What are the age groups?
U4, U6, U8, U10, U12, U18 & Adult
Placement for your child into an age group will be based upon the U.S. Youth Soccer Birth Chart.
What is the registration process for MYS and what do we need to bring?
Registration is available in person at the Civic Center during normal business hours or online at www.mcminnvilleyouthsoccer.com (all online registrations will be subject to a $2 convenience fee.)
You will need a copy of the player's birth certificate. Complete the registration form, Cardiac Arrest and concussion statements and photo release forms.
Payment will also be due upon registering.
All players that register during late registration will be charged an additional $10.
What are the registration dates?
Spring Registrations start in early January. Fall Registrations start early in June.
Why do you charge a late fee?
Let's answer your question with a question…how do you feel, as a parent, when you have your day’s schedule set and your child walks up to you on the way out the door to school and says “I lost one of my shoes and I don’t have any others” or “I need $15 for a field trip and today is the deadline”…kind of frustrating isn’t it?
We believe one of the strong points of our league is organization and when the last day of registration is finished we immediately start the process of paying for the children’s league insurance, organizing coaches and leagues and completing league schedules. If we get 5 to 20 parents registering late, we have to re-do the insurance, find more coaches and get those coaches certified and assigned to teams and then, if we add a large number of kids in a particular league we have to re-do the schedules…as you can see, not as simple as “just adding a kid to the league”. And all of this must be completed in about a week's time so do us all a favor…save yourself $10 and register during regular registration and help us keep our sanity!!
How much does it cost to register my child to play?
All participants ages 3-17 are $40 per participant. A $5 discount is applied if you register a participant's siblings. Adults who register to play (18 and older) are $25. If you register online there is a $2 convenience fee.
Can my child play in a different age group?
We usually suggest that your child play in the age group that is for your child’s age. There are some exceptional players that are capable of “playing up” a level, but from our experience we have noticed that these kids struggle quite a bit, especially early in the season. Sometimes these kids have a tendency to get frustrated and consider quitting because the game ceases to be fun. Our suggestion is to let them play in the correct age group and be “the big fish in a little pond” for a while and to have success because success tends to build confidence. But we do allow kids to “play up” an age level at the parents request (just give this a lot of careful consideration). We do not allow kids to “play down” a level, regardless of the circumstances…this is due to insurance regulations.
When does the spring and fall seasons start? How many games are played?
The start of the spring season normally starts with practices in March and games in April and teams will play anywhere from 8-10 games, depending on the number of kids registered and the amount of teams we have. The start of the Fall Season begins with practices in August and games starting the end of August or the beginning of September. The Fall Season will run through the end of October and kids will play around 8-10 games with a tournament for the older ages at the end of the season.
How often should the teams practice?
This will depend on the coach. Some coaches have a more demanding work schedule and may not make as many practices as others, but don’t assume they don’t care. Oftentimes, they will get a qualified assistant to run a practice and as a parent, don’t be afraid to volunteer some of your time. Even bringing juice or a snack adds to the fun! Usually teams will practice 1-2 times per week.
When are games played?
Games are played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Saturday mornings. Evening games start at 5:30. Saturday games start at 9:00.
How is my child placed on a team?
Players are placed on teams based on their age first. The players in each age group are the equally divided into teams based on the number of coaches that have committed to coach that age group.
Can I request a specific coach?
We attempt to maintain a fair balance between all teams. However, we will evaluate each special request and honor that request if possible. Usually these requests are so that siblings can be on the same team.
How are MYS coaches selected and trained?
All of our coaches are carefully screened. They must fill out an application and they go through a thorough screening process. They must complete a background check with the TBI - Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. If they pass that they must complete a concussion awareness certification through the CDC – Center of Disease Control and provide a certificate of completion. Last season we offered a hands on clinic over the summer where they learned and practiced drills and training skills. So, as we continue to grow and improve our league, your child will have exposure to excellent coaching at all levels to give them the best youth league experience possible and to prepare them for any advanced levels they may want to attain.
If I have a problem with my coach, what should I do?
Our coaches are very reasonable people, we suggest going to the coach after practice or a game (please don’t interrupt the middle of a practice or game) and calmly discuss the situation with them, they might not even be aware there is a problem. We suggest a civil and calm tone and don’t start the conversation by attacking the coach, be assured that conversation will not be very productive! From our experience, if you handle it this way, 99% of situations are usually resolved. If, after your discussion with the coach, you still are not satisfied you may contact the league administrator/athletic coordinator Justin Scott at 931-473-1212.
Do I need to stick around for practices or games?
Let us answer your question with a question, why would you want to leave and miss something? This is a great time to learn more about your child and to bond with them. Imagine little Isaac or Samantha (names changed of course) scores their very first goal, don’t you think they would want you there to witness that? Of course they would! Also imagine little Isaac or Samantha takes a fall…do you think they want a coach who they may have just met or the person they love most in the world helping them through the situation? You, of course! We understand that some parents work and can’t be there…this is a part of life and we understand, but if a parent can’t be there, we expect them to have a responsible person there to represent them. What happens if it starts raining or thundering and lightning during practice? Our coaches are not allowed to drive players home due to safety issues, so if you can’t make it make sure you have someone there for you. Besides our coaches need to spend their time and energy coaching, not babysitting.
How do we know if our game is cancelled when there is inclement weather?
We recommend to every parent, coach and person who plans to attend a game to sign up for RainedOut.com – this is an easy and free service to sign up for and the minute we make the decision to cancel games you will receive a text with the message. Go to the web site www.rainedout.com and be the first to know when games are cancelled. We also have a link on this web site that gives you step by step instructions on how to sign up.
Why is the league so opposed to parents yelling out instructions to their kids during games?
We feel this is very distracting to the players and teams. For you parents who do this, how would you like it if you are at your job and you have 3 or 4 supervisors sitting on your shoulder screaming conflicting suggestions while you attempt to do your job…how would you perform? Wouldn’t be so easy, would it? We find that the players respond to the coaches instruction better if that is all they have to listen to. Every coach does things differently. Sometimes you may not understand why they are doing something. We only ask that you allow the players to play, the coaches to coach and you, as the parent, support your player in a positive and encouraging manner.
Why did that parent/spectator get asked to leave the field by the referee?
The game of soccer is a very fast paced sport. It includes a lot of action from many different angles and from many different players at the same time. It is a very physical game. Players trip and fall. They get bumped and bruised. The referee is in place to ensure the safety of the players and that the Laws of the Game are being followed. It is often easy for a referee to miss something that is not in the "action" of the current play. The referees are trained to be the best they can and provide the best judgment they can. There will be calls made that the spectators, players and coaches do not understand or agree with. The referees decision is FINAL! Any arguing with the referee will not be tolerated and the individual will be asked to leave. The referee will also remove ANYONE who is aggressive towards anther person or uses foul language.