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

Team meetings with the Director of Coaching

Hi AU players and parents,

I wanted to send you a quick update on some casual info sessions I’ve got set up with some of the High School teams so far.

These are open to everyone and anyone who wants to come.

Thursday, 10/17 – VUHS High School boys @ 6:15 PM
Monday, 10/28 – Mt. Abe High School boys @ 6:45 PM in the large cafeteria

I’m also working on sorting out a time with the Middlebury High School boys teams as well.

I don’t have anything specifically set up for any of the girls’ teams or Middle School boys teams yet, but I am working to do so.

Cheers!
Chris

Message from the Director of Coaching:

Hi AU players and parents,

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself, as I step into Addison United as the new Director of Coaching.  I’m incredibly excited to be working with the club and hope to be working together with all of you.

In my role as the “coach of the coaches,” I will be working closely with all of our coaches and players, particularly during the winter session, and also as the head coach for a few of our teams.  My main goal as Director of Coaching is to help all of you have the best experience possible with AU, based on player and parent input from last year.

To that end, we’ll be rolling out a new coach development program that will go hand in hand with our new player development program.  The goal with everything ’new’ — including our coach development program — is to have fun while helping our players become the best players they can be. We’ve also focused on entering all our teams in the right level competitions for them, as it is a key to unlocking a player’s full potential.

To share a little bit about my background, I have been working with young players for quite some time. This coming spring will be my 22nd season coaching club or HS players. In the last 12 of those years, I’ve been working with young players and teams here in VT, first at Far Post, then at Queen City, and now here at Addison United.  I have also worked 7 years as a coach at the college level, and am currently in my first season as the Men’s Head Coach at SUNY Adirondack, a 2-year school in Queensbury, NY. One thing working at a 2-year school has in common with working at a club, is that the main goal is preparing the players for what will come next, and working with them to find the right fit as they transition out and take the next steps along their path as a person.

I’ll also share why I’m so excited to be working with Addison United. I live here in Cornwall, and I see so much potential in our local players. I believe playing sports is about having fun while also challenging yourself to be the best version of that self as possible. My own personal passion is helping both coaches and players achieve their maximum potential, and making our community stronger for it.

We’ve got something special here at Addison United, and my hope is that you all want to continue to be a part of what we’re building.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you like.

I’m looking forward to meeting each and every one of you as we take this journey together,
Chris

Chris George
Director of Coaching

Addison United SC
director@addisonunitedvt.com

Annual Meeting on 10/10 at 6:30 PM at VUHS Library

Dear Addison United families,

I (Matt Neffinger) am excited to be nominated to be the next President of Addison United SC. Formal elections and the discussion of next year’s program will take place at our Annual Meeting on October 10th at 6:30 PM at Vergennes Union High School Library. I encourage anyone who is interested to stop by and join the conversation about our club’s future.

I have three areas of focus for next season:

  1. Continue to broaden our program’s base.
  2. Increase the consistency and competitiveness of our teams.
  3. Provide more learning opportunities for coaches.

Our program has expanded 20% every year and that is a trend I will continue. Some towns are under-represented in our program and it is clear from the success of local fall recreation programs that there are lots of families who enjoy the sport. These are great opportunities for growth.

Our club philosophy is D2 (competitive) teams with an eye on a D1 (elite) when the more competitive experience would best serve player growth. I will continue to challenge our older players and look for more opportunities to nurture a commitment to the game.
The strength of our program relies heavily on the strength of our coaches. Our club will provide them with a more consistent coaching philosophy, more opportunities for learning before our season begins, and more feedback during the season.

Many of these goals will rely on future Coaching Director Chris George. I am very excited to have him join us, and have a few words from Chris to share:

A big thanks to Jen Wyman for the warm welcome. I’m excited to be a part of the Addison United family. We’ve got some new programs in the works that we know will enhance everyone’s AU experience:

– We’re rolling out a revised player development curriculum for our older teams and expanding on the curriculum for our younger teams.
– I plan on creating a new coach development program which will be the best around.
– We’re expanding our outreach to younger players with a new grassroots spring program.
I’m personally looking forward to the most fun season of my long career.
I plan on meeting with the AU players, their families and with each team, with the goal of having a clear shared vision of what this coming year at AU will look like. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and getting to know you all.

– Chris

I hope to see everyone on October 10th at 6:30 and that you’ll join us next season!
~Matt

Thank you all for a wonderful 2018-2019 season

Dear Addison United Families,

This program wouldn’t exist without the hard work of our players, parents, coaches, and staff. Thank you all for a wonderful 2018-2019 season and helping to spread this beautiful game to our community!

As we look to next year, we’re asking if you could fill out a brief survey. We will be reviewing our 2019-2020 program offerings in the next month. Your timely feedback will help ensure that the program we put together addresses any concerns you may have and that we continue to build on what makes this club great.

This club exists because of its volunteers and we need people stepping forward to keep this club healthy. There are opportunities for any skill set: board members, coordination, outreach, communication, or helping generate fun ideas. If you or someone you know can help, please reach out (communication@addisonunitedvt.com).

Thank you again,
The Addison United Board

AUSC water bottles are in! $5 each

AUSC water bottles are in! $5 each. Get your AU swag today and support the organization. Fundraising allows us to do more for our volunteer coaches, and provide special trainings, clinics, and equipment. Thank you!

If you are interested, email us at marketing@addisonunitedvt.com

Available: water bottles, stickers, patches, pins, and zipper pulls.

Be a Sponsor. Support Addison United Soccer Club.

ausc_logov1Dear Community Partner,

The Addison United Soccer Club is a county-wide community-based non-profit organization committed to providing a high-quality youth soccer league for the children, ages 6-19, in our community. Our program is dedicated to developing athletes to their fullest potential under the direction of experienced coaches while playing competitively throughout Vermont and the Northeast.  Our primary goal is to expose children to organized soccer and to teach the values of teamwork,

Our primary goal is to expose children to organized soccer and to teach the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and community while fostering a love for the game. Our club is funded through player registration fees, fundraising, and sponsorships. We strive to keep our registration fees affordable for all players in our community.  We can do this with the help of your generous contributions.

Your tax-deductible sponsorship will go toward the costs of running a quality soccer program, such as field rental and maintenance fees, Vermont Soccer Association dues, tournament fees, referee fees, and purchasing equipment. We also count on sponsorships to help provide scholarship assistance to children who want to play competitive sports, but do not have the financial resources to do so.

All of the AUSC board members and coordinators are volunteers and are not compensated for their time and effort to make Addison United Soccer Club a wonderful experience for our players.

Your sponsorships of Addison United Soccer Club shall have the following added benefits, depending on your sponsorship amount.

•You or your company will be recognized as sponsors on the Club website.
•Your company web-link will be available on the Club website.
•Your company will be included on a Club banner displayed at numerous events.
•You will receive various “Thank You” items bearing our new Club logo.

We appreciate your consideration and hope to hear from you soon.  If you have any questions, please contact us at marketing@addisonunitedvt.com

Best regards,
Jen Wyman, Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator

AUSC Sponsorship Form