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About Us

About the VYS Hurricanes

Our Coach

The Vienna Hurricanes (VYS Hurricanes) are a girls select club soccer team led by head coach David Widger. Coach Widger joined the team for the Spring 2005 season and has had an immediate, positive impact on player development and team performance. Individual player and team skills have improved significantly as the team has moved from ODSL Division 2 to Division 1, twice finishing two points or less from winning the division championship.

Coach Widger’s philosophy is focused on long-term player and team development – not just on winning games. Players are encouraged and taught the individual skills and team tactics required to construct a short-passing, possession-based game. This develops player confidence in their ability, and the basis for achieving their full potential. The goal is to produce a controlled and thoughtful passing approach with a professional understanding of the game – a style of play intended to develop individual skill; quick incisive passing; and thoughtful, creative movement of the ball.

Coach Widger played soccer at the university level in England, holds an English Football Association license and a United States Soccer Federation “D” coaching license, and has been coaching soccer professionally for over 15 years, most recently as National Operations Manager for Britannia Soccer USA. His professional experience includes:

Spring 2005-Present Coach, VYS Hurricanes U13-14 ODSL Division 1
Spring-Fall 2005 National Operations Manager, Britannia Soccer USA
Fall 2004 Coach, FPYC U19B NCSL Division 2
Spring 2001-Spring 2004 Trainer for several clubs in Northern Virginia including Great Falls, Gunston, Fairfax, Faquier, Reston, Springfield, and Vienna
Spring 2000 Coach, Reston Rockets U15B NCSL Division 5
Trainer for several clubs in Northern Virginia
Spring-Fall 1999 Coach, Reston Rockets U14B ODSL Division 2 and 1
Trainer for several clubs in Northern Virginia
Fall 1998 Coach, Great Falls Wolfpack U13B NCSL
Fall 1997 Director of Coaching, Prospector Soccer Club, Cameron Park, CA
Spring 1997 Coach, Little River U14G WAGSL Division 2
Fall 1996 Coach, Little River U14G WAGSL Division 2
Coach, Little River U11G WAGSL Division 1
Spring 1996 Coach, Little River U13G WAGSL Division 2
Fall 1995 Coach, Little River U13G WAGSL Division 2
Spring 1995 Director of Training, Eastern PA Youth Soccer Association, U9 to U19
Summers 1993-1995 Coach/Camp Director, Britannia Soccer USA
Uniform Colors

The Vienna Hurricanes primary uniform colors are a red jersey, red shorts, and red socks (Red/Red). Our alternate uniform colors are a white jersey, red shorts, and black socks (White/Black).

Commitment

Commitment to the Vienna Hurricanes is among the most important characteristics each player, coach, and family can bring to the team. The following is a summary of the level of commitment expected to participate on the team.

The USYSA league year begins September 1 and ends August 31, and includes a fall season of league play beginning in early September and a spring season of league play beginning in early April. Players joining the team are expected to commit to playing for the team through the spring season. Annual open tryouts are held at the end of the spring season beginning in June. See the Calendar for current team schedule information.

Summer Training Summer training would be held in July, but there is no organized team training. Players are encouraged to practice at home and to play pickup soccer to maintain their physical conditioning and to improve their soccer skills.

Fall Season The fall season begins in August and ends in November. The typical fall season includes 1.5-hour training sessions three days per week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), a 5-day 3-hour per day training camp in mid-August, 8-9 league games typically played on Sunday afternoon (some on Saturday), and two tournaments (3-4 games each) played on non-league/holiday weekends.

Winter Training Winter training begins in January and ends in February. The typical winter training includes 1-hour training sessions one day per week in a school gym, and participation in an indoor soccer league. All players are encouraged to participate in winter training to maintain their physical conditioning and to improve their soccer skills.

Spring Season The spring season begins in March and ends in June. The typical spring season includes 1.5-hour training sessions three days per week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) concluding with annual open tryouts in June, 8-9 league games typically played on Sunday afternoon (some on Saturday), and three tournaments (3-4 games each) played on non-league/holiday weekends.

Expenses The team semi-annual budget is determined twice a year prior to each season in July and in February. Player dues are then collected by August 31 and by March 31.

The following is a good faith estimate of the shared team expenses required to participate on the team. The actual team budget will depend on actual expense amounts and the number of players on the team. Each player pays their full share of the team expenses regardless of attendance except that a player who joins the team late after player dues have already been assessed is not required to contribute toward the expense of those discrete events* (noted below) that have already transpired.

Estimate of New Player Expenses
(non-recurring)
Expense Per Player
Player uniform (VYS standard) – 2 jerseys w/lettering, 1 short, 2 socks (cleats, shin guards, etc. are the player's responsibility) $106
Player gear bag – optional $20

 

Estimate of Summer-Fall/Winter-Spring Team Expenses
(recurring twice per year)
Expense Per Team Per Player
ODSL/WAGSL U15 application fee $550/$600 -
VYS player registration fee
Includes:
Fairfax County field user fee of $5.50 per player
VYSA member registration fee of $12.50 per player per league year
- $80
Tournament 1 application fee* $550 -
Tournament 2 application fee* $550 -
Tournament 3 application fee* (spring season only) $300 -
Coaching fee $ -
Coaching fee* (winter training only) - $
Indoor soccer league application fee* (winter training only) $690 -
Fairfax County gym user fee* (winter training only) - $5.50
Equipment $100 -
Miscellaneous administrative expenses $150 -

Travel The amount of travel required to participate on the team can be characterized as follows. Training and home games are held in the Vienna area. Local tournaments and away games are typically held in the greater Washington metropolitan area within a 40 minute drive from Vienna. On occasion, the drive to a game may exceed one hour.

Record
U11 2002-2003 (Win-Loss-Tie)
U12 2003-2004
U13 2004-2005
U14 2005-2006
U15 2006-2007

 


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