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Northview uses camp to improve team skills

Friday, July 23, 2004

Freshman John Latta puts a goal past junior goalie Jacob Lynch at U.K. Elite camp Wednesday morning. Sam King photo

- U.K. Elite soccer camp gives Knights' program extra practice -

In an effort to improve Northview's boy's soccer team, Bob Gibson from the U.K. Elite program is in town this week to improve the team's skills.

The U.K. Elite program is a company based in New Jersey that travels, sending representatives out to improve team's skills. Gibson was in Gibson County last week and will travel to Ohio for the next two weeks before heading back to New Jersey. The point of the program is to promote soccer techniques and teach ways to improve by breaking down everything by position.

Northview boy's soccer coach Todd LaComba heard about the program through the athletic director at Northview. This is the first year that Northview has had the U.K. Elite preseason training week. The camp runs from July 19-23 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. each day.

"We were hoping to start out with the high school team this year," LaComba said. "The goal next year is to start with the youth group and the girl's team."

LaComba thinks the camp is good for the team because they all get a chance to work together in the preseason.

"This adds extra group atmosphere and helps a lot; especially with the season coming up in two weeks," he said.

Gibson also believes the camp will prove useful for the upcoming season.

"We put the right way to do things in their heads," Gibson said Thursday morning. "They will improve as long as they work on them as individuals."

Gibson has seen vast improvement throughout the week.

"The guys are starting to pick it up. They're fantastic," he added.

Throughout the week, the players have learned about dribbling, passing, faking out defenders, individual attacks and everyday they learn what LaComba calls a "special move."

The only downside to the camp is the end of the day, when the players go home. Gibson asked how many were tired at day's end, and the team responded that they wished they could keep playing.

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