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2020 Spring Competitive Program


 

 

 

Our 2020 Spring Competitive Program is open to boys and girls ages 10 through 18. Participation in this program requires travel throughout the state of Montana for Saturday games, weekend travel for tournaments (some out of state travel required), and 2 to 4 practices each week. This program, while can be a lot of fun, it does require significant commitment and participation, not only from players but families too.

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Commitment Level & Season Plans
  • Very High

  • Indoor Winter Training Session – starts week of January 6, 2020 and will run 6-8 weeks (voluntary, but highly recommended)

  • Outdoor/Season Practices will run 2 to 4 times per week at the discretion of the coaching staff and will last approximately 1 to 2 hours (will vary by team)

  • Regular season matches are on Saturdays – overnight travel is not anticipated

  • Significant Travel – Montana is a large state and your team may have to travel to Libby or Havre.

  • Tournament Participation is expected – 2 to 3 tournaments per team will be planned and discussed with the team (U10, U11 and U12 teams may do only 1 or 2). Tournaments are typically played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with overnight stays required and potential travel needed on Thursdays. Participation in the MYSA State Cup is mandatory.

  • Parents/Guardians will be expected to assist with field set-up/clean-up and concessions (as applicable) when your team hosts home games.

  • Parents/Guardians may be asked to fill these roles at the team meeting:

    • Team Manager

    • Referee (each team is REQUIRED to provide 1 to 2 referees)

  • Recommended volunteer time/participation in Valley Elite F.C. Fundraisers and other committee needs.

2020 Spring Season Length
  • Pre-Season/Indoor Winter Training Session – 6 to 8 weeks beginning week of January 6, 2020.

  • Spring Outdoor Practices – Begin when field/weather conditions improve, by March

  • Spring Regular Season: typically 3 months, beginning end of March/beginning of April through mid-June. Games are scheduled every Saturday unless there is a team blackout date or lack of other clubs to play.

  • Spring Tournaments: Compete in the MYSA State Cup (mid June) in addition to 1 or 2 more tournaments, at the discretion of the coach and team.

Coaches
  • Each team is led by an experienced and licensed United States Youth Soccer Coach. Valley Elite F.C. and MYSA require our coaches to pass a background check, pass a concussion awareness test provided by the CDC, obtain a minimum of a Grassroots certification (equivalent to an F Grade License) with US Soccer, and additional licensing as required based on level of team and years of coaching.

  • Valley Eilte F.C. provides a stipend (when feasible) and the team provides travel reimbursement for their head coach.

Team Managers
  • Each team is required to have a volunteer team manager to provide regular team communication and coordination; communicate time and location of practices and game matches, assist with determining and registering for tournament attendance and collection of team fees.  Team Managers are a benefit for the coach and will report to the Club’s Secretary and/or Registrar.

Referees
  • Each team is required to have available one to two referees at the level of Assistant Referee. Referees are paid for each game they officiate and Valley Elite F.C. will reimburse initial licensing and uniform expenses.

2020 Spring Competitive Season Expenses
  • U10-U18: $75 Registration/Try-Out Fee (non-refundable)

  • U10-U18 Program Fee: $270

  • There will be a late fee of $75 applied to registrations after January 15, 2020.

  • Team Fees: Determined by team based on tournament selection, locations of tournament games, regular season games, and coaches travel reimbursement. The total team fee is split equally amongst each player. Your team manager will be in contact regarding team fees closer to the start of the spring season.

  • Overnight hotel stays for tournaments and travel expenses for games (gas and food) are personal expenses.

  • Payment in full must be made by February 15, 2020 We will accept 3-month equal payments for the program fee with the final payment due by April 15, 2020.

  • Scholarships for the program fee are available on a first come, first serve basis. Applications are available HERE and will be accepted through January 15, 2020.

  • Refund policy: The $75 registration fee is non-refundable. The $270 program fee is refundable for medical reasons or at the discretion of the board of directors for other situations until the teams begin outdoor practices. After teams begin outdoor practices, we are unable to refund any amount of the program fee. 

  • If your player has an outstanding balance, payment in full is required before their registration is accepted. Please contact the Club Treasurer at info@valleyelitefc.com to inquire.

What is covered by the registration and program fee?
  • Winter indoor training session

  • Player liability insurance ~ you are required to have personal health insurance

  • Equipment (pinnies, cones, goals, nets, etc.)

  • Game balls for each team

  • Referee fees

  • Entrance into MYSA State League

  • Entrance into MYSA State Cup (U13+) or Showcase Cup (U10-U12)

  • Field maintenance expenses

  • Club operating expenses

  • Coaching education expenses

  • Coaching stipends (not travel expenses), when feasible

  • Uniform (for new Valley Elite F.C. registrations only)
    - If you have already been issued a uniform from past seasons and need replacements, the following replacement costs will be the responsibility of the player/parent: 
    $50 per jersey
    $25 shorts
    $12.50 per pair of socks.