OCA’s Special Olympics Soccer Season began last week with a great turnout of participants even through the cold weather. The players came on the field prepared and excited to begin the 2016 season. This year will be featuring four teams: two Unified teams that play in Division 3 and Division 2, and two Traditional teams with the Seniors and Masters.
Practices for these four teams are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. There is also Skills practice on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. till 4:15 p.m. for participants to learn beginner-soccer skills or improve on their advanced-skills as well. Coach Jim and Coach Sabrina will be holding these practices with several of OCA’s Unified partners throughout the season.
During the practices, the team runs drills to work on endurance training through sprints, skills training using cones, and communication training through a team effort during scrimmages. Not only are the players building on their athletic and social skills, they are doing what is most important at OCA, which is having fun with their teammates.
On Saturday, January 23rd, OCA coaches and participants attended a Special Olympics Area 7 Coaches Training Workshop at Freedom High School in Winter Garden. Here, the attendees learned new techniques for training athletes in all Unified sports. They were shown new drills to implement with the participants that include bringing Ultimate Frisbee into play to enhance soccer skills. Within the season’s first two weeks, OCA’s Special Olympics soccer teams are off to a strong, promising start.