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

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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

[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:

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

Snapshots of Spring Preseason Training

I went out to Jennings last night to meet our new goalie trainer Arturo Ornelas and take some photos.  It was a hive of energy with all our teams getting ready for spring league. Arturo was excellent with our younger players.  He hopes to play goalkeeper for Sonoma State University next season.  Best of luck, Arturo, and thank you for training our goalies.  Great job to all our coaches for a great start to 2015.

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.

Soccer America: Parents buy in to ‘Silent Soccer’

silent soccer saturday youth santa rosa black oaks

Shhhhhh – Give the kids a break.

Southwest Ohio Youth Soccer met some parent resistance when it announced a “silent soccer weekend” in which parents were restricted to clapping. “We were a little unsure at first how we as parents were going to keep quiet and not cheer on our children,” said Amy Forte, a Thunder United Metro FC parent. “But when our son told us he absolutely loved it and wished they would do it more often, we were sold.”

Her son, 11-year-old Drew Forte, 11, said, “I could hear and communicate with my teammates and not have parents tell them what to do.”

Coaches were instructed to pull noisy parents aside for a talking to.

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CODE OF CONDUCT

NOTE: All coaches, players and guardians will be required to sign this agreement to adhere to the club’s code of conduct.

Soccer players shaking handsCOACHES/PLAYERS

  • Play the game for the game’s sake.
  • Be generous when you win.
  • Be gracious when you lose.
  • Obey the rules of the game.
  • Accept the decisions of the officials.
  • Work for the good of the team.
  • Conduct yourself with honor and dignity.
  • Applaud the efforts of your teammates AND your opponents.

SPECTATORS

  • Children have more need for the good example than criticism.
  • Make athletic participation for your child, and others, a positive learning experience.
  • Attempt to relieve the pressure of competition, not increase it.
  • Be courteous to the officials and coaches. The coaches are giving their time, energy, and money.
  • Applaud good play of players on either team.
  • Do not question the judgment or honesty of any official.
  • Accept the results of each game and teach your child to learn good sportsmanship.

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Earn a Level 6 Coaching Diploma May 16-18

Youth Soccer Coaching Diploma available through the Black Oaks in Santa Rosa, California

Youth soccer coaches and assistant coaches, the Santa Rosa Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club are holding its first ever coaching diploma course March 16-18 in Santa Rosa. Normally these coaching courses are held outside the area so local coaches can save on travel costs.

  • Course Dates & Times:

    • Friday, May 16 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    • Saturday, May 17 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Sunday, May 18 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Location: 1378A Corporate Center Parkway Santa Rosa, CA 95407

This will be mandatory for all those coaching for the Black Oaks.  It’s important for the overall quality of our club and allows us to conform to competitive coaching standards that will not only benefit us as coaches, but our players. Sign Up Here Read more of this post

Winter Training Camp, Where Champions are Forged

Black Oaks Soccer Club, Santa Rosa, California Winter Training Camp

KEEP YOUR SOCCER SKILLS SHARP THIS WINTER with competitive youth soccer training. The Black Oaks Soccer Club is currently organizing indoor and outdoor training for our current teams and invite new players interested in seeing what we are all about. Our experienced coaches have fun drills, scrimmages and strategies to improve your game, boost your confidence and prepare you for the spring season. Experienced players, boys and girls ages 5-11 are welcome. Read more of this post