Helias boys soccer in rebuilding phase

Novelty is the name of the game for the Helias boys soccer team this summer.

With 10 seniors gone from the 2012 squad and a pair of new assistant coaches coming aboard, it’s all a feeling-out process the next couple months.

“We’re just going to have to fill holes and see where other people fit in our play,” Helias head coach Chuck Register said Thursdsay as camp for grades 2-9 finished up at the 179 Soccer Park. “We’ll just go from there.”

With assistant coach Barne Ploch leaving the program, stepping in are Dave Heckart and Dan Kehoe, a pair of former Crusader soccer players.

“I’m starting to get some guys that used to play before and come back and help out, which is great to see,” Register said. “They’re already fired up, too.”

The varsity and junior varsity squads held a two-day minicamp in late May after school got out, and are assisting in running the just-completed summer camps.

“Minicamp was great,” Register said. “It was a two-day camp just to get us focused and get us ready, get us started on 7-v-7 and things like that. Just a bunch of touches on the ball, a little bit of exercise because I know they need the conditioning.

“It was interesting just to see how much we could fit in in two days. There were about 30 kids there. It was amazing to see that many. We got a lot of things accomplished. I think we’re already deep into summertime.”

Helias is also looking to go to a team camp at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tenn., at some point in June.

“It should be a pretty strong showing,” Register said. “Maybe learn something from someone else and not hear the same thing from me. It’s always good to get somebody else’s opinion.”

Speaking of strong showings, 51 campers participated this week in the camp.

“That’s great to see the kids come out here and play,” Register said. “I know they like to shoot, so we did a day of that. Just touching the ball, the first touch, trying to get them a lot better on their first touch. And touching the ball as many times as possible during the camp is what we’ve been focusing on.”

The importance of the summer camps for the youngsters can’t be understated.

“It’s immense,” Register said. “You see the kids and how they’re going to develop over the years. You see how much ability they have as a youngster, and as they get older and stronger and wiser, it gets to be a lot of fun to watch them.”

With summer camp finishing up, the focus turns to the high-school squads.

“Basically it’s getting them together, a little camaraderie,” Register said. “And then to work on their weaknesses as much as possible, and then kind of put things together on how we’re going to fit puzzle pieces together. See who fits where. It’s interesting just to watch throughout the summer who does the work and how much better they get.”

And then the season’s not too far off.

“I’m really excited for that,” Register said. “It’ll be interesting to see what kind of product we put out there. We’ll come out strong just like any other Helias High School team.

“Fall will be here before you know it.”

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