Q: How are teams selected?
A: MYSA requires all affiliate clubs to submit teams and coaches by the beginning of March. We cannot register a team with MYSA without a minimum number of registered players. Once teams are registered, clubs may begin filling the team rosters until limits* are reached. LFYS typically does not hold team tryouts unless registrations number warrant such. Tryouts are held at the discretion of the Coaching Director and Advisory Team. It is always the goal of LFYS to provide as many players as possible the opportunity to play soccer.
Q: What if the team roster is full for my player’s age group?
A: MYSA allows up to two over-roster players per team**. Once the over-roster limit is filled, players have the option to register as a Recreation player with MYSA (at a reduced fee of $40). This allows the player to hold a player pass with MYSA and LFYS and practice with the team. In the event that space opens up for the player to play in a game, the player will be added to the roster as a Recreation-Plus (limited to no more than three). Additionally, if scrimmages or “friendly” matches are scheduled, the player would be eligible to participate.
Q:When will my player have practices and games?
A: Practice schedules are determined by the team coach. Some coaches are college students who are not available to work with teams until later in the season (sometimes after the first week of games). If this is the situation, we invite a team manager (parent) to step forward and work with LFYS Advisory Team to a) provide options for players to work with one of other LFYS coaches until the team coach is able to join the team; b) parents of players coach during the interim or c) combine with another team temporarily to practice together until the coach is available. Game schedules are set by the MYSA Competitive Committee. Game nights are available to view at http://mnyouthsoccer.org. Game nights are typically either Monday and Wednesday evenings OR Tuesday and Thursday evenings (generally played between 6:00-8:00 p.m.) depending on age group, gender and level of competition. Rescheduled games are determined by both the home and away team coaches and may be scheduled on an alternate day of the week as agree upon by the teams. Games are usually scheduled beginning the first week of May through June (possibly into early July).
Q: Why is my child on a team with older/younger players?
There are two things are play here:
- Beginning in 2017, US Youth Soccer changed team registration to a system that matches the calendar year. That means your child may be in school with younger or older players that they play with in the summer with our club. This is not something that we have any control over.
- We normally have one or two U10 teams, and then 3 teams for girls between U11-18 and 3 for boys between U11-18, for example, a U12, U14, and U17 team. This means that we often have teams that span 2 or 3 years. We try to keep the younger teams to two years, but it is all based on registration numbers with the goal of providing an opportunity to play for as many players as possible.
Q: What if I don’t know anything about soccer? How do I help with my player(s)’ team?
A: MYSA provides resources for those interested in learning the laws of the game as well as coaching resources and licensing at all levels. Additionally, there are great FREE resources available online (Youtube) which demonstrate skills, drills and games at all levels of play. The only requirement to assist with a LFYS team is to submit to a background check through MYSA (paid for by the club). You will then carry an adult (coaches) pass and be eligible to coach or assist with the team during games.
Q: Why do we have to travel so far to play?
A: Our club is actually part of the Northwest District league (U10 Rec Plus League still plays in this district) Until 2013 we were traveling to Detroit Lakes, Thief River Falls, East Grand Forks, Bemidji and Crookston to play teams during the week. In 2013 we began playing in the North District of MYSA. The North District includes teams from the northern metro area suburbs (Anoka, Blaine, White Bear Lake, Maple Grove and includes Cambridge/Isanti as well as teams from Hermantown/Duluth).
One parent/guardian from each family is expected to volunteer*** in a capacity agreeable to the family member and the team during the season. Opportunities include (not limited to): coach, assistant coach, team parent (communicate directions, arrange transportation and logistics to away games), concession sales, equipment inventory, promotion/marketing (photos, press releases), fundraising, club advisory team+ (member, treasurer, registrar, president, administrator, coaching director, and outreach).
*MYSA sets the roster limits (ie: U12 teams are limited to no more than 14 players on a team roster. This means the team can carry only 14 players to a game – even if they have two players over-roster).
**Team coach(es), players and parents reserve the right to determine how to select the team roster in the event the team is over-roster (ie: drawing names, etc.).
***Stipends available for coaches. +Club Advisory Member/Officers eligible to receive 50% discount on player fee(s).