The Ohio Elks Association, through its lodges across the State host action filled soccer shoot competitions for kids up through U14.
Soccer is one of the fastest growing youth activities in the country. The Elks Soccer Shoot Program is geared to coincide with this sport phenomenon. From toddlers to teens, in our large urban centers to our small suburban settings, soccer is becoming the sport of choice for our youth. This program is the kind of sporting event to help keep our youth focused and away from undesirable activities.
The Elks Soccer Shoot program consists of two different contests that test different level skills at different ages. A "Five Goal Contest" consists of a series of five goals, decreasing in size from 48 inches to 17 inches. The age groups that use these goals are known as "U-8" which contains all ages seven years old and younger. and U-10 group contains ages eight and nine. The contest is open to boys and girls who shoot separately. The U-8 contestants kick from 15 feet from the face of the goal, while the U-10 contestants kick from 18 feet from the goal.
The Grid Goal Contest consists of a full-size goal sectioned off so points can be scored when the ball is kicked into certain sections. All ages older than U8 kick at this goal. Kids ages 8-9 kick from 18 feet. Kids 10-11 kick from 27 feet and the 12-13 year old kids kick from 36 feet away. The contest is open to both boys and girls and they shoot separately.
The Elks Soccer Shoot Program is a terrific program for our youth, the future of our country.