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A local soccer league expects heavy turnout for this Saturday's county-wide tryouts.


Got a budding soccer star in your family?

One of Rockingham County's newest soccer leagues will hold tryouts Saturday for mid-level soccer players in the county.The United Rockingham Youth Soccer Association is looking for players for Challenge-level soccer teams, according to Rusty Morris, an Eden dentist and one of URYSA's founders.

Challenge teams play at a step above introductory-level soccer, Morris said. Challenge teams are for players who are too advanced for recreation league play but not quite ready for the most advanced level.

The URYSA is affiliated with the N.C. Youth Soccer Association. That connection allows local teams to play in more tournaments and gives coaches access to training opportunities, Morris said.

The 2-year-old Rockingham soccer association holds camps in the summer and travels to tournaments across the state - most recently to Raleigh and North Wilkesboro.

The group has winter and spring leagues, and teams play indoors in the winter.

Morris said he expects Saturday's tryouts to result in about six teams this season.

But he and other organizers hope that within the next few years, the league will generate more interest and expand the number of teams.

``We're still struggling, but we're growing,' said Morris.

``The struggle is getting enough kids to play.'



What: Tryouts for Challenge soccer teams, sponsored by the United Rockingham Youth Soccer Association.

Who: Children ages 8 to 18.

When: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Where: Rockingham Community College's soccer field.

Cost: Tryouts are free; cost of team membership is $40 per season or $70 per year.

Information: Rusty Morris, 627-5051; Mike Friddle, 427-4813; Steve Woodruff, 623-2487; Jeff Cassady, 342-6024.


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