NOW, please write the County Board asking for lights @ Williamsburg MS

May 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Once again, the County Board vote on installing lights at the fields at Williamsburg MS has been delayed, so…..

Now is the time to reach out to the Arlington County Board and ask that they approve the installation of lights at the turf fields at Williamsburg MS (and Discovery ES).  Please send your letter to the County Board, and please urge a friend to do likewise!  And please send your letter before June 19th if possible!

Background | Approaches | Key Points | Sample Letter

At this time Arlington Soccer, in conjunction with other youth and adult sports groups in Arlington, encourages people to contact the Arlington County Board to express their thoughts on the matter. ASA favors lighting the fields at Williamsburg, coupled with the development of a thorough mitigation plan created in close cooperation with the neighboring community.

Here’s the story:  The County Board has pushed their consideration of revising the use permit for Williamsburg (to allow lights at the turf fields) to some point in September.  However, now is the time to act, as ASA is coordinating a writing campaign, urging those favoring lights at the field to write to the County Board.  FOR THIS TO WORK, WE NEED YOUR HELP (please)!

On top of this, ASA will coordinate a series of visits with County Board members between now and September.  If you wish to contribute in this way, please do so.  We want lots of voices to support lighting the fields at the school.

Right now, over a more concentrated period of time (between now and the end of school), we want to provide copious amounts of input to the County Board via letters.  Every voice counts!

Here are key points we suggest:

  • Write a letter to the County Board that expresses your support for lighting the turf fields at Williamsburg.  If possible, please send it before June 19th.
  • Main premises:  Lighting the fields means there are more hours of field availability for County residents.  There are not enough lighted recreational facilities in Arlington, and we need every extra hour we can get!
  • Secondary premise:  ASA respects the neighbors of the field, and we would like to find appropriate accommodations or mitigation measures that reduce the impacts of extra field use.
  • Please cite personal reasons for wanting lights installed.  Example: “I usually drive across the County to evening practices at Long Bridge.  I’d love to save time (and reduce pollution) by practicing closer to home, which is at [address near Williamsburg]”  Can you express the benefit *to you* of having the fields lighted?
  • Send the letter to the County Board!

    Ideally, write the letter in your words, expressing your thoughts. If helpful, here is a sample letter you can use (Word version, PDF version).

    Help us advocate for added capacity of recreational facilities in Arlington.  THANK YOU for taking the time to give voice to the needs of players and families who would like to be able to use these fields during dark evenings! 

Job opportunity with ASA: Come join the dynamic ASA staff

May 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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ASA seeks candidates for our Administrative Services Specialist position.

ASA’s Administrative Services Specialist works in the ASA office, interacting with the public on ASA’s behalf as well as working with all ASA staff members, handling inquiries (by phone, email and in-person) and assisting with various tasks & projects.  This is a year-round, part time position that reports to ASA’s Finance Director. Fluency in English & Spanish is required.  Extreme sense of customer service is critical.  Financial experience is helpful. The candidate should be available for at least 20 hours per week during weekdays.  Very occasional non-weekday hours may be requested as well.

If you like working in a fun, youth-oriented environment, and especially if you are interested in working in the soccer “field”, this could be a great opportunity for you. This position may be ideal for parents seeking part time work while their children are at school.  For more info, please read a full description of this opportunity below.

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter by Friday, May 26th to dianeoden@arlingtonsoccer.com.

ASA Administrative Services Specialist

May 2017

Job Summary:  The ASA Administrative Services Specialist interacts with the public on ASA’s behalf handling public inquiries (by phone, email and in-person).  Additionally, he/she assists with various tasks and projects in the office with a broad range of duties facilitating general ASA office operations.   This is a year-round, part time position reporting to ASA’s Finance Manager.  The Administrative Services Specialist should be available for at least 20 hours per week during weekdays.  Occasional non-weekday hours may be requested as well.The Administrative Services Specialist will participate as a staff person in meetings and other ASA events as appropriate.
Qualifications:

•    The Administrative Services Specialist must be comfortable working with the public
•    The Administrative Services Specialist should be able to work with members of the public with limited English language abilities.  English and Spanish language proficiency is required.
•    Computer proficiency, administrative abilities and internet savvy are mandatory.  This person should be detail oriented, communicative, and able to multi-task.
•    The Administrative Services Specialist should possess tremendous customer service skills and be the consummate team player
•    Familiarity with ASA’s soccer programs is helpful
•    All ASA staff must pass annual background checks

Responsibilities, Goals and Expectations:

Handle public inquiries in a timely and friendly manner
•    Answer phone calls in the office
•    Check and respond to voicemails left on the office telephone
•    Answer emails
•    Handle walk-in inquiries from the public
•    Contact ASA families regarding numerous items including past due payments, financial aid applications, and insufficient funds
•    Ensure that ASA policies and procedures are upheld and understood

Facilitate office operations
•    Receive and distribute mail and shipments from suppliers
•    Process participant registrations, including handling moneys received for player fees
•    Post Tournament payments
•    Process refunds
•    Coordinate ASA’s Lost & Found
•    Coordinate Escrip Orders for Office and Travel Teams
•    Coordinate Silent Auction Donations
•    Translate key documents into Spanish as needed
•    Assist with Accounts Payable process to include posting and filing payments
•    Assist with audit as needed

•    Additional tasks may be assigned pending interest and ability

Awards Event happens June 4. Online auction now open – support ASA kids and win great stuff

May 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Our annual Awards Event has a new venue this year! Thank you to Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse (located at 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA) for offering to host our upcoming event on June 4 (starting @ 7pm).

With the new venue comes full food service!  Food and beverage will be available for purchase.  The event is free, but we ask everyone to please pre-register using this link.

Along with the awards, #TeamArlington hosts an auction benefiting ASA players each year. This year’s auction items can be viewed live here.  The auction system is super easy to use and it helps you keep tabs as the bidding progresses.

Want a signed Pelé jersey? Training sessions with Torey?  An amazing all-purpose cooler?  Consultation with college recruiting expert?  Team party at Ireland’s Four Courts?  Check out the pictures & descriptions on the auction site.

Bid high and bid often! The proceeds from the auction go straight to the #TeamArlington Financial Aid Fund.

Silent Soccer Is This Weekend For 2nd Grade & Older Rec Teams!

May 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Silent Soccer is an event where all adults –parents, coaches and fans– are to offer no coaching of any kind while the 2nd grade and older rec players are on the field.

This is an annual event, and is designed to remind adults that the kids are able to play without constant instruction.  Kids not spreading out?  Not a big deal. Billy should have passed the ball instead of dribbled?  Let his teammates tell him that.  Suzy keeps kicking with her toe?  Good thing for the coach to work on in practice next week.

Silent Soccer is about letting the players make their mistakes without having an adult correct it for them. Kindergarten and 1st grade teams will have a normal weekend of soccer, as this event is only for older teams.

Please find more information here about what to expect from this weekend. Have fun out there!

ASA SEEKING CANDIDATES FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS POSTS

April 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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The ASA Board is now accepting applications for five board vacancies. The Board of Directors is seeking passionate, diverse and enthusiastic board members

who are deeply interested in youth soccer and want to be help develop and  implement the strategic objectives for our organization.

The membership will elect five volunteer board members.  Three of these directors will serve three-year terms and two will serve two-year terms.  All directors are expected to attend our monthly meetings (the 4th Monday of every month), participate in ad hoc meetings, attend community events and serve on one of our committees.

Linked here is an application (Word document) that must be completed and submitted via email as directed below by May 20, 2017.  Send your application to danlopez@arlingtonsoccer.com.  The full timeline is as follows:

May 20:  Application due
May 25:  Interviews starting at 7 pm at the ASA offices
June 6:   Meet and greet with the voting Members at 7pm
June 13: New Board Members Elected
June 27:  First meeting of the reconstituted Board

Questions:  Call Daniel Lopez — 703-967-2272

Regards,

Daniel Lopez
ASA Board Vice-President and Chair of the ASA Nominating Committee

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 – offer expires May 12, 2017)

 

ASA Night with DC United arrives May 13 – join us in the parade!

April 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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D.C. United welcomes all members of Arlington Soccer Association for the official ASA Spring Club Night at RFK Stadium on Saturday, May 13th at 7pm!

Please join us for a special team building opportunity as D.C. United takes on Philadelphia Union. Following the overwhelming interest from last year, we will host the exclusive pre-match parade on the stadium field for all ASA members.

See below for event details —

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union

When: Saturday, May 13th at 7pm

Where: RFK Stadium

Ticket specials:

Sideline – $25 per seat (normally $35)

Midfield – $35 per seat (normally $45)

Space is limited for the parade. Please contact our D.C. United rep today to order tickets or sign up your team! Stephanie Smith at (202) 587-5489 or SSmith@dcunited.com.

Where does confidence come from? An evening with Dr. Dan Freigang

March 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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ASA and MYS team up to offer this informative free educational session for players, coaches and parents.

Please join Arlington and McLean soccer players, parents and coaches as we welcome Dr. Dan Freigang to discuss with players how to find their confidence.

Where does confidence come from? Sometimes we are strong, confident and perform well, other times we underperform and don’t know why. A new framework for positive psychology is emerging called the “Gold Brain”.

What are the “Gold Brain” skills that help athletes cope successfully when faced with challenge? In this session we will explore how a coach can help build confidence, decrease fear and establish a prime motivational climate for their athletes. This is where the love of the game is cultivated; later, peak performance and lifelong competence is harvested.

Dr. Dan Freigang is the sports psychologist for the US Soccer, US Hockey, and US Skiing federations. He works with numerous teams in the NHL, NBA, MLS, NCAA and Bundesliga. Dr. Dan is an experienced author and scientist on the periodization of mental training, self-confidence and game preparation,  who helps explore the world with humor and simplicity. He is currently teaching at Stanford University.

Participation is free for this event! All players, coaches, and parents in both Arlington Soccer Association and McLean Youth Soccer Association are welcome to attend.  Registration IS REQUIRED; please sign up here.

Space is limited at 450 people, and is an evening that will have an immediate impact on each players ability and confidence heading into the spring seasons. Please register & attend!

Date: 04/05/2017 (Wednesday)

Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm EDT

Location: Williamsburg Middle School Auditorium, 3600 N Harrison St, Arlington, VA (must enter through door 13)

ImPACT Baseline Testing for ALL ASA players

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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.   

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