Fall 2022 Season Update

Fall 2022 Season Update (as of 27 September)
Soccer BallWe have enjoyed some great weather so far for our Fall 2022 soccer season! As the season progresses make sure to follow our Facebook page, and be ready to call the phone number above, to check on weather cancellations.

Thanks to everyone who has helped improve the parking situation at EES on Saturdays. With limited parking at EES, please remember that we must not cause side roads to be clogged, or park in grass areas where we shouldn’t, or we risk more parking restrictions or worse, losing use of the location. Always consider carpooling to EES and follow the signs that will soon be posted with parking details.

Freedom Optimist Soccer Night at MOD Pizza

Freedom Optimist Soccer Night at MOD Pizza
We’re excited to announce Freedom Optimist Soccer’s fundraiser on Thursday October 6, 2022. 20% of fundraiser sales will be donated back to Freedom Optimist Soccer!

WHEN:
Thursday, October 6th ALL DAY
WHERE:
MOD Pizza at 6400 Ridge Rd, Building B, Suite 10 Sykesville, MD 21784
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Visit the restaurant and in order for orders to be counted toward the fundraiser show the below fundraiser flyer, or order online with the digital coupon code MODF10506 on the day of the fundraiser.

Freedom Optimist Soccer Fundraiser MOD Pizza Flyer

Referee Registration for Fall 2022 season is OPEN!!

Fall 2022 Referee Registration is Open
Register to referee during the Fall 2022 season at https://freedomarearec.sportngin.com/register/form/998479368. Refereeing is a great way to continue to enjoy soccer, develop personal leadership skills and confidence, and spend Saturdays at the fields (especially if they are there already!).

No prior referee experience is required!

Refs may elect to receive service hours, or be paid per game. And referees will have the ability to sign up for games at their own discretion and availability.

Open to all middle school and high school aged players that currently participate in FOS, Freedom Soccer Club, or Central Carroll Soccer Club.

Refs will be required to go to referee training prior to the season starting and pass a test in order to referee games. 1st and 2nd year refs will referee at Eldersburg Elementary school. Please click the link above to register your player to referee and for additional information on training classes. It’s free to register.

For additional questions or information you can contact our Assistant Commissioner and Referee Coordinator, Chris Fry, directly at cfry@freedomoptsoccer.com.

Fall 2022 Player Registration Closed

Fall 2022 Registration is Closed
Registration for the Fall 2022 season is now closed for all divisions.

The season starts mid-August when practice begins, except for the 3 & 4 year old Clinic Divisions that do not start until September when the regular season begins (the weekend after Labor Day), 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 Period Discount: Register between April 1st and April 30th and receive a $5 discount!
Regular Registration Period: Register between May 1st and May 31st.
Final Registration Period: Registrations after June 1st will be subject to a $15 late fee. Registrations after July 1st will be subject to a $25 late fee.
NO REGISTRATIONS AFTER JULY 15th
A $25 discount on player registration will be refunded to all Head Coaches once teams are released.

PLEASE REGISTER EARLY! Team sizes and age grouping will depend on the number of participants. Registration is first come/first serve so register early. 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 a $20.00 administrative fee. No refunds after July 15th.

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Fall 2022 Registration is Open!

Fall 2022 Registration is Open
Registration for the Fall 2022 season is open for all divisions at https://freedomarearec.sportngin.com/ for boys and girls from age three to seniors in high school. Come out and join the fun!

MAKE SURE YOU REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR THE GRADE THEY WILL BE IN FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR.

The season starts mid-August when practice begins, except for the 3 & 4 year old Clinic Divisions that do not start until September (weekend after Labor Day) 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 Period Discount: Register between April 1st and April 30th and receive a $5 discount!
Regular Registration Period: Register between May 1st and May 31st.
Final Registration Period: Registrations after June 1st will be subject to a $15 late fee. Registrations after July 1st will be subject to a $25 late fee.
NO REGISTRATIONS AFTER JULY 15th
A $25 discount on player registration will be refunded to all Head Coaches once teams are released.

PLEASE REGISTER EARLY! Team sizes and age grouping will depend on the number of participants. Registration is first come/first serve so register early. 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.

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Offseason Update

Offseason Update (as of 23 March 2022)
Soccer BallThe first Sunday of the season is this Sunday, 27 March. This week is the only practice session for the season. Bundle up (it’s supposed to be a little chilly) and have fun!

Games are played on Sundays only, from 27 March through 8 May, with no games on 17 April (Easter Sunday). No weekday practices. Registration is closed for the Spring season.

For additional information contact us via the Contact Us page.

Fall 2021 Season Update

Fall 2021 Season Update (as of 16 November)
Soccer BallThanks to all the players, coaches, and parents for a wonderful season!

We have one last event, Field Takedown, this coming Saturday, 20 November, when we take down the nets and move the goals off the fields. Any and all help is appreciated!

And coaches, if you did not drop drop off your equipment bag, please stop by to help and you can drop off your bag then.

For additional information contact us via the Contact Us page.

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!

Where?
   Freedom Park Soccer Field 1
When?
   Friday, August 13th, Friday, August 20th, and Friday, August 27th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Who?
   Special Needs players of all abilities ages 5-18 Exceptions can be considered for special needs players of other ages, contact us
Cost?
   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.
Volunteering
   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.