AU Director’s Message – November 2019

Hi Everyone,

This is one of my favorite times of the year. Our ghosts and goblins have gone back into hiding for the year. We’re only a few short weeks from Thanksgiving and the start of our end of the year holiday times..and of course coming up on the beginning of the Addison United year!
I’m buzzing in anticipation as I look forward to meeting you all this winter as we start working together to be the best coaches and players we can be. This year is going to be fun, and I’ve never been this excited about getting to work!

If you haven’t yet registered, please do so as soon as you have the few minutes to spare. Here is the link to our registration page.
https://www.gotsport.com/asp/application/reg/?ProgramID=84660

I’d like to take a moment to address some common questions about this coming year.

Scheduling:

Indoor –
For players 11 and older (birth year 2008 and older) we will train on Sundays at VUHS, as AU has done in the past. The times will also be similar as they have been in the past.
Here is the preliminary schedule, which might change a little bit once everyone is registered. Though this has not been finalized yet, I wanted to give you an all a rough idea of when you might be training. We will be able to share the final schedule early in December.
130-3 – All players birth years 2008-2009
3-430 – All GIRLS birth years 2004-2007; All BOYS birth years 2006-2007
430-6 – All GIRLS 2001-2003; All BOYS 2001-2005

The winter program will be highly focused on improving all players’ comfort on the ball and skill in tight spaces, small areas, and awareness in small groups.

Outdoor –
We will finalize the outdoor schedule in mid-march.
Our U12 teams will be as community-based as is possible.

Coaching Staff –
We are finalizing that now, but again this is dependent on having everyone registered.
I’m committed to getting the best fit for the coaching staff for each team and will be coaching at least 2 teams myself.

League play + tournaments –
We will make these decisions and share them with you soon after the registrations are finalized. We, as a coaching staff, need to get an idea of the capabilities and goals of each group so we can register them appropriately. Our goal is to provide a fun experience for the players to grow their skills and build confidence, allowing them to develop into the best players they can possibly be while getting the teams as many opportunities for competition as possible.

I’ve gotten quite a few phone calls and emails so far and I’ve enjoyed talking to everyone who has reached out. Keep them coming.

Another joy of working with Addison United is the incredible people we call neighbors. A local artist, Reed Prescott, has handcrafted some wonderful and unique holiday ornaments and is generously donating the portion of the sales to Addison United as a fundraiser. They can be ordered easily from his ETSY store for shipping directly to you. I’ve got one on my list included in my letter to the North Pole and I’m hoping Santa Claus will come through and drop one in my stocking!
Check them out here:
https://etsy.me/2pqOQeA

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

Here’s that registration link again – and please forward this along to anyone else who might be interested in AU!
https://www.gotsport.com/asp/application/reg/?ProgramID=84660

Talk to you soon,

Chris