Summer soccer camps underway at Bender Park

Miles City Youth Soccer Association summer camps are well under way. 

According to Miles City Youth Soccer Association Camp Coordinator Keeli Muscha there are 28 Challenger campers, which are the recreation-aged players. There are 14 TetraBrazil campers, which are the players that fall into the competitive category.

“I think it is going great,” said Muscha of the camp. “The only thing is the heat. It’s hard to keep the kids hydrated.” The first half of the camp saw some incredibly warm days, with temperatures approaching 100 degrees..

MCYSA has preregistration at the end of the spring season. That preregistration gives Challenger Sports and TetraBrazil an idea of how many coaches they will need for the summer camp.

This year there are two coaches with the British Challenger camp — Carl Lownsbrough and Ashleigh Kirby.

Lownsbrough is from Whiston, England and has 13 years of soccer experience at the amateur level. He was captain of his junior league team and is currently playing open age football in the West Cheshire League.

Kirby has been playing since age 5, representing her country as well as local teams. She is from Brighton and last year she coached the Cincinnati region. Kirby played for her college academy team and is currently playing for her university team.

The TetraBrazil camp has just one coach this year, Daniel Sousa Vaz Alves. Alves is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has been a TetraBrazil coach since 2015. 

Muscha is also hosting the coaches at her home, rather than having them stay at a hotel, they stay with a member of the MCYSA. This give the coaches a more homey atmosphere and cuts down on the costs of bringing in coaches.

“It’s so fun,” Muscha said of hosting the coaches. “The coaches say they love it; they meet so many people.”

The two camps run a week every summer, but kids can sign up for either full-day or half-day sessions. The kids are kept busy through their sessions, playing games and working on skills that they have learned previously. 

“The younger ones are working on skills games, where they can work on footwork and passing skills,” said Muscha. “The older kids are working on strategies and plays out on the field.”

The program guarantees that the campers will have a certain amount of touches on the ball as well as working on skills one-on-one and more individualized attention.

The MCYSA will be doing sign-ups for their fall season on Sept. 6-7 in room 106 at Miles Community College.  The fall league is a recreational league exclusively for younger kids.