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Sep, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Fall Vernon Soccer Club Season!

Welcome to the 2021 Fall Vernon Soccer Club Season!

This weekend, our season starts with games or activities in all our divisions – Little Kickers, Micro, In-House Recreational, Multi-Town Recreational and Competitive Travel Clubs. I would like to thank all the volunteers who have worked hard to get us ready for the season - including all coaches & managers, division directors, all board members and the parents and guardians of all the players as well. Additionally, I would like to thank the Town of Vernon for assisting us in the setup and maintenance of the fields and goals. We have worked diligently to improve the condition of the fields over the past few years and our efforts have paid off. Our game fields are impressive. There is a lot of behind the scenes work to run our program and for some volunteers, it is a 12-month effort. We also would like to thank our sponsors for the 2021 season. Please see our web site for the list of sponsors as many of these local companies have supported VSC for many years and we would also like to support them as well. Later this season we will be sending out more detailed information from our sponsors and some special offer for our VSC member base.

2021 has presented unique challenges that clearly span well past youth sports. I hope everyone is staying healthy, safe, and doing as good as you can during these difficult times. We are following local and state regulations for covid protocols. These do not currently include face coverings for our events. We ask that you do your part and follow all local and state health and safety guidelines. Our Health & Safety Director Sarah Wilper is available to answer any questions you may have @:  [email protected] / 860-424-2876 and additional seasonal policies are posted on our site.

 

Please note that we always follow directives from the State of Connecticut, the Town of Vernon, Connecticut Junior Soccer Association, and US Youth Soccer. We are a team of volunteers going the extra mile to provide a service for kids.  We fully respect everyone's opinions, and it's very important that we all be respectful should rules and procedures change, of all the people volunteering their time and hard work to make this happen, and of each other. Let's all continue to work together to keep everyone safe.

 

In observance of the 20-year mark since the World Trade Center tragedy in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, Vernon Soccer Club would ask its club members to come together to conduct acts of service to positively impact our community and remember those lost in the attacks. We would ask that there be a moment of silence before each game where it is appropriate, and the American flag will be displayed at our facilities. VSC is supporting 9/11 Day by asking our members to volunteer for a service project here in our community or to combat hunger at this especially critical time as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please consider donating non-perishable food items to our local food banks.

Our NEW web platforms and registration process continue to be state of the art and we are told is one of the best around. Each team has an exciting new vibrant team page which is paired with a dedicated “Game Changer” mobile app just for them! This platform will provide you with a first-class communication tool and a unique interaction platform that will be unique compared to anything you have used before in youth sports leagues. If you have not downloaded and installed your “Game Changer” app you are missing out and you will not fully experience all our club has to offer! The VSC is 100% committed to providing a safe environment for our players, coaches, and spectators. Please take a minute to review our zero tolerance policies and participant expectations. This season we continue our long-standing tradition of providing a 1st class team jersey to each recreational player to use and keep once the season concludes. We have invested in equipment upgrades, such as multiple new goals costing over $7000, balls, and advanced training gear. We also are working with the town to fund an ongoing turf maintenance program.

Thank you to everyone that supported the new Rockville High School Track and Field Turf project. RHS Girls’ soccer was the first to play a game on the new turf this week. The field and track are beautiful! I would encourage you to take advantage of the track and remember to come support the VSC as it plays its first game on the new turf under the lights Sunday, September 12th.

We additionally have advanced our program with the addition of a paid soccer trainer. Adam Boutot is one of our trainers from Tolland, CT playing at NEU and Eastern CT State University. He won a State Title with Tolland as an All-State Player. He will be working with all our players in some capacity and assisting the coaches in teaching the game of soccer by providing practice plans, setting up drills and demonstrating skills. You will be able to find the weekly offerings on our events calendar and training schedule soon.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

The Vernon Soccer Club is proud to make September its month to support Jamie's Run and the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Many of our players will be wearing gold socks to bring attention to this and these foundations who directly impact children and families struggling and fighting cancer and blood disorders right now. Not only do they support over 100 pediatric cancer clinical trials with research shared all over the world, they assist families struggling to make ends meet during their child's treatment. One of our local families started Jamie’s Run back in 2010 after losing their daughter to cancer and deciding to work in her memory to help other children and families fighting cancer like they did. (www.jamiesrun.org)

Some things to keep in mind this season as we get into our match season:

  • Shack Shack – Our snack shack will be open and ready to go this season. Please stop by for all your needs.

     

  • Board of Directors – Our Board of Directors is always evolving. Each year, every position is available by vote. This upcoming season we expect multiple positions to be vacated by members that have players aging out of the program or who no longer have players in the program. Our club cannot function without parents getting involved at the board level. Should you like to get involved, the board is always looking for help. Please seek our any board member for more information on how you can get involved now.

     

  • Parking at VCMS - Please be aware of the designated parking areas during game and practice days. There is no parking in the fire lane along the wooden fence on lower VCMS (along the gravel driveway) and no parking in the fire lane on driveway next to the school. Please do not park on the hill per the Towns request. It interferes with the 1st hole of the disc golf course. Should you choose to ignore this request, do not park cars facing down the hill - park them perpendicular to the fields below!

     

  • Fields - All our fields in Vernon, as well as the away fields in other towns are located on our fields page. We provide you with easy to navigate directions, diagrams, and even GPS coordinates to assist you in easily locating the correct place to be.

     

     

  • Cancelations - Any game cancelations for the Little Kickers, Micro, Rec, D5 Divisions due to weather and/or field conditions will be made by the VSC Board prior to the start of games, generally by 8:00 AM. We will post all updates on our website homepage and send out notifications. If conditions deteriorate after games starts, postponements may also occur then. We will use the VSC Web site to cancel games which will send email and/or text messages to all teams. For Travel Division teams, all cancelations will come from the travel coach for home and away games.

     

  • VSC Web Site - To access all information regarding team schedules, club events, field locations/directions and general soccer information - please visit our web site at www.vernonsoccerclub.org Please make sure all of your contact information is updated and correct as we use the web site as our main source of communication to all members, including game cancelations and changes throughout the season and information about upcoming VSC programs. Please enable your mobile device to receive TEXT messages from VSC within your website profile page so you do not miss out on important information. Member support for our web site and apps can be located on the website. Other features include "subscribing" to your child's schedule on any mobile device and computer calendars. You can find our VSC app for your Apple or Android device by downloading “Game Changer”.

     

  • Parent & Player Code of Conduct - To make the season enjoyable for all involved - players, coaches, parents, and referees, please be aware of the VSC Code of Conducts which are available on our each of your Team Connect sites and on the website. Parents - please let the coaches do the coaching and other support for your child and team. Coaching from both sides of the field just causes confusion and under minds what the coaches have been working on.

     

  • Referees - Most of our referees are our local youth residents and former VSC players or local adults from our community. At no time, should there be any direct conversation or contact with them during or after a game, which includes verbal criticism and abuse. VSC has a Zero Tolerance policy regarding this behavior. Any issues regarding referees can be brought up to your coach's attention who will then follow VSC protocol from there.

 

Good luck to all teams and I wish everyone a healthy season!!

 

 

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