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’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.
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!
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:
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!
It’s time to join the fun!
With Casino Night only a month away,
it’s time to
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
Clayton Dean and The Piper Consulting Group
Allie and Michael Signorelli
Sara and Erik Franklin
Suzanne Dunn and A Therapeutic Alliance
Paul and Laura Bobeczko
ASA & Arlington County will be providing Adult Soccer Clinics this Winter!
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 email@example.com or 703-228-1818.
Arlington Soccer offers a variety of programs for players this Winter!
Get signed up to keep the skills in play this Winter.
ASA is proud to share that our very own PK Hawks were selected as DC United’s November team of the month. http://www.dcunited.com/safeway-totm
From Coach Jean Garris Hand..
Beginning in 2014, the ASA PK Hawks attended their first DC United game as a team, and learned of all the ways that youth teams can participate. Since then, each season we have returned and participated in a variety of ways, including the “Team Tunnel” experience where we high-five the players as they take the field. We played in the mini-tournament on the DC United turf just after a match. We were flag carriers last Spring before a match – which was amazing. We scheduled a private meeting with Tallon, the mascot during one match, and our team has been announced at several games, including this past Spring as “DC United’s favorite ASA Arlington soccer team” which made our boys go wild.
Our friends at District Taco are opening ANOTHER location and they want ASA to help celebrate!
Eat tacos, buy giftcards, and a percentage of the proceeds will go to ASA’s Financial Aid Fund!
District Taco’s new location in Skyline / Bailey’s Crossroads is open at 5275-C Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, and they are hosting a Benefit Night for ASA on Wednesday, November 30th, from 4-10 pm. Stop in before or after your practice, or after school or work or whatever…..Make sure you mention you are there for ASA and we receive 10% back!
Food items are eligible, and so are giftcards. DT giftcards do make great gifts over the holidays….
The tree lot is open Friday, November 25 from noon – 6 p.m., Saturday, November 26th from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and the same time on Sunday the 27th.
Beginning Monday, November 28th and thereafter, the scheduled tree lot hours are as follows:
> Mondays thru Thursdays: 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
> Fridays: 12:00 Noon to 8:00 pm
> Saturdays & Sundays: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
The tree sales lot is still at the corner of Glebe Road and Lee Highway, “behind” the Wells Fargo Bank.
The annual Christmas Tree Sales is the major fund-raiser of the Arlington Optimist Club and it helps support the many academic, civic, and sports programs (including ASA!) that affect over 7,000 Arlington youth each year. This is the 70th year of the tree sales event!!!! The trees are freshly cut from Jefferson County, NC. All sizes of fraser firs as well as scotch pines and Canaan fir trees are available, plus wreaths and garland and tree stands.