Clark Park Youth Soccer registration open

Reminder! Clark Park Youth Soccer registration is now open. The deadline to register is Sept. 6th. We filled to capacity last season and expect similar results this season, so DO NOT RELY ON WALK-IN REGISTRATION. Send in your forms today! Players are aged 5-11 years old, and teams are mixed gender. Forms can be printed from Tell your friends and neighbors with kids!

We are also looking for SPONSORS (local people and businesses)- get your name or organization’s logo on our t-shirts, website, and newsletter – while supporting a wonderful neighborhood program! Only $160 for a year (2 season).

We are also looking for VOLUNTEERS – both data entry work for pre-registration, and coaches (no experience required).

For more information, visit or email

Looking forward to another great season!
-Melanie Bartlett

Are You Ready For Some . . . Soccer?!

While attention is focused on the beginning of pre-season (American) football this week, we’ll distract you for a few minutes with thoughts of Clark Park Youth Soccer — Fall season starts in just 6 weeks!

Our Fall season will run from Saturday, September 24th, through November 19th. Updated information and forms are available on the Youth Soccer page on this site (look for us under Activities), and will also be mailed to all families who registered last season. Please return registration forms by September 6th — we’ve had record numbers of kids participating in the last two seasons and want to ensure that we can include everyone!

Volunteers Needed! To give the kids the best possible soccer experience, we rely on our wonderful volunteer coaches — parents, local college students, and people who just love to play soccer, we can use your help. Free training is provided, and we try to assign at least 3 coaches per team so don’t be nervous about taking a team on alone; you’ll have plenty of help! If you’re interested in coaching, or helping with any of the other tasks that keep the soccer program going (registration, photos, trophies), please email

Kids – 198, Parents – . . . who cares what the score was, everybody wins!

Everybody wins!

The Spring season of Clark Park Youth Soccer came to an end last Saturday with the traditional kids vs. parents games.  Friends and family members cheered as parents put on their sneakers and chased the ball up and down the soccer field. And in the spirit of CPYSL, everybody won — enjoying another beautiful Saturday of fresh air, sunshine and healthy exercise!

We had a great season despite a couple of rain-outs, a lot of dust and some mud. Thanks to the organizational skills of soccer parent (and sponsor) Grace O’Donnell, coaches and players were treated to a delicious potluck picnic, feasting on family favorites and local treats. Many thanks go to our ranks of coaches, who include parents, college students and local volunteers who just want to share their love of soccer.

We started the season with the sorrow of saying good-bye to the founder and long-time (solo) organizer of CPYSL, Paul Brooks. The generosity of Paul’s family and friends has established the Paul Brooks Youth Soccer Scholarship fund, ensuring that — as was always Paul’s practice — all children have the chance to participate regardless of family finances.

On behalf of the children who participate (nearly 200 this season!) we’d like to express our gratitude to the individuals, local organizations and businesses who help to sponsor the Clark Park Youth Soccer program:

Margaret Brooks Dr. Vivianne Nachmias
Daroff Properties O’Donnell Real Estate
Goffredo Plumbing Orange Octopus Consulting
Green Line Cafe Reading Terminal Market
Metropolitan Bakery U.S. Navy (via Charles Larson)
Michael’s Custom Cuts Vineyard Church
Milk and Honey

Thanks all, for a great season — see you in September!

CPYSL Players and Coaches Brave the Cold!

Kids and Coaches

Kids and Coaches

Despite the windy cold, kids and coaches had a great time last Saturday learning soccer skills at Clark Park. Registration hit record numbers again this season, with a new team of 8-11 year olds added to meet the demand in the afternoon.

Many, many thanks to all of our volunteer coaches — college students, parents, parents of future soccer players, and people who just want to share their love for the game of soccer.  Some have mad soccer skills; some bring their expertise in working with children, but they all come together to make this great program possible!

Anyone looking for a great opportunity to play in the park every Saturday?

We’ve signed up a record number of kids for the Clark Park Youth Soccer League and need a few more coaches to work with the 8-11 year old kids. You don’t have to have mad soccer skills — just know a little bit about the game and enjoy spending time with kids. It’s great exercise, a lot of fun, and you get a really cool t-shirt!

If you’re interested, just email us at

Kick-off day for the Spring soccer season is Saturday!

Registration/sign-in will be in Griffith Hall (across 43rd St. from the park, see Griffith Hall Map) starting at 10:30. Teams are still filling up, but we’ll take as many walk-in registrations as we can. You can download forms at to speed-up the registration process.

If it’s too rainy to play Saturday morning, we’ll still be doing registration!

Summer 2011 Events Schedule Update

The FOCP Large Events Committee has submitted the following schedule of events to Parks and Recreation for permits. Because of the Park A reconstruction, all 2011 large events will be held in B or C park.

As we’ve reported before the permit process has not yet been settled in the new Parks and Rec department. All events have been entered into our Google Calendar (at right), and if there are any changes, we’ll post the news on this website.

April 16/23: Uhuru Flea Market
May 7: Spruce Hill May Fair
May 14: Uhuru Flea Market
June 11: Best Fest*
June 28: Uhuru Flea Market
June 25: Summer Solstice Festival
July 23: Uhuru Flea Market
August 20: Uhuru Flea Market
September 10: Woodland Avenue Reunion
September 17: Fall Equinox Festival
September 17: Uhuru Flea Market
(These two events will coordinate space-sharing)
September 24: Youth Soccer Fall Season
October 15: Uhuru Flea Market

*ADDENDUM: Erin Engelstad just informed us that there will not be a Best Fest this year.

Youth Soccer Report for 2010

Clark Park Youth Soccer Program completed another successful season in Fall 2010 with nine straight Saturdays of beautiful soccer weather! With a record-breaking number of registrations, nearly 200 children ages 5 to 11 played on eight teams in a rainbow-colored array of t-shirts.

The organizers of the program attributed the high registration to increased efforts to promote the soccer program at more area schools, with flyers distributed at Alexander Wilson and Henry Lea elementary schools.

The Clark Park Youth Soccer Program is a non-competitive program for kids of all abilities, bringing kids to the park for a couple of hours of fun, fresh air and exercise, and the chance to learn about teamwork along with some basic soccer skills. Many children who got their first taste of the game in the Clark Park program have moved on to more competitive programs at their schools or elsewhere in the city.

Coaches for the program are all volunteers – some are parents, many are students at local colleges, some are just soccer enthusiasts who want to share their love for the game. Parents and other volunteers help keep the program running by managing equipment, providing snacks and participating enthusiastically in the traditional last-day Kids vs. Parents game.

While participants pay a small registration and insurance fee, the program is strongly supported by Friends of Clark Park, and by the generosity of individuals and area businesses. Sponsors’ support allows the program to offer “soccerships” to families so that no child is ever turned away because of financial need.

The Spring 2011 season will kick off on Saturday, March 19th. Watch for registration materials in the mail if you’ve participated in previous seasons, or learn more about the program at the Youth Soccer Page, or by “friending” Clark Park Youth Soccer on Facebook!

— Kathleen Turner

PS: By clicking on “Youth Soccer” under the “Categories” list at right, you can read all posts about Youth Soccer.

Youth Soccer Enrollment for Spring 2011

Clark Park Youth Soccer League’s Spring 2011 season begins on Saturday, March 19th and continues until May 21st. Please register today!

5-6 year olds and 6-7 year olds will play from 10:30 to noon and 7-8 year olds and 9-11 year olds will play from noon-1:30pm each Saturday.

We try to assure anyone who sends pre-registration forms postmarked by the deadline of March 1st will be assigned a place on a team in their age group. CPYSL players must be at least 5 years old but no older than 12 years on March 19th.

Letter to Parents for Spring 2011

Registration Form for Spring 2011


FOCP’s Youth Soccer Page