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Field/Game Updates for the Weekend

At this time (10/1, 7:00am):
-Jr Tots classes have been cancelled on Sat, 10/1
-Junior Academy sessions have been cancelled on Sat, 10/1
-2015 & 2016 Rec & Rec Plus games have been cancelled on Sat, 10/1

All Synthetic Turf fields are open (including offsite).
All other games will play as scheduled.

The Board of Directors and Staff of the Soccer Association of Columbia/Howard County (SAC) Invites You to a Celebration of 50 Years of Youth Soccer

Saturday, October 15, 2022, at 11:00am at the Lucido Fields at Covenant Park Field 6a

SAC began as a community-based volunteer led youth soccer club with the first full year of games played in the Fall of 1971 and Spring of 1972. As it has now finished its fiftieth year of soccer, it is important to remember the historical roots of SAC. Since beginning as a neighborhood-based soccer club run entirely by volunteers, it has now grown to an organization with approximately 6,000 players, a nine-field soccer complex and full-time staff of soccer and administrative professionals. This growth has been possible through the efforts of thousands of volunteer coaches and parents over the years as well as the soccer coaches, staff and board members of SAC over the past fifty years. Former SAC players are now returning as parents and volunteer coaches and former SAC players have gone on to play at all levels of college soccer throughout the United States.

CP Soccer Mid Atlantic

SAC is excited to partner with CP Soccer to provide a free soccer program for kids (aged 7-18) who have cerebral palsy, or suffered from a stroke or some form of traumatic brain injury.

The program begins this Sunday, September 11 at 11:00am on Covenant Park Field #9. It will run on Sunday’s through the fall season.

More details can be found on their website www.cpsoccer.us

Amanda Post Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to our two 2022 The Amanda Post “AmandaWins” SAC/HC Student-Athlete Scholarship recipients:

– Emily Wieser of Reservoir HS, a thirteen-year SAC player who is now attending the University of Maryland College Park in the Scholars Program and pursuing a career in neuroscience.

– Christopher Gunning of Reservoir HS, a nine-year SAC player who is now attending Cornell University and pursuing a career in biomedical engineering.

Great job and best wishes to these two exceptional student-athletes!

New Traffic Pattern

Over the past year, SAC has consulted with an independent company to study the traffic flow at the Lucido Fields at Covenant Park. With their recommendations, in an effort to improve the conditions in our parking lot, we will be implementing a new traffic pattern. Effective Wednesday, September 7, the entire main parking lot will change to a two-way traffic flow, with exiting traffic now following the same route used to enter. No traffic will be allowed to pass directly in front of the main office building/crosswalk. Please follow the new signage that has been added throughout the parking lot. A diagram of the new traffic pattern can be found here.

Social Media

Have a cool achievement or event to highlight for your SAC team, Coach, or player(s)? Please send in pictures and videos to social@sachc.org for a chance to be published on our social accounts. We will review content from all SAC programs, at any level!

SAC is Turning 50!

The Soccer Association of Columbia/Howard County (SAC) began in the Fall of 1971 and is now beginning its 50th Year of operation as a Soccer Club. From humble beginnings as a neighborhood based soccer club SAC has now grown into a premier youth soccer club offering soccer for all levels of competition for boys and girls throughout Central Maryland. Thank you on behalf of the Staff and Board of SAC to all the players; parents; parent volunteers; past Board members and coaches over the years who have helped grow SAC and provided soccer opportunities to thousands of players. Stay tuned for details of a 50th Anniversary Celebration which will be held in the Spring of 2022 as the 50th year of operations concludes.

Baltimore Armour Boys College & Pro Signings
New AED Devices at Covenant Park

We are excited to announce that additional Automated External Defibillators (AED’S) have been installed at the Bob Lucido Fields at Covenant Park. These devices can be located:
– In the room behind the building at all times (just at the bottom of the outside staircase)
– In each of the outdoor pavilions during game weekends
Operation Manual (.pdf)

In loving memory of David Lubitz

Over the past year, David and his family established the Coach Luby Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to support training the next generation of youth coaches by building and fostering the skills needed to influence the positive development of children, and to help disadvantaged youth of Columbia to be able to compete in sports at all levels. David has identified 4 key qualities – leadership, sportsmanship, mentorship and compassion that will help coaches and youth to succeed in the ultimate game — the game of life! – coachluby.com

COVID Policies

General Guidelines
If you are sick or feel sick, STAY HOME.

At risk individuals, youth or adult, STAY HOME (if you are unsure if you are considered at risk, please consult your medical provider directly).

Exposure Guidelines
SAC will be following Howard County Government protocols on Exposure and Quarantine/Isolation.

Parents: If your player has either (a) exposed your team to, or (b) been exposed by your team to COVID-19, it is imperative that you notify your Coach immediately.

Coaches: If you have been made aware of any team exposure to COVID-19, please notify our Director of Coaching, Aki Lake, immediately. alake@baltimorearmour.com

SAC Office Hours

The SAC office will be open Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:30pm.

DICK’S Sporting Goods Year-long Savings
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
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
Field 1: Open
Field 3: Closed
Field 4: Closed
Field 5: Open
Field 6: Open
Field 7: Open
Field 8: Open
Field 9: Closed

BOE Grass Fields
If the message is not updated, use best judgement
(410) 313-6827

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

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

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



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

Centennial HS/River Hill HS/Centennial Park
(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 2022/Spring 2023 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 2022/Spring 2023 Season:

Boys 2010 Travel (Premier White)
Looking for 2 field players
Contact: Coach Hommel at cphommel1@verizon.net

Girls 2008/2009 Select
Looking for a field player
Players interested in a tryout will be invited to an upcoming practice
Contact: Coach Pietryka at bripie@gmail.com

Girls 2008/2009 Select (6th, 7th, and 8th graders)
Looking for 1-2 players
Players interested in a tryout will be invited to an upcoming practice
Contact: Coach Ridgely at jtrsoccer3@gmail.com

Boys 2008/2009 Select
Looking for a GK
Contact Coach Zhang for tryout information at zhang13699@gmail.com

Boys 2004 Travel (PreAcademy)
Looking for players for the 2021-2022 season.
If interested, please contact Coach Garcia at bryantsgarcia@gmail.com



Meeting Schedule

2014/2015 Parent Information Meeting
April 5 | 8:00pm | Zoom




Coaching Education Schedule

Rec Coaching Education
Instructor: Aki Lake, Director of Coaching

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.


Camps and Clinic Programs



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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BALTIMORE ARMOUR


The highest level of youth soccer in the country


BA 13’s (2009)

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Jeremy Dillon (Girls)

BA 16’s (2006)

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Sam Haddad (Girls)

BA 14’s (2008)

Aki Lake (Boys)
Jeremy Dillon (Girls)

BA 17’s (2005)

Mike Lookingland (Boys)
Sam Haddad (Girls)

BA 15’s (2007)

Machel Millwood (Boys)
Adam Wrede (Girls)

BA 18/19’s (2004/2003)

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Sam Haddad (Girls)

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