Ramona High School boys and girls soccer teams present the return of RHS Futsal, their fundraising program that is open to youth players, and are accepting registration.
The futsal season will run April 3 through June 27, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at Wilson Gym in the RUSD administrative building, 720 Ninth Street. Teams will be scheduled to play a one one-hour session on one of the days.
Organizers describe futsal as an exciting, fast-paced three to five-a-side game, normally played indoors on a flat, smooth surface on a field the size of a basketball court.
“Last year was a great success for those that participated,” said Noelle Schmidt, RHS Girls JV head coach. “It was amazing to see the development of each player from the first session to the last session. Players really learn how to use pass and move strategy, quickness of thought, and the freedom to just take as many shots on goal as they can.
“We added music to the sessions, and it is as if the players begin to dance with the ball at their feet. They relax, which allows them to try moves to fake out the other players to progress down the playing field to take a shot. We had players that would show up before their scheduled game just in case a team needed an additional player, and some would stay the entire evening hoping to sub in to play again. We even had parents that wanted to join in with the older players when a sub was needed.”
The registration fee of $45 includes one one-hour session per week and a team T-shirt. Games are played each week and end in a tournament-style play to declare winners for each age group participating.
The futsal season will begin with an Open Kick Around night for ages 10 and under from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3, and an Open Kick Around for ages 11 and older on Friday, April 4. Registration forms are available at www.RamonaFC.com. Participants may bring their form to the openers or mail it with payment to Ramona FC, P.O. Box 3744, Ramona, CA 92065. Checks should be made payable to RFC, or pay by credit card.
All proceeds go to RHS Soccer.