Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hamilton students serve as volunteer coaches for U6 soccer team

Maddie and Ali having fun with the kids.

  • Maddie and Ali having fun with the kids.
  • Cameron Lugten dribbles the ball upfield in the kids vs parents practice game in which the kids won.

Maddie and Ali have their team huddle after their last practice of the season.

Cameron Lugten dribbles the ball upfield in the kids vs parents practice game in which the kids won.

Hamilton junior Madalyn Sharar and sophomore Alisha Hukill spent the fall coaching for Hamilton Rec soccer or HAMSOC.

Dave Guillozet, who serves as president of HAMSOC – the Hamilton Soccer Association – said this is the first time any high school students have ever coached a soccer team for HAMSOC.

Sharar and Hukill, who both played varsity soccer last year, were asked to coach and gladly took the opportunity.

“We want to help the little kids learn correctly,” Hukill said.

“We want them to have fun, but still learn the basics,” Sharar added.

Both varsity soccer players have ensured a fun time for the kids with their experience.

Hamilton High teacher Mr. Blaine Lugten has a kid is on the team.

“They have been fabulous,” Mr. Lugten said. ┬áHe was very impressed at the amount of improvement he saw in his son Cameron. Lugten believes letting high school students coach is a good idea so long as the student is recommended and approved by HAMSOC.

Sharar and Hukill were both instantly excited when asked to coach the U6 team. Sharar said she wanted to coach little kids for a long time and teach the youth how to play soccer. Hukill expressed similar feelings toward coaching the young team.

Both girls held practices with the kids to improve their skills. U6 does not keep a record of their scores, but improvement was seen in each individual player according to Sharar. Her favorite accomplishment of the season was that when every player scored one goal.

The girls have had a great season with their team and are content with this year of coaching.

“The kids were always smiling and having fun,” Sharar said. The season has been fun and educational for the young soccer players.

Their last game took place Saturday, Oct. 27.

HAMSOC is an association that organizes U6, U8, U10, and U12 games within Hamilton, Sauagatuck, and Holland. Games take place at fields set up on the athletic fields between Hamilton Middle School and High School, as well as in Saugatuck at Schultz Park and at Saugatuck High School.

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