1. Pre-Season Information
We have enclosed a variety of information that you will need prior to the beginning of your season. The best on-line reference for most of
your soccer questions can be answered at www.mnyouthsoccer.org and most rules and regulation questions can be found in the MYSA rules manual at
Initial Parent Team Meeting: Each team needs to have an initial/first meeting in which the coach and team leader can become acquainted with all
of the parents. A team manager/team parent leader needs to be selected in order to help in the selection of tournaments, plan for the whole season and
assist the coaches in the pre-game routines.
North District Coaches Meeting: This meeting is mandatory! Typically on the first Saturday in May, the north district hosts a coaches / team
meeting. This meeting will provide you with all of the MYSA items that you require to begin your season. It is mandatory that either the coach or the
team manager attends this meeting to pick up all details for your season. Game schedules will be distributed, the MYSA Coach Handbook will be distributed
and a general rule update will be discussed.
Director of Coaching and Player Development Meeting: The current Director will meet with all coaches prior to the Blaine scheduled clinics.
Uniforms: The club organizes the uniform purchase and issues them to teams. You will be contacted when the uniforms are sorted and ready to be
Playing Time: Please refer to the Blaine Parent Handbook. Traveling soccer is a competitive sport and your soccer board does have a playing
time requirement policy. We would hope that you utilize your players to the best advantage of the individual player and your team, keeping in mind that
in order for a player to develop, they need to continue their training and to have the opportunity to "touch the ball".
Out of State Tournaments: If you are planning an out-of-state tournament, please be aware that you have to apply to MYSA for permission to go.
Birth Certificates: Tournaments do require them! You will want to ask for a photocopy of the player's birth certificate for tournament needs.
MYSA Liability/Medical Forms: Please have each parent complete the MYSA Liability/Medical form each season. The team manager will be responsible
for keeping these on hand for games and tournaments. Many tournaments request these when you check in, so keep them available. Please note that parent
signatures should be notarized.
U09 and U10 Jamborees: The same information applies here also. If you want to compete in the state jamboree, you must apply as quickly as possible.
Field Director: Contact the current Field Coordinator with the City of Blaine at 763-785-6162 if you have any questions concerning what fields are available and to arrange practice
times and field location. Please note that there is no field usage until approx. mid-April.
District-State Tournament Registration: At this time registration for districts and state is via the telephony system. Please pay close
attention to the deadlines. Failure to meet the deadline will result in your team not participating in the end of the season tournaments.
Equipment: The current Director of Coaching will be in contact with your coaching staff to make available game balls
and corner flags for each team. Each team is responsible for keeping and turning in the corner flags at the end of the season.
Referee Money: We pay our referees for home games.
Playing-Up Policy: We do encourage the use of "playing up" when the situation warrants it. This is a great opportunity to challenge younger
players from time to time. Please be considerate of other coaches and other team's needs as you consider "playing up" a selected player.
- If you play up, both coaches must be consulted.
- The individual "playing up" must put their rostered team first.
- Premier level players may only play up to Premier Teams at an older age level.
- Playing up to a C1 level at an older age group is not permitted per MYSA.
Roster Sheets: You will receive these at the North District Mandatory Coaches Meeting on the first Saturday in May. You will need a separate
copy for each league game and tournament game. We would recommend that you have the team manager handle this job. This roster and player passes will
need to be delivered to the center referee prior to each game. Following each game this form must be MAILED to the appropriate district representative.
The home team needs to provide the referee with a stamped envelope addressed to the appropriate District Coordinator.
MYSA Telephony System: These calls must be placed following every single game. Non-compliance may result in a forfeited game.
Player Passes: You will receive these from our Registrar. Remember that a current picture will be needed for each player pass; this includes
coach, assistant coach and team manager. The passes must be laminated.
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2. Team Manager Duties
It is the Team Manager's role to handle the administrative duties of a traveling soccer team, to free the coach's time for coaching, and to be the focal point for communications
between the parents, the Coach, and the Blaine Soccer Club. A team Manager's main contact with the club will be the appropriate Travel Coordinator.
- Create and manage the team budget.
- Organize and run fundraisers for your team. (Individual teams must be granted prior approval from the Blaine Board for any fundraising activities).
- Provide a team roster with names, addresses, phone numbers and parent's names to all players.
- Collect player photos, laminate MYSA player passes for each player. Include an identification card attached to the ring in case passes are lost!
- Create a calling tree and e-mail list (on Blaine web site) for team communications.
- Create and Update Blaine team web page.
- Act as a conduit between the team, coach and Blaine Soccer Board.
- Receive uniforms and distribute to the players
- Provide printed practice and game schedules, and distribute any other communications as may be necessary during the season.
- Register for year-end District/State Tournaments.
- Plan end of the season party for the team.
- Collect and have available notarized MYSA Liability/Medical Release Forms.
- Collect and have available photocopies of each player's birth certificate
- Distribute Coaching Evaluation form for parents and Player Assessment to Coaches.
- Assist the team Coaches in any way needed to assure the smooth operation of your team and an enjoyable soccer experience for the players and parents.
- Have required adults complete the Adult Consent Form
- Along with the coach, fill out and submit tournament applications, providing the necessary rosters, documentation and fees, by the specified deadlines (usually Feb - March for summer tournaments).
- Coordinate hotel reservations and/or travel arrangements for tournaments asap.
- Submit travel authorization form to MYSA. For out of state travel, fee is $25 and must be submitted at least 30 days before travel. For out of country travel, fee is $75 and must be submitted at least 60 days before travel. Most tournaments in western Wisconsin (MYSA territory) are not considered out of state.
- Check in at tournaments, providing copy of official MYSA Roster, laminated player passes, tournament confirmation letter, travel permit (if out of state), and MYSA Liability/Medical Release Forms.
- Provide schedules for games and tournament events and any other tournament books, etc. to parents and players.
- Always have pink "Red Card" forms on hand and available at each game. Be sure to obtain the Referee's signature (who gave the red card) and the referee at each subsequent suspended game, as that is required by MYSA. Refer to page 37 of the MYSA rules manual.
- Coordinate refreshments for each game.
- Have the first aid kit on hand and stocked. Provide bagged ice or other means for icing injuries.
- Place the corner flags and check the goal nets for fit and condition (home games).
Provide to the center Referee before each game:
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- A completed MYSA game roster. This must be completed for each game! MYSA Competitive Match Report
- Your laminated player passes (on a ring), make sure there is a contact card attached to your ring.
- A pre-stamped, addressed envelope for the referee to mail in the game reports to the district director or age group leader (home games only).
- Referee fees (BSC Referee Coordinator will take care of this. Home games only).
- Game ball (home games only).
3. Game Cancellation Policy and Procedures
The following guidelines should be followed when rescheduling a league game:
Complete the MYSA rescheduling games from and fax to your MYSA Age Group Director.
- Contact opposing team coach or manager, provide an explanation as to why the game must be rescheduled and agree on a couple of alternative dates and times. Please allow enough time to prevent last minute problems.
- Once you hear back from the opposing Coach/Manager with confirmation of date and time, they will make the necessary arrangements for rescheduling the game via the Minnesota Youth Soccer Assoc. process. You will be notified via email as to the request and be given the chance to accept the game change.
- If you are unable to come to an agreement on a date the coach will need to contact the appropriate boy's / girl's District Directors
- Upon agreement, Notify your team!
- Please refer to the following Blaine Reschedule Policy and Procedures here: Request to Reschedule A Game
- If you are unable to come to an agreement on a date the coach will need to contact the boy's / girl's District Directors
- Upon agreement, notify your team!
Non-cooperative Coach or Board Member
- Call the Blaine President or
- Appropriate MYSA District Boys Director - current name and info at the MYSA web site.
- Appropriate MYSA District Girls Director - current name and info at the MYSA web site.
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- If a team refuses to play a game against a particular team, they will forfeit the game and be assessed a fine. This team will then be ineligible for post season play.
- All rescheduled games must be completed by the official end of the MYSA Summer league season.
4. Parents First Meeting
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- Meeting should take place in November to organize winter indoor play, January for tournament decisions.
- Introduction of Blaine Soccer Club and our philosophy
- Introduction of Players and Parents
- Role of the Director of Coaching and Player Development clinics and participation requirements
- Head Coach Introduction (background, history and philosophy)
- Player commitment and playing time
- Assistant coaches Introduction
- Selection of Team Manager
- Gather Birth Certificate copies and small player photos for player passes.
- Have Medical Release forms filled out and signed by player's parents.
- Equipment needs (sports bag, cleated shoes, soccer ball, shin guards, water bottle, mouth guard (optional), athletic supporter (optional), extra shoe laces, team shorts (provided), team jersey (2 provided), socks (provided)
- Practice times
- Tournament reservations and costs
- Games scheduled to be distributed to coaches on or about the first Saturday of May
- Build calling tree assignments
- Elect parent rep to the soccer tournament
- Address the various levels of play (Premier, C1, C2 and C3)
- Affiliation with Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA). Organizes and controls the competitive soccer program for the State of Minnesota
5. Out of State Tournament Procedures
The following guidelines should be followed when playing in a tournament outside the state of Minnesota.
- Obtain a form from MYSA.
- Complete the USYSA Application for Travel and mail this to MYSA along with a check for the appropriate fees.
- This should be done a minimum of 30 days prior to travel.
- MYSA will return your signed authorization for travel, which you must present to the tournament officials where you are playing.
- Forward a letter of intention to the Blaine Soccer Board
- Destination and dates of tournament
- Trip funding
- Coaches and parents that will be representing your team.
- Travel methods
- Designated Chaperones