Freedom Optimist Soccer: Welcome

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Welcome to Freedom Optimist Soccer

Freedom Optimist Soccer Information Line: (410) 795-7697

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Weather Hotline and Heat, Thunder & Lightning Policies

Weather Hotline
If fhe fields are closed due to conditions or inclement weather is expected or occurring, call the Freedom Optimist Soccer hotline at (410) 795-7697, Option 1, to check on field availability. On weekdays the message is updated by 5pm.

Heat, Thunder & Lightning Policy per Carroll County Recreation and Parks
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.

Wondering how to know the Heat Index?
https://www.weather.gov/media/unr/heatindex.pdf
http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/html/heatindex.shtml 

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 http://www.freedomarearec.com/2016/08/county-heat-policy.html.



How to register to become a Freedom Soccer Referee

If you or your child wishes to referee in our program this season please have them register at https://farc.siplay.com – Freedom Soccer Referee 2016 as a player.  There is no cost to register.

Make sure you click participant/player, not volunteer, and select player. If you do not register this way then you will not be able to referee.

You must be in at least 7th grade to referee.

If you have any questions regarding registration do not hesitate to contact Sue Chaney using the information below.

Sue Chaney
Referee Coordinator 
fosreferees@gmail.com



Freedom Soccer Fall Adult Coed Outdoor Soccer

Fun league for ages 16 and older!

Registration online by team or individual at https://farc.siplay.com.

If you have a team please email freedomoptsoccer@gmail.com with coaches and team name.

Registration: Begins on July 1st and will be open until August 1st
Late Registration: Open from August 1st - 15th

Games will be played Sunday mornings and the season runs from September  through mid-November.



Volunteer Information - Background Check Requirements

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.

And new this year you must also complete the Carroll County background check.  Carroll County is now requiring background checks for all Board Members, Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Team Parents involved in youth sports who are 18 and over.

More information, including the process to complete the background check, can be found in the Handouts section under Carroll County Background Check Requirements.



Help Support Freedom Soccer with Cash for Causes

Support the Freedom Soccer league all season long just by buying groceries!

When you order Martin's Gift Cards a percentage of each card sold goes back to the league. The proceeds help toward new goals, equipment, our new scholarship fund and more.

Cards are available in denominations of $50 and $100. Email freedomoptsoccer@gmail.com before Thursday each week with your order and the cards will be available the following Saturday.

More information about all of these opportunties is available in the Fundraising section in the Handouts area.



Frequently Asked Questions

See our FAQs.

The Freedom Optimist Soccer League is affiliated with the Freedom Area Recreation Council in cooperation with the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks.

The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to the Carroll County Government and its programs, services, activities, and facilities. Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or who has a complaint should contact The Department of Citizen Services, 410.386.3600 or 1.888.302.8978 or MD Relay 7-1-1/1.800.735.2258 as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours before the scheduled event.