Starting this fall, the organization will also now require players to purchase their own jerseys to use for two years of play. In the past, as the program was getting started, local businesses helped sponsor a variety of jerseys to be worn by the players. The new requirement is meant to instill a sense of responsibility among the players to care for their own equipment while also saving money for the organization.
Last spring, OCSA was able to obtain a 501c3 designation, which will help with fundraising as the program looks for ways to expand and offer a tax benefit to donors.
Ben Zaugg, who played soccer in OCSA for years and now plays striker for the Ridgway High School team, drew up the initial sketches for the new logo and submitted them to the OCSA board. Laurie Casselberry, of Laurie Goralka Design, worked with the OCSA to narrow down Zaugg's rough sketches and then create a digital version of the logo in color and black and white. The finished logo will grace the organization’s new jerseys as well to help provide a cohesive look for the program.
OCSA offers soccer programs for kids ages 3 to 14 in the spring and fall as well as a professional soccer camp in the summer. This summer's Challenger Soccer Camp will take place at the Solar Ranch fields July 27-31; players can still sign up the day of camp.
Registration for OCSA's fall program is open through July 31.
For more information and forms, go to the OCSA website at www.ouraycountysoccer.com.