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Abilene YMCA now offering team sports for kids of blended families

By Mari Cockerell, mcockerell@ktxs.com
Published On: Sep 12 2013 12:41:29 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 13 2013 07:59:59 AM CDT

Registration is now underway for a new athletic opportunity for kids.

Greg Guse, director of Red Bud YMCA's youth sports, said the organization now is teaming up with some parents to create the first sports teams for kids of blended families.

"We think that every child deserves an opportunity to be a part of a team, learn the drills, learn the fundamentals, have teamwork, have fun and just have a traditional sports experience," Guse said.

Being a part of team sports can be hard for kids of divorced and blended families since visitation with a parent can take them out of town during practice and game times. On these new teams, each blended family team will take on more players to compensate for those who are out of town for visitation. Teams will also welcome out of town kids coming into the area during visitation.

Trish Dressen, a mom and one of the parents planning to coach a blended team, said these new teams really are a big deal for families like theirs.

"You know, the kids, think it's fun and it's cool. They get to play sports – but as a parent, you just feel like I'm helping my kiddo and maybe through the program with the Y, others," Dressen said.

While the YMCA is now gearing up for soccer, blended families will be able to form teams for all of their sports teams like soccer, volleyball, baseball and basketball.

Kids teams start at 3 years old. To learn more, call the Red Bud YMCA at 695-3400.