The Moose Jaw Soccer Association is looking to establish the beautiful game here in the city, and are preparing for an open house Saturday that will go from the U7s at 11 a.m. to the late afternoon with the U13s.
“We’re using the return to play curriculum that Celtic FC provided for partner clubs, which is a lot of social distancing within the drills,” said association executive and technical director Jordan Jeffery. “But there’s still plenty of game-related and possession-based exercises we can do while still social distancing at the same time. It’s a very strong curriculum. We’ve been using it at the club for the outdoor season that’s going to be wrapping up over the next couple of weeks, and I think it’s the best season that we’ve had in a long time.”
The age groups Saturday will be: U7s (11-noon), U9s (12:30-1:30), U11 (2-3), and U13 (3:30-4:30).
“We’ve got a half an hour window between each group just to make sure everybody can exit the field from one group safely and the next group can enter as well,” said Jeffery. “We’re just using this as a warm-up for our indoor season that will start mid-to-late October, with the evaluations and then the official season will launch the first week of November.”
They will be doing something for the older age groups as well in the coming weeks, all the way up to U19.
Jeffery said the indoor season will have limited registration spots at the moment with caps on the limits of at the Yara Centre. They’re looking to get the registrations now so that if they need the extra spaces they can book it.
They are doing their best to make sure they fall in with the current restrictions and guidelines of the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
“We’re asking players and parents to make sure they sign in at the start of the session and leave all their details with us,” Jeffery said. “There will be an entrance point and an exit point to the field. We’re recommending players bring hand sanitizer and a couple of bottles as well to make sure they can stay hydrated.”
Yara Centre’s turf will be available starting Sept. 14.