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Publisher’s Note: In a letter to North Natomas families posted on Facebook and the North Natomas SC website on May 23, 2013, organizers announced they have halted all plans for a new recreational soccer club in North Natomas. The letter is available at nnsoccer.org.
A new recreational youth soccer club has taken shape in Natomas.
Online registration for the North Natomas Soccer Club is scheduled to open today and an open house is set for Saturday at the North Natomas Library.
The event will give families a chance to meet volunteers who formed the new club. Help with soccer registration for the 2013 season will also be available and a coaches’ meeting is planned.
Efforts to launch a new club moved forward when talks between the Sacramento North Soccer Club and Natomas United Youth Soccer League broke down earlier this week.
The Sacramento North Soccer Club voted in March to join a league other than Natomas and in April voted to affiliate with US Club Soccer.
But last week, Sacramento North Soccer Club representatives sought to rejoin the Natomas league, canceling a planned soccer festival while terms were hammered out. Those talks ended Wednesday night when an agreement could not be reached. According to league officials, Sacramento North Soccer Club plans to affiliate with an organization outside of Natomas.
The committee behind the new North Natomas Soccer Club includes five former Sacramento North Soccer Club board members.
Four committee members – Jesus Vargas, Jason Shoultz, Juan Maldonado, and John Aronhalt – resigned from their board posts when the Sacramento North Soccer Club voted 5-7 in April not be a member of the Natomas United Youth Soccer League. All four supported staying in the Natomas league.
Also on the new club’s committee is Eugene Erlank, who was elected Sacramento North Soccer Club president at a member meeting in December 2012, and voted off the board 9-4 two months later.
According to its website, the North Natomas Soccer Club is open to all families in the north Natomas area and children ages 4 to 18 years old may sign up to participate.
The club will seek affiliation with the Natomas United Youth Soccer League and the California Youth Soccer Association, Vargas said. As part of the Natomas league, North Natomas Soccer Club teams will compete against each other and also play Natomas Soccer Club teams. Inter-league play with other clubs in the greater Sacramento area will be sought for higher-performing teams and age groups with fewer players.
The organization will draft a constitution and form a board to manage club business in the coming months. The 2013 soccer season starts in August.
North Natomas Soccer Club open house/walk-up registration 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and coaches’ meeting 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18 in the North Natomas Library community room. The library is located at 4660 Via Ingoglia, off Del Paso Road. For more information about NNSC, go to nnsoccer.org.
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