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

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

Action Shots – Photos from Spring League April 25, 2015

Action-Shots-Spring League-2015Here are more pix from Jennings Park on April 25, 2015, photos of the following Black Oaks Youth Soccer Teams: U9 Golden Angels, U7 Academy, U16 Black Oaks FC, and U9 Titans. If you see a photo you like and want a higher resolution image, email me at alex.campbell@blackoaksfc.com.  Volunteer photographers are always welcome.   Below is an image gallery of 56 photos.

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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!

Spring League 2015 has Arrived [PHOTOS]

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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:

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.

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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.

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.