Just a quick note to let you know that Sierra Oaks Soccer Club is planning on a fall soccer season this year! There are still hurdles to clear from a public health perspective, but it’s looking very promising. Like you, our Board is excited to see the kids play soccer again, and we will do everything we can to ensure there is a season.
To that end, please make a note on your calendar that we will open registration on May 1. We are working through all the details now and plan to share an update with you by the middle of April. There is no action needed by you now other than marking your calendar for May 1.
Our league, River City Youth Soccer League (RCYSL), met last night, and unanimously voted to cancel the fall 2020 recreational season. RCYSL issued this statement:
The River City Youth Soccer League (RCYSL) places a top priority on the health and safety of our players, families and volunteers. Due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic cases, the revised mandates instituted by State, County, and local government officials, and the current school closures, the RCYSL board has made the difficult decision to cancel the fall 2020 recreational youth soccer season.
As a youth soccer board, made up of members from each of our soccer clubs, we will continue to review and consider alternatives such as soccer camps or soccer clinics in accordance with State and local guidelines. We will provide updates if we are able to provide some form of soccer in the upcoming months.
For those families that have already registered for the fall season and would like to receive a refund please be patient. Each club is diligently working on plans to accommodate refunds or other alternatives in the next few weeks. Your club will provide guidance once the details have been worked out.
Thank you all for your continued support. Please stay safe and healthy.
Separately, I also wanted to inform you that SOSC will not be pursuing a clinic in lieu of the canceled season. However, RCYSL is considering a possible league-wide option for a clinic after Labor Day. As we get more information, we will be sure to share it out.
Finally, we are already working on refunds. If you would like donate your registration fee as a tax-deductible donation to SOSC, please reply to this email informing us no later than Friday, July 31, 2020. If we do not hear from you by that date, we will assume you want a full refund and will move forward accordingly. Our goal is to have refund checks issued and mailed by the week of August 3. We would love to offer an option to roll over registration to next season, but for a variety of reasons, that is not possible.
Thank you all for your patience over the last few months. I ask for your continued patience over the next few weeks as we work on refunds, answering questions, and more. Like you, I am going miss soccer this fall, but know we will come back stronger in 2021.
Be well and let me know if you have any questions.
Bill Hodges, SOSC Manager
As we approach mid-July, we would ordinarily be finalizing rosters, lining fields, and getting ready to begin practices in early August. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves in a much different place than usual this season.
While our state association California Youth Soccer Association - Cal North Soccer (CYSA) has lifted its ban on soccer activities, we face a major hurdle to holding the fall season—obtaining the permits from the local parks and school districts that are required for practices and games to be held and for our activities to be insured.
Every district that we work with was ordered by the Sacramento County Department of Health Services (SacDHS) in March to suspend permits for contact sports, which was the same order that led to the cancellation of spring Little League after one game, summer sports camps, and other sports activities.
In the meantime, SacDHS has taken a very cautious and incremental approach in lifting its suspension, and after much urging by the youth sports community finally issued a “Return to Play” policy that outlines a three-phased approach to returning to full contact sports. The first phase allows only for
“conditioning” and “instruction,” and each club must submit a “plan of action” to each district that it works with that must be approved before this first phase can begin.
In an effort to influence SacDHS towards a quicker path, River City Youth Soccer League (RCYSL), on behalf of SOSC and of all of its affiliate clubs, is sending a letter to SacDHS and the County Board of Supervisors which urges the county to approve fall soccer, given that CYSA has already issued requirements and conditions for fall soccer that match or surpass those in the county’s Return to Play policy. However, given the recent setbacks in the number of new COVID-19 cases since the phased re-opening began, we believe it is unlikely that the County will allow the local school and parks districts to approve any activities beyond the first phase described above. As such, we risk spending a significant amount of money and volunteer time to prepare for a season that we may not get approval to have.
To address this major issue, on July 21 the board of RCYSL—which includes the managers from each of the nine affiliated clubs—will hold a special session to consider all the latest information available from the county and districts and hold a vote on whether to proceed with or cancel the season.
In the event that the fall league is cancelled, SOSC is considering a contingency plan that envisions a fall soccer camp to be held after Labor Day weekend and provides a guide for coaches, players, and parents on what to expect and anticipate. The spirit of this alternate plan is to help find a way to get the kids on
the field this fall and help bridge the gap between the present, challenging time and the eventual return of soccer. In the event the season is cancelled and we commence with the alternate/contingency plan, all families will be given the option to un-enroll and receive a full refund, transfer your registration(s) as
a tax-deductible donation, or to stay enrolled and await further details on a possible fall soccer camp.
Thank you for your patience as we work with the other clubs and the league to find the best possible outcome for the fall season.
I hope this finds everyone well.
I wanted to provide a quick update on the fall recreation soccer season. We received notification earlier this week from Cal North (our governing body) that they have extended the suspension of all soccer activities and events with no end date mentioned. We continue to monitor the latest from Governor Newsom’s office, the CDC and county health department, and will share any updates as they become available. Obviously, the safety of our players and families is and will always be paramount.
We know parents have put off signing up kids for fall soccer either because of the uncertainty of a season, financial constraints, more pressing priorities, and more. And we understand that. However, as we move into June, we want to strongly encourage you to sign up your kids. This will help us determine the interest for soccer this fall and in the formation of teams. If it is determined a soccer season will not move forward, we want you to know that registration is refundable and would likely include any processing fees from Sports Connect.
As a reminder, our Board took the following actions for the 2020 season given the current situation:
Many have asked me my opinion on whether there will be a soccer season. It’s impossible to know with any certainty, but I remain hopeful and energized by our Board and League, in that if there is a safe way forward, we are all committed to providing recreational soccer this fall.
Hello Sierra Oaks Soccer Families!
My name is Bill Hodges and I would like to introduce myself as the new Club Manager for Sierra Oaks Soccer Club (SOSC). I am taking over for Jason Allen who served as Club Manager for four years, and leaves big shoes to fill. Many thanks to Jason for his leadership and service.
While I am new into this role, I have been serving on the SOSC Board since 2016 and a coach since 2014. My goal is to lean on my experience both as a Board member and coach to continue to make this the best neighborhood soccer club in Sacramento. I'll also lean heavily on the great group of volunteers serving on the 2020 SOSC Board.
It goes without saying that we are living in uncertain times right now. All of our lives have been dramatically impacted by COVID-19, and will continue to be for months to come. We understand that registering your child for fall soccer is probably the furthest thing from your mind when you're focused on practicing social distancing, trying to home school, work from home, and more.
That said, we will be opening up fall soccer registration on April 1 as we typically do. However, our Board took the following actions for the 2020 season given the current situation:
On April 1, we will make registration live here:
In the interim, if you have any questions or concerns, please drop me an email or call. Sending my best to all of you and our SOSC players.
Congratulations to Maggie Gonzalez from the U10G Her'icanes for being recognized with the Hanna L. Fong Sportsmanship Award! Maggie was chosen for demonstrating a positive attitude, perseverance, and for showing characteristics of an exemplary teammate during the 2019 season. This award is named in memory of Hanna Leigh Fong (6/7/06-3/3/19). Hanna was a student at Sierra Oaks School and played soccer at Sierra Oaks as well as many other sports. She was loving, caring, and looked out for others. Anyone who knew Hanna were made better by knowing her. Nominations were made by coaches and our Board, and the winner was chosen by Hanna's parents. In addition to presenting Maggie with a certificate, she also received a $25 gift card to Yo-Yo Yogurt, and a plaque will be hung at Sierra Oaks School to include Maggie's name and all future winners of this award in memory of Hanna. View our Facebook post here.
Are you looking for GREAT soccer summer camp options now that school is out? If so, we got you covered. Below are a couple of upcoming options for your consideration in and around the Sacramento region this summer
Wherever your summer plans take you, we hope you enjoy the season!
The Sierra Oaks Soccer Club Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 29 at 7pm. If you are interested in attending, please contact Club Manager Jason Allen here.
Sierra Oaks Soccer Families,
It’s hard to believe it! It seems like just yesterday you were completing the end-of-season survey, but priority registration for the fall soccer season is now open! Priority registration ends on May 31st, and from June 1st and after there will be a late fee. In order to keep your spot on your team (returning players), please make sure you register by the end of priority registration.
We are using a new registration system. All returning users should use the same email you used previously and use the “forgot my password” function to get started. This is the most ideal way to register this season.
While I have your attention… a few additional items and dates to take note of:
Jason AllenClub Manager
Coaches are required to have concussion forms with them at all times (practices and games). This is mandated by River City Youth Soccer League. Coaches can download the form here. The form lays out the steps that are necessary to take in the event a child is suspected of or has experienced a concussion. If you have any questions, please contact Club Manager Jason Allen here.
Please be advised that River City Youth Soccer (RCYS) is hosting its annual ‘Coaching Fair’ on Saturday, May 21 at Off the Wall Soccer Arena (5 Wayne Court Sacramento). As part of the fair, they will be hosting two F license field courses from 9-12:30pm or 1:30-5pm. The classes will fill up fast, so if you’re a Sierra Oaks coach that has not done your F license training yet, you’ll want to sign up for one of these classes. As a reminder, F license training is required for all coaches U8 and up. The fee is $50 for the class, but Sierra Oaks will reimburse its coaches for that fee. Send your name and a copy of your receipt to our Coaching Coordinator, William Hodges and a check will be mailed to you. Below are two links to sign up for either class:
Additionally, for our new coaches, Livescan will be present from 10-2pm to get fingerprints and there will also be a photographer for those that need a picture taken for their badge from 10-12pm. Remember, in addition to filling out the coach application online, every Sierra Oaks coach must also have a background check through the Department of Justice (DOJ) to coach. There are no exceptions. Coaches without the DOJ clearance will not be permitted to coach this season.
If you have any additional questions about the Coaching Fair, please email William.
Finally, our next Club Board meeting is Monday, May 9 at 6:30pm at Kico's Mexican Food (2324 Arden Way). All Club Board meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. Thank you!
Hello, Sierra Oaks Soccer Families! I hope spring is off to a great start! There are some big changes underway for soccer this season so I’d like to start with some early communication, which you can also find at our NEW club website:
First, my name is Jason Allen and I’d like to introduce myself as the new Sierra Oaks Soccer Club (SOSC) Manager.
For the past few years I have been a coach and board member for the club. As a kid I actually played for Sierra Oaks (Lightning Bolts) and continued to play competitively through high school and college. I’m looking forward to using my experiences in order to help SOSC continue to be the best neighborhood soccer club in town.
It just so happened that as I came on board as Club Manager some league-wide changes began to take place simultaneously. The changes are being implemented by all clubs in our league (Del Dayo and Arden Park, just to name those nearest to us), as well as by soccer clubs across the entire United States. These changes are not unique to, or created by, Sierra Oaks or the league.
I would like to introduce you to some of those changes next in this message. I will describe the changes here, but to better understand the “Why?” behind the changes it would be helpful to view a short video I’ll provide at the end.
With registration for the 2016-17 season nearly upon us (April 1st), I want to share some of the exciting changes happening this year that will benefit our players.
The number of players on a team and on the field may be changing depending on the age group you are in. The following is the list of age groups and their corresponding minimum-maximum sizes.
NOTE: the first number represents the number of players on the field during a game.
Fewer players on the field for U6-U12 since field sizes are changing.
There will be no goalkeepers in age groups U6 and U8 (this is a change from the past when U8 did have goalkeepers)
Due to reduced number of players on each team and on the field (U6, U8, U10, and U12), field and goals sizes will be smaller than they have been historically. Each club will do what is reasonable to have fields be consistent in size from site to site.
The new website, www.SierraOaksSoccer.org, will be updated with additional information to aid you in understanding the changes further.
If you still want more information, please take a look at this video from US Soccer. It goes into many more details about the entire plan, including the philosophy behind “Why?” the changes are happening.
It is understandable that you might still want clarification on one or more points. Please feel free to contact me by email or phone once you have read this information and watched the video.
NOTE: It is too early to answer any questions about specific teams or players. Registration will open on April 1st and after that point the team formation process can begin. Please be patient and more information will come your way during the registration period.
Looking forward to seeing you on the field very soon!
The Sierra Oaks Soccer Club Board will be holding its next Board meeting on Monday, April 11 at 6:30pm at Beach Hut Deli (2535 Fair Oaks Blvd). All are welcomed to attend.
Welcome to the new Sierra Oaks Soccer Club website! As you can see, the website is a dramatic improvement from our prior website, and one we hope will be a tremendous resource to our Sierra Oaks soccer families and those looking to find a future soccer club home.
Not only is the website a great resource for all you need to know about our club and the upcoming 2016 season, we believe the new website is a better reflection of what is the best neighborhood soccer club in Sacramento. And in the end, we hope that it helps us continue to grow our Club and share the great game of soccer.
The new website includes a coach’s corner, dedicated registration page, news and events section, and we've integrated our social media platforms into the front page.
So browse around and tell us what you think. You can email any feedback to Club Manager Jason Allen here
Thanks for visiting the site and please check back often for updates. And while you're here, sign up for the 2016 soccer season!
Go Sierra Oaks Soccer!!