Group gets soccer moms off sidelines, on playing fields


September 16, 2001|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SOCCER MOMS are everywhere. We see them driving the kids to practice, volunteering at concession stands and carrying sports equipment. They keep the uniforms clean, tend to the bruises and always make sure the players arrive on time.

That's a lot of work. But why should the kids have all the fun?

All work and no play could make a soccer mom very unhappy. That's why Maryland Soccer Moms is making sure that soccer moms, and their nonsoccer-mom friends, no longer have to sit on the sidelines.

The Maryland Soccer Mom Instructional Clinic will conduct a session for beginners from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at William J. Myers Soccer Arena, 4500 West Bay Ave. from Oct. 3 to 24.

"Most who come have no intention of making the women's World Cup team," said Rick Crow, the clinic's director. "They just want to get out, have a little fun and get some exercise."

Crow began offering the clinic in 1998 at Volleyball House in Columbia.

"I started with two classes of 15 people each. They came back and improved their skills. Eventually, we started a beginners league, and now it has 105 players," he said.

Best of all, women who have never touched a soccer ball can join.

"This is a beginners program. No experience is required," Crow said. Once they start, players learn quickly, and the skills improve gradually. It's not based on age. If you're a beginner, you belong.

"After a while, you'll know if it's the sport for you. We focus on teaching the basic skills and want every player to enjoy their soccer experience," Crow said.

Each clinic will consist of a 10-minute instructional session, 25 minutes of skill work and a 25-minute controlled scrimmage. The only equipment needed is a size-5 soccer ball, shin guards and socks. The cost of the four-week session is $40.

Information: 410-396-5782, 301-498-4906, or

Association to meet

The Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association will resume its regular fall meeting schedule, beginning this week.

The association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Brooklyn Park Elementary School, Morgan Road and 14th Avenue.

"At the last meeting, many came forward with some great ideas to make the association more effective," said OBPIA President Arleen Hodges. "We are calling on all to come forward now and help us regroup. One of the greatest concerns is membership."

The officers are also calling for residents to be a part of the association's nominating committee. Information: 410-636-3269 or 410-636-0352.

Girl Scouts recruiting

The Girl Scouts of America is recruiting girls from kindergarten through grade 12.

Scout spokeswoman Linda Fitzpatrick said that new Scout troops are being organized in the Brooklyn Park area.

"Community 31 covers all of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn. Girl Scouts participate in sports, hiking, badge work and just about everything," she said.

The registration fee is $7. Meeting schedules will be determined as the troops are formed. Information: 410-789-1954.

Spy fall fashions

Get a glimpse of the new fall fashions at the fifth Fall Fashion Show sponsored by the Women's Club of the St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church on Sept. 28 at the church.

Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m. Fashions will be provided by the Dress Barn of Severna Park and Eddie Bauer's of Arundel Mills mall.

Admission is $10 in advance and $11 at the door. A buffet, door prizes and raffles are planned.

Information: 410-789-1236 or 410-636-6573 .

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