City needs volunteer youth soccer coaches

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The Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department needs at least three volunteers to coach youth soccer teams during the next two months.

The city’s recreation coordinator, Jeff Mayer, said three teams of first- and second-grade students do not have coaches for their upcoming season, which starts after spring break and ends in mid-May.

Mayer said volunteers can sign up in pairs or groups and split the coaching duties.

“We usually get a mix of volunteers,” he said. “We get some parents, some students — some sororities and fraternities even sign up to get involved sometimes.”

Coaching requires about four to six hours a week, including practices and one to two games a week, Mayer said. The practice schedule is determined by the coach, and there are no weekend games.

“It’s a good opportunity to learn about leadership and taking care of other human beings,” Mayer said.

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