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Gitchi Gummi Soccer Working to Kickstart Summer Training Camps

Updated: June 01, 2020 03:53 PM

The Gitchi Gummi Soccer Club's season was canceled, but summer training camps are still an option.

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Minnesota youth activities have been given the green light to return by the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coaches are exploring options to host in-person training camps in about a month.

"We're hopeful that we'll progress through the phases that the MYSA put out and that the Minnesota Sports Commission put out. So to get to the point where we can make these trainings happen obviously the safety concerns are high on our list," said Barry Chastey, the Gitchi Gummi soccer coaching director.

The club hopes to start youth camps by mid-July and high school camps in late July or early August.

In the meantime, coaching advisor Barry Chastey said the club has been sharing virtual training exercises. He hopes to run players through in-person drills before the high school seasons start.

Additionally, Gitchi Gummi will need to find a new space to practice with university facilities closed. Egerdahl Field in Proctor and a handful of fields in Duluth are under consideration. 

"One of the reasons we don't have anything in place is we're waiting on an answer from one of the sites that we've connected with, and they've shown some interest but we're just waiting to see if they can do it from their safety standpoint," said Chastey.

Chastey said no official decisions have been made on exactly when or how the club will return.

Around 600 kids participate in the program from U9 to U18. He's hoping for five weeks of training, three sessions a week, from tactical coaches.

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