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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.

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

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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 season is right around the corner! We will have the following age groups this year:

  • Co-ed 5 yr and 6 yr olds
  • 7-8 Boys, 7-8 Girls
  • 9-10 Boys, 9-10 Girls
  • 11-13 Boys, 11-13 Girls

We need 5-6 people to join the Basketball Committee. As a member, you help design what the season looks like and have a hand in how it's managed. Committee meets once before the season to plan, then again for Evaluations. Any other needs can be done from home. If you're interested in joining the Basketball Committee (even if you don't have a kid on a team but have a love for the sport), please email






Soccer is open to ages 4 through 12.  Playing ages are determined by the player's age as of August 31. Players are allowed to play up an age bracket (at the determination of the soccer chair), but never down. All ages are co-ed.

U6: ages 4 and 5
U8: ages 6 and 7
U10: ages 8 and 9
U13: ages 10, 11, 12

U6 Registration:
Cost: $80
Registration Dates: 5/16 - 8/20/2022

Includes a soccer t-shirt. Players play games using the green and gold U6 jerseys.

U8, U10, U13 Registration:
Early Bird: $95  open  5/16 - 7/2/2022
Regular Registration:  $125  open 7/3 - 7/23/2022
Late Registration: $160  open 7/24 - 7/30/2022
Includes a team jersey and matching socks.

Mandatory Summer Practices for U8, U10, and U13 will begin on 7/11 and go through 8/18. A variety of dates will be available. Players will be required to attend 75% of the practices to be placed on a team. Attendance at soccer camp (8-8 to 8-11) plus two other practices 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 for U8, U10, and U13 are 8/17 - 18. Teams will be selected on 8/18. There is no evaluation for U6.

Team Practice begin 8/23

Games will run from 9/10 to mid November.  U10 and U13 have an end of year tournament 11/10 - 11/13/2022

Soccer ball sizes:
Age 3 - 7:  Size 3
Age 8 - 12:  Sze 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.


Samantha Jones

Soccer Director


Our volleyball program is for rising 3rd through 12th graders.

Early bird registration:   May 31 - July 22, $90

Regular registration: July 23 - August 5,  $100

No late registration

Practices will begin around August 15
Games will begin after Labor Day (September 5)
Season ends November 18


Amanda Pendergrass

Volleyball Director



Registration for Spring sports usually starts in January.

Be on the lookout for more info in emails, social media, and school flyers.







Soccer Camp

Our annual soccer camp was held August 8 - 11. We had a blast getting everyone back in the groove and ready to tackle the upcoming fall season! We'll see you next summer! 


Visit Us! Sherrills Ford Optimist Park

1752 Mollys Backbone Rd, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673

Phone: 828-979-6481