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About NSSA

North Suburban Soccer Association

North Suburban Soccer Association promotes youth soccer throughout the Roseville Area and Mounds View public school districts in the north metro area of the Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. This large area includes residents of Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, Roseville, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights, as well as other surrounding communities.

We are volunteers serving more than 1,000 youth through organized recreational, competitive and junior academy leagues for ages 3 through 18. Welcome to our Club!

 

STATE OF THE CLUB - FEBRUARY 2022

Feb 20, 2022

For those of you who could not make our AGM we wanted to send out “The State of the Club” address that I gave to those who were gathered at Rosebrook.

My name is Mike Meloch, and I am the out-going club President which I have enjoyed doing over these last 4 years.  Jamie Schreiber will be taking over the reins and I will move into the VP role for 2022.  It has been a blessing working with such a fine group of people on the board, they serve this community selflessly with their time, talents, and treasures.  In 2021, we restructured the board into six committees Club Development, Soccer Experience, Player Development, Coach Development, Fields and Facilities and Financial Development.  

Being financially sound is critical to funding the things we believe are important to provide the best soccer experience in the metro. Examples include delivering a year-round soccer opportunity even throughout the winter months.  We also worked hard at investing in our club culture by bringing families together for our year-end celebration in June which was attended by over 700 people.  We have been working hard to add financial rigor to our decision-making and I can honestly tell you that the club is on firm ground financially.   We navigated COVID, which put a lot of pressure on youth sports as a whole and we’ve been able to keep our fees relatively flat as compared to other clubs in our area. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships has been a high priority with the board.  The mission of our club is “To give all youth soccer players a place to belong.”  We understand the cost of youth athletics has gone up considerably over the last 5 years. NSSA is committed to giving everyone a place to play; that includes those who are currently going through a financial hardship. To date, we’ve given out over $55,000 in scholarships and aid this 2021/22 competitive season. That means we’ve been able to give over 80 kids the opportunity to play competitive soccer that otherwise wouldn’t.

How are we able to create the funds to do that? We’ve increased our focus on scholarships and charitable donations. Six or seven years ago, we didn’t have sponsors, today we’re excited to have Tradition Capital Bank back with us for two more years. Plus we’ve added sponsors like Summit Mortgage, Medica, Standard Heating and Cooling, DirecTV and several others. On Give to the Max Day we we’re blessed to have an anonymous donor step in because they believe in the positive impact NSSA makes in our community, contribute a five-figure gift to the club bringing our total received over $30,000 in charitable donations 2021.

Two years ago, we brought on Joe Voeller as our director of coaching.  Under his leadership, we’ve seen him implement new ideas and opportunities that have really taken hold in our club. Examples include a consistent training curriculum across all competitive teams, adding Speed and Agility Program, College Recruiting session this month (led by Brady Hicks U14+ director) as well as coach education workshops.

The club’s competitive registrations, particularly at the younger ages, reflect that families like what they’re seeing. At our U9 and U10 level, we have as many as six boys teams and six girls teams. On the Junior Academy side, Katelynn Fast and Desiree Cremeen continue to grow the program. Last fall we added 100 new families to the club through Junior Academy, which is amazing!!  For players who don’t desire the time commitment of competitive soccer, we offered a recreational program and had 17 teams and around 175 participants.   A big thank you to Barb and Kelsi who works hundreds of hours behind the scenes make it all happen from Rec to referees to registration and everything in between.
 

NSSA is in a very good place, and I want to thank our board members for volunteering and many of you as well as you fill roles of team managers, carpool coordinators, travel agents for tournaments, etc.  There are many other roles we must continue to fill to be a community-based club if you would like to volunteer, please submit your name to volunteer@nssasoccer.org and someone will get in touch with you.

Blessings,
Mike Meloch