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Shenandoah Valley United

Shenandoah Valley United

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    299 Lee Jackson Hwy, Staunton, 24401.

Player Fees & Financial Policies

Season Fees:
$600 - 2006 - 2002 Teams
$880 - 2010 - 2007 Teams

$100 DEPOSIT due within 48 hours to hold spot on team

Uniform Kit:
Every player will receive a complimentary SVU Uniform Kit provided by our travel program sponsor. 
Uniform kit includes home and away jerseys, and team shorts. Players are expected to care for their uniform to use during a two-year period, or otherwise purchase a replacement. The current uniform kit is for the Fall 2020 - Spring 2022 seasons.

Assigned team goalkeepers will receive a complimentary SVU Goalkeeper Kit in place of the standard player kit. Goalkeeper kit includes orange long sleeve goalkeeper jersey, goalkeeper shorts and socks.

We are a Priority Club Partner with Adidas and therefore all product worn by our players and staff must be Adidas (With the exception of Footwear) and ordered through our official vendor SOCCER.COM. Information on ordering will be provided once your child is selected to a team.

CCL/ADIDAS agreement requires all players in the CCL to wear an official league warm-up jersey upon arrival to field for match days. This shirt is not included in the complimentary uniform kit - players must purchase separately. The warm-up jersey, uniform socks and additional SVU logo apparel items are available for purchase on

Financial Aid:
SVU offers Financial Aid for travel players. Financial Aid awards will be based on the number of players demonstrating need, the extent of need and the budget for Financial Aid in a given soccer year. Financial Aid funds are LIMITED and will run out. Complete the Financial Aid document below in it's entirety immediately upon program acceptance. Maximum aid given for the travel program is 25%. Payment plans are an option.

Due to the year-long commitment and limited rosters, refunds will be considered only in extreme circumstances for the following reasons. Requests for refunds must e submitted in writing, with required documentation, to Refund Request Link.

  • Player moving out of the area (requires residency documentation)
  • Severe Injury or illness that prevents the player from training for remainder of season (requires physician note)
  • Full season cancellation


Program Commitment Requirement

 One-Club Concept
  • SVU operates as one club. Teams are a part of the greater community.
  • Players in the travel program (all ages) are encouraged to commit to this soccer program only in order to maximize the potential of the program in a variety of ways. However, accommodations will be made upon request.
  • Players are required to attend all training sessions and matches. Reasons/excuses must be provided for all absences. Parents of players U13 and younger are required to communicate with the coach as to why players cannot attend. Players U14 and older are required to communicate directly with the coach as to why they cannot attend.
  • Participation levels will be considered in roster composition, playing time and offers to continue with the travel program the following soccer year. Attendance records are kept for all team programs.
  • The team commitment also includes participation in a specified number of tournaments determined on a team-by-team basis.
  • Players should be able to participate in additional club training activities (additional team training, goalkeeper training, speed & agility training, etc.). 
  • Participating fully in a SVU team requires a high level of commitment and dedication which will make participating in multiple soccer programs difficult. A player’s primary commitment must be to the SVU program.
  • Full-year commitment from SVU is extended to all players – players will not be cut during the soccer year. In return, a soccer-year commitment is required from the players and parents as well. This includes a comprehensive fall and spring program. Opting out of any aspect of this base program is not permitted.

Guest Play – Participation with Clubs other than SVU

  • SVU players may have opportunities to play with other clubs in tournaments, summer leagues, foreign travel, etc. SVU is enthusiastic about player taking advantage of guest playing opportunities that benefit their development and exposure. We are happy to help facilitate this.
  • SVU requires outside organizations to coordinate player releases and permission through the SVU office as per VYSA requirements. All players registered with the SVU travel program must give notice of their guest playing opportunities and receive permission. A guest player card will not be granted if player’s SVU account is not paid in full.

Participation in High School Soccer

Grades 9-12 – SVU fully supports spring high school soccer for our players in grades 9-12. In addition, to accommodate players with a fall school season, and players with a spring school season, SVU will do our best to field u15-u18 teams in both the fall and spring.

Grade 8 – All SVU players through grade 8 are required to make a commitment to Fall and Spring participation. The Fall/ Spring commitment is no different for players who happen to be in grade 8, and therefore eligible for participation in high school JV soccer. SVU supports our players in grade 8 who wish to add JV soccer to their schedule. Sitting out of the SVU season is not an option. Players who fail to fulfill their commitment will risk losing their “Good Standing” status. However, SVU is willing to work with players/ parents to find accommodations to make dual-team participation feasible for 8th graders wishing to play both SVU and High School soccer. In these cases, players will be asked to complete an Accommodations Agreement between the Travel Coordinator, Coach, Parent/Guardian and Player. 

Match Schedule

  • Matches typically occur once per week in the Fall and Spring, predominantly on Sundays. 
  • Some matches may be played on Saturdays as schedules necessitate.
  • Players should target 100% attendance for matches. We recognize irreconcilable conflicts may arise.  Therefore, the importance of attending whenever possible is stressed.
  • Occasionally 2 matches are played in a given week (i.e. make-up matches, Sat-Sun away match events).
  • For tournament events, teams will typically play 3-4 matches (Sat-Sun for most tournaments).
  • Players must arrive before all matches in time to participate in pre-match preparation activities. The arrival time for matches will be determined by the coach. Players and parents should expect an arrival time of 30min-1hr before kick-off time, depending on match circumstances.

Fall Matches

  • Fall league matches start around the 3rd week of August and end in late October.
  • All u11-u19 teams will participate in a minimum of one tournament.

Spring Matches

  • Spring league matches start around the 3rd week of March and end in mid-May.
  • All u11-u14 teams will participate in at least one spring tournament.

Additional Tournaments

  • Additional tournament schedules are determined at the discretion of SVU directors and coaching staff.
  • Typical additional tournaments include Labor Day, Columbus Day, and February/March tournaments.

Team Managers

  • The Team Manager serves as the administrative representative for the players, parents, coach and the club. It is a volunteer position that is pivotal to the success of our program.
  • Managers are not coaches but will work closely with the coach to manage the needs of the team. If parents have questions regarding coaching decisions, they must address the coach.
  • Managers can assist with concerns about schedules, events and rostering.
  • Managers are trained to utilize the VYSA rostering system. They are responsible for having the correct rosters and player cards available on the sidelines at every game.
  • Managers will utilize only the SVU recommended team app for team communication.
2020/21 Information
Interested in being a Team Manager? REGISTER below through the team personnel link. If you'd like more information about the position, contact Kayla Blake. Training is scheduled for Fridays, July 31 and August 7, 6:00pm. Both sessions are important to receive training on the VYSA rostering program, carding system, team app and club policy. This year, we will also be reviewing COVID protocols.

10 Boys U11 Blue
09 Boys U12 Blue
08 Boys U13 Blue, Andy Bawcombe
07 Boys U14 Blue
06 Boys U15 Blue, Eric Miller
05 Boys U16 Blue
04 Boys U17 Blue
03 Boys U18 Blue
02 Boys U19 Blue

09 Girls U12 Blue
08 Girls U13 Blue
07 Girls U16 Blue
06 Girls U15 Blue, Jeff McNeal
05 Girls U16 Blue
04 Girls U17 Blue
03 Girls U18 Blue
02 Girls U19 Blue, Rob Dredger

Extra Opportunities

Travel United Teams

Beginning in the Summer 2021, competitive travel teams will have the opportunity to travel outside the state, and country, to experience soccer in other parts of the world.

  • Players from the U14/15 teams, girls and boys, will be able to choose to participate in a domestic trip.
  • Players from the U17/18 teams, girls and boys, will be able to choose to participate in an international trip.
  • Details will be coordinated through SVU staff and presented to the teams at the start of the year before their potential trip to allow sufficient time for fundraising and family planning. In Fall 2020, U14/15 girls and boys teams and U17/18 girls and boys teams will receive information.

High School Elite Program

Edge Elite teams is a program focused on offering exposure to players with a genuine interest in pursuing soccer beyond the club level.

  • SVU players, grades 10-12, will have first eligibility to join the Edge Elite teams. Coach recommendations and tryouts will be used to determine team allocation.
  • Edge Elite team season is November-February; and includes twice weekly training, college seminars, and minimum of three regional college showcase tournaments.
  • Edge Elite teams may include players from other local clubs as rosters permit. These players must receive player release and permission through their current club as per VYSA requirements.

Team Communication

Parents should expect to receive the following communication from SVU staff and coaches:

  • Program and Coaching Philosophy
  • Expectations of players and parents
  • Season schedule

Parents should expect to receive the following communication from team manager:

  • Requests for player paperwork for rostering
  • Schedules for trainings, matches, tournaments
  • Information about other team functions

Coaches should expect the following communication from the parents:

  • Concerns regarding their child
  • Notice in advance for all absences and late arrivals
  • Positive support for all players, coaches and officials

It is not appropriate for parents to discuss the following with coaches:

  • Players other than their child
  • Training structure and activities
  • Tactical decisions during matches (positions, substitutions, systems, style of play, etc.)
  • Team strategy

Parents should follow the steps below to arrange discussions/meetings with coaches and/or SVU staff:

1)     Contact coach at an appropriate time to request a meeting. Coaches should not be approached on match days.

2)     If you are unable to reach the coach, contact the SVU Club Manager to facilitate a meeting with the coach.

3)     If, after meeting with the coach, the issue is not resolved, contact the SVU Club Manager to request a meeting.  The manager will meet together with the coach and parents to resolve the situation.

Training Schedule

Players are expected be well-behaved, attentive, and motivated throughout all training sessions. Players will be receptive to instruction, willing to learn and to accept both praise and critique as is integral to player and team development. Coaches will focus on the Learn/Growth Mindset.

  • All teams hold training sessions twice per week during the Fall and Spring seasons. 
  • Training sessions will be 1.5 hours in duration on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
  • All players are expected to arrive at training at least ten minutes before the scheduled start time.
  • Players are required to attend all training sessions unless excused by the coach. Players should target a minimum of 90% attendance level for trainings. We recognize irreconcilable conflicts arise. Therefore, the importance of attending whenever possible is stressed.
  • Parents should not be on field during any training sessions.

Fall Training

  • Fall training begins the week of Aug 10, 2020 with SVU Team Camp.
  • Regular fall team training schedules begin the week after Team Camp.
  • Fall training concludes the 1st week of November, with exceptions made for teams with later optional tournaments.

Winter Training

  • Winter training will be OPTIONAL and carry additional costs. It is strongly recommended to stay conditioned for the Spring season by participating.
  • Winter programming begins in December/ January, and ends in mid-February.

Spring Training

  • Spring team training typically begins mid-February, continuing through the end of May, leading up to the end-of-season tournaments (Memorial Day).

Third Night Training (TNT)

  • Additional training sessions occur in the Fall and Spring season on Wednesdays.
  • These sessions are included in your fees. 
  • Players are required to attend a minimum of four out of the six sessions throughout each season.
  • Session themes include SAQ, goalkeeping, and technical skills.

Summer Training

  • Summer training will be OPTIONAL and carry additional costs. It is strongly recommended to stay conditioned for the Fall season by participating.
  • Summer programming begins in mid-June, and ends in late-July.

Important Documents


 English Copies
copias en español
VYSA Medical Release Form for U9 and Above
Formulario de liberación médica para VYSA para U9 y arriba
Permission to Play/Emergency Contact Information
Permiso para Jugar/ Información de contacto en caso de emergencia
Competitive Travel Program Commitment 2020-21 
Financial Aid Application - All Programs
Aplicación para Ayuda Financiera - Todos los Programas
More Financial Aid Information
Más información de ayuda financiera

Supporter Sideline Conduct

  • Supporters should find seating on the sideline area designated for the SVU team.
  • Supporters do not go to the team bench. Only team staff and players are allowed at the team bench before, during and after a match. Do not cross the field. Remain on the sideline designated for spectators/ supporters.
  • Vocal support from parents and other supporters is welcomed and encouraged.
  • Be positive role models by encouraging good sportsmanship and demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, fans and officials at all trainings and matches.
  • Coaching from supporters is not permitted. This includes coaching of one’s own child in any language. Coaching is defined as telling a player what to do (e.g., “pass it,” “shoot,” “get the ball,” etc.).
  • Supporters must not engage in negative or abusive verbal exchanges with opposing players, opposing supporters, referees, etc. Any concerns at a match should be addressed after the match and in a formal way by the SVU staff, coaches or managers only.
  • Supporters must treat the facilities and facilities employees with respect, abide by all facilities rules, and always remove belongings and trash. During matches, SVU supporters are representatives of Shenandoah Valley United.
  • Supporters should adhere to the guidance of their team manager on the sidelines when attending matches.

IMPORTANT! Failure to follow the Sideline Conduct rules will result in:

1)     A verbal and/ or written warning by the coach, official, or SVU staff member

2)     Parent training and one match suspension

3)     Parent season suspension

4)     Player expulsion from the SVU competitive travel team program  


Shenandoah Valley United (SVU Soccer)
325 Cornerstone Lane 
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802

Phone: 540-214-2575
Email: [email protected]

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