The Mother Lode Youth Soccer League’s first-ever pre-season camp was a hit with more than 100 boys and girls taking part in the two-day clinic on August 2 and 3 at Howard Park.

MLYSL board members came up with the idea of hosting a pre-season camp for players registered for the 2019 rec league season and then teamed up with the soccer programs at Amador and Argonaut high schools.

“We decided it would be a great opportunity to … have the high school players work with the (campers),” MLYSL President Nathan Woods said. “Fortunately, all of the high school soccer coaches loved the idea and we set out planning it.”

The results were a hit, judging by the large turnout of campers and the smiles on their faces.

“The turnout was amazing,” Woods said.

Each camper received a MLYSL Soccer Camp 2019 T-shirt, wrist band and soccer ball. Proceeds from the camp were donated to the high school soccer programs.

This year’s campers will get the chance to put their newfound skills on display when the MLYSL season kicks off this Saturday at Howard Park.