Del Dayo and Fulton-El Camino Youth soccer clubs draw hundreds of kids to the sport

Many of us played soccer as youths, whether it was because we showed a genuine interest, a particular knack for the game, or (more likely) our parents just wanted us out of the house in the afternoons. Luckily for local children (and parents), there are numerous places in which to partake in the sport these days.

In fact, soccer is by a wide margin the most popular youth sport in Sacramento, according to Shane Singh, president of the Pocket Area’s very own Greenhaven Soccer Club.

The Sacramento Youth Soccer League (SYSL), had an impressive 7,000+ children ages 4-18 play soccer for its numerous clubs in 2012, according to Singh. The SYSL is comprised of 15 soccer clubs within the Greater Sacramento area, some of which cater to our area.

When asked why soccer is the dominant sport in our area, Singh said “It’s designed for younger kids to play. Four-year-olds can’t really play Little League, but they can play soccer.” He also pointed to the fact that soccer entails constant participation, whereas other sports can have long lulls where some kids don’t do anything, which can lead to boredom.

In addition to keeping the sometimes fleeting attention of younger children, Singh talked about the benefits that soccer and youth sports in general have for youths.

“(Sports) keep kids out of trouble. There have been studies that suggest kids who play sports do better in school and are more focused in the classroom. It also helps them to develop life skills, like how to work in a team environment,” he said.

While there are players in most of the SYSL clubs all the way up to 18 years of age, Singh explained that the majority of the players are between ages 6-12. And while he estimates that 90% of soccer seasons within the SYSL run between August and December, the other 10% play a longer season and some of the competitive teams even play year-round.

Singh also estimated that 90% of kids play on strictly recreational soccer teams. If your child is a soccer star who wants to try his hand (or rather feet) at competitive soccer, many of the clubs within the SYSL offer competitive clubs which are generally more expensive, require more travel and often have longer seasons.

August is still a ways off, but registration for some leagues can begin as early as March. Check the end of this article for information about leagues in your area and find out when each club handles registration.

There is rarely a time when children are turned away from participating, but occasionally it does happen if there are too many kids and not enough coaches. Volunteer coaches are much needed, according to Singh.

While not affiliated with the SYSL, the Carmichael-based Del Dayo Soccer Club offers a wide range of teams for your young soccer star. In 2012, Del Dayo soccer fielded 20 teams and more than 350 players. Del Dayo Soccer Club is affiliated with the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA). For information about registration and other inquiries, visit deldayosoccer.net.

In the Arden area, check out Fulton-El Camino Youth Soccer. For information about enrolling your child, visit fecsoccer.org. Also in the Arden area is St. Ignatius Soccer Club. The club can be reached at 916-649-9645.

Pocket Girls Softball in-person registration to be held Jan. 8

Pocket Girls Softball is committed to providing an opportunity for all girls between the ages of 4 1/2 and 16 the opportunity to play softball. In-person registration for the spring 2013 season will take place on Thursday, Jan. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Robbie Waters Library. The Spring 2013 Season of Pocket Girls Softball is now accepting online registration. Don’t forget to bring a friend to registration night!

Birth Certificates are ONLY required for NEW PLAYERS! If you are a returning player, and you previously submitted a birth certificate, you do NOT need to submit another copy.

Robbie Waters Library is located at 7335 Gloria Dr., Sacramento, 95831.

Pocket Girls Softball is looking for enthusiastic people to help provide a fun, positive softball experience for the players of Pocket Girls Softball.  If you are interested in coaching this season please let PGS know by filling out the Coaching Interest Form by Jan. 11. While coaching experience is always a plus, it is not required.  The PGS Board has been working hard over the past several months to improve the league and they are excited about the many clinics, activities and learning opportunities that will be available this year.

Winter Warm-Up Clinic – January 19
Player Evaluations – January 26
Coaches Information Meeting – January 26
Player Evaluations (make up) – February 2
Team Draft – early February
Coaches Clinic – early March
Coaches Rules Meeting – early February

We will need one head coach, one manager and at least one assistant coach for each team.  Please note that either the head coach or manager must be a female.

Additionally, please note each year anyone interested in coaching must fill out the Coaches Interest Form and submit a background check including board members and prior coaches.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  We look forward to hearing from you.

The timeline for the Spring Pre-Season:

Registration Period: Now until Jan. 26

In-Person Registration Nights: Now until Jan. 8
Winter Warm-Up Clinic: Jan. 19
Player Evaluations: Jan. 26
Coaches Clinic and Rules Meeting: Feb. 2
PGS Poker Tournament: Feb. 10
Season Kick-Off Dinner: Feb. 24

Practices Begin: March 1

Registration Status: Open
Regular Registration: Now until – Saturday, Jan. 26
Late Registration: Sunday, Jan. 27 – Saturday, March 16
Season Duration: Friday, March 1- Friday, June 7
Regular Registration Cost: $ 85 – $ 140

Fairytale Town’s 2011 Fun Camps registration now open

Fairytale Town offers exciting and innovative educational week-long day camps during the summer. Five day camps will be offered, including:
Fun camp opportunities are now available at Fairytale Town in Sacramento's William Land Park. / Photo courtesy, Fairytale Town

Fun camp opportunities are now available at Fairytale Town in Sacramento's William Land Park. / Photo courtesy, Fairytale Town

Farmer Brown’s Barn-Owls: June 13 – 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Earthworks Garden Camp: June 20 – 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Rock School: June 27 – July 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Zap! Boom! Pow! Comic Book Basics: June 20 – 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Art Tricks & Techniques: June 27 – July 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more details and pricing information visit www.fairytaletown.org or call (916) 808-7462.

Registration open for Pocket Girls Softball

BaseballPocket Girls Softball (PGS) is a unique recreational softball organization in southern Sacramento that focuses exclusively on girls. Open registration will be held at the Robbie Water Pocket-Greenhaven Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 17.

Located in the Greenhaven-Pocket area, PGS strives to provide an opportunity for all eligible girls, 4-1/2 to 16 years old, to actively participate in an organized softball program. PGS stresses physical and mental development as well as friendship and sportsmanship.

The focus is on teaching the game, improving skill and having a positive environment. The team is part of the Northern California Girls Softball Association (NORCAL). The recreational league accepts every girl, regardless of skill level. Every girl plays in the Pocket Softball League.

Pocket Girls Softball was founded in the spring of 1969 when a group of concerned and dedicated parents organized a local girls’ softball league consisting of three mixed age teams. Now, more than 40 years later, the league has grown to encompass over 200 girls on more than 15 teams.

Pocket Girls Softball serves the Land Park/Pocket-Greenhaven/South Sacramento area.

Register at the event or online. For more information or to register, visit www.PocketGirlsSoftball.org.