WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Immaculate Heart was once again the host for a large scrimmage of girls' soccer teams. It's a good primer for the long season ahead.
Its become an annual kickoff to the girls' soccer season.
The scrimmage includes a large number of teams and was actually started out of necessity.
"Well, travel is so tough now for everybody, so we decided to do a multiple-team scrimmage here because we have the fields available," organizer and Immaculate Heart coach Kurt Robbins said.
"It just works out good for all the north schools to stay home, scrimmage and get a feel for the game and get ready to go," Robbins said.
This year's group includes just about all north country teams along with one from outside the area.
"Thirteen teams, 12 from this area and Remsen, which is coming from the Utica area," Robbins said. "All local Frontier League teams, which is good."
Fellow coaches enjoy the opportunity to play in actual game situations.
"I love coming here, I'm glad that Mr. Robbins does this event -- Mr. Burgess (South Jefferson coach Terry Burgess) has one that we did at South Jeff yesterday," Sackets Harbor coach Dan Green said.
"It gives me and other coaches a chance to look at different formations, something that we want to tweek, whether it's a positional change of somebody that looks good one day and they look better in another role," Green said. "It's not probably the team you'll see start, because I do a lot of mixing and matching to see if there's something better than I've already seen."
It's hard to believe the soccer season is upon us.
"Yeah, it's quick," Robbins said. "They changed the rule that you only need six practices before you can scrimmage -- it seems like it started pretty fast this year.
Games for the majority of teams begin later this week.