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In loving memory of SAC alumnus Yaw Owusu-Boaitey

Yaw was an aspiring physician at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County when he passed away tragically on May 20. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. He will be missed tremendously. “He touched so many lives during his playing years – he was not only a great player, but a respected teammate, genuinely caring person and beloved friend. We have truly lost a great young man.” -Former coach Peter Hommel

Boys High School Summer League

We are currently planning to run the annual Boys HS Summer League. In the event of league cancellation, full refunds will be issued. Please contact eric@sachc.org with any questions.

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College Scholarship Essay Contest (2020)

The annual College Scholarship Essay Contest will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school students who will be attending an institute of higher education in the upcoming academic year. The scholarship will be awarded to one male and one female student. Please visit the dedicated page for application details: https://www.sackick.com/college-scholarship/

Aki Lake Taking Over As Director Of Coaching For The Entire Club

Aki Lake has been promoted to Club DOC. Aki will now be overseeing the entire Travel program, while maintaining his role as the Recreational and Select Director.

Tryout Communications (2020/2021)

For the purposes of opening direct lines of communications about upcoming tryouts, we have decided to set up ‘Tryout Pre-registration’ programs for both Select and Travel.

If you would like to receive communications about the upcoming tryouts, please sign up by registering for either program below (or both).

Current Select and/or Travel players do not need to pre-register for their existing program to receive tryout updates.

Select Tryout Communication Pre-registration:
https://clubs.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=889008

Travel Tryout Communcation Pre-registration:
https://clubs.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=889009

Baltimore Armour Girls Join The Girls Academy For The 2020/21 Season
Baltimore Armour Girls are excited to join The Girls Academy for the 2020/21 season, competing against some of the top clubs in the country while continuing to give our players the best environment to grow and develop.
Baltimore Armour to Collaborate with MLS to Form New Boys League

Baltimore Armour is excited to announce that we are working with MLS to form a new league, after US Soccer ended operations of the Development Academy on April 15. According to Fred Lipka, MLS VP & Technical Director, Player Development, “This new platform will provide year-round, high-level matches for MLS club academy teams and non-MLS academy teams that previously participated in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in the U13, U14, U15, U17 and U19 age categories.”

Link to MLS’ announcement available here: MLS Memo to Academy Directors

Baltimore Armour Announcement

Baltimore Armour is now being exclusively run by the Soccer Association of Columbia for both boys and girls. For the upcoming season, BA Boys will be competing in a new league being created by MLS. Details for the BA Girls will be coming soon.

DMV Soccer Organizations Unite in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, area soccer clubs and organizations have joined to form DMV UNITED. DMV UNITED formed to provide organizations with a way to share ideas, resources, and best practices in these unprecedented times.

Please find the full DMV United Press Release here:
https://www.sackick.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/DMV-United-Press-Release-3.pdf

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Club Updates
Spring Season Status
*amended 5/6
Complex and SAC staff
Bob Lucido Fields at Covenant Park remain closed until further notice. SAC operational staff will continue to work remotely. Please direct all inquires to asksac@sachc.org.
Recreational/Select/Jrs Program
* In light of the extended school closures, we are officially canceling the Spring 2020 season for the Rec, Select and Jrs programs. A letter will be sent to all registrants by May 15 discussing registration fees.
Rec Plus Tournament/Tech Training
The Rec Plus tournament has been canceled. Rec Plus technical training has been canceled.
Travel Tryouts
For the 2020/2021 season, each Travel age group will hold one night of supplemental tryouts, except for U8 (2013) and U9 (2012) who will hold two nights of supplemental tryouts. An updated tryout schedule has been posted here:
https://www.sackick.com/travel-tryouts/
Travel Update Letter:
https://www.sackick.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Travel-Letter-April-2020.pdf
Select Tryouts
An updated schedule will be posted in the future.

EDP Travel
EDP has proposed three potential schedules with different start dates. View here

NCSL Travel
NCSL has no start date as of now.
CMSSL Travel
* The Spring 2020 CMSSL season has been canceled.

State Cup/Presidents Cup
State Cup & Presidents Cup games have been postponed. Please visit the MSYSA website at msysa.org for further information.

Columbia Memorial Invitational Tournament
*The CIST has been officially canceled.


Update #5 – Spring Season Updates
(Friday, 4/3)
Complex and SAC staff
Bob Lucido Fields at Covenant Park remain closed until further notice. SAC operational staff will continue to work remotely. Please direct all inquires to asksac@sachc.org.
Recreational/Select/Jrs Program
The Spring season will be delayed until the weekend of May 9 in conjunction with Howard County Public School Closures.
Rec Plus Tournament/Tech Training
The Rec Plus tournament has been cancelled. Rec Plus technical training has been delayed to May 4. We are hoping to get four sessions in on May 4, 11, 18 & June 1.
Select and Travel Tryouts
We are still planning to follow the posted tryout schedule. An update will be made by next Friday, 4/10.

EDP Travel
EDP has proposed three potential schedules with different start dates. View here

NCSL Travel
NCSL has no start date as of now.
CMSSL Travel
The Spring season will be delayed until the weekend of May 9 in conjunction with Howard County Public School Closures.

State Cup/Presidents Cup
State Cup & Presidents Cup games have been postponed. Please visit the MSYSA website at msysa.org for further information.

Columbia Memorial Invitational Tournament
At this time, the tournament will go on as scheduled.


Update #4 – Spring Season Updates
(Thursday, 3/26)
Complex and SAC staff
Bob Lucido Fields at Covenant Park remain closed until further notice. SAC operational staff will continue to work remotely. Please direct all inquires to asksac@sachc.org.
Recreational/Select/Jrs Program
The Spring season will be delayed until the weekend of May 2 in conjunction with Howard County Public School Closures.
Rec Plus Tournament/Tech Training
The Rec Plus tournament has been cancelled. Rec Plus technical training has been delayed to May 4. We are hoping to get four sessions in on May 4, 11, 18 & June 1.
Spring Break Camp/Rec & Select Tech Training/Goalkeeper Tech Training
All of theses programs have been canceled for the spring. Registration fees will be refunded soon.
Select and Travel Tryouts
We are still planning to follow the posted tryout schedule. Please check back for changes as we approach those dates.

EDP Travel
EDP has proposed three potential schedules with different start dates. View here

NCSL Travel
NCSL has a board meeting Monday night to discuss the situation.
CMSSL Travel
The Spring season will be delayed until the weekend of May 2 in conjunction with Howard County Public School Closures.

State Cup/Presidents Cup
State Cup & Presidents Cup games have been postponed. Please visit the MSYSA website at msysa.org for further information.

Columbia Memorial Invitational Tournament
At this time, the tournament will go on as scheduled.


Update #3 – Spring Season Updates
(Friday, 3/20)
Complex and SAC staff
Bob Lucido Fields at Covenant Park remain closed until further notice. SAC operational staff will continue to work remotely. Please direct all inquires to asksac@sachc.org.
Recreational/Select/Jrs Program
SAC continues to follow the guidance of our governing body, US Youth Soccer. Their recommendations are not to start the season until at least April 15th. SAC will also follow all federal and state mandates regarding public gatherings and closures. SAC believes that, if we can start by May 15th, there will be a season.
Spring Break Camp/Rec & Select Tech Training/Goalkeeper Tech Training
All of theses programs have been canceled for the spring. Registration fees will be refunded soon.
Select and Travel Tryouts
We are still planning to follow the posted tryout schedule. Please check back for changes as we approach those dates.
EDP Travel
EDP has postponed the season. There is currently no timetable for a start date.
NCSL Travel
NCSL has a board meeting Monday night to discuss the situation.
CMSSL Travel
CMSSL has postponed the start date of April 4th. There is currently no timetable for a start date.

State Cup/Presidents Cup
State Cup & Presidents Cup games have been postponed. Please visit the MSYSA website at msysa.org for further information.

Columbia Memorial Invitational Tournament
At this time, the tournament will go on as scheduled.


Update #2:
In response to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and in conjunction with actions taken by US Youth Soccer (USYS) and the US Soccer Federation, all SAC activities (programs, leagues, games, practices, trainings, meetings, gatherings, etc.) are SUSPENDED through April 15, 2020. SAC will be monitoring conditions on a weekly basis to determine if and when it’s appropriate to reinstate club activities.

Rec, Select & Junior Academy Updates
We are still planning to start our Spring season on the weekend of April 18. More details about schedules and practices will be sent out in the near future.

Travel & Development Academy Updates
The start of all Travel and DA leagues will be determined by the corresponding league. Please frequent your leagues official website for the most up-to-date information.

Technical Training Updates
We are planning to delay technical training until the week of April 20. We will make every effort to get the entire session in. More details about schedules will be sent out in the near future.

Official statement from USYS:
https://www.usyouthsoccer.org/2020-usys-leagues-program-and-conference-activities-suspended/

Official statement from US Soccer:
https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2020/03/us-soccer-da-suspends-matches-through-april-30-and-cancels-spring-cup-as-precaution


Update #1:
Official club statement regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Click here (.pdf)
Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Travel/Pre-Academy Coaches
The 2020/2021 Travel/Pre-Academy Coaches list has been posted to the website. Click here to view.
All Club Fields & Offices Are Closed

In response to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and in conjunction with local, state and national government advisories,

  • The SAC office will be closed until further notice. Staff members will continue to work from home. Please reach out via email with any questions/concerns.
  • All fields at the Bob Lucido Fields at Covenant Park are closed. The use of our private complex, including any club fields or facilities is strictly prohibited. Any continued use during this time will be considered trespassing.
Helpful tips to prevent spread of respiratory diseases

With the increasing number of cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) being reported we want to help you, our members, and your players stay healthier by encouraging everyone to use the same basic health rules you’d use with any virus. Staying home when you are sick (including players!) and regular and complete handwashing are the start.

See the CDC’s recommended everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases here:
https://bit.ly/2x7FoAc

More information about COVID-10:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Board of Directors Nominating Committee

The Soccer Association of Columbia is currently seeking nominations for the Board of Directors. The following one year term positions are up for election: V/P Juniors, V/P Recreation, V/P Travel, V/P Facilities, V/P Special Programs, V/P Sportsmanship, V/P Membership & Fundraising. The following two year term positions are also up for election: President and Executive Administrator. If interested, please contact Frank Turney at vp-travel@sac-hc.org. The nomination deadline is April 15th, 2020.

How to become a US Soccer Grassroots Referee
Interested in becoming a referee? Maryland Soccer Referees can help you get started!
A detailed account of the process can be found here:
https://www.sackick.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/How-to-Become-a-US-Soccer-Grassroots-Referee.pdf
Mentor Coaching Program
SAC is currently accepting Recreational Mentor Coaches for the Spring 2020 season. Players aged 16 or older are eligible to coach one of SAC’s Recreational teams. This is a great way to fulfill service hour requirements, build experience and teach young players soccer. The commitment for this program is a one hour practice during the week, at a time and location of your choosing, and a game each Saturday for the 8 weeks of the season (starting April 18). We recommend pairing up with a friend (two coaches), but it is not required. If interested, please contact cblackburncoo@sachc.org.
2020/2021 Tryout Dates
2020/2021 Tryout Dates have been posted to the website.
Select Tryouts
Travel Tryouts
Spring 2020 Season Dates
Rec & Select will play on the following weekends:
April 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 30
June 6, 13
Glory Days Gift Certificate Promo
SAC is selling $25 gift certificates to Glory Days (Ellicott City Location) for $15. Certificates will expire June 30, 2020. Limited number of certificates available. Cash or Check only. Not redeemable for cash, alcohol or gratuity. Contact Gina at the SAC office if you are interested: gina@sachc.org
The Bob Lucido Fields at Covenant Park
An aerial tour of our complex.
https://vimeo.com/138686409
SAC Magnets
SAC car magnets and stickers can be obtained free of charge at the SAC Office.


Lucido Fields at Covenant Park
(410) 992-1111
Field 1: Closed
Field 3: Closed
Field 4: Closed
Field 5: Closed
Field 6: Closed
Field 7: Closed
Field 8: Closed
Field 9: Closed

BOE – Grass Fields
(410) 313-6827

Alpha Ridge Park/Glenelg HS/Marriott’s Ridge HS/Western Regional Park
(410) 313-4372

Blandair Park/Oakland Mills HS
(410) 313-3673

Dayton Oaks Park/Reservoir HS/Schooly Mills Park
(410) 313-4458


Howard Community College
(410) 992-1111
Field 1: Closed
Field 2: Closed
Field 3a: Closed
Field 3b: Closed
Field 4a: Closed
Field 4b: Closed
Field 5a: Closed
Field 5b: Closed

Atholton HS/Cedar Lane Park/Hammond HS/Wilde Lake HS
(410) 313-4453

Centennial HS/Centennial Park/River Hill HS
(410) 313-4454

Howard HS/Long Reach HS/Mt.Hebron HS/Rockburn Park/Troy Park
(410) 313-4455


Primary Tryouts

SAC holds Primary Tryouts annually in the May/June time frame for the upcoming seasonal year. Please refer to the Supplemental Tryouts section to view teams who are actively looking for players.

Primary tryouts for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 season have been posted:
Select Tryouts
Travel/Pre-Academy Tryouts


Supplemental Tryouts

Supplemental tryouts are scheduled by coaches who are looking to add players to their team. Some teams will post specific tryouts dates/times and others will issue a general notice. Either way, please reach out to the contact listed if you are interested in attending.

Supplemental Tryouts for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Season:

Girls 2002 Pre-Academy
Contact Coach Janine Holmes at coachjanine25@gmail.com for more information



Meeting Schedule

Junior Academy Coaches Meeting
March 25, 2020 | 8:00pm | SAC Office

New Rec Coaches Meeting
April 2, 2020 | 7:30pm | SAC Office

Rising 2013/2012 Parent Meeting
April 22, 2020 | 8:00pm | Covenant Church

Travel Tryout Meeting
April 26, 2020 | 7:00pm | SAC Office

Select Team Tryout Meeting
May 6, 2020 | 8:00pm | Covenant Church

Annual General Meeting
June 9, 2020 | 8:00pm | Covenant Church

Travel Coaches Meeting
August 23, 2020 | 7:00pm | Covenant Church

Select Tournament Meeting
August 25, 2020 | 6:30pm | Covenant Church

Rec Coaches Meeting
August 25, 2020 | 8:00pm | Covenant Church

Junior Academy Coaches Meeting
August 26, 2020 | 8:00pm | Covenant Church



Coaching Education Schedule

Rec Coaching Education
Instructor: Aki Lake, Recreational Program Director

Observing Travel Technical Training
TBD

Rec GK Education
TBD


Junior Academy Coaches Training
Instructor: Willie Ibarra, Travel Coach
TBD


New Coaches Training Session
TBD



John Ellinger, Jozy Altidore and Kyle Beckerman Reflect on the History of U-17 Residency Program
American Safety & Health Institute
Basic first aid for the community and  workplace
http://co.grand.co.us/DocumentCenter/View/555
US Soccer Heading Mandates
US Soccer has implemented mandates, effective January 1, 2016, which restrict the heading of a soccer ball for players aged 12 and under. Click here for more complete information on the mandates.
Concussions in Soccer
What players, parents, coaches, & referees need to know. Provided by U.S. Soccer:
Powerpoint: https://ussoccer.box.com/s/ik3j2mh4xrs82zfsn4wgy9x00pgmi3cm
Video: https://ussoccer.box.com/s/c44by584fg167wejxk2lw1k66bntu0s5
Concussion Facts. Provided by CDC
Howard County Introduces Life-Saving App
Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services has introduced a smartphone app called PulsePoint. When someone calls 911 about a person in sudden cardiac arrest, PulsePoint will notify citizens in the area trained in CPR that someone needs assistance. It also provides maps and directions to the nearest Automated External Defibrillator, or AED. Source Article from Baltimore Sun

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SAC JUNIORS

For Players aged 3-6. An age-appropriate introduction to soccer. Your first opportunity to play on a team.

RECREATION

For players aged 7-18. Welcome to the largest Recreational league in the area.

SELECT

For players aged 8-14. Higher competition and commitment than Rec. Tryout-based program.

TRAVEL

Players aged 7-18. Higher competition and commitment than Select. Tryout-based program.

ACADEMY

The highest level of youth soccer in the country. Teams compete against other MLS and non-MLS academy clubs.


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TECHNICAL TRAINING

For players aged 8-14. Designed to provide an additional weekly training opportunity.

HOLIDAY CLINICS

For players aged 5-14. Day long camps held on days Howard County Public Schools are closed.

SPRING BREAK CAMP

For players aged 5-14. All sessions are run at the Bob Lucido Fields at Covenant Park by licensed coaches.

SUMMER CAMPS

For players aged 5-14. All SAC Training Academy camps are held at Covenant Park and run by licensed coaches.

SUMMER LEAGUES

Rec Summer League (player registration). Boys High School Summer League (team registration)



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