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Tonka United Soccer Association

Overview

U9/U10 players at Tonka United can participate in two different competitive soccer programs, the Academy Program or the Select Program. Placement in these programs is based on a player assessment that takes place each July. Our goal is to give our families and players a great soccer expeirnec by placing players at suitable levels for success.

Both programs focus on teaching players how to train and play, with an emphasis on creating skilled soccer players through the mastery of technique and decision-making, with the Academy Program focused in the higher-level player. 


Registration & Player Assessments

Join over 1000 players, parents, and community members across the Minnetonka/Hopkins and west-metro areas at Tonka United!




Process

Player assessments for the 2019-2020 season took place on July 14th and 15th. There are still spaces available for those who missed the assessment. Please contact Mary Henderson (link) for more information. 

When you first register for the player assessments, you will pay a $50 non-refundable assessment free (whether or not you attend). This fee is figured into the overall registration fees and is not an additional fee.

After assessments you will receive an email with your team placement. You will have 48 hours to accept your spot on the team. To accept, you will click ACCEPT and complete registration. You will have the option of paying in installments or in full. Once you have completed a payment, you are considered registered with Tonka United.

Academy Program

Overview

The focus of the Academy Program is to prepare and teach players how to train and play at the highest levels in Minnesota. Academy players compete in the National and Regional leagues - the highest levels offered in Minnesota's TCSL League. Teams will participate in regional events during fall and spring (U10 only), competitive winter events, and selected local tournaments. The program requires a higher level of time and finical commitment.

- Players will train in the Academy Pool (20-24 players)
- Teams are formed evenly at U9, and tiered as Academy 1 and 2 at U10
- Player Development Curriculum is provided, with oversight of Age Group Director

Calendar

Fall Season: mid-August - October 
- 2 weeknight practices 
- 1-2 games on weekends in the metro area

Winter Training: November - March
- 2 practices per week, run by Tonka United staff and Academy coaches

Spring Season: April - mid-July 
- 3-4 practices/games per week in the metro area

Tournaments: 
- 3-4 expected throughout the soccer year
- One will be the Tonka Splash (link)
- U9 will stay within the metro area, U10 will play 1-2 out of state


Multi-Sport Player Expectations

Fall: Soccer practices and games come before other sports. It needs to be the main priority. If conflicts do arise, please talk to your coaches. 
Winter: If you have a game or practice for your winter sport that conflicts with soccer, your winter sport takes precedent. 
Spring/Summer: Soccer practices and games come before other sports. It needs to the main priority. If conflicts do arise, please talk to your coaches. 

Select Program

Overview

The focus of our Select program is to enjoy soccer through playing the game and accomplishing individual improvement. Select players compete in the State and Cities leagues offered in Minnesota's TCSL. Teams will participate in TCSL league play during fall and spring/summer and participate in selected local tournaments. The program does not require the Academy Program's high level of time and finical commitment.  

- Players will train in the Select Pool (30-35 players)
- Teams are created evenly, with geographic location and friend requests considered
- Player Development Curriculum provided


Calendar

Fall Season: mid-August - October 
- 2 weeknight practices 
- 1-2 games on weekends in the metro area

Winter Training: ?? - March
- 1-2 weekly Age Group Skill Sessions run by Tonka United staff

Spring Season: April - mid-July 
- 3 practices/games per week, with games in the metro area

Tournaments: 
- 3-4 expected throughout the soccer year within the metro area
- One will be the Tonka Splash (link)


Multi-Sport Player Expectations

Fall: If you have a game for one of your other sports and a practice for your other sport, go to the game. When practices conflict, split your time evenly between practices over the course of the season. 
Winter: If you have a game or practice for your winter sport that conflicts with soccer, your winter sport takes precedent. 
Spring/Summer: Soccer practices and games come before other sports. This is our main season and needs to be the main priority. If conflicts do arise, please talk to your coaches.

Director & Coaches

Youth Director: Kelly Taylor

  • Youth Director since 2010 USSF National Youth License, NSCAA "Advanced National" Diploma, NSCAA Goalkeeper Level I, NFHS Diploma
  • Current Benilde St. Margaret's Girls Varsity Assistant
  • 10 years of high school coaching (Eden Prairie, Minnetonka) - 2 MSHSL "AA" Championships
  • Former Cottage Grove Technical Director
  • Current U10 Tonka United Academy Girls Coach
  • Graduate of University of Minnesota


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Staff Coach

Scott Helling-Christy

Academy Lead Coaches
2011 Girls (U9): Jason Trucano
2011 Boys (U9): Kellen Johnson
2010 Girls (U10): Chris Swenson
2010 Boys (U10): Scott Helling-Christy

Player Development Trainers
2011 Girls (U9): TBA
2011 Boys (U9): David Christensen
2010 Girls (U10): Alison Tsuchiya Theiler
2010 Boys (U10): David Christensen

Contact

Tonka United Soccer Association

18328 Minnetonka Blvd 
Deephaven, Minnesota 55391

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 952-475-9178

Contact Us

Tonka United Soccer Association

18328 Minnetonka Blvd 
Deephaven, Minnesota 55391

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 952-475-9178

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