About Lee Mount Vernon Sports Club
Located in Fairfax County, Virginia
Our Mission & History
Interestingly, the LMVSC was born at a baseball game. During the summer of 1969, three gentlemen, John Walker from Hybla Valley, Dennis Smith from Hayfield and a mutual baseball friend from Hayfield, Walt Ulica, were discussing the need of youth soccer in our area. A consensus emerged that soccer didn’t limit participation for lack of size or height and could be a tool for more participation by individual team players than some other youth sports. With this agreement, the Lee-Mt. Vernon Soccer Association was born.
LMVSC Recreational Soccer and Basketball Programs are unique in that its teams are formed on the basis of neighborhoods and schools.
This recognizes the importance of community and school on the social development of children. The spring of 1999 we began fielding of soccer teams in the Old Dominion Soccer League, The Washington Area Girls Soccer (WAGS) League, National Capital Soccer League, and most recently, the prestige Club Champions League. These leagues which will provide a higher level of play for those children who are interested in focusing more on the sport. The tremendous growth and size the Club can be attributed, in part, to the ability to respond to community needs and to the guaranteed participation of every Recreational player among his or her neighbors and friends.
Throughout its history, LMVSC has contracted with independent assignors to obtain professional referee services. LMVSC has developed an in-house program for providing FIFA/USSF certification for adults and youth who are interested in becoming referees. These referees then work with the LMVSC assignor to officiate the Clubs recreational as well as travel games. The funds for the referee pay are derived each year solely from the registration fees and donations paid by the players.
The emphasis of the Club has always been on participation, upon teaching basic soccer skills, good sportsmanship and team play. To that end, we have developed a league that provides for increased level of play to meet the needs of the players. The League is organized into recreational and travel programs.
In the Travel Soccer program, the objective is to groom the player for competition at a higher level than that found in the Recreational program. The program forms teams based upon a “try out” system which encourages players who have the desire, to compete against the finest teams in the Washington Metropolitan area and the nation. The objective of the LMVSC is to strike a balance between the Recreational and Travel programs that will enable all players to compete, to learn, and to enjoy the sport to the level that they desire.
The Recreational Soccer Program offers participants to learn the fundamental skills and technique in a fun, safe developmentally friendly competitive environment. Volunteer Coaches will hold practices during the week and games on the weekend.
The Instructional (training) Soccer Programs offers age specific training with LMVSC Professional Soccer Trainers. SoccerKinder (2-3 years), Junior Patriots (4 years), Pre-Developmental (5 years), and the NextGen Academy. These instructional programs offer age specific training to those players seeking professional training. Training sessions are provided on weekdays. This is a supplement program to the Recreational Program.
The NextGen Academy provides Professional Training twice a week and plays games against other Soccer clubs on weekends– every player plays!
The Recreational Basketball program offers participants a chance to learn the fundamental skills and technique in a fun, safe developmentally friendly competitive environment. Volunteer Coaches will hold practices during the week and games on the weekend.
The Travel Basketball program’s objective is to groom the player for competition at a higher level than that found in the Recreational Basketball program. The program forms teams based upon a “try out” system which encourages players who have the desire, to compete against the finest teams in the Washington Metropolitan area and the nation.
Our number one priority is to romance the youngsters, to make them love the game. Let them enjoy every minute for its own sake. Let the rewards be the sheer joy of the play. Wherever feasible, keep the emphasis on winning or losing out of their way. Let them just fall in love with the ball and the comradery and with the challenges they represent.
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Major milestones of the Club:
|1971||Girls Division organized|
|1972||High School Division started|
|1973||Games under the lights|
|1976||1st/2nd grade clinic groups organized|
|1983||Spring season added|
|1986||1st/2nd grade clinics become D Division and play regular games|
|1987||D Division and High School Added to the Spring schedule|
|1989||D Division split into Boys and Girls teams|
|1995||E Division (Kindergarten) added to provide small sided soccer|
|1996||Small sided soccer extended up through the B Division|
|1998||Teams compete for the first time in the Old Dominion Soccer League.
Formalized end-of-season tournaments of A, B, and C divisions
|1999||LMVSC gained membership into The Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS).
The “Ben Willey” Sportsmanship Award created.
LMVSC gained membership into The National Capital Soccer League (NCSL)
|2002||Director of Player Development position created|
|2006||Organization name changed to Lee – Mount Vernon Soccer Club.
Mini Kickers – U-4 receive professional age appropriate training/games
|2007||Developmental Academy-8 players – professional training two days a week|
|2009||Organization name changed to Lee Mount Vernon Sports Club – Added Recreational Basketball.|
|2011||LMVSC admitted to the Fairfax County Youth Basketball League- (FCYBL)|
|2012||Instructional Soccer Programs offered to Soccer tots 3 year olds to 8 year olds.|
|2015||LMVSC gained membership into the Club Champions League.|