October 1, 2021

TONKA UNITED SOCCER ASSOCIATION

Club Communications | October 01, 2021


GREETINGS:

With only a few weeks left in the fall playing season, it seems like we only just got started. We have been extremely fortunate with the weather conditions and <<knock on wood>> the extended future forecast is looking favorable for the remainder of the season, although it could be a little wet tomorrow. We have been so fortunate to have the opportunities to get back out on the fields and allow our players to play. Despite some hiccups and road bumps that are continuous issues (uniform order delays, referee shortages, Covid-19, etc.) we persevere, play on, and do our best to support each other and this wonderful community! #playunited


CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS:

COVID-19 PROTOCOL REMINDERS

A reminder that Covid-19 is still very active and we ask all our families to continue to be diligent about reporting positive Covid-19 cases in their players to Tonka United, as well as player close contact exposure to positive Covid-19 cases. All Covid-19 positive cases must be reported regardless of vaccination status. All Covid-19 exposures or positive cases need to be reported FIRST to Bobbi Hoebelheinrich at bobbi@tonkaunited.org. She will assist families in determining next steps and what quarantine situations apply to help keep teammates and coaches healthy and safe. You do not need to notify your coach, your manager or program administrator -BOBBI IS YOUR FIRST CONTACT PERSON AT TONKA UNITED FOR ALL THINGS COVID-19 RELATED!

General Safety Guidelines

  • If your player is sick or feels sick, please have them STAY HOME.
  • Parents are to ensure that their player is not ill or displaying symptoms prior to each practice or game. (Fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, upset stomach, red or swollen toes are current symptoms of COVID-19).
  • Each player must have their own equipment, including ball, water, and hand sanitizer.
  • Players must not share water bottles.
  • Players wearing masks are at parent discretion.
  • Players should limit contact with others by refraining from high-fives or handshakes (including with opponents or spectators). Sportsmanship can be demonstrated through team line ups with clapping and/or cheers.

REFEREES

Have you seen the reports about overall labor shortages? School bus drivers, employees in hospitality, etc.? Like many industries currently, soccer referees (at ALL levels of play) are in high demand, yet low supply. Please understand that we are diligently working to recruit qualified officials for our Tonka United home games - sometimes up until the last minute. In “normal times” it is difficult to retain refs, and in “these times” it’s even harder. Please, please, please be kind and gracious and forgiving and, most of all, respectful to your officials. Also, please understand that there may be scheduled games that do not/did not get an assigned ref and we must work together to accommodate to allow the kids to play. If you, or anyone you know, have an interest in refereeing, reach out to (Competitive Games) Mark Perry - ​​futbolnut@gmail.com or (Recreation Games) Andy Moore - andy.moore@comcast.net.  

NO PETS AT TONKA UNITED GAMES

A quick reminder that pets are not allowed on the sidelines at Tonka United games.


COMPETITIVE PROGRAM:

NEW UNIFORM KITS

We are super excited to announce our new partnership with Stefans Soccer for all of our future uniform and apparel needs. We begin this partnership with the new uniform kit that will be available for the Spring 2022 playing season and be used for the following two years, as is standard practice for most clubs.

Try-ons for sizing will begin the week of MEA at the Tonka United Office during our regular office hours (see below for new Fall hours) with additional try-on hours added on Friday, Oct 22 (10a-2p).

  • Uniform try-on at the office: Tuesday, Oct 19 - Friday, Oct 22; 10:00am - 2:00pm

We will have additional evening try-on options at MCA and the Tonka Dome during scheduled training sessions. These dates and times are TBD once indoor training schedules are announced in late October.

There continues to be a massive global supply chain back-up so please understand that orders will take longer to process than in years past. Once orders are available to be placed, please do not procrastinate. We will keep you updated on the process for uniform ordering, which will not begin until late October/early November.

TEAMSNAP

Another reminder to please keep TeamSnap updated. Not only do the coaches and team managers need to know your player’s availability for all events (games, trainings, meetings, etc.), TS is also used as a reference for any potential Covid-19 issues. If you have any questions about TS, please reach out to your team manager or Mary Henderson, Competitive Coordinator - mhenderson@tonkaunited.org

CONGRATS

We had fourteen teams participate in the Iowa Rush Fall Cup Tournament last weekend and four teams moved on to the finals. The 2010 Girls Academy 2 team came home Champions! Well done, ladies!

 

2010 Girls Academy 2

  

U14 2008 Girls Academy

  

U11 2011 Boys Academy 2


LITTLE JUNIORS PROGRAM (PreK - 2nd grade) & RECREATION (3rd - 8th grade) PROGRAM:

LITTLE JUNIORS WINTER SKILLS - INDOOR OPPORTUNITIES

We are working on the details of our indoor Winter Skills Clinics. These are the indoor sessions for our youngest players (preK - 2nd grade). The first session dates will be five Saturdays in November and December. We are finalizing the times and hope to have registration open by next week. Continue to check back on the website and be sure to follow our social media channels for announcements and updates

Winter Skills - Session I

  • Where: Tonka Dome (Minnetonka High School)
  • When: Saturdays - Nov 13, Nov 20, Dec 4, Dec 11, Dec 18

COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS:

Teammates on the field, rivals on the course. Aidan Smith and Graham Tyler (2008 Academy)  battled it out on the cross country running course during the 8th grade meet between MMW and MME. 

Graham and Aidan were neck and neck the entire race. Graham pulled just ahead of Aidan at the finish line which resulted in Graham finishing first for his school (MMW) and Aidan finishing 5th for his (MME). It is great to see the boys push and support each other to do their best, on and off the soccer field. 

 

The Minnetonka High School Boys Varsity squad have a legit shot at the Lake Conference title this season - and are currently ranked #7 in the state. Cheer them on at their last two HOME GAMES (Minnetonka High School Upper Field North) of the season against big rivals: Edina and Wayzata.

  • Tuesday, October 5; 5pm vs Edina

  • Saturday, October 9; 1pm vs Wayzata


TONKA TIDBITS:

  

SUCCESSFUL SOCCER PARENTING

A new course launched in collaboration with US Youth Soccer: Successful Soccer Parenting. It is a 25-minute course for all soccer parents focusing on best practices for helping your child feel inspired by their soccer experience. Check it out and become "Soccer Parenting Certified." Access to all Soccer Parenting Association resources is available for FREE to our Tonka United families. Use THIS LINK to create your account for unlimited access to the Soccer Parenting Resource Center.


CONTACT US:

NEW FALL OFFICE HOURS

Beginning October 4th and running until November 18th, new office hours are as follows:

  • TUESDAYS: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • WEDNESDAYS: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • THURSDAYS: 10:00am - 2:00pm

The week of Oct 18th (MEA week) we have additional hours for uniform kit try-ons FRIDAY OCT 22: 10:00am - 2pm

Tonka United office is closed the week of Thanksgiving (Nov 22 - 26) and two weeks for winter break (Dec 20 - Dec 29). Office hours for the three weeks between Thanksgiving and winter break are by appointment only. Regular office hours will resume the week of January 3, 2022.

Address: 18328 Minnetonka Blvd, Deephaven, MN 55391

Have Questions? Who do you contact? 

Competitive 

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

Recreation

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


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18328 Minnetonka Blvd
Deephaven, Minnesota 55391

Phone: 952-475-9178
Email: info@tonkaunited.org