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Soccer program needs coaches, referees

In anticipation of a large turnout for youth soccer, the Town of Pagosa Springs Recreation Department would like to hear from citizens interested in coaching and/or refereeing this year’s leagues.

This year’s age divisions will be 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. For those interested in coaching the 5-6 division, no previous experience is necessary. For the 7-8 division, coaches and referees with some previous experience or basic knowledge of the game are preferred, but staff will be available to assist those with no experience during the early part of the season, if necessary.

For the 9-10 and 11-12 divisions, coaches and referees with a good deal of prior experience or a solid understanding of the formations and rules of soccer are strongly preferred.

On a related note, the recreation office is accepting 2009 youth soccer registrations for children ages 5-12 through Friday, August 14. Registrations are available at the recreation office in Town Hall and are also available online in Adobe format through the recreation department link at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

Cost is $30 per player and $15 for each additional child in the same family who participates. The season will begin the first week of September and run through early October. Games will be played Monday-Thursday. If necessary, games which are rained out will be made up on Saturdays. When player assessment dates have been determined, all participants who registered to play in the 9-10 and 11-12 divisions will be contacted with the dates, times and location.

Coaches and team sponsors for each division are needed and appreciated. Cost for sponsorship is $150, which includes sponsor’s name on team uniforms, commemorative plaque with team picture and designation in media articles.

For more information call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

Baseball photos

Coaches and parents who ordered youth baseball photos can contact Jeff Laydon at Pagosa Photography, 264-3686, to arrange pickup of their orders. The recreation office will provide sponsors with team plaques and photos as soon as they are available.

Adult softball

Adult softball tournament schedules are available at the recreation office and are also posted at the concessions area at the high school softball fields.

Managers are reminded that individual player fees are $30 and due prior to the start of each player’s second game. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the Town of Pagosa Springs. Also, players who did not participate in at least three regular-season games will not be permitted to play in the tournaments.

On a related note, teams interested in participating in the upcoming Softball Blowout tournament (Aug. 1 and 2) can contact Sue Jones at 264-2642.

Sports hotline

General information concerning the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department can be obtained by calling the Pagosa Springs Sports Hotline at 264-4151 Ext. 301 or logging on to townofpagosasprings.com and going to the parks and recreation link.

If you have any questions or concerns, or need additional information about any of the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department adult or youth sports programs, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.