Freedom Optimist Soccer

Welcome to Freedom Optimist Soccer!
Freedom Optimist Soccer offers a recreational soccer league in Eldersburg, MD for boys and girls from age 3 to seniors in high school.

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For weather and field information call the Freedom Area Rec Council Hotline at
(410) 549-6296, Option 5.

Spring 2018 Registration Open

Registration is open through January 31st at https://farc.siplay.com for boys and girls from age 3 through 8th Grade (older age groups play on short sided fields).  Play with your friends! Come out and join the fun!!

MAKE SURE YOU REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR THEIR CURRENT GRADE IN THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR.

Schedule
The season will run on Sundays from 18 March – 13 May. 1 week of practice and 7 weeks of play!

Fees
$65/player, $75/player during Late Registration February 1st – 28th.  Registration is not considered complete and your child will not be placed on a team until payment is received.

Coaching or Volunteering?
Make sure to read the section “Volunteer Information – Background Check Requirements”.  

For additional information email us at freedomoptsoccer@gmail.com.

Volunteer Information – Background Check Requirements

If you are volunteering in our program as a Coach, Assistant Coach or Team Parent you must register as a volunteer.  Make sure you register yourself at https://farc.siplay.com and select the Volunteer option.  There is no cost to register.

You must also complete the Carroll County background check.  Carroll County requires background checks for all Board Members, Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Team Parents involved in youth sports who are 18 and over. There is no cost to any volunteer for the background check.

More information, including the process to complete the background check, can be found in the Handouts section under Carroll County Background Check Requirements

Weather Hotline and Heat, Thunder & Lightning Policies
Weather Hotline
Call the Freedom Area Rec Council hotline at (410) 549-6296, Option 5 to check on field availability.  On weekdays the message is updated by 3pm.

Carroll County Recreation and Parks Heat, Thunder & Lightning Policy
Heat
Approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the activity, temperature and heat index reading should be taken at the site or from www.weather.com or a comparable source. The following are recommended guidelines for coaches, program leaders and volunteers to follow with regards to Department sponsored youth activities:
  • Heat Index: 80-89 – Use caution; monitor athletes carefully for necessary action.
  • Heat Index: 90-104 – Use extreme caution; remove helmets and other equipment if not involved in contact.
  • Heat Index: 105-129 – Alter uniforms by removing items where feasible; practice should be shortened with low intensity & limited conditioning.
  • Heat Index: 130 & above – NO practices or games. Activities should be rescheduled for early/late in the day or an alternate date when the heat index is lower.

Use Weather Channel (PDF) or National Weather Service (HTML) to calculate Heat Index.

Thunder and Lightning
At the first sound of Thunder or the first sighting of Lightning – All outdoor recreation council activities are to be stopped and the participants must clear the fields to a protected area and wait 30 minutes before activities can resume. Any additional occurrence restarts the 30 minute count until activities can resume.  You can read the official policy at County Heat, Thunder and Lightening Policy.