Soccer Shoot

The Elks Soccer Shoot program consists of two different contests open to girls and boys:

  • Five Goal Contest: consists of a series of five goals, decreasing in size from 48 inches to 17 inches.
    • The five goal contest is for U-8, which includes ages seven years old and younger.
  • Grid Goal Contest: consists of a full-size goal sectioned off so points can be scored when the ball is kicked into certain sections.
    • The age groups that use this goal are U-10,ages eight to nine, U-12, ages ten to eleven, U-14, ages twelve to thirteen, and U-16 ages fourteen and fifteen**.

**U-16 is local level only.  Winners do not move on to district, state, or Area 1 competitions.  

See if this program is available in your area by contacting the local lodge near you.

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East District

Mary Hill – East District Chairman
(860) 912-7485
91 Crown Knoll Ct. Unit 129
Groton, CT 06340-6292

October 6, 2024 at Groton Lodge

700 Shennecossett Rd., Groton, CT 06340
Registration 10 am, Shoot at 1030

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate to participate.

Central District

Ann Marie Ortolan ER – Central District Chairman
(203) 988-1313
18 Spruce Glenn Terrace
Wallingford, CT 06492

October 8, 2023 at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park

995B East Center St., Wallingford, CT 06492

9 am registration, 10 am shoot starts

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate to participate.

Coastal District

Dave Williams PER- Coastal District Chairman
(203) 843-6123
534 West River St.
Milford, CT 06461

October 1, 2023 at Goooal Sports, Stratford

1791 Stratford Ave., Stratford , CT 06461

Registration 5 pm, Shoot at 5:30 pm
Indoor cleats or sneakers only

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate to participate.

Northwest District

Paul Tesz PER- Northwest District Chairman
(860) 882-4379
16 Wilbur Dr.
Newington, CT 06111

October 1, 2023 at The Pearson Middle School
2 Wetmore Ave, Winsted CT
Registration 10:30am Competition 11 am

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate to participate.

CT State Soccer Shoot

Thomas Matthews PER – State Chairman
(860) 738-7450
85 Rock St.
Winsted, CT 06098-1510

October 13, 2024 at Sports World
226 Main St. 
East Windsor, CT 06088
860-254-5137
Registration at 9:30 am 
Competition at 10:30 am
No outdoor cleats allowed.

Return to District Chairman

  • Event Report (make a copy for your secretary).
  • 1 Boys competition form.
  • 1 Girls competition form.
  • Hard Copy Registration forms.

Contestants age as of  January 1, 2024

 7 & Under (U-8) Minimum age 4
8 & 9 (U-10)
10 & 11 (U-12)
12 & 13 (U-14)
14 & 15 (U-16)**

**U-16 is local level only.  Winners do not move on to district, state, or Area 1 competitions.  

Program Schedule

  • Lodge Shoot – April 1st to Mid – September
  • District Shoot – By end of September
  • State Shoot – By middle of October
  • Area 1 Shoot – By beginning of November for Area 1

Terry’s Topics

By Terence P. Ford PDD, PSP, Grand Lodge Activities Committeeman for Area 1      

Create a Game Plan
for Implementing a Soccer Shoot

2023 AREA 1 SOCCER SHOOTOUT WINNERS

2023 CONNECTICUT STATE SOCCER SHOOTOUT WINNERS

U8 GIRLS
4th Place Ariana C. Enfield 2222 24pts
3rd Place Alivia P. Branford 1939 27pts
2nd Place Sawyer B. Danielson 1706 36pts
1st Place Caitlyn S. Torrington 372 40pts

U8 BOYS
3rd Place Dylan L. Danielson 1706 23pts
2nd Place Charles D. Branford 1939 28pts
1st Place Saman M. Derby 571 33pts

U10 GIRLS
4th Place Aryella C. Groton 2163 16pts
3rd Place Harper K. Milford 1589 18pts
2nd Place Malia B. Winsted 844 22pts
1st Place Jaelee M. Enfield 2222 25pts

U10 BOYS
4th Place Joseph C. Wallingford 1365 25pts
3rd Place Max W. Naugatuck 967 29pts
2nd Place Frank V. Milford 1589 29Pts (Tie Break Winner)
1st Place Jaxson P. Danielson 1706 35pts

U12 GIRLS
2nd Place Beatrix B. Milford 1589 14pts
1st Place Isabelle O. Naugatuck 967 33pts

U12 BOYS
4th Place Brendan R. Winsted 844 20pts
3rd Place Lochlan C. Danielson 1706 25pts
2nd Place Dylan M. Milford 1589 38pts
1st Place Amir B. Derby 571 48pts

U14 GIRLS
3rd Place Callie W. Naugatuck 967 16pts
2nd Place Anaiyah S. Enfield 2222 27pts
1st Place Emily V. Milford 1589 31pts

U14 BOYS
1st Place Ronan C. Danielson 1706 41pts

 

Francis A. Joyce Awards

SMALL GOALS

U8 GIRLS
Caitlyn S. Torrington 372 40pts

U8 BOYS
Saman M. Derby 571 33pts

LARGE GOALS

U12 GIRLS
Isabelle O. Naugatuck 967 33pts

U12 BOYS
Amir B. Derby 571 48pts

2023 CONNECTICUT SOCCER SHOOT PHOTOS

Courtesy of Richard Poole PER – State Public Relations Chairman

2023 DISTRICT SOCCER SHOOTOUT WINNERS

Northwest             

Girls

U8 Caitlyn S.   Torrington #372

U10 Malia B   Winsted #844

U12 Isabelle O. Naugatuck #967

U14 Callie W. Naugatuck #967

Boys

U8 Dylan S. Torrington #372

U10 Max W. Naugatuck #967

U12 Brendan R. Torrington # 372

U14 N/A

 

East             

Girls

U8 Sawyer B. Danielson #1706

U10 Aryella C. Groton #2163

U12 N/A

U14 N/A

Boys

U8 Dylan L. Danielson #1706

U10 Jaxson P. Danielson #1706

U12 Lochlan .C Danielson #1706

U14 Ronan C. Danielson #1706

 

 

Coastal         

Girls

U8 Charlotte B. Branford #1939

U10 Harper K. Milford #1589

U12 Beatrix B. #Milford #1589

U14 Emily V. Milford #1589

Boys

U8 Charles D. Branford #1939

U10 Frank V. Milford #1589

U12 Dylan M. Milford #1589

 

Central

Girls

U8 Ariana C.  Enfield #2222

U10 Jaelee. M Enfield #2222

U12 Amia D. Derby #571

U14 Anaiyah S. Enfield #2222

Boys

U8 Sarnan M. Derby #571

U10 Joseph C. Wallingford #1365

U12 N\A

U14 Dhevan K. Wallingford #1365

The Elk’s “Soccer Shoot” began over 37 years ago when Francis A Joyce developed a program different from the successful Elk’s “Hoop-Shoot” contest.

He was a dedicated member of the New Britain Lodge 957 where he served as an officer in many capacities for 34 consecutive years. Mr. Joyce was a Past State President and served for many years with the Grand Lodge (the National Organization). In 1983 he was appointed to the Grand Lodge Youth Activities Committee and served for 6 years (the last 2 as Chairman). It was at this time he developed his idea to create a program that would give access for youth participation in a competitive environment. A competition in a different sport and different season. He wanted a program that all could compete in.

In is younger years he played several sports, but his passion was basketball. He played in school and then in industrial leagues before becoming a referee. He knew that basketball limited the participation or interest for many.

He realized that the interest in soccer (mind you this was 37 years ago) was growing at an alarming rate. Schools were promoting the sport and communities were developing youth soccer leagues. Kicking accuracy would play a part in this upcoming sport. Hence forth came the 5-goal competition. A design that could be used indoor or outdoor.

The first shoot-out was held in New Britain, CT in 1984. After which Mr. Joyce traveled throughout the State to different Lodges with Bob Hansen promoting the contest and showing them how to run the program in their communities. It was so successful that neighboring States started to run local programs which turned into State contest.

In 1997 the first regional contest was held in Troy, New York which included all the New England States and was adopted by the Grand Lodge in 1998 as a nationwide Elks Youth Program.

The larger goal system was introduced by the New Jersey Elks Association for older participants and over the years was modified by all the Regional Directors to the standards of today.

Franny had a dream—a dream that came true. If he were here today, he would smile and say thank you.

Thank you to all the shooters——to all the parents for their support——-and to all the volunteers that have made the Elks Soccer Shoot what it is today.

Robert W. Hanson Jr. PCBOGT, PGLIG, PGLCC, PSDGER, PSP