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TOPSoccer

US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family.

Virginia Rush volunteers/employees/mentors organize and run this program. VA Rush players and local high school players act as buddies for the participants. The buddies give each athlete individual attention and are an essential, integral component in making the program a success.

This program, a unique opportunity to learn and play soccer, enables the young people with disabilities in our area to become valued and successful members of the Virginia Rush and US Youth Soccer family. It is our goal to ensure the experience is meaningful for the participating athletes, and one in which they feel they have made a contribution. In this program, everyone is a winner! Currently, the program runs in the fall and spring.

TOPSoccer is an amazing program opening up the game of soccer to any boy or girl who has a mental or physical disability. The TOPSoccer program is endorsed by the US Youth Soccer Association and is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. The program is aligned with US Youth Soccer’s mission to foster the physical, mental, and emotional growth and development of America’s youth through the sport of soccer at all levels

VIRGINIA RUSH TOPSOCCER SCHEDULE

SPRING 2020

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March 21, 20202pm till 3pmRAVE Training Center
2499 Shipps Corner Road, Virginia Beach
April 4, 20202pm till 3pmRAVE Training Center
2499 Shipps Corner Road, Virginia Beach
April 25, 20202pm till 3pmRAVE Training Center
2499 Shipps Corner Road, Virginia Beach
May 5, 20202pm till 3pmRAVE Training Center
2499 Shipps Corner Road, Virginia Beach
May 9, 20202pm till 3pmRAVE Training Center
2499 Shipps Corner Road, Virginia Beach
May 16, 20202pm till 3pmRAVE Training Center
2499 Shipps Corner Road, Virginia Beach

Become a Buddy

WHAT IS A TOPSOCCER BUDDY?

TOPSoccer Buddies are enablers. They are volunteers who participate with TOPSoccer players to enable player participation.

  • Buddies should be teenagers (age 13+) or adults
  • Soccer experience is not necessary, the only requirement is a strong desire to enable TOPSoccer players to be successful and to have FUN!

WHAT DOES A BUDDY DO?

A buddy monitors and interacts with coaches and parents for the players safety.

  • Aware of player noises, likes/dislikes
  • Aware of Safety zones around the player (Walkers, wheelchairs, crutches)
  • Adjusts level of attention in order for the player to be successful
  • Never be alone or out of sight with a player

Continuously monitors the player for:

  • Fatigue
  • Water Breaks
  • Melt-downs

Assists/Creates/Directs/Guides in a FUN but learning environment

  • Ball retrieval/control
  • Balance
  • Assists player to get into position to play
  • Allows the player to do as much for themselves as possible
  • A buddy does NOT score goals but creates opportunities for the player to score
  • If the buddy is having fun, the player will too!

Role of Buddies and Coaches

  • You are a team that works together for the sake of the player
  • The Coach directs the exercises and games, the buddy participates with the players
  • You are the eyes and ears for the coach, especially concerning safety

ARE YOU READY TO BECOME A TOPSOCCER BUDDY?

Download the TOPSoccer Buddy Application below and email a completed copy to Sid Wesseldine at [email protected].

Contact

Sid Wesseldine

757.636.8539
 [email protected].

Fees

Please download the application and parent questionnaire below, complete, and send to:

VA Rush Soccer Club
2181 Landstown Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Please make a $20.00 check payable to:
VA Rush TOPSoccer

(Fee covers field usage, VYSA insurance, awards, uniform shirt, and photos.)

Resources

contact

2044 Landstown Centre Way 
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456

Phone: 757-430-3500
Email: [email protected]

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