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Soccer

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General

How does MSC communicate?

MSC will send out updates and information via email.  Please be sure your email address is correct in GotSport, and please watch for incoming emails from Middleton Soccer Club or GotSport.

How is MSC structured?

Age Group

What age group is my player?

U5 & U6 combined to play U6

U7 & U8 combined to play U8

Rec U9 & U10 combined to play U10

Rec U11 & U12 combined to play U12

Rec U13 & U14 combined to play U14

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Recreational
Competitive
Practices
Games

What is the time commitment for the Recreational program?

Recreational players registering in the fall are registering for fall and spring. Fall usually runs from end of August to end of October, and spring soccer resumes in March until end of May. Refunds are not offered for those who choose to drop between fall and spring. 

We also offer a spring registration for those players who missed it in the fall.  Spring registration opens December or January.

 

U4: 1-2 practices a week (45 min), no scheduled games.

U6: 2 practices a week (45 min), 1 game on weekends (games played at Foote Park).

U8: 2 practices a week (45-60 min), 1 game on weekends (games played at Foote Park).

U10: 2 practices a week (60 min), 1-2 games on weekends (games played at Foote Park; sometimes coaches may set up other games).

U12: 2 practices a week (90 min), 1-2 games on weekends (home games played at Foote; away games require some local travel).

U14: 2 practices a week (90 min), 1-2 games on weekends (home games played at Foote; away games require some local travel).

Do you have a fall-only registration for Recreational?

We are a full-year program, but if your player is unable to return in the spring, please let your coach and registrar@middletonsoccer.org know. Refunds are not offered for those who choose to drop between fall and spring.

How will my coach get a hold of me?

Here are some methods coaches may use, but please be sure your GotSport account has accurate contact info:

How does my player join the Competitive program?

Our competitive program is by invite only based on club tryouts.  All players U9+ are invited to tryouts, which are typically held the beginning of June.  After tryouts, coaches will notify the players who are invited to the team.  Remaining players are encouraged to register for one of our recreational teams.

What is the time commitment for the Competitive program?

The MSC competitive program requires a year-long commitment that consists of fall and spring. League games typically begin in September and go through October for the fall season. In spring, games begin in March and run through May. Teams typically participate in off-season winter activities such as indoor soccer. (The fees for this are not covered in registration and are the responsibility of the team.) Practice days and times will be determined by the coach and can begin starting July 1st.

U9/U10: 2 practices a week (75 min), 1-2 games/week
U11/U12: 2-3 practices a week (90 min), 1-2 games/week
U13+: 3+ practices a week (90 min-120 min), 1-2 games/week

Minimum of two tournaments determined by your coach.  Tournaments may require travel.  (MSC covers the cost of TWO tournament registration fees per team per soccer year. Travel costs are the responsibility of the team.)

How will my Competitive coach get a hold of me?

Invited players will be notified shortly after tryouts.  Here are some methods coaches may use, but please be sure we have your accurate contact info:

  • Emailing through GotSport

  • Texting

  • Email

  • MOJO Sports App

What days will my Rec player practice?

A perk for our volunteer Rec coaches is that they work with our field coordinator to choose what practice days and times work best.  Because of this, we are unable to predetermine practice days and times.

Practices don't work for our schedule.  Can I switch teams?

We understand schedules can get hectic!  However, in consideration of the number of players, teams, and coaches MSC manages, and the valuable time of our coach and board volunteers, MSC does not honor requests for teams, coaches, or players when forming teams. Switching teams for schedules, friends, or family is not permitted. Honoring requests results in a burden on the volunteer coaches and can result in the shorting or overloading of teams. Special requests for emergencies or direct family members can be considered upon request and reviewed by the managing member or Board of Directors.

What if I need to miss a practice or a game?

Please let your coach know ahead of time.

What does my player need to bring to practice?

  • water bottle with plenty of water

  • ball, if they have one

  • cleats (no toe cleat)

  • shin guards

  • socks to go over shin guards

  • optional: bug spray and sunscreen

What size of ball does my player use?

U4 to U8: Size 3
U9 to U12: Size 4
U13+: Size 5

What does my player need to bring to a game?

  • uniform

  • water bottle with plenty of water

  • ball, if they have one

  • cleats (no toe cleat)

  • shin guards

  • socks to go over shin guards

  • optional: bug spray and sunscreen

What jersey color should my player wear?

Academy (Rec U6-U10)

  • (H) or Home team wears gray

  • (A) or Away team wears blue

League America (Rec U11+)

IYSA states: Each team must have alternate color of jersey or training vest. In cases of color similarity, the designated home team (listed first) will change jerseys.  

(But here's what the IYSA Comp league follows):

  • (H) or Home team wears light-colored

  • (A) or Away team wears dark

 

Competitive

  • (H) or Home team wears light-colored

  • (A) or Away team wears dark

  • Team in incorrect color is asked to change

What are the game rules?

Academy (Rec U6-U10)​

League America (Rec U11+)

Competitive​

How long are the games?

U6 to U8: (4) 10-min qtrs; 2-min btwn qtrs; 5-min halftime
U9/U10: (2) 25-min halves; 5-min halftime
U11/U12: (2) 30-min halves; 5-min halftime
U13/U14: (2) 35-min halves; 5-min halftime
U15/U16: (2) 40-min halves; 5-min halftime

Will our game have a referee?

There is a nationwide shortage of referees, but MSC and IYSA are making the most of it with what refs are available.  If you are assigned a ref, please be sure you and your team are treating them kindly.

U4-U8​
These age groups do not have assigned refs, so coaches will ref the game or may ask for volunteers.

Recreational U10
MSC tries to cover games with the few refs we have, but please be aware that coaches or parents may need to step in if a ref is unavailable or is a no-show.

League America (Rec U11+)
IYSA assigns refs to games, but please be aware that coaches or parents may need to step in if a ref is unavailable or is a no-show.

Competitive
IYSA assigns refs to games, but please be aware that coaches or parents may need to step in if a ref is unavailable or is a no-show.

Comp Time Commitment
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