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   Want to be a rock star like Avalon Renninger? Start by playing youth soccer today. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Want to scratch an itch to play on the pitch? You’re in luck.

The Central Whidbey Soccer Club has risen liken a phoenix in recent weeks, installing a completely new board of directors who are hitting the ground running.

“Everyone has come in with some fresh ideas and everyone is very enthusiastic about the future of the club,” said new CWSC President Reese Cernick.

First up on the agenda is registration for the fall season, with sign-ups starting July 1 and running through Sept. 6.

Games will be played Sept. 15-Nov. 3.

The league is offering a mix of girls, boys and co-ed teams this season. The lineup:

U6 Co-Ed (Birth year of player – 2013)
U8 Co-Ed (Birth years 2011-2012)
U10 Girls (2009-2010)
U10 Boys (2009-2010)
U12 Girls (2007-2008)
U12 Boys (2007-2008)
U15 Co-Ed (2004-2006)

Cost is $75 per player.

CWSC is also in urgemt need of coaches, with openings for both head coaches and assistants.

For more info or to register, pop over to:

http://www.centralwhidbeysoccer.com/

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   Central Whidbey players (in blue) mix it up on the pitch last season. (Jennifer Moody photo)

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  Last year’s debut U14 co-ed squad. (Island Life photo courtesy Michelle Cernick)

Something for everyone.

The Central Whidbey Soccer Club needs players for a U14 co-ed squad, and they’re putting out the call to players of all skill levels.

The squad is open to boys and girls born in 2003-2004, and will start its fall season in mid-to-late Sept.

Schedule-wise, the season consists of eight games (played on Saturdays) against teams from Oak Harbor.

If you register (https://coupevillesoccer.org/) and pay your $75, it doesn’t matter if you’re a grizzled vet who has been running the pitch for years or a newbie who’s never put foot to soccer ball.

Players see equal time on the field, regardless of skill level or gender.

Co-ed soccer offers a different challenge, one young players have embraced.

“Playing co-ed makes me play harder, because boys are more unpredictable,” Autumn Cernick said. “It makes it more fun.”

While boys and girls tend to approach the game differently (CWSC coaches said boys tend to be more technical and girls more aggressive), play doesn’t always favor one side.

“Sometimes the boys underestimate the aggression of the girls and what we’re capable of,” Aurora Cernick said.

Having a co-ed team is essential, as the U14 age group is an especially hard one at which to pull together a complete girls or boys squad.

Last year’s team, which had three boys, was the first time CWSC had fielded a co-ed U14 team.

“In the very beginning the boys walk on the field feeling confident that the girls are no competition for them. They have severely underestimated the capability of their teammates,” Michelle Cernick said. “Then we have our first soccer scrimmage to see what each player is capable of.

“The boys start out with the ball and moving across the field doing tricks with the ball and acting like they own it. Next thing you know the girls start getting in there and knocking the boys around,” she added. “Boys meet female aggression and you are about to get body checked because you have what said female wants … the ball.

“Welcome to coed soccer.”

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