Topper Soccer School kicks off at Urban Park next week

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By Phil Scherer

Next week, kids ages 3-9 will have the opportunity to play soccer like the Hilltoppers, as Topper School 2018 gets underway at Urban Park in Los Alamos. 

The mission of Topper Soccer School is to provide an extraordinary camp environment through innovative instruction and positive reinforcement, and to expose little kids to big soccer. Members of the boys’ high school soccer program provide instruction.

The first session of the camp runs June 11-15. Though the registration date has passed, late registrations will be accepted. Ages 3-5 will play from 4-5 p.m., and ages 6-9 will play from 5-6 p.m. 

The “Tiny Touches” session will be for the 3-5-year-olds, and is designed for young children who like to kick soccer balls.  Proper technique will be taught with an emphasis on basic skills including dribbling, shooting and passing in an encouraging and enthusiastic environment.  Skills will be demonstrated and lots of fun and games will be included in the sessions.  To make the overall environment more comfortable and conducive to learning for the young players, parents (mom, dad, older sibling, aunt, uncle, etc.) are welcome to participate in these training sessions as well. 

The “Fundamental Fun” session will be for the 6-9-year-olds, and is designed for young and budding soccer players who would like to learn more about the game of soccer.  Emphasis will be placed on basic skills and a game-based curriculum to introduce the players to individual and team play.  Quality instruction and fun will highlight this session.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the LAHS Athletics website, under Topper Soccer School 2018. Registration forms and payment should be mailed to: 4960 Sandia Dr., Los Alamaos, NM 87544. 

The cost is $35 per session, or $50 for both camps, including June 25-29 at Rover Park in White Rock. 

If multiple siblings participate, it is $35 for the first child, $30 for the second child and $25 for the third child. If both sessions are attended, it is $50 for the first child, $45 for the second child and $35 for the third child. 

All proceeds from Topper Soccer School will go to the LAHS Boys’ Soccer program. Anyone with questions should contact Stacey Castille at 412-2676 or email: 5castilles@gmail.com.