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Tonka United Soccer Association

2011 - 2010 Players

Tonka United's Competitive Soccer program offers year-round soccer experiences for 2011-2010 players at all levels of play. Competitive Soccer players participate in the Academy or Select program, based on a player assessment that takes place each July. Tonka United's goal is to give our families and players a great soccer experience by placing players at suitable levels for success. 

  • Year-Round Soccer Experience
  • Professional Coaching Staff
  • Multi-Sport Flexibility

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 Competitive Coordinator Mary Henderson for more information. 

Tonka United's tryout schedule for 2010-2012 Players has been released. 

VIEW TRYOUTS SCHEDULE


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ACADEMY

Tonka United's Academy program prepares and teaches 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 Academy program requires a higher level of time and financial commitment.

  • Players 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
  • 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. 

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SELECT

Tonka United's Select program's focus 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 Select program does not require the Academy program's high level of time and financial 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, 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: January - March
  • 1-2 weekly Age Group Skill Sessions run by Team Coach or 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

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.

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YOUTH 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

Coaches

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
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