Developmental program added for ages 3 and 4

Back in the day, children would spend more time outside without today’s indoor distractions like videogames, social media and big-screen televisions.

Youth soccer is a way to get the kids outdoors in a fun sport.

Redstone youth soccer registration is underway until July 29. It’s for boys and girls ages 3-13.

“There will be a 3-4 age group,” Mike Gates, youth sports director, said. “There will be an under-6, under-8, under-10, under-12 and under-14.”

With the exception of the 3-4-year-olds, the Redstone teams compete in the Huntsville recreational league. Children ages 3-4 will have a new program called Future Stars.

On Saturday mornings, the Future Stars will have fundamental skill development followed by scrimmage games. This program for ages 3-4 will run seven weeks, from Aug. 17 to Oct. 5, and include a T-shirt. The cost is $25.

Children in all the other age groups register for $55 which includes their team uniform. Their season will run from about the second week in August through the end of October. Redstone home games are played at the soccer fields on Goss Road.

“Kids should participate in soccer so they can be outside and get some exercise – fresh air,” Gates said.

Register at Parent Central Services in the Pershing Welcome Center, building 3443 on Aerobee Road. The hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 876-3704.

To serve as a volunteer coach, call Gates at 313-3699.

Ken Liston, a motor vehicle operator for Child and Youth Services, will enter his third year as a volunteer soccer coach. “I don’t know enough to get paid,” he quipped. Liston coached under-12 last year and will coach U14 this year.

“I have a son that plays also. It’s fun. It’s nice working with kids,” Liston said. “I used to be an elementary school teacher before I went back on active duty when I was in the Army. I enjoy it. It’s a lot of fun. And it’s getting harder and harder to get parents involved with the sport where you have to be involved in practices and the games. I did it back when I was stationed at Fort Lee (Virginia) in the ‘80s. That was when I was on active duty. I have an older son, he was playing.”

Liston, 59, from Kettering, Ohio, used to coach Christopher, who is now 40 and resides in Trussville. Now he coaches Kyle, 12.

“It’s a way to give back to the community and also it’s just a lot of fun,” he said. “It gives you time to spend with your child and also other children, too.”

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