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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
ASA Board Vice-President and Chair of the ASA Nominating Committee
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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
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.
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 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.
Wednesday, April 5 — 6:30pm or 7:45pm
Langston Community Center
2121 N. Culpepper Street
Arlington, VA 22207
Check-in at Room 109
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.
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
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).
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 email@example.com 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.
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!