FREE* Academy for fall 2016

Christiansburg Soccer Club is offering FREE* ACADEMY soccer for players born in 2007 and 2008.

Interested players must be competitive, have an appropriate amount of athleticism, and have the ability to follow coach direction. Specific soccer skills are not a priority.

Please note: This program is only available to players with a 2007 or 2008 birth year. No younger players will be evaluated. Older players must tryout for a travel team. Contact for details on our travel program.

About the Academy Program:

The Academy program is the bridge between recreational play and competitive play and builds the skill foundation necessary to play competitively through high school. The Academy focuses on individual technical skill and gaining a comprehensive understanding of all positions and team play.

Our primary mission for the Academy Program is to provide our high schools (Christiansburg, Auburn, and EastMont) a sufficient number of technically developed and well-rounded soccer players for the Christiansburg and Auburn high school programs, and for EastMont to start their program and become competitive.

Practices and Games:

Players will have two 75 minute practices per week and will play in a variety of game situations throughout the season. The Academy program does not offer a standard eight-week, one game per week schedule. Games will be played on either Saturday or Sunday and may be comprised of intra-squad, friendlies, traditional games, festivals, and tournaments.


The program will be FREE for the fall for eligible players if you meet the following requirements:

  1. live in the Christiansburg, Auburn, or EastMont school district AND
  2. attend the Montgomery County Public Schools at Auburn Elem, Belview Elementary, Christiansburg Elementary, Christiansburg Primary, EastMont Elementary, or Falling Branch Elementary AND
  3. your player is accepted after a soccer evaluation.

If you meet these requirements and have already registered for the fall season, then your season fee of $50 will be refunded.

The program will be $100 for the fall for eligible players if you:

  1. if you live outside the specified areas, OR
  2. do not attend one of the listed schools, BUT
  3. have been accepted after a soccer evaluation

If your player is already signed up for Academy as of May 31, 2016, then your fee will remain at $50 for fall.

We will evaluate the success of the fall program to see if we can continue to offer it for free for eligible players for the spring.

How to Register:

Interested players must pre-register for evaluations. There is no fee at the time of pre-registration.

To register, visit our website at Click on Register along the top left, then log into our account. On your account home page you will see New Program Available next to your player’s name. Click on that and select the 2016 Fall Travel & Academy Program. Complete the registration. You will receive a confirmation email once the registration is completed.

Registration is open now and through June 20th.


Unlike the rec program that accepts all players, the Academy program conducts evaluations to ensure that all registered players are appropriate for the program. This is not a tryout, simply a way for coaches to make sure that your player exhibits the basic requirements to participate in the program.

Evaluations will be held in early August for any new 2008 or 2007 boys and for all 2008 and 2007 girls. Boys 2008 or 2007 that have already been evaluated and offered a position within the program DO NOT need to be re-evaluated.

CSC will accept the appropriate number of players based on coaching resources and team size limitations for each age group. Our goal is to accept as many interested players as possible.

Additional Program Details:

TRAVEL: Academy players will not travel more than 40 minutes away for games UNLESS parents agree that they want their child to participate. Festivals and tournaments may be further away, however multiple games are played in each which offsets the travel burden. Traditionally, our academy teams travel once per season to Lynchburg and Martinsville for festivals.

TIME COMMITMENT: Academy practices two times per week, with each practice being 75 minutes, rather than one time per week for the rec players at that age level. That is not too much of a burden when considering that Football and Cheerleading often practice 4-5 times per week.

PRACTICE COMMITMENT: a) Players must attend practices – each practice is 75 minutes; b) have their own soccer ball and water and shin guards for each practice; c) must be respectful and responsive to the coaches; d) must not be disruptive to other players; and e) must demonstrate progress through the season.

GAMES: Academy is different from rec. There will NOT be a game each Saturday. Some weekends will be free; some will have multiple festival games; rather than games vs. other opponents, CSC may create smaller competitions to further focus on the developmental foundations of soccer. CSC will be following the guidelines of United States Youth Soccer and Virginia Youth Soccer to make sure that the kids develop their skills.

PARENT COMMITMENT: All players are required to attend both practices each week and all scheduled games/activities. Players need to arrive on the field for practices ready to begin and at the game field at the coach designated times. Any scheduling issues need to be sent to your team manager. There will be one parent meeting per season. At least one parent from each household must attend.

SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: As long as your child is familiar with soccer and displays an appropriate level of athleticism and direction-following, then that is all we are looking for. We are confident that the players will improve if they follow through with the practice commitment.


British Soccer Summer Camp

Summer is here and our week-long camp is just around the corner.

Every year we host Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp at Christiansburg Middle School the third week of July. This is a massively popular camp for ages 3-18.

Campers will not only learn skills appropriate for their level, but have a great time doing so. All three of my boys (Michelle, here) have attended this camp at various locations throughout the country and I cannot recommend it enough.

Camp dates: July 18-22
Free Jersey Deadline: June 3rd, midnight


Improve your game with the most popular soccer camp in the USA & Canada!

  • Improved footwork
  • Better first touch
  • Better shooting technique
  • More confidence
  • More effective in games
  • More fun!

Crash U12G finish on a high note

The U12G CSC Crash finished out their season winning the 2016 National Bank Summer Kickoff Tournament in Blacksburg VA, May 21 and 22.

They went 2-0-2 with wins over Triangle United Everton and East River Raptors and ties against Salem and Monticello.  The team worked extremely hard this season and left everything on the field this weekend!

The Crash finished in second place last month at the Elite Beat the Heat Tournament in Winston-Salem NC. They are coached by Matt Mullens and play in the Blue Ridge Soccer League.

Congratulations Crash!

U10 Blue Bombers bring home a win

Blacksburg VA

The CSC Blue Bombers won their division in the NRU National Bank Summer Kick-off Tournament played at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg VA, May 21 and 22.
They started off the tournament with a win against the CSC Blue Wave 5-3.  Their next game was against Johnson City Futbol JCFC.  This was a very physical game but the Bombers played tough and came through with another win 2-1.
On the second day of the tournament the Bombers faced NRU for their first game.  This was a tough one as the Bombers came up short with a loss 3-1.  Despite the loss the Bombers made in into the finals based on points and faced NRU one final time for the championship game.  This was arguably one of the CSC Blue Bombers best games of the season.  With a goal scored early by Taylor Allen the Bombers took the lead. Thanks to the strong goalie performance by Hannah Blankenship and strong defensive performance that was the only goal they needed.  However, Taylor Allen had one more in her and they clinched the lead 2-0 winning the final game against NRU and winning first place in the tournament.
Each player played a vital role in this win and it would not have been possible without the contribution of each and every girl on the team.
At this time I would like to recognize and congratulate all of the U10 Girls CSC Blue Bombers for their accomplishment:
Taylor Allen
Hannah Blankenship
Madison Boone
Kailyn Brawley
Kinley Brooks
Autumn English
Tatem Estes
Nesreen Kadiri
Ashton Lafon
Ava Landers
Logan Mundy
Eleanor Scardina

Summer Training Opportunity

Summer Soccer Training is here!

Coach Adam Ritchie (C License and ODP coach) will be offering a 5 week (10 session) summer soccer training program for players U11-U14 Boys and Girls and U15-18 Boys starting June 14th.  The sessions are limited to 25 players that want to improve their soccer skills during the off season.  After talking with many college and club coaches it has been expressed time and time again that players need to be playing in a structured environment throughout the summer in order to improve individual soccer development, along with pick-up games with friends, especially at this age. This program will focus on improving technical skills, small group tactical development, speed of play, and creativity.   The topics covered in this program are areas where college coaches feel players are lacking when they attend College ID camps.  Your son or daughter will start attending College ID camps within the next 2 years. The training they are involved in now will have a direct effect on how they are playing in 2 years!  All training will be at Bissett Park in Radford.


Should my child participate in this program over a camp?

I would never recommend a player not to get as many touches on the ball as possible.  The difference between a residential camp and this program is a camp lasts only 3+ days.  After those 3 days what structured environment are the players training in?  While this program is designed to give the player training opportunities over a 5 week period with sessions twice a week.  We will set weekly technical training skills and fitness goals for the players, by doing this they will continue to train on their own.


All training is on Mondays and Wednesdays from

(1:30pm-3:00pm Boys/Girls U11-U14),

(3:00pm-4:30pm Boys/Girls U15 to U18).

All training will be held at Bissett Park in Radford.

*Age groups may be combined if low numbers.


Training Dates

June 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 

July 5, 6, 11, 13 


Soccer Topics Covered During Sessions: Speed of Play, Speed of Thought, Movement without the Ball, Technical Training, Small Group Tactical, Training Fitness, Speed and Agility


Coaching Staff: Adam Ritchie

  • USSF “C” Coaching License
  • NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • Rush Select Staff
  • Maryland State ODP Coaching Staff
  • Virginia District ODP Coaching Staff
  • USL ODP National Staff
  • Former Maryland Rush Technical Director
  • SWVA Rush Technical Director
  • 20 Years Coaching Experience

Plus we will have a number of college coaches running sessions throughout the program.


How do I register my child for the program? 

You can register by emailing your players details. (Name, Age, Sex, Email).

The cost for all 10 sessions is ONLY $190.00 ($19 a session). Half of the payment is due with registration to hold your players spot in the summer training program.

You can make 2 payments. Address is 425 Teresa Ln Roanoke Va 24019.

The first 25 to register via email will be guaranteed a spot (space fills quickly). 

Can I register per session? Yes!  The cost per session is $35 and you will need to register for a minimum of 4 sessions. 

If you would like to register per session please email Adam Ritchie with the dates your child will be attending.

They are only accepting 25 players for each session.  Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Adam Ritchie at

U12G Crash head to the final in Winston-Salem

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

The CSC U12G Crash finished in second place at the Elite Beat the Heat Tournament in Winston-Salem NC this past weekend.

The championship match was full of drama. They were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time. In the last 30 seconds of the second 10-minute extra period, they scored to even the game to 2-2. Penalty kicks decided the game, leaving our Crash disappointed at the end.

No one likes to win or lose a game by PKs, but our girls had nerves of steel and showed a ton of character. They fell short in the end, but an amazing showing for them on the weekend.

Great work!

Virginia Spring Recreation Challenge

Calling all rec teams. Experience all the fun and competition of a tournament.

The Virginia Soccer 
Training Center
Spring Challenge
June 25 – 26, 2016
Registration is now open for the VSTC Spring Challenge!
Take advantage of our $50 PER TEAM DISCOUNT 
for Clubs with 4 or more teams!!
This tournament is open to all VYSA recreational teams that participated in a recreational program for a club in the Spring 2016 Season.
 No All-Star Teams accepted. 
Girls may play on boys’ teams.

These are called coed teams and will play in the boys’ divisions.

No overnight hotel stay needed! 
Girls play Saturday
Boys play Sunday
All games played on same day!
U8 – U12: 25 minute games
U13 – U16: 40 minute games
Play on the finest fields in Virginia!  Gift for each Head Coach!
Entry Fee
 U8-U9:        (5v5)    $375   Min. 4 Games  No GK   U10-U12:    (8v8)    $450   Min. 4 Games
 U13-U16:    (11v11) $550   Min. 3 Games
Come Play Where Champions Compete!
Registration closes June 1, 2016
For more information, or if you have any questions,
The Virginia Soccer Training Center 
is located at:
1898 Mills Drive
Fredericksburg, VA  22408
Virginia Youth Soccer Association |

Fall Tryouts: Registration is open

**All players trying out for the 2016/2017 travel program need to register for tryouts by Friday, April 22nd. **


To register for the upcoming tryouts, visit our website at > Register > Login > then click on available programs next to your player. Even though there is flexibility with trying out for older age groups and playing up, all players need to register in their correct DOB program. Deadline to register for tryouts is April 22nd.


Players need to be pre-registered by April 22nd.  Although tryout pre-registration remains open until April 22nd, the earlier that ALL players register, the earlier we can organize tryouts for that age group.  Notices will be sent out when tryout dates are selected for the older players.


We are now ready to announce tryouts for the first 4 teams:  The 2007 Boys team is not a tryout, but it is an opportunity for your child to be evaluated to play U10 Boys Academy soccer.  Also, we are looking for possible coach volunteers for our 2008 birth year academy teams when formed.

Monday, April 25th

2007 Boys 5:45 to 6:45 at Moose Lodge Field

2006 Boys 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Moose Lodge Field

Tuesday, April 26th

2006 Girls 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. at Moose Lodge Field

2005 Girls trying out for Wave 6:15 to 7:15 at Moose Lodge Field

2005 Girls trying out for Streak 7:00 to 8:00 at Moose Lodge Field

Players need to be pre-registered by April 22nd.  Although tryout pre-registration remains open until April 22nd, the earlier that ALL players register, the earlier we can organize tryouts for that age group.  Notices will be sent out when tryout dates are selected for the older players.


Additional information for the travel registration deadline of April 22nd:

1) This registration does NOT require the $50 fee at this time.  We just need your statement of interest.

2) Decisions on actual team formation, tryouts, etc, cannot be made until registration closes on the 22nd.  We want to place the most CSC players, and we want them placed where they will be most competitive.  For example, It is likely that there will be a combined age group team on the girls side, but the determination of whether it is a 2001-2002 team, or a 2002-2003 team, or 2003-2004 team, cannot be made until we have the total number of returning players.

3) If you have decided NOT to play with CSC for fall for any reason (moving, switching sports, switching clubs, etc), it would be helpful if you email Dennis Nagel at  The earlier that we know reliable return numbers, the earlier that we can start to plan team formation.

4) Every club is undergoing this disruption, but we hope that once the age group switch has been completed, there will be stability for the players from that point forward.

Youth recreation and competitive soccer in Virginia's New River Valley