You’re in the stands cheering. The referee on the field stops the game and it’s your son on the ground surrounded by concerned-looking coaches and teammates. You start breathing again when you see your child stand up, wave to you and seemingly take the blow in stride. No broken bones. No sign of limping. It doesn’t look like it was a serious knock… this time. But you’re worried, aren’t you?
Each year, approximately 46.6 million U.S. children play a team sport, and sports-related injuries send an estimated 12 million young athletes between the ages of 5 and 22 to the emergency room. The largest number, 37 percent, are from ages 13 to 15.
Good Samaritan Hospital San Jose knows accidents happen on the field and they want you to be prepared and know the right steps to keeping your Santa Clara soccer player safe.
For Orthopedic and Spine Injuries
The most common sports injuries include muscle sprains and strains, tendon injuries, dislocations, fractures, broken bones, and spine injuries. If the injury is minor, you can treat it at home with Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE) for the first 48 hours. For pain relief, offer a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like Ibuprofen or Naproxen. Never give aspirin to anyone under age 20 due to the risk of Reye Syndrome, a rare but serious disease that targets the brain and liver.
For Concussion and Head Injuries:
Concussions account for about 12 percent of youth sports-related injuries. In 2017, US Soccer changed the concussion procedure and policy when a youth soccer player gets injured and shows signs of concussion. The center referee and the coaches are required to perform a concussion protocol test and if a player shows signs of concussion the player must be removed from the field and cannot re-enter the game unless the athlete has been cleared by a health care professional. Referees and coaches do not have authority to allow the athlete back on the field.
Signs of concussions can be immediate or develop over hours or days. These signs include: headache, dizziness, seeing “stars”, ringing in the ears, nausea or vomiting, appearing dazed, confusion, slurred speech, slow response to questions, memory problems, sensitivity to light, fatigue, and irritability or changes in personality.
Other signs of serious head injury include: worsening headache or pressure, seizures, repeated vomiting, pupils that are abnormally or unevenly dilated, and obvious changes in mental or physical function.
To learn more about orthopedic and spine injuries, and concussions and head injuries go to Good Samaritan Hospital San Jose, click here.
Nov 6, 2017
Congratulations to the Santa Clara Lions 08Boys Black Team who were crowned 2017 MVLA Fall Cup Champions over the weekend.
On Saturday they opened up tournament play with a dominating display of soccer skills to defeat a team from Cupertino with a lopsided 7-1 score. The Lions almost kept a clean sheet until their goal keeper gave up one goal when he stopped a shot right to his foot, but it popped over his own head and watched it bounce on the line into his net.
During their second game, Santa Clara faced a strong MVLA Team "under the lights" in a fun night game; the boys loved the atmosphere. The MVLA Team brought some guest players to back their defense and goal, and found a goal to end the first half with a 1-0 lead over the Lions. In the second-half Santa Clara needed something special to win or tie to advance to the playoffs, and Noah McIntosh notched the equalizer goal with a shot late in the game.
The Lions Team were sitting in second place going into Sunday, but delivered a knock-out punch when they beat the Sunnyvale Les Pettite Blues Team 6-0. In the other game, the Cupertino Team scored twice on MVLA which put the Lions in first place with a one goal differential over MVLA.
The Under-8 Boys Championship game was set against an Alpine Strikers Team that went 3 wins and 0 losses during bracket play. Alpine only had one substitution but all their players were big boys. Noah opened-up the scoring for the Lions and this gave the team confidence. Santa Clara's second goal came from Brandon and every player brought lots of energy to the game. Alpine got physical in the second half, but just couldn't keep up with the Lion's relentless pressure, speed or play, and good defensive tackles.
Santa Clara won 3-0 only giving up 4 or 5 shots to Alpine but kept a clean sheet. It could have been a thumping when the Lions pinged a few shots off the goal post or when they missed shots by inches. Their goalie made several great saves.
The championship was a hard-earned and well deserved win.
Congratulations to the players, parents and Coaches Steve Redondo and Timo McIntosh!
Good Samaritan Hospital San Jose is a proud sponsor of Santa Clara Youth Soccer. As part of their mission, their goal is to keep our kids safe and healthy so they can keep playing the sports they love.
Participation in any sport, whether it's soccer or football, can teach kids to stretch their limits and learn sportsmanship and discipline. But many sports also carry the potential for injury. By knowing the causes of these injuries and how to prevent them, you can help make athletics a positive experience for your child.
Who is at risk for injuries in sports
Kids can be particularly at risk for sports injuries for a variety of reasons. Kids, especially those younger than eight years old, are less coordinated and have slower reaction times than adults because they are still growing and developing. Also, kids mature at different rates, with differences in height and weight between kids of the same age, so when those kids play sports together, there can be an increased risk of injury.
Common types of sports injuries
Three common types of sports injuries in kids and teens are acute injuries (like bruises, sprains and strains or broken bones), overuse injuries (like little league elbow, shin splints and swimmer’s shoulder) and re-injuries (which happen when athletes return to a sport before an injury is healed).
To learn more about prevention, causes and treatment of sports injuries from the pediatric emergency services at Good Samaritan Hospital, click here.
The Santa Clara Lions and Santa Clara Sporting competitive soccer programs provide a competitive and fun developmental environment for youth soccer players to fulfill their potential. Our coaching philosophies are structured for players to develop their technical and tactical soccer skills, and teamwork and sportsmanship values.
We are holding tryouts and building competitive boys and girls soccer teams in the 2011-2008 birth years. Qualified players are evaluated and selected for a Santa Clara Lions or Santa Clara Sporting Teams.
Coaches evaulate players on the following criteria:
Upon the completion of tryouts, our staff will prepare a final list of players, with team assignment. A coach or staff member will contact each candidate’s family within 7 days of the completion the final tryout on DECEMBER 3rd. Notifications will be made regardless of whether or not your player will be offered a place on a team.
Please attend all tryouts to increase player evalution by our coaches. These competitie soccer programs requires an annual commitment as teams play both a Spring and Fall season. Teams will be formed based upon ability and during the year players will be evaluated to ensure they are playing at the appropriate level for their own personal development.
Sunday, November 19th
9am-10:15am - 2008 Girls and Boys
10:45am-12pm - 2007 Girls and Boys
12:30pm-1:45pm - 2011/2010 Girls and Boys
2:15pm-3:45pm - 2009 Girls and Boys
Saturday, December 2nd & Sunday, December 3rd
9am-10:15am - 2011/2010 Girls and Boys
10:45am-12pm - 2009 Girls and Boys
12:30pm-1:45pm - 2008 Girls and Boys
2:15pm-3:45pm - 2007 Girls and Boys
For more information please contact:
Santa Clara Lions Program Director
Santa Clara Sporting Club
Congratulations to the Santa Clara Lightning U14 Boys Team for taking First Place in the Sunnyvale Alliance Medina Cup Tournament on September 23rd-24th weekend. The team came together and battled through their first three games at Twin Creeks against East Bay Eclipse 3-0, MYSL Milpitas 3-1, and Mill Valley 4-0. Leaving us fighting for First Place in Milpitas against Allstars United with a final win 2-1. As coaches, we are excited for our players and team overall and many thanks to our dedicated parents and families that support us time after time.
September 30, 2017
Congratulations to the Santa Clara Bulldogs U17 Boys Team for winning the Sunnyvale Alliance Medina Cup held September 23-24th. The team went unfeated and defated the Elite Soccer 01B Orange Team in a close 3-2 battle for the under 17 boys championship. Santa Clara tied their opening game 0-0 against the Sunnyvale Alliance 01B White Team, then dominated the the East Bay Eclipse U18B Solar Team with a 3-0 victory. Congratulations to the players, families and coaches.
September 26, 2017
The Santa Clara Lions FC is launching a unique soccer program for its recreational players, boys and girls, across the U6 (2012 birth year) - U12 (2006 birth year) age groups, who have been identified as possessing and demonstrating the skills and attributes necessary to excel in a competitive soccer program.
Our unique, by invitation only, “Pre-Lions Academy” program has been developed to advance these player’s technical abilities and ready them for more competitive play. Players identified for “Pre - Academy” have been evaluated and selected by trainers already working within our recreational program. Those trainers, along with coaches from our competitive program, will deliver the Academy sessions.
(2011-2009 Birth Year)
(2008-2006 Birth Year)
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Sun. Oct. 29th
Sun. Nov. 5th
What to Bring: soccer ball, soccer cleats and a great attitude
Every player will be monitored and evaluated during the 5-week program, and many players will then be invited to attend the Santa Clara Lions Fall Tryouts:
Our program goal is to create a smooth and clear path for players within our recreational league to develop their skills, their confidence and become prepared for more competitive soccer play. In the process, we hope every player will have fun, develop a deeper understanding and passion for the game while improving their on-field skills.
For more information please contact:
Santa Clara Lions Program Director
The Santa Clara Sporting 00B Green Team capped-off an incredible run at the 2017 Dallas Cup XXXVIII Tournament and finished as Finalists in the Under-17 Age Group. Santa Clara opened-up the tournament with a 1-0 defeat over the Oakville 2000A Rep Team from Canada. The next day Sporting soundly defeated the STA-MUSC 2000B NPL Team - the 4th ranked team from New Jersey. The STA-MUSC Team were FarWest Regional Champions in the East Coast and Disney Soccer Showcase Finalists.
The Sporting Team won a wild scoring battle in their third bracket game with a 5-2 victory over the Austin Texans 00B South Team. After sweeping their three bracket games the team would face their second international match against the Liverpool FC Foundation Team in one of two Quarter-final matches. Santa Clara came-out swinging and dominated the game from start to finish using their aggressive speed of play. Sporting won the match 6-0 and took one more step towards winning the tournament with a ticket to the Semi-finals. This time Santa Clara would face the PREPA TEC MTY Team from Mexico. It was a very close game and Santa Clara came-out with a 1-0 win and shut-out the Team from Mexico.
The Under-17 Championship match was contested against the Queretaro FC Gallos Blancos Team from Mexico whom blasted through their bracket, quarter-final and semi-final games outscoring their opponents by 20 goals while only allowing one goal into their net. The Queretaro Team was too much for Santa Clara Sporting to handle and won the Dallas Cup title game 2-0.
The Santa Clara Sporting 00B Team are now ranked #1 in the United States, #1 in Region IV and #1 in Northern California by GotSoccer.
The Santa Clara Youth Soccer League has partnered with Avalon College Advising to provide Santa Clara Youth Soccer and Santa Clara Sporting high school aged student athletes (grades 9-12) with a free...
September 1, 2016
Please follow these instructions to access Soccer Park when there are events held at Levi's Stadium.
Give yourself extra time, tell your team and your opponents to expect some sort...
August 20, 2016
Hosting an UK International Soccer Camps UK International Soccer Coach is a truly rewarding and enjoyable experience as well as being somewhat of a cultural exchange. The similarities and differences of our language, combined with the love of soccer ensures a memorable week and long lasting friendships for everyone.
We invite all families to join in our ‘Host a Coach’ program. It has been a huge success over the years and we would like all our coaches to experience and appreciate the real American lifestyle. American families also get the opportunity to have a cultural and sporting exchange by learning about the British & European way of life.
For More Information Go To Our Webpage At: http://hostacoach.uksoccer.com
Kiran Patel, 510-365-1610, firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated August 20, 2016
To All Competitive teams,
Welcome to another fall season. We look forward to watching you and your teams compete in the coming months. Many of you are seeing certain...
In compliance with the new US Soccer format changes:
|Age Group||Format||No. of Players Per Team||No. of Players Allowed||Ball Heading Regulation|
|U8||7v7 (6 field players+goalie)||10 or 11||9-12||Not allowed|
|U9-U10||7v7 (6 field players+goalie)||10 or 11||9-12||Not allowed|
|U11-U12||9v9 (8 field players+goalie)||13||12-15||Not allowed|
|U13-U16||11v11||16||14-18||Limited to a maximum of 30 minutes of heading training per week, with no more than 15-20 headers per player, per week.|
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