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Mites coach Jake Taylor, left, works with Zackary Burns on his skating technique.
Fall brings with it hockey, figure skating action
By Paul Stackhouse
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Just because summer is over, it doesn't mean that organized youth sports has come to a close for another year.
A simple drive around the Decatur area late in the afternoon will find you looking at youth soccer games, fall baseball teams going hard at it and youth football teams practicing and playing.
One sport you won't see from the car is youth hockey. Heading inside the Point Mallard Ice Complex, you might find high school seniors all the way down to the Huntsville HAHA league Mites (7 and 8 years old) and in some cases even younger, working on the ice.
While there are travel and house league teams, the excitement of hockey goes way beyond and into the schools. Home-schooled youngsters enjoy playing in the league as well.
Middle school teams are looking for players.
Once the team is in place, the players and coaches might find themselves playing in Decatur, Madison, Madison County and Huntsville for the most part. The regular school season consists of 12 games and a tournament.
The River City middle school team could possibly consist of players from Decatur, Hartselle, Athens, Morgan County, Limestone County or even other close-by locations.
Just because the team is called River City doesn't mean that the team roster is filled only with players living in Decatur.
Decatur's Daniel Frith is one of many coaches working together to form a competitive middle school hockey team. He says he and other coaches will be looking for talents on the ice, much like some other sports that have tryouts.
Once inside the Point Mallard Ice Complex, you might find students and adults participating in certain activities and another popular program, which is figure skating.
With figure skating, you might find students of all ages working on a private or public lesson.
The private lessons are recommended as a supplement to group instruction.
This year will find once again a special show of talent around the holidays. The annual Christmas Show will be Dec. 15-16. It attracts a crowd and showcases a lot of talent.
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