Welcome Back VCO Orthodontics

July 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Arlington Soccer Association is proud to welcome back
Dr. Crissy Markova and VCO Orthodontics
for their second year as a proud sponsor!

If you haven’t yet met Dr. Crissy Markova, you are missing out! She launched her orthodontics practice right here in Arlington in 2016 and has jumped right into the community. VCO is dedicated to providing the highest quality orthodontic care for their patients in Arlington, Alexandria, and Washington DC. The team at VCO Orthodontics treats you like family! They offer before-school and after-work appointments to make your entire experience as convenient as possible. If your soccer player needs braces, please consider supporting the practice that supports #TeamArlington!

Whole Foods Partnership

July 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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We are so proud to announce that Whole Foods has signed on as a sponsor to #TeamArlington! They will be providing monthly nutritional content, healthy food and snacks for events and a significant financial contribution. They are also donating catering for age group fundraising events – contact Gretchen Hamm (ghamm@arlingtonsoccer.com) if your age group is in need. Thank you Whole Foods!

BEAT THE HEAT!!! ASA INDOOR SOCCER CAMP JULY 17-21 @ WILLIAMSBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL

July 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Enjoy summer soccer indoors!

 

 

ASA will be holding an indoor soccer camp at Williamsburg Middle School July 17-21, 2017. Beat the summer heat by playing soccer indoors in the air conditioning! We offer high quality training and games for your child’s enjoyment. Morning and afternoon sessions will be offered for all ages, both boys and girls! Details are below.

Morning session: 9:00am-12:00pm, grades 1-3.

Afternoon session: 1:00pm-4:00pm, grades 4-8.

For more info and registration options please visit: http://www.arlingtonsoccer.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/2017-Summer-Camp-Flyer.pdf

 

ASA Teams Competed at US Youth Soccer Region 1 Championships

July 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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ASA is incredibly proud of our six teams who competed at the US Youth Soccer Region 1 Championships! A great effort from our State Cup Champions 2005B Red, 2004B Red, 2004G Red, 2001B Red, 1999G Red and our State Cup Finalist and wildcard 2000G Red.

The US Youth Soccer Region I Championships featured top teams in the 12U through 19/20U age groups from each of the states in Region 1: Connecticut, Delaware, Eastern New York, New York West, Eastern Pennsylvania, PA West, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. The State Cup champions and from each state and wildcard teams from the region competed at Regionals.

The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country’s most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. The event provides more than 185,000 players from US Youth Soccer’s 55 state associations, the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The Series is known as the ultimate destination for the country’s collegiate soccer coaches and the future of soccer. 

Congratulations to our Arlington teams:

  • 2004 Girls Red advanced all the way to the finals but lost to a strong New Jersey team.
  • 2001 Boys Red also advanced out of their bracket but lost in the semi-finals to Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • 1999 Girls Red in their final event had two wins and a loss in their bracket.
  • 2004 Boys Red caught a tough break finishing with two wins and a tie in their bracket and not advancing because of goal differentials.
  • 2005 Boys Red had a solid performance in a tough bracket.  They finished 1-1-1 their first year eligible to compete at Regionals.
  • 2000 Girls Red played a very difficult schedule as the wildcard.  They competed with the opposition but were not able to pull off any victories.

The Regional winners of the Under-13 through Under-19 age groups earn a berth to the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will be played July 24-30 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas (#ROADtoTX).

A thank you message from ASA’s Executive Director

June 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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A big *THANK YOU* for allowing me the privilege of serving thousands of ASA players over the past seven and a half years.  I have truly enjoyed connecting Arlington youth to soccer, leveraging an increasingly impressive array of programming and coaching talent (paid staff and volunteers alike).  Best wishes as Arlington Soccer enters the next phase of its existence.  Have fun, play hard, and work together to make #TeamArlington better & better.

ASA Job Opportunity: Executive Director

June 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Arlington Soccer Association (ASA) seeks an exceptional Executive Director (ED) with a commitment to youth sports and who brings innovation, stellar community relationship building, and engaging leadership to advance ASA’s growth and sustainability. ASA’s mission is to provide quality soccer programs and experiences for people of all abilities, backgrounds and financial means to encourage personal growth, promote a love for the game, and advance soccer in Arlington and surrounding communities. To apply, e-mail your resume, a cover letter that explains how your skills align with the requirements listed on the position description, and salary requirements to: ASA@raffa.com (e-mail applications are required). For other inquiries, contact James Sunshine at jsunshine@raffa.com.

For a job description, and more information, please visit here

Summer Adult Clinic sessions available – Weds AMs and Sun evenings – register now

June 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Registration is now open for two series of  adult soccer instructional clinics this summer – one Sunday evenings and one Wednesday mornings. 

The six-week series of 90-minute classes will be held mid-July through mid-August.  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).

  • Sundays:  6:30 – 8:00 pm at Williamsburg M.S. Field #2 (5241 – 36th Street N)
  • Wednesdays:  10:00 – 11:30 am at Madison Manor Park (6225 N 12th Road) (may shift 30 minutes earlier if participants prefer that, TBD later)

Clinic dates:

  • Sundays:  July 9 through August 13.  If we get heavy rain or lightning, the make-up date is August 20.
  • Wednesdays:  July 12 through August 16.  If fields are closed due to rain / wet field conditions, the make-up date is August 23, or the class could be moved to the synthetic field at Virginia Highlands.  The August 16 and any later make-up sessions will be held at a location other than Madison Manor, TBD.

Fee:  $110 for Arlington residents or $130 for non-residents.  Income-based fee reductions are available; please contact me 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 at mcahill@arlingtonva.us or 703-228-1818.

If you have trouble registering (don’t know your household number / ID or your password, or whatever), please call or email Marta.

Please share this information with others who might be interested in learning how to play soccer or improve their soccer skills.  We’d love to get more people out on the soccer field!

ASA Development Academy players get national recognition

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News from the US Development Academy:  A 64-player roster has been called to Carson, Calif. for U.S. Soccer’s first Boys’ National Team Futures Camp of 2017. The training camp, which consists of players who were born in 2002 and 2003, runs from May 26-30 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center.

Two from Arlington’s Development Academy program were invited: 

Defender: Noah Laureano ’03 Arlington Soccer Association

GK: Khamari Culcleasure ’02  (began with ASA and moved to DCU)

Congrats to both players (enjoy the experience!) and kudos to ASA’s DA staff and teams for their good work!

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

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