NEWS, DATES and EVENTS
July 28-31st - Advanced Skills Camp (click here for info)
August 4-7th - Minnesota/Lake Superior Camp (click here)
August 10th - All Club Pool Party
August 11th-15th - British Soccer Camp
August 12th-14th - Boys' Academy Training Camp
Summer Soccer Camp Series
Vinland Valley's Advanced and Skills Camp
Explanation: The Advanced and Skills camp is geared toward the more competitive player. Enhance your skills by learning how to use the dribble to create space to pass or shoot by using specific techniques.
Dates: July 28th-31st
Times: 8:30-11:00 a.m.
Ages: 8-18 years
Vinland Valley's MINNESOTA & LAKE SUPERIOR Camp
Explanation: Spend mornings on the soccer field with Coach McCune and other Vinland Coaches and then after lunch get your adventure thrills on as we explore the North Shore of Lake Superior including hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, sailing, alpine sliding and more. What a great way to end summer.
Location: Two Harbors, Minnesota
Dates: August 4th-7th
Times: 8:30-11:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE to all Vinland Players
Lodging: On your own, but Coach McCune can find you a good place (campground, hotels, cabins or vacation homes are available)
Ages: 6-14 years
Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp
Explanation: Challenger Sports' British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp in the country based upon one of the most innovative approaches to coaching youth soccer in the US and Canada. Our experienced staff study the game at all levels and we have identified the key techniques and skills that your players need to work on and master to reach their true potential. With programs for each age, the curriculum includes a variety of foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, freestyle soccer, small-sided games, coached scrimmages, and a mini tournament play.
Dates: August 11-August 15th, 2014
Location: High School Soccer Fields, 415 Eisenhower Street, Baldwin City, KS
Times: Mini Soccer Camp 8:30-10:00am, Half Day Camp 10am - 1pm
Cost: $98 for Mini Soccer Camp, $132 for Half Day Camp
Ages: Mini Soccer Camp (ages 4-6), Half Day Camp (ages 7-14)
GIRLS ACADEMY SCHEDULE
The Girls Academy schedule will be out soon. Ivan Huntoon, the Girls' Technical Director is currently working on the schedule and will be sending out the schedule by TeamStuff very soon.
PRACTICE DATES and TIMES
Team practices will begin in August (the week of Academy for the boys). Dates, times and locations for each team's practice will be available soon.
WORLD CUP WATCH PARTY & FOOD DRIVE
Watch the World Cup Final with your Family, Friends and Futbol teammates at the Vinland Valley watch party on Sunday, July 13th at 2:30pm. Location is yet to be determined but we are hoping to get Liberty Hall in downtown Lawrence for our entire club to use. Please bring a nonperishable food item(s) as a donation. Questions, contact Kelley Bethell-Smith, Vinland Valley Social Events Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL-CLUB POOL PARTY
The Fourth Annual Vinland Valley End of Summer Pool Party will be held the evening of August 10th at the Baldwin City Pool. Admission is $2 a person and all proceeds go towards coordinating and planning our social events and to scholarships. Plans are to watch a soccer movie while at the pool! Popsicles will be the main course! Questions, contact Kelley Bethell-Smith, Vinland Valley Social Events Coordinator at email@example.com.
Fundraising packets will be heading out to your team managers this week! Please read the Parent Letter included with each packet for important information regarding sales, due dates and delivery dates!
Volunteers needed for the following (dates to be confirmed when order placed with vendor):
Sorting trash bags (4-6 people) approx. Sat. August 16th at 10am at Kuntz Residence.
Helping during trash bag pick up days:
o Wellsville (3-4 people) approx. August 19th 6-7pm at Kuntz Residence
o Vinland (3-4 people) approx. August 21st 6-7pm at Vinland Soccer Fields
Please contact Debbie Sanderson to volunteer or if you have any questions at 913-238-2529 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boys Academy August 12-14th
The Boys Academy will begin in August (12-14th) as a preseason training camp to be held at the Vinland Fields. There will also be one or two days set aside for Academy in the months of September and October (exact dates TBD). Players need to bring soccer attire, a ball, swimming shorts, towel and something to eat for dinner. Here is the Boys Academy Schedule (set for August 12-14th):
Vinland Valley FC New Team Logos
For the first time ever all 14 Vinland Valley FC teams have their own unique logo. Check out the new logos for our two newest and youngest teams, the Prairie Fire FC U9 Girls and the Forest Rovers FC U7 Boys. Each logo incorporates the Vinland Shield with a little bit of Old World charm. You can see the remaining teams' logos along the header, or for a closer look just CLICK HERE and then click on each team logo.
New Boys Assistant Technical Director
A big welcome to David Moore, who rejoins the Vinland Valley coaching staff after many years. Coach Moore (who holds a USSF D License) grew up playing soccer on the east coast. As a youth he moved to KC and played for the very well know Carlos Rojas, former Colombian pro, who emigrated to the US. At that time there were no soccer pitches in JoCo so his team practiced without goals on baseball fields and played their matches at Swope Park. Carlos became Coach Moore's mentor teaching him and his teammates that good sportsmanship and respect for other's comes before all else. Coach Moore has had the privilege to play on sides with many good players including former European pros, athletes from all over the world and fellow coaches Matthew McCune and Ivan Huntoon. He has coached at many levels including rec, club, premier, high school and college with Coach McCune and not to mention numerous camps. Coach Moore is a father of three boys, two of which were captains of the Baldwin High School soccer team and all three are former Vinland Valley players.
Day at Sporting Park Auction ENDS!
Pete Carr won the auction for a Day at Sporting PArk with the highest bid of $250. He will be taking his two boys to Sporting Park on July 19th, 2014 where Vinland Valley Soccer Association will officially be announced as the newest member of the Sporting Club Network. Thank you to Pete and those who bid on the auction in helping raise scholarship funds Pete and his boys will be the guest of Vinland Valley Club Director, Matthew McCune while partaking in the events below:
DAY at SPORTING PARK EVENTS
U12 Girls Champions of KC Soccer Fest
The Vinland Valley Old Palmyra FC U12 Girls recently won the KC Soccer Fest in Leawood, KS. This is the girls' third straight trip to the finals and their second consecutive championship. Old Palmyra FC dominated the Kansas Rush 3-0 in the final on their way to winning the first place medals. Nice job ladies!
U11 Boys Champions of KC Soccer Fest
The Vinland Valley FC Slant Field Racers U11 Boys recently won the U12 Division of the KC Soccer Fest winning the championship game by a score of 4-2. This was the fourth consecutive KC Soccer Fest Championship for these boys as they outscored their opponents 15-3. Great job fellas!
U9 Girls Champions of KC Soccer Fest
The Vinland Valley Black Jack FC U9 Girls recently went undefeated at the KC Soccer Fest on their way to the championship. They outscored their opponents 6-0 in the tournament. Black Jack FC showed a tremendous amount of teamwork, skill and hustle. Congratulations! Way to go girls!
U12 Boys Finalist in Crossroads
The Vinland Valley FC Phoenix U12 Boys had a great showing over the wekend as they stormed through their group with 3 wins against zero losses and outscoring their opponents 12-3. The score in the final game after two overtime periods remained tied at one goal a piece and the boys ended up losing the PK Shootout 3-4 taking home the finalist hardware. Good job boys!
Broken Arrow Spring Classic News
Vinland Valley recently took eight teams to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma for their Spring Classic. All of the teams did excellent going a combined 16-10-3. Below is a video showing the path to the U11 Boys Championship. Photos by Katrina Farrow.
The Vinland Valley Soccer Association strives to improve player skills that will give them confidence on the field during game situations, in a stress-free, relaxing and entertaining atmosphere.
Big thanks to all of our Spring/Summer sponsors. without their support and devotion many of our players would not be able to have the complete Vinland Valley Soccer experience. Thanks to RSC Rental, Sun Creations, Enright Truck Service and KRK Petroleum for everything!!!
The Vinland Valley FC Academics U8 Girls team attempts to wait patiently to do the Vinland Cheer while listening to coach Ivan's postgame speech following a win in the recent KC Soccer Fest.
FC Academics U8G Harlem Shake Video
The FC Academics U8 Girls had the opportunity to play against the KC Junior Blues in a friendly match last week, but prior to the game participated in filming a Harlem Shake video for the new women's professional team, the FC Kansas City Blues. You can find info on FC Kansas City here: www.fckansascity.com
BCRC Unites with Vinland Valley Soccer
The Baldwin City Recreation Commission has united their recreational soccer program with the Vinland Valley Soccer Association. Vinland Valley will still offer its different levels: Recreational, Academy, the FC Academics (tournament teams) and the Skills Club with Matthew McCune as the Technical Director, but as a result of uniting the programs all Baldwin City youth interested in soccer will now have the opportunity to participate in the Vinland Valley Soccer Association.
Official Club Supplier
JOMA is the Official Supplier to Vinland Valley Soccer Association.
ReBOOT - Soccer Shoes Recycling Center
Donate your used soccer shoes to ReBOOT at the end of the fall soccer season and Vinland Valley will help distribute them next spring to those in need. Click Here for more information.
Vinland Valley FC Team Awards
1st Place - Under 11 Boys 2014 KC Soccer Fest
1st Place - Under 12 Girls 2014 KC Soccer Fest
1st Place - Under 9 Girls 2014 KC Soccer Fest
2nd Place - Under 9 Boys 2014 KC Soccer Fest
2nd Place - Under 12 Boys 2014 Crossroads Classic
1st Place - Under 11 Boys 2014 BA Spring Classic
2nd Place - Under 12 Girls 2014 BA Spring Classic
2nd Place - Under 9 Boys 2014 BA Spring Classic
3rd Place - Under 10 Boys 2014 BA Spring Classic
3rd Place - Under 10 Girls 2014 BA Spring Classic
3rd Place - Under 8 Boys 2014 BA Spring Classic
3rd Place - Under 8 Girls 2014 BA Spring Classic
3rd Place - Under 9 Girls 2014 BA Spring Classic
1st Place - Under 11 Boys 2013 KC Metro League
1st Place - Under 10 Coed Blue 2013 Socktoberfest
3rd Place - Under 10 Coed White 2013 Socktoberfest
1st Place - Under 12 Coed Blue 2013 Socktoberfest
2nd Place - Under 12 Coed White 2013 Socktoberfest
1st Place - Under 12 Boys 2013 Heartland Soccer Assoc.
1st Place - Under 8 Girls 2013 American Cup
2nd Place - Under 9 Girls 2013 American Cup
2nd Place - Under 9 Boys 2013 American Cup
2nd Place - Under 10 Boys 2013 American Cup
2nd Place - Under 11 Girls 2013 American Cup
2nd Place - Under 11 Boys 2013 American Cup
3rd Place - Under 8 Boys 2013 American Cup
3rd Place - Under 11 Boys 2013 KC Rush Autumn Fest
2nd Place - Under 11 Boys 2013 Challenger Fall Classic
1st Place - Under 10 Boys 2013 KC Soccer Fest
1st Place - Under 10 Girls 2013 KC Soccer Fest
3rd Place - Under 9 Boys 2013 KC Soccer Fest
3rd Place - Under 8 Girls KC Soccer Fest
1st Place - Under 10 Boys 2012 American Cup
1st Place - Under 10 Girls 2012 American Cup
3rd Place - Under 9 Boys 2012 American Cup
1st Place - Under 11 Boys 2012 KC Soccer Fest
1st Place - Under 9 Boys 2012 KC Soccer Fest
2nd Place - Under 9 Girls 2012 KC Soccer Fest
3rd Place - Under 8 Boys 2011 KC Soccer Fest
1st Place - Under 8 Boys 2010 Lawrence Futsal League
3rd Place - Under 7 Boys 2009 Sunflower State Games
What is Vinland Valley Soccer?
Players that attend Vinland Valley Soccer Association work on individual skills at a young age. The repetition of skill through games and activities during training help develop a confidence in the player.
Players also enjoy the team atmosphere and team bonding activities. When you sign up to play for VVSA, not only are you going to improve, but you are going to be part of a family and truly enjoy it!
There are four components to the Vinland Valley Soccer Association, the Recreational League, the Academy (a step above Recreational), the FC Academics (tournament teams) and the Skills Club.
U9 Boys and U11 Boys Champions. U9 Girls finish 2nd.
Players mob Grady M. after his winning shot.
The Vinland Valley FC Academics had a marvelous showing in the recent Leawood/KC Soccer Fest. The U9 Boys dominated the competition, never allowing a single goal on their way to the championship. The U11 Boys avenged an earlier loss in a come-from-behind shootout victory. And the U9 Girls stormed through their pool and nearly won Vinland's 3rd gold medal of the weekend before giving up two late goals and falling 2-3 in the final.