Soccer Volunteer Options

Volunteering is mandatory when participating in the Valley Ridge Soccer Program.  

A $100 volunteer cheque, dated for June 15th and payable to the VRCA, will be collected from all families prior to receiving your jersey on the first day of practice.  It will NOT be cashed unless you fail to complete a 3hr volunteer option. 

Please remember to bring your cheque with you.  Until it is received, your child cannot play.


If you do not wish to volunteer, you can purchase a $100 buyout option online, or indicate that you wish your cheque to be cashed.

When you register your child, you will be asked for your top three volunteering choices.  You will be placed in one of those choices that most meets the needs of the soccer program.  You will be informed of your final position once the soccer teams have been made up for that season.  Please do not indicate a volunteer position that you are unwilling to participate in.  This is disruptive to the organization of the teams.


Volunteer Positions - SOCCER COMMITTEE


Soccer Committee Chair: Christa McKegney:  Organizes the committee; recruits committee members; assigns tasks where appropriate; liaises with the City Parks Department and with the VRCA Board of Directors. Organizes teams and volunteer lists through the VRCA database.

Uniform Coordinator:  Not Required in 2018:  Order designated uniforms and coordinate distribution of the uniforms through Division Coordinators.

Coach Coordinator:   Ehab Azab:  Organize training for coaches and distribution of kits (balls, whistles, etc.).  Correspond with coaches re: beginning and end of season procedures.

Volunteer Coordinator:  VACANT:  Organizes all volunteers. Works with event coordinators, the executive and team managers to cross-check parent volunteer effort.

Soccer Committee Members

Division Coordinators:   Michelle Adams (U4); Alysha Hanley (U5/U6);VACANT (U8/U10).  Is a committee member and participates with planning prior to and during the season. Makes contact with team managers prior to season start, and assists as necessary throughout the season. Creates team schedules and assists with team setup.  Assists with uniform distribution, distributes team lists and schedules, and communicates regularly with teams and the Soccer Committee. Should attend committee meetings whenever possible to assist with division planning.

Club Photo & Medal Coordinator:   Stephen Sauder:  Organize photographer for team photos and communicate with Division Coordinators re: procedures, dates, times. Distribute photos and end of season mementos to Division Coordinators.

Field Coordinator: VACANT  Sets up field maps; arranges for seasonal field marking through Calgary West Soccer.  Puts up soccer information board and updates with soccer schedules.  Arranges for seasonal Port-o-Potty rental through the VRCA Board.

Equipment Kit Coordinator:  Travis Elgert:  Completes pre-season inventory and prepare kits for each team.  Receive equipment from coaches at end of season.  Take inventory - report to the committee any missing or broken equipment that will need to be replaced/repaired for next season.  


Bottle Drive Coordinator:  VACANT: Organize volunteers, bottle depot.


BBQ Coordinator:  VACANT:  Works with the VRCA to organize the community/soccer BBQ.  Coordinate volunteers and signage. 


During the Season:

Team Managers:  One per Team.  Liaise with Division Coordinators and Coaches and/or Team families depending on the situation.  Emails the team list and schedule to each team family.  Reminds team of upcoming dates (i.e. Photo day, BBQ) and to visit website for information.  Provides jersey numbers to the Division Coordinator.  Often organizes the snack schedule, determined by the team.  Assists with Photo Day and distributes picture packages to each family on their team.  Works with the Jersey Coordinator to collect the $100 volunteer cheques on the first day of practice.


Jersey Coordinators: One per Team.  Hands out jerseys at the beginning of practice.  Collects them back at the end of practice.  Washes them several times throughout the season and at the end of season.  Hands uniforms back to the division coordinator.  Collects the $100 volunteer cheque on the first day of practice before handing out the uniform.

Coaches:  Two per team.  Encouraged to take a coaching clinic prior to season start.  Runs practices.  Coordinates with Team Manager.


Other Options: 

Bottle Drive Coordinator (3-5hrs) - Responsible for arranging the dates of the Bottle Drive with Spy Hill Bottle Depot, and arranging for the pick up and drop off of the trailer.  May 5, 2018.  Start time 9 a.m.


Community & Field Clean Up (3-4 hrs) - May 5, 2018.  Start time 9 a.m.


Community BBQ & Activity Day - June 23, 2018 (rain date is September 8).  Start time 7:30 am.

In coordination with the VRCA:

Pick up supplies          

Set up tables/chairs

Sell/receive tickets

Serve food  

Cook (BBQ)

Assist with events held at BBQ



Coaches Corner

Hello Fellow Coaches!


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Coach Manual:

 Please find a link to our Coach's Manual:




The website is a great source of information for coaches and parents.

Please use it as a reference or direct parents there for additional info. If you have any suggestions, please forward them to us and we will be happy to make adjustments. When corresponding, please include your age group and jersey colour.



Uniforms will be distributed on the first day of the season. If your team has any questions about uniforms, the team manager should contact the division coordinator for direction. Coaches will receive a team matching jersey. Cleats are no longer mandatory across all divisions (but proper footwear is). Shin pads are mandatory.

 **All uniforms will be retained by the VRCA to reduce waste and unnecessary costs.  The team manager or Jersey coordinator (if there are enough volunteers) will collect all jerseys at the end of each practice.  Shorts and Socks will no longer be provided.**

Coaching Kits

Will be distributed at the shed before your first game. Each kit, should have a ball for each player and coach, an air pump, whistle, cones, and a first aid kit. If you have any issues, please let me know and we will try and resolve them. We will be asking coaches to sign the kits back in at the end of the season to avoid clogging up your garages in the off season.


Cancellation Policy

We sometimes have a large number of weather-related cancellations. At times, these cancellations were unnecessary as the weather does change quickly in Calgary. While a team can decide to cancel prior to game time, we highly recommend that this decision be made at the field, just in case the weather turns around. Heavy snow days are pretty obvious cancellation-worthy occasions. Coaches, please make contact with the opposition coach to get a better idea as to how you would like to proceed if you are unsure, or are not showing up. The website has our policy in greater detail, which you can direct parents to.


Also, for U4 teams, please note that Wednesday evenings are available from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. and can be used to make up missed Monday field time. Since the U4 division only plays one night a week, the weather-related cancellations have a greater impact. It is advisable to have the younger kids bundled up, even with toques, in the early weeks given the chilly air.



Field Set Up

Let the parents know that it is appreciated when they can help set-up/tear down the nets (some teams have field set-up coincide with the snack schedule).

- U4 and U5 use larger pug nets.

- U6 and U8 use the smaller metal nets

- U10 use large nets



Outline for Game Days - U4, U5, U6

20 mins of drills/games

5 min break

20 min game


Generally 5 players + 1 goalie(rotation), your choice. U4 - No goalies.

The 2 teams coaches can decide pre-game how many players (with or without goalies) to play with, depending on the turn-out.

Having all players on the field is chaos at any age. However, coaches will be the best judge for the U4 game.


Outline for Game Days - U8, U10

20 mins practice

5 min break

35 min game


Generally - 5 players + goalie

U8 - 4 vs. 4 works well also!


General Rules

Have one coach on the field/sidelines to help with flow and encouragement, while the 2nd coach/parent manages the bench for subs.

U4 - Just have fun. Try and get them to score on the proper net!  Consider using more than one ball on the field to encourage more kids to play.


Throw-Ins - Should we be teaching this as early as U5?

From MVP Soccer: "It is part of the game and so the earlier it is introduced, the more confident the players will be when it becomes a requirement of the game's rules. However the key consideration is to get the ball back into play and children playing. So if it is easier to play it in with the feet, then so be it."


Throw-In Technique: When coaching throw-ins, the important consideration is to use two hands and bring the ball from behind the head in one fluid movement while keeping both feet on the floor. Just like being the goalie, each player will want to throw it in. Spread the love.


An idea for Goal/Corner Kicks - "As for goal kicks, our rule was that it didn’t matter who kicked it out behind the goal line, we made it a goalie kick which allowed us to pull players back and give the defending team a chance to regroup and bring the ball down the field." It's worth a try.

If you have any questions please contact the Coach Coordinator.


Have a great season! Again your hard work is so important to the kids.

THANK YOU ever so much!!!

Valley Ridge Soccer Club



Calgary West Soccer

Calgary West Soccer Club - Who We AreSoccer Abstract

Calgary West Soccer Club is a northwest based community based soccer club formed in 2006. Our

mission is to provide a soccer program FOR ALL players, where players have the opportunity to develop

their technical skills and understanding of the game to enjoy the game of soccer lifelong. Calgary West

Soccer Club is athlete centered. We believe that every player is an individual with dreams, aspirations,

and talents which we can help develop. We believe that all players, regardless of level of play, deserve

the opportunity to enjoy the game of soccer and develop to his or her potential. We provide access to

both recreational and competitive league programs as well as academy training programs for girls and

boys aged 4 to 18. CWSC encompasses the NW communities of Rocky Ridge, Royal Oak, Ranchlands,

Arbour Lake, Citadel, Tuscany, Valley Ridge, Bowness, Silver Springs, Scenic Acres, and Hawkwood.

We typically register over 900 players every outdoor season and over 900 players in the indoor season.

What We do

We provide soccer programs - Soccer for All – for children, youth and senior players to play at

all recreational, development and elite levels of play.

Our Technical Director

Henry Haeusler leads our technical development program for both coaches and players. Henry is a

coaching specialist in youth development and professional soccer. He received his Masters degree in

Physical Education with special emphasis on coaching soccer at the German University of Physical

Culture in Leipzig and holds the top DFB (German Soccer Federation) professional Coaching liencse

and UEFA Pro License (FL 001805). As a youth Henry was part of the 1986 German Youth Cup final

and from 1968-1970 a member of the U17/18 Youth National Team. Henry has played and coached

at the professional level in Germany, and came to Canada as the Head Coach for the Calgary Storm

professional team in 2001. Henry is supported by our Head Coaches Nigel Brattle, Morgan Nkathazo,

German Camacho, Renato Rosario, Lorenzo DeCicco and Andy Gilluley.

Grassroots Community Clinics

Our CWSC Technical Team will be in Valley Ridge to conduct free soccer clinics.  DATES WILL BE COMING SOON!

U5/U6 will run from 1 pm to 2 pm

U8 will run from 2 pm to 3 pm

U10 will run from 3 pm to 4 pm

Open to any soccer players registered with the Valley Ridge Soccer Program for Outdoor 2015.



2018 Important Soccer Dates

Valley Ridge 2018 Soccer Season - Calendar 




Bottle Drive

Saturday, May 5

9 am-12noon

 Uniform Distribution - U4 and U5/ U6


Jerseys handed out at 1st practice

 Uniform Distribution - U8 and U10


Jerseys handed out at 1st practice

U4/U5/U6 Coach Clinic - Valley Ridge Soccer Fields

April 20


U8/U10 Coach Clinic - Valley Ridge Soccer fields

April 21


First day of soccer, U4 and U5/U6

Monday, April 23

5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (U4)

6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (U5 & U6)

First day of soccer - U8, U10

Tuesday, April 24

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

U4/U5/U6 Pictures - no game - pickup games optional

Monday, May 7


U8/U10 Pictures - no game - pickup games optional

Tues, May 8


VR Community & Field Cleanup

Saturday, May 5

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Victoria Day - U4 rescheduled to  Wednesday May 24

Monday, May 21

 No Practice on Monday

U10 Springbank Tournament



 Community BBQ & Activity Day - East Fields

 Saturday, June 23 (rain date September 8)

 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

VRCA coordinator & VRSC coordinator

U4 Soccer Season Ends

Monday, June 18


U5/U6 Soccer Season Ends

Wednesday, June 20


U8 & U10 Soccer Season Ends

Thursday, June 21


Equip return/sort - East Fields - please return any equip./uniforms you may have on this day.

Last Game                 Day


See you next year!