Effingham County Recreation and Parks is now in full swing with football, soccer and cheer. There are about 90 teams this year in all of the leagues.
The season starts with U4 and U6 soccer leagues. These two leagues have 24 teams between the Recreation Complex area and the Sand Hill area. The parents are encouraged to take part on the field with their kids and make it an enjoyable time of play in the U4 league. The kids are ages 2 and 3. They are getting an early start on learning the fundamentals of the game so when they get to the next age group it will be little easier for them and their coaches because the coaches are learning, too.
The next age group is the U6 league, and a little more independence is encouraged. Kids are allowed on the field without their parents so they can play more like a regular game. Kids are encouraged to learn the basic skill set to ready themselves for the rest of their soccer careers.
Basketball registration has begun, and for the first time an adult corn hole league and adult kickball league are being held.
For more information on any of the ECRP’s sports leagues or special events, call 754-6339.
ECRP kicked off its fall sports season with a bang out at Sand Hill on Sept. 21 with the second annual Charlie Holt football and soccer jamboree. This event is held at Sand Hill Sports Complex to give teams a chance to play a few scrimmage games against one another before the regular season began the following Monday.
The games started about 8:45 a.m. that morning and ended around 4 p.m. The park was full all day with exciting football and soccer games. It is also a day that you may see people you have not seen in years, so it is also like a Effingham County reunion on that day.
The ECRP holds the event in honor of Holt, a longtime recreation coach. Holt coached for many years and those he once coached are now coaching kids at the ECRP. They still talk about the impact that he made in their life when they were younger athletes in the recreation program.