Fall 2021 Season Update

Fall 2021 Season Update (as of 21 September)
Soccer BallRegistration for the Fall 2021 season is closed except for Volunteers and High School divisions.

Contact the Division Coordinator for your division for more information about registration options and availability.

Updated picture day schedules will be sent to the coaches this week. Coaches, if you have not received your assigned picture day date and time please contact your Division Coordinator.

On gamedays please follow all parking directions at Eldersburg Elementary and Freedom Park. No Parking areas are marked both for safety and to ensure continued usage of the facilities. And if possible, carpool.

For additional information contact us via the Contact Us page.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Freedom Optimist Soccer Shopping Event

Dick’s Sporting Goods Freedom Optimist Soccer Shopping Event
Dick’s Sporting Goods has partnered with Freedom Optimist Soccer again! Dick’s would like to offer a 20% off coupon to all Freedom Optimist Soccer participants. This is a great way to get those new soccer balls, cleats, shin guards, and soccer apparel at discounted prices.

Friday, August 20th – Monday, August 23rd

Shooting Stars 2021 Clinic

Freedom Optimist Shooting Stars 2021 Clinic
Join us Friday, August 13th, Friday, August 20th, and Friday, August 27th at Freedom Park Soccer Field 1 for Free Soccer Clinics for special needs players ages 5-18!

   Freedom Park Soccer Field 1
   Friday, August 13th, Friday, August 20th, and Friday, August 27th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
   Special Needs players of all abilities ages 5-18 Exceptions can be considered for special needs players of other ages, contact us
   No cost. Free
Other Details
   Players and volunteers should register for all three nights. It’s okay if they can’t make one of the nights.
   Players will get a T-shirt and soccer ball on the first night and medallion on the last night.
   Player Mentors and Adult Volunteers must also pre-register!
   Adult Volunteers will get a T-shirt on the first night.
   Adult Volunteers will be on hand 5:30pm – 8pm on Friday, August 13th, and 6pm – 6pm on Friday, August 20th, and Friday, August 27th.

Registration is available via the Click Here to Register button on our homepage. It takes you to the Freedom Area Rec Council site where you’ll find FO Soccer Shooting Stars Soccer Clinic – 2021 in the list of programs open for registration.

See the attached FOS Shooting Stars 2021 Clinic Flyer for more information or contact Ryan Hahn at info@freedomoptsoccer.com with any questions.

Weather Hotline and Heat, Thunder & Lightning Policies

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

Coaching or Volunteering? Background Check Requirements

Volunteer Information – Background Check Requirements – REVISED SPRING 2021
As of Spring 2021: All volunteers must also complete and send in Volunteer Registration Form. This is in addition to the background check.

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.

To start your background check, go to Carroll County’s custom application online submitting portal at https://carrollcountyrecreationandparks.quickapp.pro/positions and click the Apply button for Freedom Area.

  • All volunteers are required to abide by Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks Code of Conduct
  • Volunteering is a privilege, not a right; volunteers serve at will and may be released at any time
  • All volunteers serving youth must be credentialed and wear their volunteer ID badge at the time of service
  • $3.00 replacement fee for volunteer ID badges

Volunteers 18 and older must complete the Carroll County background check. Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks 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.

For volunteers younger than 18, a legal guardian must complete the Minor Consent Volunteer Waiver Form (PDF).

Additional instructions to complete the background check can be found in the attachment Carroll County Background Check Requirements (PDF).

Fall 2021 Registration

Fall 2021 Registration Open for Limited Divisions
Registration for the Fall 2021 season is open for only a few divisions at https://farc.sportssignup.com/site/ for boys and girls from age three to seniors in high school. Come out and join the fun!


The season starts in August when practice begins, except for the 3 & 4 year old Clinic Divisions that start in September when the regular season begins, and continues through mid-November.

Registration fees are $100.00/player with a $10.00 sibling discount for each additional child in the family when registered in our program at the same time. Registration is not considered complete and your child will not be placed on a team until payment is received.
Early Registration Discount: Register between April 1st and April 30th and receive a $5 discount!
Regular Registration: Register between May 1st and May 31st.
Late Registration: Registrations after June 1st will be subject to a $15 late fee. Registrations after July 1st will be subject to a $25 late fee.

Registration is not considered complete and your child will not be placed on a team until payment is received.

PLEASE REGISTER EARLY! Team sizes and age grouping will depend on the number of participants. Registration is first come/first serve so register early if you have a special coach or player request. Certain Divisions are going to fill up fast this year. WE CAN NOT GUARANTEE TEAM PLACEMENT IF YOUR PLAYER WAS PUT ON THE WAIT LIST.

Refund Policy
100% thru July 15th less $20.00 administrative fee, No refunds after July 15, 2021.

Trying out for a High School Team?
If you are registering your high school player and they are also trying out for their high school team please note that on their registration. Should they make the high school team your registration fee will be refunded in full.

Trying out for a FSC Travel Team?
If your child is trying out for an FSC Travel team – Do Not Register. Refunds are not offered if a player withdraws to play with a travel team. Late fees are waived for players trying out for FSC Travel teams that do not evaluate onto a team and register late for FOS.

Coaching or Volunteering?
Make sure to read the section “Coaching or Volunteering? Background Check Requirements” on the sidebar and complete your volunteer registration and background check.

For additional information contact us via the Contact Us page.

Exclusive Dick’s Sporting Goods Shopping Savings

Exclusive Dick’s Sporting Goods Shopping Savings
Freedom Optimist Soccer

Dick’s Sporting Goods has partnered with Freedom Optimist Soccer again!

Be sure to take advantage of the year-long special offers linked to below from our partner DICK’S Sporting Goods.

These offers can be used in stores NOW, and the link is specific to our organization. Make sure to click the link to find a printable version of the coupons to bring into the store.

Every Season Starts at DICK’S Sporting Goods!