Our Kindergarten Reading Buddies Program, where staff coaches attend classes and read to the students, kicked off year number NINE this week at Liberty Park Elementary. Pictured above is Coach Rocky and Ms. Rarey’s class.
Thanks to all the coaches who have donated their time for this great community service, and a big thanks to all the teachers for allowing us this access.
Thank you for visiting our post for Fall 2020 Recreational Soccer Updates!
Fall 2020 Recreational Registration is now closed… However, we do have some availability in certain ages. Please contact the following staff members with any inquiries about joining our awesome Recreational program:
Central Soccer (All Ages) – contact Ryan Ferris
Liberty Park (All Ages) – contact Jennifer Weaver
Mini Kickers – contact Amy Disko
Become a Certified U.S. Soccer Federation Referee
As soccer continues to grow in Alabama and across the state, more referees are needed to support the growth.
Alabama already has a shortage of soccer referees and referees are vital to the success and growth of our sport; a game cannot be played without referees.
VHSC is excited to promote the New Soccer Referee Program for the 2020-2021 season to bring youth players into refereeing and help address the shortage.
This year’s First-time Grassroots Referee Certification Clinics will be held virtually via Zoom.
Create a profile and register at the U.S. Soccer Referee Learning Center (each referee will need to register with their own email address.
If your player does not have their own personal email address, please create one before registering)
- Select one of the online/virtual training courses being held in August by clicking one of the Virtual Referee Course links below and paying the registration fee.
- Note – Each session is limited to 20 participants and registration closes the Wednesday before the session start date.
- Complete the online coursework and be certified as a referee.
Alabama Virtual Referee Course Links
- Zoom Virtual New Referee Clinic – Saturday, August 8th – 9:00-10:30 AM – https://learning.ussoccer.com/referee/courses/available/6/details/2215
- Zoom Virtual New Referee Clinic – Saturday, August 15th – 9:00-10:30 AM – https://learning.ussoccer.com/referee/courses/available/6/details/2242
- Zoom Virtual New Referee Clinic – Saturday, August 29th – 9:00-10:30 AM – https://learning.ussoccer.com/referee/courses/available/6/details/2243
Note – If your player is under 18, a parent should assist with the registration steps and online payment.
Learn more about becoming a Soccer Referee on the Alabama Soccer Referee website at Becoming a Soccer Referee
Questions? Please contact John Clemmons at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vestavia Hills 2020 Senior and former Steamer Tony Shaw was not only named Alabama Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year in 2020, but has now been selected to the prestigious United Soccer Coaches High School Scholar All-America Team!
This award is presented annually to both male and female players that are high school seniors. To become a Scholar All-America at the interscholastic level, a player must first be nominated by his or her head coach. The coach must be a United Soccer Coaches member at the high school level. To be nominated, players must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or better (on a 4.0 scale) through the first semester of their senior year, must have demonstrated recognised excellence in high school soccer and must have performed community service at the local, regional, or national level. Shaw has maintained a 3.96 GPA in the classroom.
Later this fall Tony will receive and invitation and details about attending the annual United Soccer Coaches All-America Ceremony on Saturday, January 9, 2021, honouring all of the All-Americans and Scholar All-Americans for youth, high school and college soccer in 2020. The event will take place in conjunction with the annual United Soccer Coaches Convention in Anaheim, California.
Shaw has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at Syracuse University.
Congratulations to Tony Shaw on being named one of the nation’s best on the field and in the classroom for the 2019-20 academic year. Your future is bright and we are so excited for you!
Tony Shaw – Gatorade Player of the Year
Shaw, a Syracuse signee, is the fourth player from Vestavia Hills High School to win the honour of Gatorade Player of the Year! Shaw joins recent Gatorade Alabama Boys Soccer Players of the Year Logan Frost (2018-19, Briarwood Christian School), Brooks Rice (2017-18, Spain Park High School), and past VHSC soccer players Kennedy Davis (2016-17, Oak Mountain High School), JJ Williams (2015-16, Alabama Christian Academy), Eduvie Ikoba (2014-15, Bob Jones High School), and Jake Rufe (2013-14, Grissom High School) among the state’s list of former Gatorade Player of the year award winners.
The award recognises not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Shaw is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced later this month.
- Graduation Year: 2020
- Position: Midfielder
- Club Name: Vestavia Hills SC
- Jersey Number: 10
- High School: Vestavia Hills
- Region: South
- City: Vestavia Hills
- State: Alabama
A two-time first team All-State selection, Shaw concluded his prep career with 13 goals and a school-record 28 assists. He is a member of the Region 3 Olympic Development Program and helped the Gwinnett Soccer Academy to the Elite National Premier League 17U national final. Shaw is ranked as the South’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2020 by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Shaw has volunteered locally feeding the homeless and coaching youth soccer players, and he has raised money to benefit pediatric cancer research.
“If I’m buying stock in a student-athlete, it would be in Tony Shaw… He’s big, strong, fast, a leader and a student of the game. Syracuse is getting a great player with lots of upside.”
Vestavia Hills Coach Leo Harlan
Congratulations to Jaden Servania and Jake Rufe, two former Steamers who both got starts for the Birmingham Legion this past week, as the USL returned to play. Both were instrumental in the Legion getting off to a 2-0 start for the season.
Jaden played for Coach Luke and Steamers 01’s before moving to the FC Dallas Academy. He is on an Academy contract with the Legion, which leaves him eligible to play collegiately for Wake Forrest. He started at forward in the Legion’s home win over Memphis, and came on in their second win in South Carolina.
Rufe, a Huntsville native, played his last two years of youth soccer for Coach Pat Flinn and Steamers 96 Black. He was named Gatorade Player of the Year for Alabama his senior year. He played at Western Michigan, after one year at Indiana. He started at right back in Sunday’s win at Charleston, and came on in the first game as well.
The Legion is back in action this Saturday night at home vs the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Congratulations to them both, as well as Steamers 98 alumni JJ Williams, for getting some minutes for Atlanta United in the MLS Is Back Tournament in Orlando.
First and foremost, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We have received questions from the community about if and how COVID-19 will change this year’s soccer season. We know this outbreak has been stressful for many and recognise that exercising and participating in activities like soccer can be a healthy way to cope with stress and connect with our community. After careful thought and planning, we are excited to let you know that we plan to resume youth sports while following CDC considerations to protect players, families, and our community.
The health and safety of our athletes, staff, volunteers, and families remain our highest priority. Below, you will find a link to the policies, guidelines, protocols, and actions we are taking to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible while also allowing our athletes to play. Please note the COVID-19 / Communicable Disease guidelines and policies are passed down to VHSC from multiple governing bodies:
- Centers for Disease Control
- Federal, State, and Local Municipalities
- Vestavia Hills Parks & Recreation
- Alabama Soccer Association
The policies and procedures and not limited to the above resources. The Club may add further procedures and guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants. If you have any questions, please fill out this form online and our COVID-19 committee will respond shortly: CLICK HERE. We will have more updates as needed and as we move into August. Please make sure to check our website and your email for any and all updates to the existing policies and procedures.
Please see the links below for all VHSC Policies & Guidelines. Thank you in advance for adhering to all VHSC COVID-19 / Communicable Disease Guidelines and Policies.
- CDC/Alabama Public Health precautions:
- The Office of the Governor of Alabama resources:
Bob Baumhower’s Victory Grille has been announced as a new Official Sponsor of the Vestavia Hills Soccer Club. BVG will be the title sponsor of the Alabama Soccer Showdown held each November, as well as the Spring Fling @ Central Field, held each April. Baumhower’s has a brand-new location just a few kicks away from Central Field on Hwy 31 in Vestavia Hills. BVG has won numerous awards for Best Sports Bar and Best Wings, and we are thrilled to welcome Baumhower’s Victory Grille to the Vestavia Soccer Club family. Please support our sponsors!
Don’t forget to register today for Recreational Soccer this Fall! We are ready to get back on the field and want you all to join the FUN on the field with our Recreational Program!
A special thanks to LOF as VHSC’s Sponsor!
- Download the LOF App today and get coupons and save!
- See the attached image for more information!
Thank you Land O’ Frost!
Mike Getman Soccer Camp is VHSC’s Newest Partner!
The Vestavia Hills Soccer Club announced today a new partnership with Mike Getman Soccer Camp to become the official jersey sponsor of the competitive program, as well as the official camp provider for the club. Coach Getman brings with him over 30 years experience as a D1 college head coach, and has had over 20,000 players attend his camps over the years.
Things kick off this summer, with a full slate of camps for players of all ages and abilities. The summer is highlighted by two weeks of day camp at the SHAC, with splash-pad pick-up!
Camps are Monday through Friday, July 6-10 and July 13-17, 9-12 pm.
The popular Keeper/Striker Camp returns July 24-26.
- This year Coach Rocky will be joined by Legion FC’s #1 keeper Matt Van Oekel, as well as Coach Getman and an all- star staff.
- This camp is open to field players and goalkeepers.
Click here to register:
- July 6-10 Day Camp I @ SHAC https://mikegetmansoccercamp.
- July 13-17 Day Camp II @ SHAC https://mikegetmansoccercamp.
- July 24-26 Striker/Keeper Camp @ LP https://mikegetmansoccercamp.
- Mike Getman Soccer Camps: https://mikegetmansoccercamp.com/
All camps will follow the latest guidelines concerning social distancing and COVID-19 mitigation.
A HUGE thank you to Steve and Teresa Latham of Espresso Tech, our jersey sponsor for the last four years- and we are thrilled they will remain a club sponsor!