Town Soccer Kicks Off

Dylan Carranza kicks the ball into play as the Chargers practice keeping the ball in bounds during a short scrimmage against the Raptors at Rumsey Park Saturday, April 10.

Dylan Carranza kicks the ball into play as the Chargers practice keeping the ball in bounds during a short scrimmage against the Raptors at Rumsey Park Saturday, April 10. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Chancey Deaton of the Chargers displays perfect form as she hurls the ball into play from the sideline.

It wasn’t the largest turnout ever for the town-sponsored youth soccer league, but the 400 youths who attended a season-opening camp April 10 filled South Rumsey Park fields to their boundaries

All were on hand at the camp to learn the nuances of the sport, as it will be played in town leagues over the course of the next few months.

Those participating include aspiring players from 4-years of age to seniors in high school.

All will compete on selected age group teams that include a largest-ever high school division.

“We had 64 (athletes) turn out for the high school league,” said Town of Payson Sports Coordinator Joe Harris.

For high school, games will be played at 6 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday on the Rumsey North field.

“It will be a competitive league with four teams and regular high school referees,” Harris said.

Middle school division games, which are also considered “competitive,” will be on Mondays and Wednesdays also at Rumsey North.

The 4-years-to-6th-grade leagues, which are recreational divisions, play Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Rumsey South.

For those players wishing to ramp up their skills, the town is hosting two British Soccer Camps on Rumsey South.

The first is set for June 7 to 11 and the second July 5 to 9.

The cost is $76 to $168 depending upon age.

Harris says the camps are a chance to be coached by professionals from the United Kingdom.

The town soccer program also includes a fall soccer league for players 4-years to 6th-grade. It begins Aug. 28.

For more information on any of the leagues, visit www.paysonparks.com.

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