Issue: #2.5
August 2013 

Picture Day is September 21

On Saturday, September 21, VSA teams and players may get their photos taken for the yearbook and individual purchase.  Photographers will be at the Voorhees Middle School from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Contact your coach for specific team times.

Order forms may be downloaded using link below.
Enter "VSAFall2013" when prompted.


Save 15% Off Your Next Purchase 
Use this coupon to on any purchase until August 29.  VSA receives 5% back from all transactions.  Can be used for regular priced and sales items.

Complex Map 
Wondering where your field is located at Echelon? Refer to this handy field map for locating fields easily!

VSA's New Website

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VSA is proud to announce a new, re-designed website.  The new site promotes the new logo,  offers a more visually appealing interface and provides more functionality.   Finding information is now easier and faster along with more graphics.

The site also offers new features like team pages, photo gallery, volunteer sign ups, field closure notices, text messaging and more.   

VSA Adds
7 New Teams

This year's fall travel season will welcome seven new teams to the ranks bringing the total number of travel teams to thirty-three.

VSA's newest teams:


- U8 Attack

- U8 Blast

- U11 Storm 

- U12 Phoenix

- U8 Heat 
- U8 Freeze 
- U10 Strikers   
Coach's Corner
Reaction Drills for Goalkeepers
Want to help your goalies improve  their reaction skills? View this video for ideas  for your next practice.
Soccer Drill: Reaction Drills for Youth Goalkeepers 
Soccer Drill: Reaction Drills for Youth Goalkeepers
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 Logo New
VSA launches
 a new club logo. 

Changing the Look of VSA ... Literally  
You may have seen VSA making some changes over the last year; but get ready for some more noticeable ones.  In an effort to redefine the club and its dedication to being one of the premier soccer clubs in South Jersey, VSA has redesigned its logo.

While Voorhees Soccer Association has used the same logo for over 30 years, the board felt it was time to redefine its identity. The logo was designed to modernize the look and branding of the soccer club.

The new logo retains the prominent use of blue, white and black colors; however, the board opted to migrate from VSA to Voorhees Soccer Club.  "Even though most South Jersey clubs know that VSA is Voorhees, there are other clubs in surrounding areas like Vineland Soccer Association who also go by VSA," states board member, Ed Eichen.  "Spelling out Voorhees clearly and prominently identifies who we are," adds Eichen. 

The board also opted to add the year the club was founded (in 1982) and add our state abbreviation.  "Several of our teams are traveling more outside of NJ," states board member, Joe Lovallo, "and those teams in surrounding states either don't know that Voorhees is located in NJ or may have a Voorhees Soccer Association in their own state."

The board plans to slowly launch the logo over the next 12 months.  Members will see the logo appear more quickly in electronic formats and will later identify it on signage, uniforms, and other materials as the year progresses. 

Outside of the logo, the board has made a concerted effort to change other areas of the club that may not have as noticeable impact.  Some of the improvements include: redesigning the travel tryout process, offering more training opportunities to intramural and travel players, updating the field shed, improving communications (Facebook, this newsletter, email announcements, etc.), growing the Memorial Day Tournament, and switching food bar vendors.

"We are one of the best, if not the best club, in South Jersey, but we want to ensure that we develop and retain top [player] talent, the best coaches, the best fields and the most competitive teams in the region," furthers Eichen.  "We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but this definitely takes us a few steps in the right direction."

Goodbye Bunnies,
Hello Pro Soccer Teams!
New Uniforms for Intramural Teams Are Coming 
New Intramural Uniforms

As part of the changes VSA is making to better the organization, the intramural teams will see a big change in the uniforms and team names.  VSA retired names like the Bunnies, Kangaroos, Kittens and Mustangs after the Spring 2013 season.  In an effort to better connect with higher level soccer play, VSA has chosen to use jerseys from various soccer leagues and clubs around the world.   


In fact, there will be three different jersey series.  Instructional & Division 6 teams will wear international jerseys (USA, Argentina, etc.).  Divisions 5 & 4 will wear MLS jerseys (Seattle Sounders, etc.).  Finally, Divisions 3 & 2 will wear international clubs (Arsenal, etc.).  The former VSA logo will be imprinted on the sleeve with jersey numbers and sponsors appearing on the back.


Voorhees Soccer Association spirit wear is available for ordering.  Over 15 items are available including men's and women's options.  The online store will be available for a limited time so place your order today.  All orders will be delivered in late September/early October.

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The VSA again is excited to announce the Division 5 and 6 Boys and Girls Supplemental Training Program for the fall season.  This program is set up for any young individual players (1st through 3rd grade) that would like some additional training through out the fall season outside of their normal intramural training/practice that you may be getting with your respective teams. 

This program will be run by experienced professional soccer trainers that will spend time helping players take their games to the next level.  The training program will focus on some of the most important aspects of soccer youth development including though not limited to ball mastery and skills, physical fitness, and psychological encouragement.  These sessions will run for one hour and be held every other week at the Echelon Soccer Complex.  There will be a total of 5 sessions per division (see schedule below).


The cost for the five session is $25.00 total.  Bring a check made out to "VSA" to your child's first scheduled session.


To register your child for this program, email and include your son or daughter's name and which division training they will be participating in.


Division 5 and 6 Boys Training:

Dates:    9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, and 11/8*  

Times:    Division 6 (1st grade boys)    5:30 - 6:30 PM

               Division 5 (2nd & 3rd grade)   6:30 - 7:30 PM


Division 5 and 6 Girls Training:

Dates:    9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, and 11/8*

Times:    Division 6 (1st grade girls)        5:30 - 6:30 PM

               Division 5 (2nd & 3rd grade)      6:30 - 7:30 PM

*final session will be combined with boys and girls 


Please send email to by Wednesday, 9/4 to register and be guaranteed a spot.
VSA Girls' Travel Thanks Two Coaches for Their Service

Two long time coaches, Herb Kaldany and Mark Soler, have retired from the pitch. Herb and Mark not only coached girls travel teams for many years, but also coached in the recreational league.


Herb Kaldany 

Herb was selected as the U9 girls coach in 2006. He coached the Rowdies for the next seven years through this past spring. Over the years, the Rowdies moved up to and twice won the Olympic flight in the South Jersey Girls Soccer League. Entering the statewide JAGS league in 2011, the Rowdies moved up the rankings each season and ended last spring in the second flight. Having met his goal to see many former and current Rowdies play Freshman, JV and Varsity at Eastern High school, Herb has stepped down as coach.  


Herb also coached three different teams with his three children for a total of seventeen recreational seasons, in addition to assisting for six years with his son's travel team. Obviously, he coached two and three teams per year at times.  


Mark Soler 

In 2007, after coaching two teams most years in the recreational program for eleven years, Mark Soler added a travel team to his resume. He coached the Cheetahs for two years. When his daughter moved to the Vortex in 2009, he became an assistant coach. In fall of 2010, he became the head coach of the Vortex and remained until they reached U-14 this year. Improving their play each season, the Vortex moved up two flights over these three seasons to the National division. After twenty seven total recreational and travel seasons, family considerations have caused Mark to step down this year.


Mark was also a VSA board member for six years. He served as a recreational league scheduler, coordinated the referees for two years and was the board vice-president when he left a couple of years ago. In addition, he has refereed and put together the slide show for awards night in February in recent years.


VSA will miss both Herb and Mark and thank them for a combined twenty eight years of service to the children and the club. If you know them or see them out on the pitch, give them a well-earned thanks for their volunteer efforts.


Health Series: Ankle Twists

For immediate self-care of an ankle sprain, try the R.I.C.E. approach:

  • Rest. Avoid activities that cause pain, swelling or discomfort. But don't avoid all physical activity. Instead, give yourself relative rest. With an ankle sprain, you can usually still exercise other muscles to prevent deconditioning. For example, you could use an exercise bicycle, working both your arms and the uninjured leg while resting the injured ankle on a footrest. That way you still exercise three limbs and keep up your cardiovascular conditioning.
  • Ice. Even if you're seeking medical help, ice the area immediately. Use an ice pack or slush bath for 15 to 20 minutes and repeat every two to three hours while you're awake, for the first 48 to 72 hours. Cold reduces pain, swelling and inflammation in injured muscles, joints and connective tissues. It also may slow bleeding if a tear has occurred. If the area turns white, stop treatment immediately. This could indicate a cold injury. If you have vascular disease, diabetes or decreased sensation, talk with your doctor before applying ice.
  • Compression. To help stop swelling, compress the ankle with an elastic bandage until the swelling stops. Don't wrap it too tightly or you may hinder circulation. Begin wrapping at the end farthest from your heart. Loosen the wrap if the pain increases, if the area becomes numb or if swelling occurs below the wrapped area.
  • Elevation. To reduce swelling, elevate your ankle above the level of your heart, especially at night. Gravity helps reduce swelling by draining excess fluid.

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