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Saipan - NMIFA continues 'Boot Camp' at AMP
« on: January 14, 2007, 08:43:28 PM »
Training camp for local ladies interested in soccer marched into its second session over the weekend as 36 players turned out to the American Memorial Park on Saturday for the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association Women's League inaugural “Boot Camp.”

According to league coordinator Brenda Schultz, the second week of “Boot Camp” was great as there was a strong showing despite the foul weather on the pitch. The bright turnout despite cloudy skies and rain bodes well for the upcoming season of women's soccer on Saipan as they signed up an additional eight women to raise the total registration for the spring to 51 players.

“I thought it went really well and we're looking forward to having larger teams for the Spring League,” she said.

The prospect of larger teams brings with it the possibility that the women's league could morph from the 7-on-7 style of play from the past two seasons to the full-fledged 11-on-11 style game.

Just like the youth all-star team from last summer, Schultz said that learning the 11-on-11 style game on the full-sized pitch could open doors for the top women to travel to international competitions in the future.

On Saturday, the participants gained from the knowledge and experience of Vince Stravino, Vanessa Pritchard, Becca Rath, Allison Livingston, and Emily Gries and next week Divya Sharma, Allison Livingston, and Becca Rath will be on hand as coaches and trainers.
”All interested Ladies are welcome! No experience is necessary. Come on out, have fun and be healthy,” said Schultz.

“Boot Camp” continues next Saturday, Jan. 20, at the American Memorial Park at 9am where interested players can still register for the Spring League and players are advised to bring water, shin guards, athletic shoes, and comfortable clothing with them to the AMP.

The camp and registration continues every Saturday but the last day to sign up for the new league is during the final session on Feb. 17.

Following the last day at camp, the players will be “drafted” by the coaches and the process will be overseen by at least one of the NMIFA board members to ensure that the teams are balanced for the spring.

Once “Boot Camp” wraps up next month, the real practices will begin on Feb. 21 at 5pm and continue through the slate of games on March 10.