Sol vs Republic – Big Night for Local Pro Soccer Feb 27

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Special thanks to the Sonoma County Sol for providing a discount for youth clubs.  Come out Feb. 27, 2016, 7 PM at Santa Rosa High School’s Nevers Field, and enjoy an evening of high-level soccer, a NorCal Derby as it were, with the Sol taking on visiting Sacramento Republic.  Tickets are available through the Sonoma County Sol website and when you enter the promocode ‘sollovesblackoaks’ you save 15% on tickets. Read more of this post

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Free Girls Soccer Clinic October 26

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  • Girls Ages 5-10, Beginners Welcome
  • Learn and Gain Confidence from Experienced Coaches
  • Saturday October 26 from 10AM-1PM
  • Jennings Park, Behind G&G Market on West College Ave

SANTA ROSA, California (October 22, 2013) — The Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club is holding a free one-day clinic for girls age 5 to 10 on Saturday, October 26 from 10 AM to 1 PM at Jennings Park, just behind G&G Market, 1211 W College Ave in Santa Rosa, California.

The one-day clinic is designed for beginners and advanced soccer players, girls ages 5 to 10.  For beginners coaches introduce the basics of soccer: ball control, dribbling, shooting, and passing.  For advanced players team concepts are introduced, along with positions and strategies. Read more of this post

Everybody Wins at Copa Academy 2013

Black Oaks Copa Academy 2013 Youth Soccer Tournament

Thank you to all who participated in the Black Oaks Copa Academy today, our end of the season play-date jamboree soccer tournament.  We played 12 friendlies on the U6 and U8 fields.  There were no trophies, no score-keeping and everybody wins!

The Black Oaks fielded four teams–three U6 Academy teams and our Black Oaks Laguna U7 team. Read more of this post

U9 Boys Win Benicia Youth Soccer Tournament

Santa Rosa Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club wins U9 Benicia Youth Soccer Tournament

Congratulations to (L to R) Logan, Anthony, Damien, David, Speedy, Abraham, Jon, Rafinoe, Xavius and coaches Jerry Lanford and Tony “Marco” Castillo.

The U9 SR Black Oaks added another 1st place finish to their 2013 achievements. This evening they won a thrilling final against a tough East Bay Ajax team that was heavily favored.

Ajax scored early, leaving the Black Oaks to chase play for much of the rest of the game. Oaks leveled towards halftime. In the second half Ajax scored again and the Oaks had to raise their game to find the tying goal before overtime.

Both teams were going all out and the referees had their hands full to keep the game under control. The Oaks were playing with one sub and some rough play was almost a setback, with a few players subbing off due to injury.

But the Black Oaks proved resilient in over-time, turning up the pressure and finally pushing Ajax back into their own half. They got the break they needed when Ajax mistakenly deflected a clearing ball into their own net. Just seconds later another hard shot challenged the Ajax keeper, pushing him back as he caught the ball.  The center referee played on, although the linesman ruled the ball crossed the goal line. The final score was Black Oaks 4, Ajax 2, earning gold medals a champion t-shirts.

Last month, the same U9 boys team won the Sonoma State Six-Aside Tournament. In February the team placed third in the Redwood City Torneo di Presidenti.

Celebrating Cinco de Martin

Martin Linley - Santa Rosa Black Oaks Soccer Club

Long-time Black Oaks Soccer Player Martin Linley

There will never be another Cinco de Mayo without remembering my old friend Martin Linley.  Martin was a founding member of the Black Oaks and played for several years on the over 30 team.  He was a feisty Brit who played hard, but after the whistle blew he would go from swearing at you to drinking pints with you, and made friends wherever he traveled.

He had many famous quotes, some directed at me and other teammates, like: “Touch of a donkey, lad!” or “Get stuck in!” A stalwart fullback, Martin had one philosophy, “You can let the ball by you, or the man by you, but never both.”  We had many great memories, including a fun soccer tournament in Puerto Vallarta with his family and our 30+ soccer team, Black Oaks Sol.  I always thought of him like an uncle, big brother, or team captain.

Not only did I have the pleasure of playing soccer with Martin, I worked with him for many years.  He was a mechanical engineer and loved working on cars, motorcycles and carts, loved to drive fast and love to experiment, or as he puts it, “blow things up.”  He was always a source of inspiration and recreation for me, whether it was having pints after work, talking about English soccer, or playing soccer, often a couple times a week. Read more of this post

Competitive Youth Soccer Tryouts Friday and Saturday, May 3-4

The Santa Rosa Black Oaks U8 Girls Team - Lady Oaks

Tryouts this Friday and Saturday for the U8 “Lady Oaks” and the rest of the Santa Rosa Youth Soccer Club, boys and girls, all ages.

Reminder that the Black Oaks are holding competitive soccer tryouts this Friday and Saturday, May 3-4 at Jennings Park off West College behind G&G Market.  Tryouts are for girls and boys, all ages.  For more information ===> Continue Reading

Santa Rosa Black Oaks Host Competitive Youth Soccer Tryouts May 3-4 for Girls and Boys of All Ages

Soccer Tryouts of the Black Oaks

ANNOUNCING Competitive Soccer Tryouts – Anunciando Pruebas fútbol competitivo

ALL Ages Girls & Boys – TODOS las Edades Niñas y Niños

DATES: Friday, May 3, 5-7 PM, Saturday, May 4, 10AM -1 PM

FECHAS: Viernes, 3 de Mayo, 5-7 PM, Sábado, 4 de Mayo, 10AM-1 PM Read more of this post

U14 PHOTOS: Black Oaks 0 Atletico Santa Rosa 1

A very close game.  Black Oaks played well.

Meet the Pioneers of Black Oaks Youth Soccer

Black Oaks Soccer Coaches

Louie Chambrone and Luis Martinez

Meet the two Lou’s, Black Oaks Lou Chambrone and Luis Martinez.  Back in 2003 a youth soccer program was just a dream for the Black Oaks, but Luis and Louie also had a dream to coach soccer.

From 2003 to 2009, under the Black Oaks name, the two Lou’s volunteered as coaches and assistant coaches for several competitive boys soccer teams from Laguna Youth Soccer and later Santa Rosa South Soccer league. Luis Martinez started in 2003 working as an assistant coach at the Santa Rosa Junior College because he was inspired by other members of the Black Oaks to go into coaching.  He was offered an opportunity to volunteer as head coach for a Laguna travelling boys team and Chambrone joined later that season.  They called themselves the Laguna Black Oaks.

“We never turned anyone away.” – Listen to Minicast

The two friends sparked a chemistry with their team, using a coaching style typical to older teams with strict discipline, teamwork and a lot of running.  They say the boys responded well to the regimented training sessions and the parents appreciated the character it built in their boys.  The results showed.  The team won the local Class 3 league in 2004 and success continued with four subsequent seasons. Martinez acknowledged the support and encouragement of Adolpho Mendoza, technical director for Atletico Santa Rosa, a rival club in Santa Rosa.

Chambrone continued coaching, his U12 team losing in the State Cup semi-finals in 2009.  He is proud that some of the Black Oaks have gone on to play at the Santa Rosa Junior College, including Diego Leon and Danny Chapparo. One player Luis Luna, because of all the running at practice, became a star Cross-Country runner and earned a full scholarship to UC Berkeley.

Now these two are out of coaching and looking forward to playing.  They both have new families and say they are looking forward to coaching again when they have children.  But their dream has been kept alive by parents and younger siblings of the Black Oaks… but that’s the next chapter.

The Black Oaks would not exist were it not for the volunteer work of many too numerous to name, those like Luis Martinez and Louie Chambrone.  The club is recruiting new players and coaches.  If you love soccer or have a talent you wish to share in making a difference for young soccer players, join us.  Volunteer today!

Co-Ed Adult Team Promoted to Level A of the SCCSL

Santa Rosa Soccer Adult Co-Ed Team for the SCACSL Black Oaks

2012 Black Oaks Adult Co-Ed Team of the SCACSL

Congratulations to the Black Oaks Adult Co-Ed Soccer team and Coach Luis Medina for their promotion to the top Co-Ed League in Sonoma County.  The Vencedores have been promoted to Level A of the SCACSL (Sonoma County Adult Co-Ed Soccer League) following their first place finish for the 2012 season.  Coach Medina says he’s been making some moves in the off-season to bolster his team for the stiffer competition. They play their first game of the 2013 season next Saturday.  Go, OAKS!