The fields might be covered in snow and the temperature below zero, but it’s time to think of warm sunshine, green grass and that white ball with the black pentagons flying towards the net.
Although spring/summer soccer with the Shuswap Women’s Recreational Soccer Association doesn’t begin until April, it’s time to register – no matter what your age or your skill level.
The committee which creates the teams needs to know well before the season starts how many players will be playing, so fields and referees can be booked and the correct amount of equipment acquired.
“So even though people aren’t thinking about playing soccer, the club is. We’re doing all the background work and trying to get everything organized for at least 100 women,” says president Edie Lowes. “It’s so we know whether we have four or six teams for the year. A lot of decisions need to be made. That’s why people need to register much sooner than they think.”
The club’s mission statement is to promote, teach, and perpetuate the game of soccer among women of all ages and skill levels in the Shuswap.
More skilled players mix with less skilled ones, providing a great opportunity for the more competitive players to get a workout while helping to guide the newer ones.
“It’s a great way to learn the game, to have time to yourself – you don’t have to be the mom or the worker or the nurse,” says Lowes. “You have time for yourself and it’s kind of a girls’ night out. And it’s great exercise – I don’t think there’s anything better than kicking the ball around on a warm summer night.”
She points out that the games can still be relatively competitive.
“It’s still a good game. Everybody is still sweating profusely, and has some giggles.”
The league – Lowes’ brain child – was created in the fall of 2007 and has attracted players of all ages, even family groups.
“It’s been amazing to see mother and daughters playing together, sisters and cousins playing together, and now the children get to sit on the sidelines cheering on their moms. It’s also a great opportunity for the younger players to have a place to play in town if they’re not inclined to try out for the competitive team.”
To register for the league, go online at www.swrsa.net.