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Registrations for Soccer Summer Camp, Fall Soccer, and Fall Volleyball, Football, and Cheer are NOW OPEN!

Volleyball Registration

We are looking forward to an awesome fall volleyball season!

To register, click on the   GREEN   registration link. 


Early Bird registration for this season will be $90 (May 15 - June 30).

Regular registration will be $100 (July 1 - August 28).



Practices will begin around August 15
Games will begin after Labor Day (September 4)
Season ends the week of November 20


Junior Varsity: grades 3 - 6

Varsity: grades 7 - 12 

All practices at Sherrills Ford Elementary School

  • JV (grades 3-6) from 6:30-7:30pm
  • Varsity (grades 7-12) from 7:30-8:30pm

Practice days depend on coach’s availability but typically are Monday, Tuesday and/ or Thursdays


Please read through each page carefully to ensure that all information is provided accurately. 

To complete registration through our secure site, please have your Visa or MasterCard information available.

Soccer Registration

To register for the fall soccer season, please click on the      GREEN    registration button. 

Before registering, please read the following information so that you know what is expected of you and your player. 





Volunteer Requirements

Due to the complexity and time to run a sport the size of soccer, we will be requiring each family to provide two hours of volunteer time per player. If this is not a possibility, you can pay a $60 fee to opt out. The $60 fee will be used to pay someone to do the work a volunteer would normally do

Age Brackets
Soccer is open to ages 3 through 12.  Except for Academy and U6, playing ages are determined by the player's age as of August 31. Players are allowed to play up an age bracket (and only upon approval by the soccer director), but never down.

All ages are co-ed.

Academy: 3 to 4.5
U6: ages 4.5 - 5
U8: ages 6 and 7
U10: ages 8 and 9
U13: ages 10, 11, 12

U6 Registration
Cost: $85
Registration Dates: 5/15 - 8/19/2023
Includes a soccer t-shirt. Players play games using the green and gold U6 jerseys.

U8, U10, U13 Registration:
Early Bird: $95  (open 5/15 - 6/25/2023)
Regular Registration:  $125  (open 6/26 - 7/21/2023)
Registration includes a team jersey and matching socks.

Mandatory Summer Practice
There will be Mandatory Summer Practices for U8, U10, and U13. A variety of dates will be available. Players will be required to attend at least 4 of the practices to be placed on a team. Attendance at soccer camp (July 24 - 27) will also fulfill the practice requirements. If there is an issue with your child being able to attend practices  (custody issues, etc),  please email to explain.

Mandatory Evaluations
Mandatory Skills Evaluations for U8, U10, and U13 are 8/7- 8/8/2023.  This, along with the summer practices, allows coaches to pick evenly matched teams. Team practices for these age groups will begin 8/21/2023. There are typically two practices per week. There are no evaluations for Academy or U6. These age groups will begin practice 8/28/2023. Unless otherwise stated, all practices will be held at SFO.

Season Schedule
Games will run from 9/10 to mid November.  U10 and U13 have an end-of-year tournament, usually the second weekend of November. The U10 and U13 age groups play in the Catawba Cup League. Travel to other locations for games (Maiden and Mt. View) is required. 

Soccer Ball Sizes
Age 3 - 7:  Size 3
Age 8 - 12:  Size 4

Shin guards are REQUIRED for all practices and games. Soccer cleats are recommended for all age groups and are required for U8 and above.

Soccer Summer Camp

The SFO Soccer camp is July 24 - 27,  6:00 - 8:00pm nightly!

Click the    GREEN     registration button to register.

Camp is for ages 3 - 15 as of August 31 and is only $55!

****Registration after 7/10/2023 will not include a camp t-shirt****

What to bring: personal water bottle, soccer ball, soccer cleats (no baseball or football cleats!),  and shin guards.  Please label your child's water bottle and soccer ball! Unlabeled water bottle waters will be thrown in the dumpster. 

Soccer ball sizes
Age 3 - 7:  Size 3
Age 8 - 12:  Size 4
Age 13 - 15: Size 5



To register, click on the   GREEN   registration link. 

Registrations may end early due to size of teams and available coaching staff. If that occurs, a wait list will be created. If a position opens up we will reach out to you. 

Our football program offers four levels of age-based competition!

All ages are as of August 31st. 

  • Flag: ages 5 and 6
  • Pee-Wee: ages 7 and 8
  • Junior Varsity: ages 9 and 10
  • Varsity: ages 11 and 12. 

Registration Details:

Flag Registration:
Early Bird: 
May 12 - July 31, 2023
Cost: $60
Regular Registration: August 1 - August 31, 2023
Cost: $75
Registration Includes: flag football jersey

JV, Varsity Registration:
Early Bird: May 12 - July 31, 2023
Cost: $125
Regular Registration:  August 1 - August 31, 2023
Cost: $150
Registration Includes: Shoulder 
Pads, Helmet, Pants, and Jersey. 

A mouth guard is required and cleats are recommended for all age levels. 

The first official practice will be July 29. Registrations may end early due to size of teams and available coaching staff.

register here:



Welcome to 2023 Cheer!

To register, click on the   GREEN   registration link. 

The registration fee for Cheer is $50 plus the cost of a fitted uniform. The uniform fitting will be arranged by the Cheer Director. Be on the lookout for additional information with the date, time, and location.

We offer four age levels for cheerleading:

Flag: ages 4 - 6
Pee Wee: ages 7 - 8
JV: ages 9 -10
Varsity: ages 11 - 12

All ages as of 8/31/2023

Dates: Registration closes July 31

Registration Price: $50
Uniform:  to be determined.

This registration session will allow you to complete contact information, sign up for participation, and submit payment.

Please read through each page carefully to ensure that all information is provided accurately. 

To complete registration through our secure site, please have your Visa or MasterCard.

Camp is FULL!  

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SFO Tennis Camp

The SFO Tennis Camp will be hosted by Sherrills Ford Optimist and run by Catawba Valley Athletic Conference Tennis Champions Bandys High School Men's Team, Coach Candace Newman, CVAC Coach of the Year, and Joe Cockman, Bandys High School alum and 2021 CVAC Player of the Year.

Camp dates: June 5 - 8,  6-8pm nightly

Registration Opens:  4/17/2023

Registration Closes : 5/29/2023 at midnight

Camp fee: $50 per player (+ credit card fee)

Camp size: limited to 48 players

Ages: age 9 though rising 12th grade

Required Equipment:  tennis racket and non-marking sole tennis shoes. We will have few tennis rackets to borrow.

Our camp will be held at the Bandys High School tennis complex located at 5040 East Bandys Road Catawba, NC 28609. 

Refund Policy
Refunds for the Program will be granted up to Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 5:00pm to allow anyone on a wait list a chance to join the camp before registration ends on May 29, 2023 at midnight.



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Donate to the Park

Sherrills Ford Optimist is a 501 (c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible. We welcome all donations and a receipt can be provided to you upon request. 

Use the "Donate" button below to donate via Paypal or send a check made out to Sherrills Ford Optimist to: 

Sherrills Ford Optimist

P.O. Box  32

Sherrills Ford, NC 28673

Questions about donations?  Send an email to

Click the Document Below to Read Incoming President Johnny Beane's Open Letter to The Community

Field Rentals

Our fields are available for rent! If you have an event and would like to find out more about using the fields, please email to obtain the rental agreement and reserve your field.




Basketball registration typically opens in October. Be on the lookout for information on Facebook and via email. 

Sherrills Ford Optimist Club

Sherrills Ford Optimist is the place for youth sports in Eastern Catawba County. We have been serving the youth and families of our area since 1975. For full details on the sports we offer, check out the sections below divided by sports season.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to receive notifications when registrations open!

Our park is operated 100% through volunteers, and we rely on fundraisers and sponsorships to keep our park operating for the youth in our community. Please see below if you are interested in donating to the park. For volunteer opportunities, please click here

For more information about ways to get involved, or to send an idea to our Board of Directors, please email

More than 1,200 youth participate in our athletic activities each year.

Visit Us! Sherrills Ford Optimist Park

1752 Mollys Backbone Rd, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673

Phone: 828-979-6481