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Nashua Elks preparing to host Soccer Shoot on Aug. 24

Courtesy photo Owen Bennett, left and Becham Doss enjoy the annual Nashua Park-Rec Hocke Camp this past week at Conway Arena.

The Nashua Lodge of Elks 720 will be holding its 19th Annual Greater Nashua “Soccer Shoot” contest on Saturday morning, Aug. 24 from 8:30-11a.m. at the Main Dunstable Road Soccer Fields in Nashua.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each of the 10 groups (five boys and five girls).

First-place winners will compete in the Elks New Hampshire State Soccer Championship Shoot on Oct. 13.

A major addition to this year’s soccer shoot is the addition of 14-15 year olds to compete. Last year 13-year-old Charles “Chuck” Wason of Amerst won the 2018 NH State Elks U-14 Boys Soccer Shoot Championship. He now will be eligible to compete again for two years in the new U-16 Boys Division.

The same goes for 14 and 15 year old girls to compete.

The Elks Greater Nashua Soccer Shoot is a two-stage contest that best represents the skill levels of the five age groups: U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14 and U-16

The participant’s age on Jan.1 is used to determine the contestant’s age division. The “Five-Goal Contest” is a succession of separate smaller ground level goal targets for the U-8 participants (15 kicks). The “Grid Goal Contest” places the ball at a spot centered to the goal as follows: 18 feet from goal for U-10’s, 27 feet for U-12’s and 36 feet for U-14 and U-16’s (15 kicks per kicker)

The Elks Shootout is open to all interested boys and girls from area towns including Hudson, Litchfield, Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Merrimack, Milford, Wilton and Nashua.

All participants must register prior to their participation. Registrations will begin at 8:30 am. There is no charge for participating in the Elks Greater Nashua Soccer Shoot.

In the event of a rain cancellation, the programs will be rescheduled on Sunday, Aug. 25 at the same location and times.

For additional information, contact Al Savage, Elks Youth Chairman at 888-0064 or Jack Balch, Co-chairman, at 765-2844 any time.

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NASHUA YOUTH SOCCER

FALL REGISTRATION OPEN

Fall registration for the Nashua Youth Soccer League is currently open. Boys and girls in Nashua and surrounding towns born between Oct. 1, 2000 and Sept. 30, 2014 are eligible.

A late registration period will go from now through August 18.

Some divisions will have caps set and may fill up before August 18. Those divisions would then either close or run a wait list depending on the number of coaches available.

NYSL is an all-volunteer organization that is also currently seeking coaches. Those interested may register as a coach for the Fall season.

Players and Coaches can register online and also get cost information at www.NashuaYouthSoccer.org