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 Soccer news, events and information for VSA community 


Issue: #2.2
February 2013 

Register Now for

Spring Soccer

Games will begin in early April for Instructional and Divisions 6-4 (K - 5th grade).  The season is six weeks.   


If you have a child in Division 3 (6-8th grade) who is interested in playing intramural, contact vsa@voorheessoccer.com or loushapiro@verizon.net 


Registration fees:

> Early bird*: $25.00

> Regular:  $35.00  


*Before March 1




NOTE:  Travel players do not need to register for spring season.


Have Respect for
Your Coaches

Although a parody, this computer-animated video illustrates conversations many coaches have had with parents. Enjoy its humor, but also listen to the underlying message. 
Win a Pair of Free
Union Tickets
As part of our partnership with the Philadelphia Union, we are giving away two pairs of tickets for the Union's first home game on March 2 @ 4pm.  

To enter the drawing, you must Like VSA on Facebook by February 21.  Drawing will be held February 22. 

If you are currently following VSA on Facebook, you are already entered into drawing.    

Coach's Corner
Need to Coaching?
Wondering how you should design your next practice? What should you do for an hour with the kids? Check out this resource for ideas and guidance. 
We Want to Hear From You

VSA values your input and feedback.  As we strive to make VSA one of the best soccer programs in the state, we can't do it alone.

Feel free to
contact any of our board members to discuss any concerns, ideas or thoughts you may have regarding the program and/or organization.
Awards Night Recap
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U11 Union celebrate after receiving trophies for winning their SJSL division.
VSA would like to thank everyone who came out to the awards' nights. We had a great turnout but realize not everyone was able to make the event.  Here are some highlights:

Hall of Fame Inductions
The following individuals were added to the VSA Hall of Fame for playing soccer 12+ years in the VSA Program:
  • Okxana Cordova-Hoyos
  • Bella Tierce
  • Leah Fendrick
  • Dominic D'Agostino
  • Brian Laine
  • Hornets, Instructional Division, with Head Coach Richard Massaux  

The following coaches were added for their 10+ years of coaching: 

  • Rich Lockwood
  • Jim Schade
  • Andy Spirt


Referees of the Year

Playing soccer is a tough sport.  Even tougher is being a young referee and having to deal with some difficult situations.  Two referees in our intramural have been awarded with the VSA Referee of the Year Award:     

  • Miranda Altringer
  • Zach Jacobs


Three Coaches Receive SJSL Award

Each year South Jersey Soccer League (SJSL) asks coaches to nominate other coaches who have displayed the best sportsmanship during the 2012 season. Three Voorhees boys teams' coaches have been honored with this year's award: Brad Blumberg, U9 Avengers; John Deitelbaum, U10 Comets; and Ed Eichen, U12 Arsenal.

Congratulations coaches on your award and representing VSA!
sportsmanship winners
Trainer Highlight - Shannon Kelly 

As part of a continuing series VSA will routinely profile one of the top level professional trainers employed here in town. This issue's  trainer is Shannon Kelly.  By Jim Schade, Director of Coaching. shannon_kelly


Over the years with the VSA I've listened to the dreams of many a young soccer player. The Recreational players dream of playing travel soccer. I tell them I know people who have done that. The Travel players dream of playing at Eastern. I tell them I know people who have done that. The Eastern players want to play in college and maybe beyond. I tell them the same. A few love the game enough to make it a profession and complete the cycle by giving back to the young at the beginning of the journey. I know people who have done that.  If you roll all these people into one, you have Shannon Kelly.


Having grown up in Voorhees, played at Eastern HS and went on to be Captain and MVP of her college team in North Carolina, Shannon has  lived the dream the young in this area desire. Best of all, she's decided to stay in the area and share her knowledge and abilities with our children. Shannon has spent 7 years along side of Eastern Varsity coach Steve Kosyla in the Voorhees CER program and coached at Camden Catholic HS. Now in her 4th year with the VSA and boasting an impressive record of player development she is clearly one of the rising stars in the soccer training community.

VSA Health Series:
Concussion Awareness - Part 1

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. A concussion can have long term impacts on young athletes such as their health, memory, learning and even their survival. This has lead to a new effort to improve prevention, recognition and response to sports-related concussion.

What Are Common Symptoms?
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty remembering or paying attention
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Feeling irritable, more emotional, or "down"
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Bothered by light or noise
  • Double o blurry vision
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Sleep problems
  • Loss of consciousness

Part 2 in our next issue will discuss what to do if you think someone has received a concussion.  


Voorhees Soccer Association is a 501(c)3 non profit organization serving the Voorhees and Gibbsboro communities. For more information visit www.voorheessoccer.com
Modell's Save 15%


Shop at Modell's and receive 15% off all regular and sale merchandise.  This special offer can be used repeatedly between February 15 and March 14. In addition, a portion of the sales will benefit Voorhees Soccer.  MVP Shoppers will continue to accrue points as well.  Purchases do not have to be soccer related.


This is a great was to save money and help our program at the same time!  See the coupon for more details.

Offer Expires: March 14, 2013