February 19, 2021

Tonka United Newsletter, Volume 4

Club Communications | February 19, 2021


GREETINGS:

Well everything seems to be rollin’ in a steady groove as of late. For most of our families, the kids are adjusting to school schedules (again), parents are adjusting to the kids’ school schedules (again), and the focus continues to be on simply putting one foot in front of the other. Day by day. Week by week. Regardless of your family's school and/or work schedule, we appreciate and celebrate the differences within our community. We especially applaud the common ground we can all find, despite the different pathways, and that is the health and safety of our players, families and coaches. Cheers to working together to support active, healthy, fun opportunities for our youth to play soccer safely. Coincidently, we are wrapping up #GratitudeWeek, a time we join with Soccer Parenting Association in publicly recognizing and expressing gratitude to our coaches, players, parents, referees, team managers, volunteers, staff and board members. However, you don’t need to save all your “thanks” for just this one week out of the year. Any time is a good time for a “thank you.”


COMPETITIVE PROGRAM:

The 2006 Girls Premier team is recently back from the Del Sol President’s Cup Tournament in Phoenix, AZ. They had a blast and were fortunate to avoid some of the coldest days in Minnesota!

 

Speaking of sun-time, fun-time soccer events… We have our sights set on the Tonka Splash: June 11 - 13, 2021.Planning and organizing is in full swing and what a glorious distraction from our current seasonal weather. This annual weekend tournament, hosted by Tonka United, attracts a plethora of teams from the metro, throughout the state, and also great competitors from across state lines. All Tonka United competitive teams U9-U17 will play in this tournament so SAVE THE DATE! More information will be coming as we jump into our spring season in a few months.


LITTLE JUNIORS PROGRAM (PreK - 2nd grade):

The PreSeason Skills Clinics still have a few spots available in each age group. This is a great opportunity for our youngest players to have fun on the indoor turf before they head outside for the Spring/Summer season. For more information on the PreSeason Skills Clinics and to get signed up, click HERE. Registration closes 3/7/2021. Any questions? Send an email to rec@tonkaunited.org or call the office (952) 475-9178.

And... the Spring/Summer season registration is also open. Tell your friends and neighbors and get signed up together. Reminder: register for your CURRENT grade level. Registration for Spring/Summer also closes March 7th so don’t wait too long to sign up. Any questions? Send an email to rec@tonkaunited.org or call the office (952) 475-9178.

NEW THIS SPRING - Junior Development Skills Clinics!

The Junior Development (1st & 2nd grade) players and families that  are looking for MORE, now have an opportunity for optional and supplemental skills clinics. These weekly skills clinics, run by Tonka United staff, offer more focus on technical skills, support in individual development and insight into the pathway to our competitive soccer program. More information and registration details can be found HERE on the Tonka United website.

RECREATION PROGRAM:

Registration for the Spring/Summer season is open. Tell your friends and neighbors and get signed up together.

Reminders: register for your CURRENT grade level and registration closes 3/7/2021. Any questions? Send an email to rec@tonkaunited.org or call the office (952) 475-9178.


CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Tonka United office has recently opened up to limited hours in February and will continue through March.

  • Tuesdays: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Thursdays: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • *or by appointment; please contact Mary Henderson (mhenderson@tonkaunited.org) to schedule

The office will be CLOSED for Hopkins & Minnetonka School Districts’ Spring Break: March 29-April 2

Address: 18328 Minnetonka Blvd, Deephaven, MN 55391  |  Phone: 952-475-9178

 

Spirit Wear - Fan Apparel - Tonka United Acessories will be available on the online store coming soon. Watch the website, Facebook and Instagram for more information and details on links and dates.


COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS:

  

Juliana started a business in June of 2020 and is the acting CEO of Kids Teaching Kids, an online tutoring and teaching platform helping the next generation learn and grow in the fields of

  • Math
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Chinese
  • … and much more

The best part is that all their services & classes are FREE! 

More info on their website:

https://1kidsteachkids1.wixsite.com/kidsteachkids

TONKA TIDBITS:

Tonka United is a membership club with Soccer Parenting Association. This means an abundance of meaningful resources for you and your family, right at your fingertips.

Sign up for exclusive access to articles, interviews, courses, ebooks, community forums, and more - all specifically created to support, guide, educate and engage soccer parents. Click HERE to get started with your FREE Soccer Parenting Association account.


#PLAYUNITED:

Priority #2: Commit to high quality play through the development of team and individual skill, technique, tactical awareness and confidence through player involvement and enjoyment.

The Tonka United Player Development Philosophy is to create an enjoyable and game-like soccer environment focused on ball possession, where players can learn to read and understand the game through multiple decision-making situations. The ultimate goal is to create confident players who love to play the game. Throughout the pandemic, we were able to implement varied tools to assist and encourage players of all skill levels to continue to work on individual development via our Soccer at Home virtual trainings.


UPCOMING DATES:

  • March 7: Registration closes for Little Junior PreSeason Skills Clinics
  • March 7: Registration closes for Little Junior & Recreation Spring/Summer Season
  • March 27: First session of PreSeason Skills Clinics
  • March 29 - April 2: OFFICE IS CLOSED; SPRING BREAK

CONTACT US:

Have Questions? Who do you contact? 

Competitive 

U9 - U10 - Kelly Taylor - ktaylor@tonkaunited.org

U11- U14 - Wayne Harrison - wharrison@tonkaunited.org

U15 - U19 - Brian Jungwirth - bjungwirth@tonkaunited.org

Competitive Program Administration - Mary Henderson - mhenderson@tonkaunited.org

Recreation

Recreation Program Administration - Kelly Loch - rec@tonkaunited.org 

Overall Club Soccer - Jonathan Schaefer - jschaefer@tonkaunited.org

Overall Club Operations - Bobbi Hoebelheinrich - admin@tonkaunited.org


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Tonka United Soccer Association • 18328 Minnetonka Blvd • Wayzata, MN 55391

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