2020 Spring Micro-Elite Program
The 2020 Spring Micro-Elite program is a competitive development program for boys and girls ages 6 through 10. This is a minimal travel program focused on taking players through age-appropriate development of soccer skills, etiquette, fair play and team dynamics, designed to help further their love and understanding of the game as we prepare them for the transition to competitive travel soccer.
There will be emphasis on skills that will allow for valuable participation, understanding and contributions on a team at all positions, while at the same time bolstering the ability to enjoy playing soccer. Above all, our goal is to have fun and help players embrace the spirit of the game.
Team Format & Player Assignment
Teams will be formed based on total registration and appropriate age breakouts. If registration numbers allow, we aim to have a girls and boys team in each age group, however it may be necessary to field an age group as a co-ed team.
Will begin outdoor training/practice sessions in March 2020, weather and field permitting. Expect 1 to 2 sessions each week with 1 to 2 hours per session. Coaches will determine the best day(s), time(s), and location for their team’s sessions and will communicate their schedule prior to the first week. We plan to use Hamilton School district and/or Corvallis School District fields.
Match schedules will be determined closer to the start of the spring season. We coordinate with clubs throughout the state to schedule matches, scrimmages and friendlies to provide ample exposure to game play. We anticipate the majority of games to be played either Friday evenings or Saturdays. While minimal, there will be some travel needed to game locations.
Each player and team will be registered with the Montana Youth Soccer Association’s (MYSA) Spring League for scheduling of sanctioned matches. At this age level, most clubs throughout the state coordinate their own matches, scrimmages and friendlies to provide ample opportunities for game play. However MYSA does, at times, schedule on our behalf. We will do our best to keep travel distance to a minimum (i.e. no more than 2 to 3 hours from Hamilton) when scheduled away. Not every weekend will be a scheduled MYSA sanctioned match, therefore each team will also be scheduled for friendlies/scrimmages locally (Hamilton, Stevensville, Missoula, etc.). We anticipate the majority of games to be played either on Friday evenings or Saturdays. Game day schedules will be published closer to start of the season.
$25.00 non-refundable registration fee
$75.00 program fee ~ due by April 15, 2020
NO TEAM FEES
Every player will be given a game-day jersey to keep
Each player/family is responsible for their own travel expenses (gas, food, etc.) to game day locations.
For matches/scrimmages/friendlies wear black shorts, black socks and the provided game-day jersey. Every players MUST have shin guards and soccer cleats for training/practices and games or they cannot participate. Please be sure that your player has adequate water with them.
1 to 2 licensed referees per team are REQUIRED in order to participate in MYSA sanctioned matches. Lack of referees will force the team to forfeit. Referees are also vital for scrimmages/ friendlies. Referees are paid for each game they officiate and Valley Elite F.C. will reimburse initial licensing and uniform expenses for newly licensed referees.
Each team will be coached by an experienced and licensed United States Youth Soccer Coach. Valley Elite F.C. and MYSA require our coaches to pass a background check, complete concussion awareness training 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 the level of team and years of coaching. Valley Elite’s Technical Director is responsible for establishing and communicating the core curriculum for the program and administering necessary coach training.
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.
What is covered by the registration and program fee?
Player liability insurance ~ you are required to have personal health insurance
Equipment (pinnies, cones, goals, nets, etc.)
Game balls for each team
Entrance into MYSA State League
Entrance into MYSA Showcase Cup, as applicable
Field maintenance expenses
Club operating expenses
Coaching education expenses
Coaching travel expenses & stipends, when feasible
Player game-day jersey