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 Soccer news, events and information for VSA community 


Issue: #2.3
March 2013 

Last Call for Intramural Spring Soccer

Games will begin in early April for Instructional and Divisions 6-3 (K - 8th grade).  The season is six weeks.   


Registration fee is $35.00 



Save 15% on Your Next Sports Purchase!

Shop at Modell's and receive 15% off all regular and sale merchandise.  This special offer can be used repeatedly between March 14 and April 11. In addition, a portion of the sales (5%) 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.


Why Do We Need Referees?
Referees are a critical part of the any sports game. This creative video illustrates what can happen if referees are ignored or not present to ensure games are played safely, follow the rules, and maintain order on and off the field.  
Coach's Corner
Footwork Skills
Want to help your players improve their footwork and dribbling skills? View this video for ideas and proper technique for your next practice.
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. 
VSA Travel - Tryout Schedule Posted 

VSA recognizes the importance of travel tryouts  Several changes are being made this year to deliver the highest caliber travel teams while ensuring fairness and consistency during the selection process.  

Here are some tryout highlights: 
  • Travel tryouts are being held earlier than in the past.
  • Tryouts will follow a standardized format for all age groups to ensure a consistent and efficient evaluation process.
  • Players are encouraged to attend at least two of the three tryout dates.
  • Interested players must be registered for the 2013 fall season prior to tryout date (payment is not required at this time).
  • If you have specific questions related to your age group's tryout, contact the individual listed on the Travel Tryout page.   

 More Information                            View Schedule   


Trainer Highlight - Mike Ford 

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 Mike Ford  By Jim Schade, Director of Coaching.


Mike Ford grew up nearby in Atco, NJ. As well as becoming a State Cup finalist with his club team he was a 4 year letter winner at Camden Catholic HS. He began his college career at Camden County College and excelled extremely quickly. Making All-Conference, All-Region and NSCAA/Adidas All-Mideast as well as team captain. After moving to Richard Stockton College the flood of accolades continued. Receiving more MVP's than we have room for and culminating with a National Championship.


Having had so much success as a player it would be easy to see other areas of life neglected, but successful people are rarely narrow minded. Mike Ford emerged uniquely qualified to begin a coaching career. With a degree in psychology and elementary education and a penchant for helping kids he began gaining valuable experience. After 10 years of working as a trainer, wrestling coach, soccer camp director, college coach and school teacher, I was very happy to have him placed as head of the girls U8 program overseeing the development of both teams. Mike Ford's simple philosophy of emphasizing teamwork and fair play, through age appropriated games and activities, putting the focus on long-term player and child development not short-term goals fit's perfect with this role.


VSA Health Series:
Concussion Awareness - Part 2

What Should You Do If  You Think A Concussion Occurred
  • Remove the athlete from play. Look for signs and symptoms of a concussion if your athlete has experienced a bump or blow to the head or body. When in doubt, keep the athlete out of play.
  • Ensure that the athlete is evaluated by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion. Do not try to judge the severity of the injury yourself. Health care professionals have a number of methods that they can use to assess the severity of concussions. As a coach, recording the following information can help health care professionals in assessing the athlete after the injury:
    • Cause of the injury and force of the hit or blow to the head or body
    • Any loss of consciousness (passed out/knocked out) and if so, for how long
    • Any memory loss immediately following the injury
    • Any seizures immediately following the injury
    • Number of previous concussions (if any)
  • Inform the athlete's parents or guardians about the possible. Make sure they know that the athlete should be seen by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion.
  • Keep the athlete out of play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says they are symptom-free and it's OK to return to play. A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first-usually within a short period of time (hours, days, or weeks)-can slow recovery or increase the likelihood of having long-term problems. In rare cases, repeat concussions can result in edema (brain swelling), permanent brain damage, and even death.
Voorhees Soccer Association is a 501(c)3 non profit organization serving the Voorhees and Gibbsboro communities. For more information visit www.voorheessoccer.com



ImPACT Testing & 
Concussion Clinic at
Nemours Children's Clinic in Voorhees  


Dear Families:      


As a parent and a Pediatric Specialist at Nemours Children's Clinic, Voorhees, a satellite office of AI duPont Hospital for Children, I have noticed an increase in concussions in young athletes.


That's why it is important for all athletes who participate in contact or collision sports to get a baseline ImPACT test. A baseline test establishes an athlete's cognitive functioning prior to injury.  Then, if the athlete is injured, a subsequent ImPACT test can be taken and compared to the baseline test. As a Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine physician, I can care for your child with a concussion from onset to complete recovery.  


ImPACT baseline testing is available for children ages 10 and older on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The cost is $12.  Call (856) 309-8508 for an appointment.




Rochelle Haas, MD

Rehabilitative Medicine

1000 White Horse Road, Suite 204

(856) 309-8508



About Nemours Children's Clinic, Voorhees 

We offer specialists in Allergy, Cardiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Nephrology, General Surgery, Gastroenterology, Orthopedics, Pulmonology, Developmental Pediatrics and ENT.


We also provide Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Audiology services at our new office location at 443 Laurel Oak Road in Voorhees.