Island sports: Alameda Soccer Club update
Staffed with new board of directors memebers, the Alameda Soccer Club has taken on some new bold initiatives for the sake of the 1,200 boys and girls who play soccer in Alameda.
At the June Board of Directors meeting, the Alameda Soccer Club voted unanimously to form an Affiliation Committee to determine who the club will join as a league. Currently, ASC plays under the Jack London League which includes Bay Oaks, Montclair, Piedmont, Rockridge and Oakland soccer clubs. After showing Jack London Board members that Alameda Soccer club pays much more than it gets in return for its members, the board voted to seek how best to position the club in 2011 and provide the best return of benefits to its members.
Financial management with members dues has been one of the key goals for several of the newly elected board members. The Affiliation Committee will examine playing with current members of Jack London as well as other clubs outside Jack London including Castro Valley and soccer clubs on the other side of the tunnel. By leaving the Jack London Soccer League, ASC members would be getting more for their fees paid and could use these extra fees to pay for player development and coaching development all in the effort to further improve the players’ soccer skills.
During the August board meeting, the board voted to form a Turf Committee to look at the feasibility of building and ownership of a turf field. The reason that Alameda has such wonderful fields is that Alameda Parks and Recreation has done an outstanding job at managing their use. During rainy days the fields are closed to help prevent damage and thus soccer practices and games may be cancelled to ensure their condition.
The Alameda Soccer Club Turf Committee will be working with the Alameda Sports Coalition to evaluate a turf field, which is needed for the newly formed football team and the second-year lacrosse team. The Alameda Soccer Club encourages parents and guardians to send their suggestions on how to continue to improve soccer for all Alameda residents and help support the offering of other sports in Alameda to all boys and girls in this unique city on the Bay. All the activities and progress can seen at the ASC website at www.alamedasoccer.org.