RSA Registration Now Open

The annual registration period for Ridgewood Soccer Association’s fall season is now open! Each year, 1,300 players from pre-school through high school put on an RSA jersey and take the field for fun, non-competitive play. No tryouts. No pressure.

Once again, we’ll have opportunities for youth referees and volunteer coaches to help keep the program running each week.

And in addition to our annual fall trip to a Red Bulls game, we’re adding a spring game with special benefits. So make sure you take advantage of that exciting event too!

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From Ridgewood to Kenya, Soccer Donations Make an Impact

Players at Horizons of Hope Project in Oyugis, Kenya, wearing donated gear from Ridgewood Soccer Association families. Nikko Ogweno Bonyoh (top left) is the director of the program. Photo: Nikko Ogweno Bonyoh

The closet. The mud room. The garage.

In Ridgewood, those are the places you’re likely to find piles of soccer gear the kids no longer use. Maybe the cleats don’t fit or the ball is too small, but they still have a few goals yet to be scored. Not in the Village of Ridgewood, perhaps, but in villages as far away as Oyugis, Kenya. That’s where soccer gear donations made by RSA families often arrive, after being collected by SEND, a local soccer charity based in Ridgewood.

Photo: Nikko Ogweno Bonyoh

Soccer is the world’s game, of course, so kids in Oyugis love to play.

At the Horizons of Hope Project, a center that serves orphans and destitute children in Oyugis, Nikko Ogweno Bonyoh is the director. Bonyoh said he uses soccer, “as a sport to create social change by focusing on the physical, mental and psychological aspect of their development.” The center helps 87 children between the age of 12 and 18.

Teams in donated RSA uniforms get ready for their game in Oyugis, Kenya. Photo: Nikko Ogweno Bonyoh

Horizons of Hope received donated RSA gear from SEND last year, which the kids proudly wear during their training and games. “The kids are always happy and thankful for the donations,” Bonyoh said. “The donated gear positively impacts the kids physically and socially, as they learn to share. It enhances their playing time and brings them together so they avoid social vices like drugs, peer pressure and dropping out of school.”

The kids at Horizons of Hope Project proudly display their donated RSA gear. Photo: Nikko Ogweno Bonyoh

Bonyoh said that the center is always in need of additional gear, such as balls, jerseys, shorts, sneakers, cleats, air pumps (with needles) and coaching gear. So, as you register your children for RSA’s fall 2014 season, please look around the house for items that your kids no longer use. To locate a SEND drop-off point, click here.

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Volunteer Coaches Needed

RSA has lots of players every fall, and that means we need lots of coaches. You’ve probably seen them on the sidelines — dedicated parents who decide to be a role model for their son or daughter by giving back to the community and leading a team. That could be you this fall! Our mission at RSA is to provide fun soccer for all in a non-competitive environment, and that goes for our coaches as well.

Whether you have soccer experience or not, we’ll help you with coaching clinics and helpful links so that you can feel confident as a coach. For coaches in our younger divisions, we even have pro trainers guide parent coaches for the first few Saturdays of the season. And best of all, trainers run all weekday practices so you won’t have to race home from work to make it to practice.

With registration opening April 1, please sign yourself up to volunteer at the same time you register your son or daughter. It’s free and it’s fun!

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Sky Blue FC Pre-Season Underway

Sky Blue FC began their pre-season training last week. Here’s a look at how they are preparing for the 2014 NWSL season.

Professional women’s soccer with some of the best players in the world is only an hour from Ridgewood! Be sure to support your local team and attend a match.

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