ImPACT Baseline Testing for ALL ASA players

March 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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ImPACT Baseline Testing and Online Concussion Education Opportunities for ALL ASA players

ASA has arranged for ImPACT concussion baseline testing and online Concussion Education for our all of our players, through Fairfax Family Practice Comprehensive Concussion Center (FFPC3). This is an important resource for our community.  Take advantage of the opportunity!  

Concussion Baseline Testing

There are only 2 days this Spring when you can get this done for your child in Arlington: April 5 and April 6.  Register early because sessions will fill quickly!  There are 2 time slots available for each evening.  This event is for ages 10 and older only.  

Advance registration is required

Wednesday, April 5 — 6:30pm or 7:45pm

Langston Community Center
2121 N. Culpepper Street
Arlington, VA 22207

Check-in at Room 109

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Thursday, April 6 — 6:30pm or 7:45pm

Arlington Mill Community Center
909 S. Dinwiddie Street
Arlington, VA 22204

Check-in at Room 527

*All available sessions with seats available will appear on registration page*

COST:  $35/player payable at the door.  Cash or check to ASA.

Siblings of ASA players may get tested. Please register each child separately for the test.

Can’t make these dates?  

The concussion clinic also offers baseline testing at their office (by Fairfax Inova) on certain weekday afternoons.

Go to registration page to see options — Advance registration is required

Testing at concussion clinic is for ages 5 and older

​ImPACT Baseline Testing:  Why does your player need a baseline?

A concussion baseline is essential for any player in contact sports.  You want this in case your child suffers head trauma during the season.  The ImPACT test is the gold standard in concussion care and helps medical professionals manage concussion recovery properly. More info about ImPACT here: https://www.impacttest.com/audience/?parents-3

The ImPACT baseline test is good for 2 years for any player who is 13 or older when they take it. Younger players need one every year.

​Online Concussion Education:  Why do I need to do this?

Parents:  Start the season fully informed.  It takes only 15 minutes and is well worth your time.  Knowing how to recognize a concussion in your child and taking the proper steps in the hours and days that follow are important to help him/her properly recover.

Players:  Every player in contact sports should know what to do when they don’t feel right and why. Playing through concussion symptoms is dangerous and will ultimately prolong recovery time.   The concussion education module only takes 15 minutes (5 for younger players).

Every family should do the online concussion education module, even if you are not coming for baseline.  The online concussion education module is accessed through same registration page as baseline testing registration.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR REGISTERING FOR BASELINE TESTING and ONLINE CONCUSSION EDUCATION

  1. Start here:  http://www.ffpc3.com/concussion-education.html
  2. Click “Create New Athlete User Account” and follow the steps.
  3. Select Arlington Soccer Association in the “Select an Organization from the List” Box.
  4. A “Registration Key” will be displayed and emailed to you. Please copy it down for future reference.
  5. Click “Continue to Athlete Dashboard”
  6. From the athlete dashboard, you can register for an ImPACT Baseline test and complete the online concussion education modules for players and parents.  You can also add another child.
  7. If you need to return to your dashboard another time (perhaps to change your baseline test date), login with the email address provided and the registration key that was emailed to you.   

Two Adult Soccer Clinic options for this Spring – Footie footie – Registration now open!

March 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Registration is now open for two series of  adult soccer instructional clinics – one Sunday evenings and one Tuesday mornings.  The six-week series of 90-minute classes will be held late April through early June.

Two levels will be offered each day:  one for beginning players, and one for intermediate players.  The Beginner clinic is for people who have never played, who played as a child but not since then, or who are still learning the basics.  Total soccer novices – people who have never kicked a soccer ball in their entire life – this class is for you!

The Intermediate clinic is for people who have played for a few years and want to improve their basic skills, and/or for those who took one or more of the earlier clinics, and want to learn more.  Instruction will be provided by Arlington Soccer Association coaches, with a player/instructor ratio of no more than 16:1.

Times/Locations:  Both levels of the soccer clinics are held at the same time, on the same field, but instruction will be separate for the two groups (Beginners and Intermediates).

Clinic dates:

  • Sundays:  April 23 – June 4, with no classes May 14 (Mother’s Day) or 28 (Memorial Day). If we get heavy rain or lightning, the make-up date is June 11.
  • Tuesdays:  April 25 – May 30.  If fields are closed due to rain / wet field conditions, the make-up dates are June 6 and 13, or the class could be moved to the synthetic field at Virginia Highlands.

Fee:  $110 for Arlington residents or $130 for non-residents.  Income-based fee reductions are available; please contact Marta for more information about fee reductions.

Register.  You can register online at https://registration.arlingtonva.us, which is the regular DPR online registration that you may have used for camps and classes.  Sign in (if you are already in the Arlington County registration system for camps, classes, etc.) or create your new account.  Once in, click on Sports on the top toolbar, then Adult Clinics/Pick-up, and choose your preferred clinic, at the bottom of the page.  Please try to register as soon as possible so we know how many people will be participating.  For more information, contact Marta Cahill at mcahill@arlingtonva.us or 703-228-1818.

Equipment.  Players should bring water, plus shinguards and a size 5 soccer ball if available.  It is helpful to have a ball (even size 4) to practice at home.  Extra balls will be provided at the clinic sessions.  Cleats are recommended, but are not required.

Please share this information with others who might be interested in learning how to play soccer or improve their soccer skills. 

Lizzy Stell recognized as VYSA’s Administrator of the Year

February 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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ASA’s Lizzy Stell, long a critical piece of the Travel soccer puzzle, was duly recognized on Saturday, February 11, as VYSA’s Administrator of the Year for 2016.

Lizzy receiving her award from VYSA President Denise Edwards

Lizzy’s award comes as a result of her efforts in three primary areas.  The full citation is presented below.

1)    Involvement with soccer and community:

Lizzy Stell is an outstanding soccer administrator and has been instrumental in helping the Arlington Soccer Association transform from a disparate group of Travel soccer teams into a true soccer club.  She has been involved with ASA for most of her life.  Lizzy started as a recreational player in Arlington and later joined an Arlington Travel Soccer team.  She played for Arlington’s Yorktown High School and then went on to play for the University of Mary Washington’s Womens Soccer team.  When she moved back to Arlington, she wanted to give back to the soccer community, so she started coaching in 1997.  She spent a number of years coaching Recreational and Travel teams for ASA.  She led her girls Travel team, the “Arlington Boomers”, to the Virginia State Cup championship in 2001 – the first Arlington team to achieve that distinction.  In 2002 she left coaching and moved on the role of Arlington Travel Soccer Administrator.

Under her leadership as Administrator, Arlington’s Travel program grew from about 650 players in 2003 to close to 1,200 players today.  Lizzy’s proactive management of the program, coupled with a serious “can-do” attitude, has been a major factor in that success.

Lizzy is always looking for ways to improve the soccer experience for Arlington youth.  She helped develop a policy manual and is constantly striving to improve the ever-challenging tryout process.  Her work promoting tryouts and the overall program has resulted in greater numbers at tryouts and a greater player pool diversity.

2)    Promoting the game:

Arlington County has gone through tremendous change during Lizzy’s tenure, and she has helped ASA keep up with the changes.  She has helped advocate for more soccer fields and she has forged a strong partnership with the Sports Office at the County.  She has reached out to the immigrant community and has helped inspire more girls to participate.  As an engaged resident of Arlington County – from neighborhood activities to volunteering at her children’s schools – she has developed a broad perspective of how soccer fits into the overall community structure and has proactively helped guide the club in a positive direction.  She is so passionate about soccer that her enthusiasm for the sport spreads and makes the game a more enjoyable experience for all around her.

3)    Accomplishments:

Players, parents, team managers and coaches all rely on Lizzy to keep “all of the balls in the air” and they know that Lizzy has their backs if they run into a tough situation.  She is masterful at juggling a schedule to make sure a coach with multiple teams can fulfill all of his / her commitments.  If a field is closed by the County, Lizzy scrambles to secure a replacement space for the teams affected by the closure.  She works hard to distribute fields (turf vs. grass) as equitably as possible amongst teams.  Lizzy wakes up at the crack of dawn on in-season weekends to make sure fields are ready and available.  She helps leagues deal with issues such as switching fields due to bad weather, trouble-shooting when a field is not “game ready” and handling other situations that inevitably arise.  It is a tremendous amount of responsibility and she handles it all with grace.

One team manager wrote that she showed up for an early Sunday morning game and found the nets and flags were missing.  As much as she hated to call Lizzy early on a weekend, she did not have anywhere else to turn.  Lizzy cheerfully answered the phone and offered to bring extra equipment to the field so the team would not have to forfeit.  Equipment delivery is not in Lizzy’s job description, yet this sort of “above and beyond” service is what Lizzy has become known for in the Arlington soccer community.

Another team manager wrote that she could not do her job without Lizzy.  “She is patient, understanding of the stresses of a team manager, and is quick to offer advice and solutions to problems” she wrote.  “My sense is that she puts in many hours more than anyone knows.”

Coaches are also huge fans of Lizzy’s.  “She is passionate about the club and always is helpful” wrote a coach who has worked with Arlington since 1997.  “Since she has a background as a coach, she is cognizant of the challenges coaches face.  We’re exceptionally fortunate to have someone who care so much for the Arlington club.”

Some of her success is revealed by looking at the numbers.  I mentioned the increased player count above.  Arlington participated in 3 leagues in 2010, and now ASA plays in 7 leagues.  Arlington had 50-something Travel teams in 2010 and now fields 87 teams from U9 up through U19/20.  Even as Arlington’s overall staff has grown, Lizzy has worked hard to cover many aspects of the Travel administrative world and has helped ASA manage this growth in a smooth and orderly fashion.

While Lizzy helps the coaches and team managers do their jobs better, her primary focus has always been the kids.  She does all she can to ensure that Arlington Travel Soccer players have the best experience possible.  Our club, and those ASA interacts with, are better as a result.

CONGRATULATIONS TO LIZZY and *THANK YOU* FOR ALL YOU DO FOR THE GAME AND FOR THE KIDS!

ASA’s NEW Spirit E-Store!

ASA launches our NEW online spirit e-store!

Visit:  http://asa.scoresports.com

You’ll find great shirts, jackets and pants, each with the distinctive ASA logo.

Show your support of ASA!

To celebrate the launch of the e-store, receive a free mini-ball with each purchase!  (details below – expires March 17, 2017)

 

Text your thoughts about desired rec facilities in the 4MRV planning area!

January 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Please express your thoughts for desired features in the 4MRV area!  Text Arlington County & tell them what you want to see at Jennie Dean and in the 4MRV.

ASA continues to be active in the 4MRV planning process.  We are pushing for the development of an indoor sports facility and, as possible, additional turf fields, all within the Jennie Dean Park planning area and within the overall 4 Mile Run Valley study area as well.  For details about the area, please see here.

Previously ASA asked for support at the Visioning Workshops held in December (see here).

Now we’d like to ask for your thumbs’ assistance!

Please send a text to the number shown in the picture on the left (703-854-9585) and let folks know what features you’d like to see in Jennie Dean Park and the surrounding area.  Just list the amenities or features you’d like included in the plans!

Some options might be:

  • An indoor recreational / sports facility / fieldhouse
  • Additional turf fields wherever possible
  • Additional turf fields on top of structures (car parks, buildings)
  • Extra green space for un-programmed uses
  • ….and anything else you’d find attractive and helpful!

You can text once per phone number, so please grab your spouse’s & kids’ phones and share your opinion frequently if you wish to.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, for being a part of the process, and for caring about recreational facilities in Arlington!

Casino Night February 11, 2017

January 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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It’s time to join the fun!

With Casino Night only a month away,
it’s time to

BUY YOUR TICKETS!


What is Casino Night, exactly???
 Your ticket price covers all of your food and drinks AND you get a fistful of faux money to play games like Black Jack, Roulette, and Craps!

Enjoy a night of live entertainment from the X-Magnetics and DJ Pat Premier (made up of #TeamArlington Dads!)

Plan on grabbing an Uber or cab so you can partake in the open bar with several specialty cocktails – we are working to secure a partnership for even easier convenience!

NO auction arm twisting – just fun! The gambler with the most money at the end of the night WILL receive a grand prize!

BUY TICKETS!  We are only about 100 or so tickets away from a sell out – don’t miss out!

THANK YOU TO OUR CURRENT SPONSORS (there is still time to sponsor this fun event and a portion can be allotted back to your club or team!):

GOLD – Brad Bondi and his firm, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

SILVER
Clayton Dean and The Piper Consulting Group

BRONZE
Allie and Michael Signorelli
Sara and Erik Franklin
Suzanne Dunn and A Therapeutic Alliance

HOST COMMITTEE
Paul and Laura Bobeczko

CANCELED: Winter Adult Soccer Clinics coming in 2017

December 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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ASA & Arlington County will be providing Adult Soccer Clinics this Winter!

adult soccer 2Beginners and intermediate level players are encouraged to sign up & improve their games via this series of fun and energetic clinics.

UPDATED: Registration is now open for a six-week series of adult soccer instructional clinics to be held on Sundays in January, February & March.  The start date has moved to January 22nd.  Two clinics will be offered:  one for beginning players, and one for intermediate players.  The Beginner clinic is for people who have never played, who played as a child but not since then, or who are still learning the basics.  Total soccer novices – people who have never kicked a soccer ball in their entire life – this class is for you!  The Intermediate clinic is for people who have played for a few years and want to improve their basic skills, and/or for those who took one or more of the earlier clinics, and want to learn more.

Both soccer clinics are being offered at the same time, on the same field – 1:30 – 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoons at Williamsburg Middle School, 3600 N Harrison Street.  Instruction will be separate for the two groups assuming enough participants sign up for each group.

Clinic dates are January 22 – March 5.  In the likely event of snow, make-up classes will be held in mid-March.  Instruction will be provided by Arlington Soccer Association coaches, with a player/instructor ratio of no more than 12:1.

The fee is $110 for Arlington residents or $130 for non-residents.  You can register online at https://registration.arlingtonva.us, which is the regular PRCR online registration that you may have used for camps and classes.  Sign in (if you are already in the Arlington County registration system for camps, classes, etc.) or create your new account.  Once in, click on Sports on the top toolbar, then Adult Clinics/Drop-In, and choose your clinic, at the bottom of the page.  Please try to register as soon as possible so we know how many people will be participating.  For more information, contact Marta Cahill at mcahill@arlingtonva.us or 703-228-1818.

 

Winter Programs for ASA Players

December 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Arlington Soccer offers a variety of programs for players this Winter!

Please follow the links below to learn more about specific Winter programs.comets red player

Get signed up to keep the skills in play this Winter.

 

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