No Headers for Age 11 and Under

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NorCal Premier Soccer, the league in which Black Oaks Youth Soccer competes, has implemented a no-heading rule for players age 11 and under, following guidelines set forth by US Soccer and US Club Soccer. The move is intended to reduce concussions.  A study estimated 50,000 high school soccer players suffered concussions in 2010.

According to a New York Times article, the announcement resolved a legal case that began in August 2014, when a group of parents and players filed a class-action lawsuit in United States District Court in California charging FIFA, U.S. Soccer and the American Youth Soccer Organization with negligence in treating and monitoring head injuries. The suit targeted the Laws of the Game, which govern the sport internationally, as well as several American organizations. Read more of this post

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2016 Competitive Youth Soccer Registration


Competitive Youth Soccer Registration for the Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club, competing in the NorCal Premier Soccer League, Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 9AM – 3 PM. UPDATE: New Time and Location Below. Location: At-Home Nursing, 1403 Corporate Center Parkway, where we held our annual meeting.

CORRECTION: The location is NOT Cook Middle School, but At-Home Nursing, 1403 Corporate Center Pkwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95407. Read more of this post

Board of Directors Expanded to Seven Members

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At its Annual General Meeting the Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club membership voted to expand it board of directors from five (5) to seven (7).  The club has grown to over 20 teams and with that comes the need for more organization.

Minutes for the meeting as well as the ratification of the new directors is available here: Annual Meeting 2016 Minutes. Read more of this post

Understanding US Soccer’s Mandate for Birth Year Registration and Small-Sided Games

US Soccer and US Club Soccer's Mandate for Youth Soccer Development - Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club - Santa Rosa, California

Many of you may have heard about changes afoot for US Club Soccer in partnership with US Soccer, which manages national team soccer in this country. The changes involve switching age registration from school year to birth year, which aligns the US with the rest of the world.  Also, for ages 12 and under there will be smaller sided games to allow players more space and more touches on the ball. Read more of this post

Black Oaks Host Youth Soccer Coaching Certification Course July 25 in Santa Rosa

  • Earn a Level 2 NSCAA Diploma in Age 10 and Under Youth Soccer Coaching
  • Free to Members of the Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club
  • Instruction from the National Soccer Coaching Association of America

The Santa Rosa Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club is holding its second annual coaching diploma course July 25 in Santa Rosa. Normally these coaching courses are expensive and are held outside the area, but the Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club is offering this course for FREE to our coaches, and other members (space permitting). Members of the soccer community are paying to register for this course, and space is limited, but if parents and players are interested in learning more about coaching and are interested in this opportunity to receive a coaching diploma, please contact us to see if we still have space to register FREE OF CHARGE.

DATE: Saturday, July 25 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

LOCATION: 1378A Corporate Center Parkway Santa Rosa, CA 95407

SIGN UP HERE: NSCAA Level 2 Coaching Courses

COST: FREE to Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club with Coupon Code, CONTACT US Read more of this post

Who are we? Lady Oaks!

The Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club is a new club in Santa Rosa, California and this is our first girls team. Congratulations to coach Francisco and all our U11 Lady Oaks, we are very, very proud of you!

Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club Declared Non-Profit Public Charity

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – The Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club of Santa Rosa, California announced it has been granted Non-Profit Status, receiving a declaration letter dated February 24 from the Internal Revenue Service stating the club is a Non-Profit public charity under section 501(c)3.

Santa Rosa Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club - Annual Meeting Members

At its first annual meeting, the Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club announced it has received non-profit status as a public charity under IRS section 501(c)3.

The announcement took place at the inaugural Annual General Meeting for the Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club. Over 40 people attended the meeting, including players, parents, coaches and board members. Acting President Alex Campbell made the announcement, recognizing the hard work performed by the club’s founding board of directors since 2013, including Francisco Vallejo, Maria Valencia, Gustavo Valencia and Hilda Gomez. Campbell spoke about the club’s core philosophies of teamwork, sportsmanship and community, praising the spirit of many coaches, parents, family members and volunteers “giving back to soccer.” He added that non-profit status will help the Club meet its goals of offering an affordable alternative so more youth in Santa Rosa can play competitive year-round soccer. Read more of this post

Santa Rosa Junior College Soccer Player to Train Black Oaks Goalies

Santa Rosa Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club Goalie Goalkeeper Arquero Portero keeper

Orland High School goalkeeper Arturo Ornejas - Santa Rosa Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club

SRJC Goalie Arturo Ornejas

We’re excited to announce that Santa Rosa Junior College goalkeeper Arturo Ornelas has agreed to provide training for our youth goalkeepers for the upcoming season.  Training starts TONIGHT for ages 11 and under and Thursday for ages 12 and older, 4-6PM and will continue weekly for the upcoming season.

  • Tuesday 4-6 PM Age 11 and Under
  • Thursday 4-6PM Age 12 and Older

Arturo Ornejas joined the Santa Rosa Junior College soccer program as a freshman in 2013.  He was the starting goalkeeper all four years for the Orland High School Trojans, earning Prep Athlete of the Week honors in 2013 by the Chico Enterprise-Record.  According to the article, Ornejas posted 46 shutouts in his four years at Orland.  Thanks, Arturo, for teaching our players!

The SRJC Bear Cubs assistant coach Matt Brabetz coaches our U16 boys.

Dear Alexis Abrica: Get Well Soon!

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Don’t worry about missing soccer tryouts. Your team saved you a spot. We’ll see you at practice when you’re home from the hospital for appendicitis. Rest easy, don’t worry and get well soon!

– Coach Juan, Denny (Manager) and the rest of U8 Black Oaks Laguna.

Annual General Meeting Sat. March 14, 2015 Noon at Jennings Park

  • WHAT: Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club Inaugural Annual General Meeting

  • WHEN: Saturday, March 14, at Noon – 1 PM

  • WHERE: Jennings Park, Santa Rosa, California

  • WHO: Players, Parents, Coaches, Board of Directors, Public, Former and Current Black Oaks Players – All are Invited

  • WHY: This is the Black Oaks first-ever Annual General Meeting.  It’s your opportunity to have your say and help organize your brand new soccer club in Santa Rosa

Dear Black Oaks:

The Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club is to holding its inaugural annual meeting to elect a Board of Directors and to address issues important to our membership.  The meeting will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM Noon at Jennings Park in Santa Rosa, California.

Jennings is the home field for our club and we will be holding a meeting for all members, which include each youth player and their family, coaches and our board of directors. During the meeting we will hold elections for the board of directors as well as give a presentation about the club, its goals and philosophy. Members will also have the opportunity to address the club and propose new initiatives. Read more of this post