University of South Florida men's soccer head coach George Kiefer uses his vast experience in NCAA Division I Men's Soccer to help players with raw potential grow into the next crop of soccer superstars. As the director of George Kiefer's USF Soccer Camps, he oversees a staff of college coaches and current players from all around the country. During half-day camps held at the new USF Soccer Stadium and at satellite camps in Lithia and Clearwater, Fla., the roster of trainers builds an environment where each type of player can sharpen their technique and improve their confidence. The goal is to set the foundation early so that kids can free themselves up to be creative with the ball. On 11 Bermuda grass fields, players ages 4?18 practice dribbling, passing, and playing as team.
Someone's little brother shrieks, mournful at being too small to play laser tag with his cousins. Another youngster wants to bowl, but can’t pick up the ball. To Terrace Sports's manager, John McMillan, these are simple problems. A crew member scurries through the laser-tag arena, holding the toy gun for the little boy who would otherwise be too small to play. Another sets up a ramp at the top of a bowling lane, helping the toddler to push the ball into the pins with a satisfying clatter.
Smiling on as his staff solves such crises, McMillan strolls through Terrace Sports, which he remodeled after taking the reins from his father. Leading the way to the laser-tag arena, skating-rink, indoor-climbing wall, bowling alley, and arcade, murals stretch down the entryway, saluting the nearby Hillsborough River with more than 85 depictions of the waterway’s inhabitants, dynamic ecosystem, and naturally occurring steamboats. The entryway leads to the snack bar, where a full menu of gator tail, buffalo burgers, and sweet-potato fries glide down countertops handcrafted from teak and embellished by solid-brass elephant heads.
Entering the laser-tag arena gives one the sensation of delving into the interior of a complex machine, with mechanical parts strung with LED lights lining the walls and generating an eerie glow. Imaginations run wild as players choose to take on roles as monarchy loyalists or rebel forces, with both sides fighting for command of the heart of the machine and firing at one another's bases. The guns, powered by unlimited ammo, unleash streams of crimson and emerald light, and fiber-optic aiming ensures pinpoint accuracy. Vests beep when another player is taking aim, giving warriors a moment to find obstacles to hide behind or nearby portraits of themselves to hide in front of. On an observation deck, cheers rise from friends and chaperones as a 32-inch monitor displays scoring and live footage from six in-arena cameras.
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At Cinco Soccer, coaches don't just help others play one of the most popular sports in the world: they also specialize in a unique style of play that's growing in popularity throughout Europe and South America. The all-weather athletic facility hosts two springy, rubber in-fill turf fields that are regulation-sized for five-a-side, a play scenario that pits teams of five against each other on a smaller field using a slightly smaller ball. Players can put these arenas to the test in Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday night-leagues for adults and reanimated stone gargoyles. Meanwhile, children's lessons held on a kid-sized five-a-side field instill universal soccer fundamentals from dribbling to shooting. The training facility also features a soccer-themed pub equipped with big-screen TVs and private rooms for children's birthday parties.