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Soccer season returns to practicing

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The youngest kids on the youth soccer teams join together

The youngest kids on the youth soccer teams join together in the middle of the field before a water break on Thursday afternoon. The kids were split up into three different groups on different fields dependent on age.

Buffalo’s co-ed youth soccer league is picking up speed again as the fall season with their weekly practices. Games are set to kick off on Thursday, Sept. 10 for the non-competitive teams and later in the weekend for the competitive team. Kids range from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade on the local teams, and the competitive team includes middle and high school aged players. 

Hannah Gardner, 8, launches forward for her leg of the relay race

Hannah Gardner, 8, launches forward for her leg of the relay race during practice on Thursday afternoon. During the drill, the first person in line ran and searched for a jersey and brought it back to the line so the second person could do the same. The first team that brought back the second jersey didn’t have to run to the opposite net to condition.

A bike and water bottle lay strewn on the hill waiting for its owner

A bike and water bottle lay strewn on the hill waiting for its owner to return above the fields during soccer practice Thursday afternoon. The bike marked the edge of parents watching practice with younger siblings rolling up and down the hill.

Head coach Parker Ruby pats the head of Tyrus Connors

Head coach Parker Ruby pats the head of Tyrus Connors between drills on Thursday afternoon. Ruby coaches the third to sixth graders and told Tyrus that he had gotten taller since he had last seen him.

Brad Fox lays out in his lawn chair during his son’s practice

Brad Fox lays out in his lawn chair during his son’s practice on Thursday afternoon. Parents were spread around the edges of the field either on the grass or in the parking lot to watch the hour-long practice.

Eleanor Straessler, 8, kicks the ball to her row of players

Eleanor Straessler, 8, kicks the ball to her row of players on Thursday afternoon on the fields next to Meadowlark Elementary. Each group had to dribble the ball down the line and then kick it back to their next teammate in line.

A group of kids waits on the sidelines to be subbed into the scrimmage

A group of kids waits on the sidelines to be subbed into the scrimmage at the end of practice on Thursday afternoon. The kids were subbed in and out after each goal to make sure that everyone got to play in a game scenario.

Noah Garland, 7, sits on the sideline of the field waiting to be subbed in

Noah Garland, 7, sits on the sideline of the field waiting to be subbed in during the practice scrimmage on Thursday afternoon. Noah says his favorite part of soccer is “kicking the ball into the goal.”

Mason Rothbart, 6, makes the final tap to score a goal during a drill

Mason Rothbart, 6, makes the final tap to score a goal during a drill on Thursday afternoon. The drill helped teach the kids how to dribble and pass back and forth to the open player.

The third through sixth graders run back to their water bottles

The third through sixth graders run back to their water bottles after the end of practice on Thursday afternoon. The first games for the local teams will be held Thursday, Sept. 10.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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