Spring League 2015 has Arrived [PHOTOS]

spring league photos of youth soccer

April 11, 2015 was our first big home stand for the Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club at Jennings Park in Santa Rosa.  This is a slideshow from three of the games: U10 Boys Thunder, U11 Lady Oaks, and U15 Boys Black Oaks.  I was so proud to see our club grow and our players improving their skills against some tough competition; if it were only possible to get photos of all the players and teams?! Volunteer photographers are always welcome.  If you see a photo you like and want a higher resolution image, email me at alex.campbell@blackoaksfc.com. (Right-click and copy the link or save the image.)  Congratulations to all of our players, parents, coaches and managers for putting on an excellent display of soccer, sportsmanship and community.  Also, thanks to our board members and volunteers for getting the club ready for spring.  Finally, thanks to Carmen, Veronica, Rosa and Black Oaks Thunder for the great food concessions.  It was a great time, watching soccer and eating good food.  Good luck with the rest of the season!

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[POLL] Are Small Sided Games Good for US Soccer?

Competitive youth soccer leagues are holding more small sided games and opinions have been mixed whether this is effective for youth soccer development.

This spring NorCal Premier Soccer has implemented a 5v5 play-date structure (4v4 plus a goalie) up to age eight as opposed to the traditional 8v8.  Furthermore plans are being discussed to keep 8v8 up to the age of 12.

Some don’t agree with the new format.  It’s not real soccer they argue, the fields are too small, the ball goes out all the time, among many other reasons. Proponents give their own reasons why it develops better-rounded soccer players.  It gives them more touches on the ball and they can be more creative while both scoring and defending more. What do you think? Answer our survey and leave your opinion below: