Coach Bryan Plocki with the Central Plumas Recreation and Park District oversees his kindergarten team’s stiff defense as they tried to stop a goal scoring opportunity. Photos by Kyle Stone

Perfect fall weather benefits energetic youth soccer

CPRPD team member Skylar McCarthy, 8, makes a play on a ball near the sideline while opposing player Bryant Grant, also 8, approaches.

With great fall weather on its side, the youth soccer league sponsored by the Central Plumas Recreation and Park District is enjoying a good season so far.

Games continue through Nov. 4 and Recreation Supervisor Kyle Stone said last week he was pleased to report the league has about 230 participants in grades Pre-K up to eighth. Players come from Quincy, Meadow Valley and Greenville this year.

“Our fifth- and sixth-graders  and U-15 divisions of mostly seventh- and eighth-graders play teams from the surrounding areas, including Loyalton, Portola and Chester,” Stone said. “We are halfway through the season. We have been very lucky with great weather for our Saturday games thus far.”

There are many benefits to participating in youth sports programs, according to the recreation supervisor.

“Kids learn the value of teamwork, sportsmanship and competitiveness — all components of success later in life,” Stone said. “In addition, they are physically active, which is so important for health.”

He also had several kind words for the volunteers who make youth sports happen in Plumas County.

“I would especially like to recognize and commend all of our volunteer coaches who are doing an outstanding job coaching their teams,” Stone said. “And I want to give a big thank you to the volunteer referees from the community who have stepped up to help officiate our youth soccer games. The league’s success would not be possible without this type of selfless volunteerism.”