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Summer Program – Week 2 Updates!

We’re looking forward to another great week of soccer.

Remember that we’re all in this together, and continuing to follow the current health and safety guidelines (full details on our website) is what continues to make this all possible. Based on last week, we’re doing great, so let’s keep it up!

There is still plenty of space for interested players, so please sign up here:
https://www.gotsport.com/asp/application/reg/?ProgramID=90685

Here are a few updates for you all:

#1 – Just a reminder that if for any reason you’re feeling uncomfortable – Stay Home. And if you’re already there playing, please feel comfortable leaving. We want you all there, yes, but most importantly, we want people to do what is right for them.

#2 – Effective July 1, we can have up to 75 spectators at events (provided they effectively distance), which is part of the reason we’ve scheduled friendly matches. That said, I’ll continue to discourage people from hanging around at our training sessions. For all the things Morse Park is great for (the fields, the views, the nice walking path), it’s not great for sitting and watching training sessions or games. With few exceptions, people watching are effectively either on the playing field or blocking part of the walking path.

#3 – Please please please don’t park on Pond Rd. We’re going to be able to open some parking in the Morse Park lot, including some overflow parking, so this should alleviate some of the parking challenges.

#4 – If your player is showing any signs of respiratory illness, or you believe they may have had exposure to COVID19, keep them home and notify me. This is important.

#5 – Drops offs should go much more quickly this week and moving forward. The biggest hold up last week was ensuring the health forms were signed. Going forward, if I need a health form signed I will reach out to you individually.
Players are able to self certify their health when they arrive, so we’re at what is a close to a normal drop off protocol. players do have to continue to wear masks to and from the car, since they’re potentially interacting with everyone.

#6 – We’ve got friendly games set up for this coming Sunday, July 5 for most of the groups. I sent more detailed information on times and locations in an email this past Saturday morning. I’ve gotten a great response so far, but keep those responses coming if you want to play but haven’t emailed me back yet.

See you out there!

Chris George

Director of Coaching
Addison United SC

802-777-2352
director@addisonunitedvt.com
addisonunitedvt.com

Check out this recent interview

Hi Everyone,

Check out the recent interview I gave.

The interviewer, Guilherme Speranza helps run NG Academy in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and helps Brazilian players find the right fit and then make successful transitions to playing in college here in the United States.
The main focus is on helping provide some information for his Brazilian players looking to come and play college soccer here in the USA, but there are plenty of interesting insights for players….including some not so secret keys to success….

http://addisonunitedvt.com/media/interviews


See you all soon!
Chris

Addison United SC – Season Update!

3/31/2020

Hi Everyone,

Big thanks to those of you who have sent videos and tagged us in your own Insta and Facebook soccer posts!  Keep them coming!

I wanted to give you a quick update on the season.

We’re still planning on having it!
(but on a delay)

Based on the current guidelines, we are unable to do any group activities, including practices, until May 1.  We hope we will be able to get outside and play that first weekend in May.

We do have some substantial updates to the schedule though.

For the U12 & older teams:
We will not be playing in the Saratoga May Day Kick-Off tournament on May 2-3.
The VSL will not start as planned in May.
With the uncertainty, the VSA is up in the air about what that might look like.
The high likelihood is that our “league play” will be in June & July, and maybe into August.
We are still planning to go to Green Mountain Challenge in Manchester in late June.

For ACSL (U8 & U10 groups):
We are still planning to move forward with our 6-8 week schedule, starting as soon as we can get outside.
Once we know for sure what that looks like, I will be in touch with details.

Please keep an eye on your email and our AUSC social media channels as we’ve got some fun stuff planned for these outlets.

We’re still looking forward to a great season, and will keep everyone up to date on the schedule as much as possible, and as soon as we have updates.

If, based on the current uncertainty surrounding everything from a schedule perspective, you are no longer interested in Addison United soccer this spring/summer, please get in touch.

One last important note.
We were recently notified by the VSA that a U16 boys player from one of the Chittenden County clubs that was playing futsal has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
He is doing fine, and currently not at risk for serious complications, but is being quarantined in his home. He wanted to pass on to everyone, particularly his peer players, that it is a big deal and anyone can get it or pass it on to others even if they don’t feel sick, so he asks that everyone stay out of public places and stay home. (If you have any questions about this, please get in touch)

Stay safe, stay healthy.
We’ll get through this together!

Hope to see you all May 1 or soon thereafter!

Chris

Chris George / Director of Coaching
Addison United SC

802-777-2352
director@addisonunitedvt.com
addisonunitedvt.com

Addison United / VSA Suspends all activity now through APRIL 30th

Effective immediately, the Vermont Soccer Association is suspending all affiliated and sanctioned soccer activities statewide through April 30, 2020, due to the evolving COVID-19 situation. For our member organizations (towns, clubs, and leagues) this includes, but is not limited to: all games, practices, clinics, training, tournaments, in-person meetings, and Coaching Education Courses.

For further information, please go to: http://www.vermontsoccer.org/vsa_suspends_all_activity_now_through_april_30th_/

We will have further information out to you all soon about how we hope to move forward with the soccer season (check your email and the website).

Thank you for your patience!

Stay healthy and happy!

I’ve got a challenge for you!

I hope everyone is staying home, keeping their distance, and staying safe and healthy.

As a club our top priority right now is community health, and we’re following the most current and up to date guidelines on what that looks like.
As you may have heard, the Vermont Soccer Association has extended the suspension of soccer here in Vermont until April 15th.

I do realize this leaves the big question – “What’s going to happen with this season?”

Right now, we’re continuing to prepare for a great spring that starts at about the same time as it usually starts for us as we get out onto the fields in mid-April.
The coaches and managers will keep you up to speed on scheduling as it relates directly to your team.

Of course this can change at a moment’s notice. And if it does we will let you know.

In the meantime, get outdoors and get on the ball!
And if it’s cold and you’re stuck inside, use one of those extra rolls of toilet paper for juggling like the pros are doing for their #stayathomechallenge videos.

My challenge to you all is a simple one – just get on the ball!
No matter what you’re doing, take a quick video of it, and let’s get it out there for the world to see.
To get it to me, you can text or email.
Or better yet, since you all follow us on Insta or FB, post it there and tag Addison United.
It doesn’t matter what it is, just show us your best stuff!

Here is my favorite YouTube channel for individual ball work videos, called Fast Feet Home Soccer Workouts.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtalvhUqQbkuZuGSDlVH8Ag

Lets see those moves!

Chris

Chris George

Director of Coaching
Addison United SC

802-777-2352
director@addisonunitedvt.com
addisonunitedvt.com

25th Green Mountain Challenge: June 20-21st 2020, room reservations

Since the Green Mountain Challenge isn’t until June 20th, we are hopeful this tournament will play as planned.

Please see the information below with the link to make your room reservation. At this time, since we do not know the schedule, so you should book your room for Friday and Saturday night (6/19-21). Disregard the cancelation policy. No one will get penalized based on timing if they’re following whatever the most current and appropriate guidelines are for COVID19. There is an Extenuating Circumstances Policy for travel in place and you will receive a full refund if the event is canceled because of the current crisis.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with Chris George directly: director@addisonunitedvt.com.

Stay happy and healthy!

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LODGING INFORMATION: Both Okemo and Stratton offer many types of rooming options from standard to suites that sleep many.

Okemo: Okemo will offer a discounted rate to all GMC families and players. To book a room at this rate use the following code GMAGMC0 when calling to make a reservation or by going online here: https://ecomm.vrinntopia.com/ecomm/package/packagebuilder/2827853/?packageid=50001540&promocode=GMAGMC0

Stratton: Stratton will offer a discounted rate to all GMC families and players. To book a room at this rate call them and let them know that your here for the Green Mountain Soccer Challenge 2020 or you can book online here: https://tinyurl.com/4BW0LK

 

 

May Day Classic 2020, 5/1-3, room reservations

The Saratoga May Day Tournament, like the rest of our spring program, falls outside the current closure window for all the things that are closed/canceled at the moment, so we are proceeding as usual on preparations. As you know, everything has been happening rapidly and changing daily, and we are doing our best to stay on top of it. As we get further guidelines or direction, we will make alterations to our plans as needed. For now, we request that you please book your rooms as soon as possible to ensure you get a room in the block with your team.

Please see the information below with the link to make your room reservation. At this time, since we do not know the schedule, so you should book your room for Friday and Saturday night (5/1-5/3). Disregard the cancellation policy. No one will get penalized based on timing if they’re following whatever the most current and appropriate guidelines are for COVID19. There is an Extenuating Circumstances Policy for travel in place and you will receive a full refund if the event is canceled.

Outside of losing the last couple of weeks of training indoors, we are preparing for a successful spring season that starts on time and goes off without a hitch. We don’t know what the plan for the Futsal schedule is at this point but will let you know as soon as we do.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with Chris George directly: director@addisonunitedvt.com.

Stay happy and healthy!

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Courtesy Block Placed on Hold for Addison United~All Ages
Event Name: May Day Classic 2020
Your Room Block Code is: 646640
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Saratoga Malta in Malta, NY 12020
Check-in dates from 5/1/2020
Room Description: King w/sofabed suite. Complimentary buffet breakfast included. Rate based on an occupancy of 4 persons per room.

Cancellation Policy: You must cancel your reservation before 2:00 pm hotel time at least 7 day(s) prior to check-in or the hotel may charge a cancellation penalty up to all nights of the reservation. At 2:00 pm 7 days prior to arrival, the individual penalty period begins. All changes and cancellations need to be requested directly with the hotel once the individual penalty period begins. There is a 30-day team/group cancellation penalty period. A team/group cancellation is defined as 50% or more of a team’s/group’s reservations being canceled.
These rooms are not reserved. They are on a courtesy hold.

To reserve your rooms online: https://hotels.halperntravel.com/v6/groupHold?siteId=51679&propertyId=175781&roomType=646640&groupName=Addison+United%7EAll+Ages&fbclid=IwAR3Ynh60bh1pQipnLh_Pt3EengbByjksbOk_j3p0f8GHnACmFPt4WnkE8_s
Attention: Courtesy Block Placed on Hold expires on 3/24/2020. Rooms not reserved by 11:59 pm EST on this date will be automatically released, and the room(s) and rate indicated may no longer be available.

Need help? Contact Halpern Travel at 888-640-6400, Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm EST.
Thank you.
Halpern Travel

UPDATE: Addison United – Suspending All Activities Through March 29th

Dear AU Community,

The Vermont Soccer Association has elected to suspend all Vermont Soccer activities until Sunday, March 29th.

The press release can be read here:
http://www.vermontsoccer.org/vsa_suspends_all_activity_through_march_29th/

Don’t hesitate to email us with questions or concerns. We thank everyone for their patience and care during this evolving situation.

-Matt Neffinger
Addison United President

Suspending Hosted Activities Through March 27th

Dear AU Community,

As a precautionary measure, Addison United’s Board has decided to suspend all of our hosted soccer activities for the next two weeks (through Friday, March 27th).

Futsal Session 3 will continue at Far Post SC following their Covid-19 transmission reduction protocols, as recommended by the Vermont Department of Health. Please see their announcement for more details:
http://farpostsoccerclub.com/important-covid-19-message

We will keep you apprised of any rescheduling or planned changes to AU activities.

We are working closely with other Vermont soccer clubs to prioritize player health. We urge you to listen to the expert guidance of local health and government organizations.

-Matt Neffinger
Addison United President