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Time running out for YMCA soccer program

Time is running out for the YMCA soccer program.

The YMCA extended the sign up deadline to today, but a low response has forced the organization to consider canceling the season.

“We extended it until Friday, but just didn’t have enough kids to fill up divisions,” said Selma-Dallas County YMCA director Jerry Wang. “We had 19, but they were spread out [over age groups].”

With 43 participants, the program was successful last fall. The spring program was added to give kids an alternative to baseball.

“The message we bring is fair play and everybody plays,” said Wang. “Soccer in itself is such a great aerobic sport. You use all parts of your body.”

Physical activity is not the program’s only draw. According to John Solomon, branch director of the Claude C. Brown YMCA, the soccer program’s biggest draw is its inclusiveness.

“Everybody plays at the YMCA,” said Solomon. “The YMCA programs are programs in which no cuts are made. If a child shows an interest and wants to play, we will find a way for him to play.”

The program offers soccer for five age groups — 3-4; 5-6; 7-8; 9-10; 11-12. The age groups can be consolidated if necessary. Twenty-four players are needed for each group.

The cost is $35 for YMCA members and $45 for non-members.