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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Youth sports bustling in St. Robert

  • More than 200 area youngsters gathered in St. Robert on Wednesday.
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  • ST. ROBERT – More than 200 area youngsters gathered in St. Robert on Wednesday. The purpose: to learn basic soccer and football fundamentals, and to make new friends.
    City of St. Robert employee and Waynesville-St. Robert recreation program director Kerry Rayford prepared a baseball field, located behind St. Robert Community Center, by mowing grass and assembling goals for young athletes' soccer and flag football team practices.
    "This isn't even every team," Rayford said. "We've got our older kids practicing at East Elementary."
    Still, the scene was bustling with activity as coaches set up drills to prepare their players for 12-and-under fall sports seasons.
    "Line up on this side and we're going to practice dribbling," one coach explained to a group of 8-year-old soccer hopefuls.
    Added another coach, "We're going to use this drill to learn each other's names."
    Families gathered to watch area children smile, laugh and exercise as the sun dipped below the tree line.
    Youth sports seasons, including flag football, cheerleading, soccer and volleyball, are each set to begin September 7.
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