The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Soccer Academy:
New state guidelines allow for a return to soccer! Mendocino County needs to be at 14 Covid-19 cases per 100k residents (adjusted for population). The county is currently at 16.8, and all expectations are we’ll be under the new threshold soon.
Mendocino County Soccer Academy (MCSA) will implement the required Covid-19 protocols and work with families, players, and coaches to create a safe environment for kids to get back on the field, laughing, smiling, and learning life-long skills!
The spring soccer program will be in Willits, Ukiah, and Mendocino and will kick off the week of April 5th and wraps up on Saturday, May 22nd.
Traditionally, MCSA hosts its Grassroots Academy during this time of year. Grassroots is a 6-week introductory program where kids learn the basics and fall in love with the sport. These sessions are practice only, no games. However, this year, we’re adding a small wrinkle by creating a 5 vs 5 mini-league with games on Saturdays.
Note: Under 6 will remain practice only. We’ll create lots of playing and scrimmaging within their field sessions.
The program is available for kids as young as 3 up to the age of 18. Players will be trained by MCSA’s professional coaching staff and volunteer coaches utilizing the proven curriculum.
All players receive the popular blue MCSA Eagles training shirt. To keep costs down, players will wear their Eagles shirts on game days. We’ll differentiate teams with pennies (training vests that go over their blue shirt). Kids will need to have their own shinguards and cleats.
Players will practice two evenings per week with their age group in their hometown. On Saturdays, we will break into 5 vs 5 co-ed teams (under 8 will be 3 vs. 3). Some weekends – depending on the number of kids in each age group per location – teams will stay home and play teams from the same town. Other weekends teams will travel to either Ukiah, Willits, or Mendocino, so travel will be minimal, but fun!
Generally, the Grassroots Academy is $120+ for the 6-week program. Due to the financial stresses of the last year on many, MCSA is glad to offer this particular program at a lower rate than normal because of the generous financial support of TR Ericksen Foundation and Mendocino County Health Clinics.
The fee is just $75 for under 6 kiddos and $95 for all other age groups. In addition, there is a $15 early bird discount if you register by March 7th. There’s a $10 sibling discount for those registering multiple children.
MCSA is committed to offering soccer to any child who wants to play regardless of their family’s ability to play via the Peter LaCasse Scholarship Fund. We offer 25%, 50%, and 75% scholarships for those in need.
Families can learn more and register at MendocinoSoccer.com/Spring-2021
Email questions to club Admin Director and Coach Ian Fitzpatrick at Ian @MendocinoSoccer.com.