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Introducing Coach Erivaldo

Erivaldo Kates da Silva will be the new head coach for our U14 Skyline Elite team.

Coach Eri will also be coaching the U12 Boys Apprentice and U18/19 Boys Elite teams this season.

He coached the U11 Boys Apprentice and U19 Boys Elite teams this past season. His first year with SOCA (2018-2019), he coached the U13  and U17 Boys Premier teams. He was also the assistant boys’ varsity soccer coach at Albemarle High School and STAB over the last couple of years.

He currently holds a USSF D coaching license and will be pursuing his USSF C license in the near future.

Coach Erivaldo is 36 years old, from Sao Paulo, Brazil and was formerly known as Erivaldo Oliveira da Silva (pre-marriage?). He started in the Sao Paulo Academy before beginning his professional soccer career in Brazil when he was 20. After about seven years with several different Brazilian teams, he moved on to play in Rwanda (about 1 1/2 years) and then Thailand (about 3 years). His position was listed as Attacker or Striker.

There are some nice highlights of him with Thailand’s Prachuap FC here. He had a sweet cartwheel-backflip goal celebration.

Check out his website for more.

From SOCA Instagram posts, I know that he’s married and is a new father. I’m not sure what brought him to the US, but after coming to Charlottesville, he played local, semi-professional soccer with (now defunct) Cville FC in 2017-2018. He was the United Premier Soccer League’s Player of The Week in May 2018. There are some YouTube videos online with him in action with Cville FC. He scored five goals in a game once and appears to have been quite the scorer throughout his soccer career.

Looking forward to seeing Coach Erivaldo inject some Brazilian style and passion into the team!

SOCA’s COVID-19 Policy

SOCA understands there is a lot of concern over the upcoming season regarding the safety of play during the pandemic. Below you will find a link to SOCA’s COVID-19 page that has all pertinent information regarding updated policies. Please read through it in its entirety. SOCA will continually update these policies as necessary.

https://www.socaspot.org/covid-19-policy/

It is important to have a lot of flexibility this upcoming season. SOCA is currently planning as if we’re playing, however they will operate with caution and make decisions on a weekly basis depending on current COVID-19 trends, as well as health and safety guidelines set out by our governor and the Virginia Youth Soccer Association. Registering for the travel program, there is an expectation there will be some travel and play against outside communities. SOCA is in contact with those club directors to make sure they have similar safety protocols in place. They are working on establishing objective measures to determine if games are ever unsafe to play. Games may be cancelled or postponed in these instances.

SOCA understands that each family has different levels of comfort with returning to play. As always, the decision to play ultimately is left to each family. SOCA appreciates open and early communication so that they can ensure the viability of teams on game days.

We all understand the role that soccer plays in our child’s development. There are physical, mental, and social benefits that are shown to be important, especially during highly stressful times. SOCA is hoping to provide an environment that is both beneficial and safe.

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Transition to Skyline Elite

All SOCA Elite teams will transition to the new Skyline Elite Soccer Club (SESC) in Fall 2020. The mission of the SESC is to provide a player development environment that unifies the highest achieving players in the Skyline region, preparing them to compete within the national soccer landscape. More about the club’s mission and values can be found here.

Skyline Elite Soccer Club Player Development Plan

Summer Team Training Poll

Please take the time to click a single button below by June 10th to let SOCA know of your intentions with regard to Summer Team Training (June 14 – July 17). Teams will have 2 sessions per week for a minimum of 1 hr 15 min, with the addition of games and a third, weekend session if restrictions loosen. Practices will be run in a team setting, conducted by their team coach in most cases. We’ve just confirmed that Coach Matt Wilson will be running ours. More specific details (times) will be communicated soon. SOCA is hopeful that most will choose to continue receiving training as this will help their financial situation.

SOCA needs to track which players will continue the training for planning purposes. If the team coach is not available or the team doesn’t have many available players, they will look at merging rosters or having SOCA staff run the sessions.

If you are undecided, please use the comments section below to explain why (e.g. awaiting more details).

Thanks for your time.

SOCA Summer Team Training

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Return to Training

SOCA is excited to announce “Return to Play” programming starting the week of May 25th.

In staying in line with the Phase One Re-Opening of Virginia laid out by Governor Northam, the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA), through United States Youth Soccer (USYS), have established safety protocols for players to return to on-field training.

SOCA’s number one priority is to establish a training environment that is safe for all players and coaches using these guidelines. These sessions are in no way mandatory, but they hope families who feel comfortable take up this opportunity. There is no cost associated with these sessions.

Guidelines for conducting these sessions:

    • No more than 10 people in a group: 9 players + 1 coach per field.
    • Each player will have their own designated area to train in, which will be distanced by a minimum of 10 feet from the next nearest player or coach.
    • Players will have their own designated hydration areas that will also be 10 feet apart from the nearest player.
    • Each coach will wear a mask. Players are recommended to arrive and depart the fields with a mask but may remove it during training.
    • All players and coaches must have their temperature checked at home prior to coming to training. Players and coaches are not permitted to come to training if they have a temperature of 100 or more or feel sick.
    • All players must have their own water, a hand towel, hand sanitizer, and a soccer ball. Players will only use their soccer ball during sessions; however, players may be given additional soccer balls at certain stations. These additional soccer balls will be sanitized before and after each player’s individual use. No player may touch another player’s designated soccer ball(s).
    • Players must use their hand sanitizer before and after each station.
    • SOCA is working on getting hand sanitizing stations; however, we recommend players also bring their own for personal use.

Session Design:

    • SOCA Technical staff will run each session.
    • Each time slot will consist of three groups of 9 players. Each group will be well distanced at South Fork Soccer Park, with no more than one group per full-sided field.
    • Groups will be trained in three different stations: Ball Mastery, Passing & Receiving using a kickback board, and Shooting. Each station will last 12-15 minutes before rotating to the next station. Players and coaches will utilize hand sanitizing in-between each station.
    • Sessions will last 50 minutes, which will provide time for each group to exit the fields before the next group comes onto the field

Guidelines for Players:

    • Cannot be feeling sick or have a temperature of 100 or more.
    • Must bring their own ball, water, hand towel, and hand sanitizer.
    • Cannot share water.
    • Cannot share soccer balls or touch another player’s soccer ball.
    • Must stay within training space and follow social distancing while moving from station to station.
    • Must sanitize hands in between stations.
    • Failure to comply with safety protocols will result in a dismissal from training.

Guidelines for Coaches:

    • Must wear a mask.
    • Must sanitize hands in between groups.
    • Cannot touch any player’s soccer ball.
    • Will sanitize any additional soccer balls provided to players at shooting station.
    • Guidelines for Parents:

    • Must take child’s temperature prior to training. Must keep child at home if they are feeling sick or have a temperature of 100 or more.
    • Must stay in the car during training session.
    • Make sure your child has the above-mentioned items.

How to Register:

  • All registration will be done through Sign Up Genius
  • Each time slot will be available for a maximum of 27 players (3 groups of 9).
  • Each age band and gender (U11-U12G, U11-U12B, U13-U14G, U13-U14B, U15B/G) is offered in 3 different times throughout the week. Players are allowed to sign up for ONE session per week.
  • Goalkeeping sessions are run in their own time slots and broken into U11-12 B/G and U13-15 B/G.
  • SOCA will open registration back up for players to sign up for a 2nd session if not all spots are filled in a given time slot.
  • SOCA will email Arrival instructions the night before to let you know what group you are in and what field to report to upon arrival.
  • SOCA will send out a new Registration link each week.

Soccer Hiatus

SOCA family,

Following the advice of local medical authorities SOCA is suspending all activities through April 5, effective immediately. The SOCA Board of Directors and staff will continually assess our situation and local public health status and make a further determination on April 1 whether activities will resume the week of April 6, or be further delayed. The spread of the COVID-19 virus is a rapidly evolving event with unknown impact and duration.

SOCA takes seriously its responsibility to care for the well-being of our players, coaches, referees, volunteers and families. We further understand our impact on, and responsibility to, the wider community. SOCA is broadly woven into local and surrounding communities and therefore we must earnestly consider the impact of the decision to suspend activities.

Based on expert medical advice, the best strategy for limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the community is to avoid group gatherings, crowds and social contact. SOCA’s suspension of activities will break a substantial potential chain of virus transmission.

We have received guidance from the Medical Director of the Emergency Management Department at the UVA Hospital as well as UVA’s Director of Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases and International Health and believe our plan to immediately suspend activity is the responsible and proper action. We have been assured that the virus is likely present in our community, and will spread, making people ill. There is no need to panic, but there is cause for appropriate immediate action to contain the spread. COVID-19 is highly contagious and is easily transmitted. The large majority of those who contract the disease will recover without incident. Young, healthy people are at low risk for serious medical complications, while older people and those with chronic health conditions are at increased risk. The outdoor nature of SOCA’s activities reduces but does not eliminate the risk of transmission.

We intend to resume soccer programming as soon as it is safe to do so. We’ll use all available resources to reschedule activities by using alternative days, dates and times as necessary and possible. SOCA will maintain communication and provide updates to our various constituents as the situation changes and information becomes available. The specific impact on all our various programs will be examined and the plans for each will be communicated by the program directors and coordinators.

Virtually all of SOCA’s partners and affiliates are similarly suspending and cancelling activities. All the impacts on league and tournament play are not yet known. The full effects of the COVID-19 virus spread are not known at this time. Travel leagues, which include multiple communities across wide geographic areas, will be disrupted and ongoing assessment will take place.

We certainly understand that families will be concerned about fees paid to SOCA. Our intention at this point is to provide programming in full or in part, as best we are able, under these global crisis conditions. Many of SOCA’s costs associated with running the season are sunk at this point. The complete effect and impact of the pandemic are simply not known at this time and there is a reasonable likelihood of further suspension of activities as the disease spreads. Each of SOCA’s programs will be examined in the coming month(s) to determine the ability to proceed. We are not in a position to provide any refunds until the full impact of the emergency is known. We thank you for your understanding and patience as we monitor the event. Whatever decision is made on potential refunds would be done on a league wide basis rather than individually or case by case.

All community members are encouraged to adhere to good hygiene and sanitation guidelines. Wash hands frequently, avoid hand-to-hand contact with others, don’t touch your hands to your face, avoid crowds and gatherings, sanitize frequently touched surfaces often, stay home if ill, cover all coughs and sneezes, don’t share water bottles, drinks or food.

While members of the community are likely to become sick from the virus, few will have serious complications. By following accepted practices, the spread of the disease can be contained and its impact reduced. We look forward to being with our SOCA family again after the pandemic has passed.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

In good health,

Matt Wilson
SOCA
Executive Director

Jefferson Cup

We’re proud of our boys’ performance at the annual Jefferson Cup tournament this past weekend in Richmond, Va. They were in a very tough division composed of teams from Atlanta, Richmond, and Pennsylvania. They competed extremely hard and just came up a little short. The team had a chance to make the Finals if they were able to defeat Inter Atlanta FC in their cold, Sunday morning match but lost 0-2. In the end, playing against tough opponents such as these will only make them better in the future.

FC Delco Cup: 23-25 May 2020

Our end of season tournament may seem like it’s far in the future, but hotels are already filling up in the Philadelphia area.

The few hotels that are near our designated field in the West Chester area have been filled since December. The booking agent has informed us that most hotels with availability are in the King of Prussia area, which is 30 minutes north of the high school fields we are assigned to. There may be some available 30 minutes south of the fields in the Wilmington area, just off I-95. My thinking is it cuts an hour of driving time both on the way up and on the way back if we are south of Philadelphia. I’m awaiting more information on what exactly is available and will forward soon.

Here’s a field map of Rustin High School where all U13 boys are tentatively scheduled to play.

For now, I’d like to find out if families have a preference for their hotel area. Please take the poll below and use the comments section if you have any suggestions. I included downtown Philadelphia in case some wanted to explore the city. Thank you in advance.

Philadelphia Area Hotel Preference

  • Wilmington (57%, 4 Votes)
  • No Preference (43%, 3 Votes)
  • King of Prussia (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Downtown Philadelphia (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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