RED OAK — Red Oak Soccer Association (ROSA) is set to kick-off the Spring 2017 season with just under 500 registered players, 40 teams and almost 70 volunteer coaches.

In preparation for the season, coaches met on Feb. 16 at the association's beginning of season general meeting. Along with important reminders and team rosters, coaches received first aid kits for their teams and watched an important video from US Soccer concerning concussion prevention and detection. VP Josh Roman said, “this is part of the association's ongoing commitment to coach training.”

Of the approximate 70 coaches volunteering this season, roughly 20 percent have recently participated in US Soccer’s online F Coaching License course. Josh Harms, ROSA’s Director of Operations said that “ROSA believes so much in coach training and development that the association reimburses coaches the online course fee.” He also said that all board members of the organization are required to have this minimum credential.

The Best Southwest Soccer League — DeSoto, Lancaster, RO, Midlothian, Waxahachie, Ennis, Corsicana, Cedar Hill and Duncanville — games will start March 18. Again, this season, Red Oak home games will be played at the Waxahachie Sports Complex as they have since Spring 2016 when their home fields in Glenn Heights were damaged by the December 2015 tornado.

ROSA President Bryan Daffron say that this arrangement has been a lifeline for the association and expressed appreciation both to Waxahachie Soccer Association and the City of Waxahachie for their gracious assistance.

This should be the last season that ROSA will play as a guest. With the help of ROISD and the City of Red Oak, plans to resurrect soccer fields on the grounds of East Ridge Elementary School are moving ahead with the fields expected to be ready for the Fall 2017 playing season.

According to Shannon Wilson, ROSA Treasurer, “This is very exciting for players, coaches and definitely parents. Playing in Waxahachie has been a huge help for us, but getting back to Red Oak is a priority.”

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