the Northern District Level will compete at the state level on Oct. 21 in Augusta. Area 1 Regional Shoot-Out will be held on November 2 – 4, 2012 in Rhode Island.