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Friday, October 2, 2009

Is Your Child a Sweeper?

Is your child a sweeper, a keeper, or perhaps, a striker? If you know the answer to that question you are probably a soccer parent, and if you don't know the answer, you may become a soccer parent in the future. If you want to help your young child move beyond what is sometimes called "herd ball", there are many opportunities in the community to learn more about this popular sport.

One exciting and inexpensive way to learn is by watching the Maine West High School boys soccer team play. They are having a great year, so put on your Columbia blue and gold and cheer them on. The next match is during Homecoming Week on Tuesday, Oct. 6 against intradistrict rival Maine East.

Your child may not be the next Freddy Adu (a professional soccer player at age 14), but you can have fun developing your skills together. Instructional soccer programs are offered through the Des Plaines Park District, Mt. Prospect Park District, and the Latoff YMCA. Volunteer coaches are often needed, so you and your child could have fun at practice together.

The library offers great print and video resources, such as How to Improve at Soccer and Just Kickin' It.

In case you're still curious, a sweeper is a defender that plays close to the goal, the keeper is the goalkeeper, and a striker plays offense close to the opponent's goal.

Have fun and keep on dribbling!

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