Inclement Weather Policy

Please know that the Club’s primary concern is always for the safety of our players, families, 13237666_720625504745696_8504862180390570343_nand staff. When your School District closes school due to weather, most likely club activities will also be canceled. Information about the canceled club activities due to inclement weather will be posted on Club’s website and Facebook page. If weather conditions change (improve or deteriorate) throughout the day, or if the club activity is not scheduled on a school day, the Club will also post information on our website and Facebook page as necessary. Assessments of the weather, the weather forecast, and road conditions all factor into the Club’s decision to cancel activities. These assessments take place across a broad geographical area, and conditions in your neighborhood or on your route to/from club activities may differ from the rest of the region. If you are concerned that it is not safe for you or your child to be on the road, please do not hesitate to stay home. The final decision about coming to club activities in inclement weather is yours.

Heading & Concussions

The following information is regarding heading for 11-year-olds and younger. This is a USSF MANDATE effective as of January 1, 2016.


The Vermont Soccer Association is providing the following implementation guidelines for U.S. Soccer’s Recognize to Recover Player Safety Campaign, specifically, as it relates to concussion initiatives and heading for VSA youth players:

The U.S. Soccer Federation is recommending, and Vermont Soccer Association Board of Directors has voted to require all member clubs and leagues to adopt, the new rules as it relates to heading, as follows:

  • Players in U11 programs and younger shall not engage in heading, either in practices or in games.
  • Limited heading in practice for players in U12 and U13 programs. More specifically, these players shall be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes of heading training per week, with no more than 15-20 headers per player, per week.
  • Referees should enforce these restrictions by age group according to the specified rules. Referees will not be assessing the age of individual players on the field; they will enforce the rules for the age group.
  • VSA clubs and leagues are free to set their own standards, as long as the minimum requirements outlined above are met. An example of this would be that clubs/leagues can mandate that no heading would be allowed at any time for U12 and below.
  • VSA Travel Clubs need to be aware of the rules that will apply when traveling out of state. Confirm how this rule will be applied with the tournament prior to the event.
  • In adherence to these new requirements, referees have been instructed by U.S. Soccer of the following rule addition: When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.
  • Modified substitution rules also took effect Jan. 1, 2016, as follows: Any player suspected of suffering a head injury may be substituted for evaluation without the substitution counting against the team’s total number of allowed substitutions during the game. Head injuries MUST be reported on the referee game report.

Email: An email will be sent to parent’s primary addresses from their player’s coach/team manager, by 2 PM for practices/games played after 5 PM.

Tryouts & Team Selection

Every year, the number of sanctioned teams depends on the number of players registering and the availability of volunteer coaches. Every attempt is made to accommodate as many players into the program as possible. However, sometimes the maximum number of players allowed per team (D1 = U12 min. 8, max. 15, U14 – U18 min. 11, max. 22 / D2 = 10 for U8, 14 for U10, 15 for U12, and 22 for U14 through U18) under the rules established by the Vermont Soccer Association, the governing body for youth soccer in Vermont, can create a situation where not all players can be accommodated. Addison United follows the VSL Divisional Rules and Guidelines:  https://usys-assets.ae-admin.com/assets/980/15/VSL%20DIVISIONAL%20RULES%20AND%20GUIDELINES%202015.pdf

Are there tryouts for Addison United Soccer Club?

In cases where there are more players than will fit on a single team, the Club makes its best effort to accommodate all players.  Our clubs training philosophy is what allows our players to reach a higher level of playing. While our teams play at the D1, D2, and D3 levels, we strive to have all our players get to the highest development level possible that fits their goals, and learn new skills that challenge them throughout that process. Our coaches are trained to teach players technical and tactical skills of the game that they can take home with them and improve in the yard, driveway, at the park, etc. By getting our players to become students of the game, they are better able to see where improvements can be made and gain a better understanding of soccer.

The Addison United Soccer Club schedule is meant to have games at our level and games above our standard.  It is important to keep this in perspective and focus on the development of your child and the team.  It is important that our Club is not only put into tournaments and leagues in which they can win but that they are challenged with tougher experiences as well. The challenge of more difficult opponents should be welcomed and encouraged.  Part of this encouragement as parents understands that the team may not always win every game, and sometimes watching the players and team improve is just as, if not more important.

Team Assessments: Athletes will be evaluated according to specific criteria related to; general fitness, soccer-specific skills, knowledge, and understanding of the game, commitment to the team and sportsmanship, work ethic and willingness to improve in each of the other areas. Assessments will occur at our pre-season team training starting in January (U12-19). Together, our Coaching Director and coaches will place players on the team that best fits their skill and will foster the player’s success. Players will be continually assessed during preseason team training on Sundays at the Vergennes Union High School to be sure their team placement is a good fit. *Addison United holds the right to move players into another age group or division if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the club.

Addison United strongly encourages players to play in their age group. Any exception
to this is at the sole discretion of the Director of Coaching in consultation with the player, their family, and the coaching staff.  Contact: director@addisonunitedvt.com

***The VSA D1 roster deadline is 12/17/19 and D2/3 VSA roster deadline is 3/4/20.  All players will be continually assessed during pre-season team training to confirm appropriate placement.  Final team placement is at the coaches’ discretion.  


Dual-Sport Participation Policy

Student/athletes tend to be active and engaging individuals. Personal preferences are often hard to make since interests vary. Parental and peer pressure can lead to anxiety about choosing the best activity and performing at the best level for the athlete. This can lead to scheduling difficulties, arguments, and below-average performance in activities that should be fun and stress releasing. With that in mind, we would like to provide an easy way for athletes to set priorities and still participate in as many activities as are healthy and fun.

If you are a parent and your student/athlete wants to participate in two or more activities that may have conflicting schedules, discuss the concept of setting priorities and how splitting time and energy between two events can adversely affect their performance in each. Once the priority is set, then discuss the decision with the coaches of each team and discuss whether it is the best interest of the team to have a part-time participant on the team. If everyone agrees, the coach should set expectations about practice time, game time, and set goals for the activity that is reasonable based upon the level of participation.

It is the policy of the AUSC that athletes who want to participate in AUSC activities, (practices, games, tournaments), do so with the expectation that they will do so with the mission and philosophy of the club as stated at addisonunitedvt.com.

Other Club Policies

AUSC Player’s Manual

Return of Fees Paid Policy

Zero Tolerance Policy Against Abuse

VSA/VSL Policies

VSA – Rules and Policies


US Youth Soccer Standards and Protocols:

General Resources

Parent Resources – helpful tips and advice

Recognize to Recover – injury prevention and recovery

Coaching Resources