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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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

The Southampton Way – Developmental Soccer [VIDEO]

southampton football club - soccer club in English Premier LeagueNBC Sports broadcasted a documentary about Southampton Football Club, which has been the surprise of the Barclay’s Premier League in England, now fourth in the table.  A veritable minnow of English Football, compared to the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, Southampton made a name for itself as a club committed to developing home-grown players.  And you may have heard of some of the players to come out of Southampton, like Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers. For the Black Oaks, as a new club in a hotbed for soccer in California, we can take some inspiration from Southampton. ENJOY!

Congrats to Raffino Lanford and David Ortiz for Making PDP

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Black Oaks David Ortiz and Raffino Lanford.

A big congratulations from the Club, Coaches and Teammates of Raffino Lanford and David Ortiz Bailon for being invited into the US Club Soccer’s Player Development Program.

US Club Soccer’s Player Development Programs (PDPs) are regionally based identification and developmental programs conducted within the id2 Program umbrella. PDPs are focused around the National Premier Leagues (NPL) and other top leagues in specific geographic areas. Read more of this post

Black Oaks Soccer Academy for Boys Age 5 to 8

Masthead for the Black Oaks Soccer Academy

Hey, boys ages 5-8! Announcing a soccer academy that will take your game to a whole new level! Our experienced coaching staff has fun drills, scrimmages and strategies to improve your game, boost your confidence and prepare you for next season. CALL 707-495-9754

Boys Soccer Black Oaks Academy

The Academy is open to all skill levels, particularly those who have never played before or those who would like to improve. We strive to treat our boys like young men, with respect, discipline and responsibility. The boys and their parents appreciate the pride and character it builds within them.  The academy is part of the Black Oaks recruiting and player development.

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Matt Sokol (1971-2012) Remembered in Local Paper

Black Oaks Soccer Club team member Matt Sokol

Matt Sokol (center)

Teammates mourn popular soccer player and teacher Matt Sokol

Santa Rosa’s tight-knit soccer community was in mourning Sunday over the sudden death of a beloved 41-year-old player who collapsed during a club soccer match and never regained consciousness.

Matt Sokol, a former standout soccer player and coach at Montgomery High School, had just come off the pitch at Northwest Community Park in Santa Rosa about noon Sunday when he appeared to suffer a seizure on the sidelines and blacked out.

His Black Oaks Soccer Club teammates, who include a doctor at Kaiser Hospital, quickly went to his aid. Despite their efforts, Sokol died a short while later at Sutter Medical Center of an apparent heart-related ailment. Continue Reading at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Black Oaks 2-1 Santos

We won 2-1! Kudos to our rookie keeper Alex as well as veteran Tim O’Donnell. With seconds to play our defense held strong. Santos had a free kick with 30 seconds to go. Their ace Freddy stepped up and hit the post. Santos got the deflection but Alex the Feline was there for the save! Black Oaks still in 1st place!

Black Oaks Remember Player/Coach Jesse Garcia (1956-2012)

It was a big surprise and heartbreaking to hear that Jesse Garcia died Saturday July 14 in a horrific auto accident, covered in the Press Democrat. Jesse was the team leader for a senior team that helped expand the Black Oaks during the late 90’s and early 2000’s. A fun, intelligent teammate who played at a high level his entire life beyond the age of 50. It was fun playing with him and all the other excellent soccer players he brought along with him, including his brothers and long-time friends. Childhood friend Thomas Cruz, in an interview with the Press Democrat, called him a “fierce defender” but he was an even tougher opponent. He played on many teams and usually became the outspoken leader no matter where he played, often leading from the sidelines and on the field. Through these many, teams, games and tournaments he touched many lives and leaves behind a large, extended family in Santa Rosa and Windsor. Many are devastated by his loss and the controversy behind it, as covered by the Press Democrat. Thank you, Jesse, for sharing the vision of locally grown soccer and making an important contribution to the greater soccer community. You will be missed by many. ===>;Continue Reading at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat

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