Merged Bay Oaks, Rockridge soccer clubs announce tryouts
The newly formed East Bay United Soccer Club has announced tryouts for the 2011 season. Combined tryouts for the club’s regional (formerly Class 3) and competitive Class 1 youth teams begin on January 29 at the College of Alameda.
The new club is a merger of the 400-player Bay Oaks Soccer Club – which has served as the competitive club for top-level youth soccer players from the Alameda, Oakland, Grass Valley, Montclair, Rockridge and Piedmont soccer clubs – with the 2,100-member Rockridge Soccer Club, which hosts recreational and regional teams.
Bay Oaks representatives said they chose to pursue a merger in order to maintain their access to fields and for financial reasons. They said the club will continue to offer Class 1 competitive play for Alameda players, and that the club’s teams will also retain the Bay Oaks name.
Representatives with the Rockridge Soccer Club told members on their website that the merger would provide their players access to the soccer professionals who have coached the Bay Oaks teams, offering better and more consistent training.
“By having teams at every level, players and their families will find it easier to move up or continue to play at the same level, depending on a player’s development and commitment,” the club’s leaders wrote.
Tryouts for U9-U11 boys and girls teams will be held the weekends of January 29-30 and February 5-6 at the College of Alameda, 555 Ralph Appezzato Way, while tryouts for U12-U14 teams will take place during the week of February 26-March 2 at the College of Alameda; Alameda Point, at the corner of West Midway Avenue and Lexington Street; and at Raimondi Park, 1800 Wood Street, Oakland. Tryouts for U15-U19 teams will take place between April 11 and April 19 on Alameda Point.
A full schedule, directions and registration information are available on East Bay United’s website.