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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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