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February 20, 2012

KICK IT: United's approach comes to Clark County

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The spring season caters for players from ages 3-18, and the club also will be introducing the academy approach to coaching the U6 players.

“Rather than assigning these players to a particular team and coach, the whole group gathers together and the players get assigned to different stations,” he explained. “A coach is assigned to the station and works with the kids on a particular activity. The kids rotate through the stations, so they get exposed to all the coaches and lots of different activities.

“The whole process is overseen by experienced coaches, so we not only train the kids, but also the coaches. It also ensures that all the kids get a good, well-rounded training curriculum, rather than some of them getting an experienced coach, and others getting a new coach.”

This summer, the club will host one of the 3v3 Live national soccer tournaments. The fast-paced, fun, skill-building games are played on small fields (40 by 30 yards) with no goalies. As the name suggests, the games are three against three, and squads are made up of five or six players.

“Having played in these tournaments locally and regionally, and seeing how much fun the kids have, while providing a competitive environment, we decided to work with the 3v3 Live group and secured the tournament at CCSA for 2011 and beyond,” said Duckworth.

The club also is hoping to improve facilities and add new pitches at its Woehrle Fields base.

“We have been working over the winter clearing some of our unused areas, and working on draining on the fields,” Duckworth said. “We finally have a new U15 field, which will allow us to rotate the fields, and let us renovate one each season without it being played on.”

Bathrooms have been upgraded, while there is new seating for players.

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