The Jackson Elks Lodge held its annual Soccer Shoot for Calaveras Youth Soccer League players this past Saturday morning at Toyon Middle School.

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 divided into two categories; U8 contains all ages 7 years old and younger, and U10 group contains ages 8 and 9. The U8 contestants kick from 15 feet from the face of the goal, while the U10 contestants kick from 18 feet from the goal. 


This sign shows the scoring for the Grid Goal Contest.

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. The age groups that use this goal are U12, which contain the ages 10 and 11, and U14, which contain ages 12 and 13. 

The Jackson Elks Lodge will hold its annual Soccer Shoot for Mother Lode Youth Soccer League players this Saturday, August 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Howard Park. The event is open to boys and girls ages 4 to 15 years old and is free to enter.