Madison Heights Youth Soccer Association

Frequently Asked Questions


Age Groups

How do I determine what age group my child plays in?

We use the United States Youth Soccer Association standards. It's based on the child's age on August 1. Example: If your child is 8 on August 1 then they will be considered a U9 (Under 9) player.
Click here for the current table

I don't see my child's age group in the on-line registration. What group does my child play with?

We round up our age groups to the even numbered ages. Example: U7 plays in U8, U9 plays in U10, etc.

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Season

When does the season start?

The games for the fall season usually start the 1st or 2nd weekend of September and the games for the spring season usually start 2nd or 3rd weekend of April.

How long is the season?

A season for all divisions, except for tots, lasts about 7-10 weeks.

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Coaching

When will I hear from a coach?

A coach should contact a parent/guardian of each player on their team within 1 week after the coach meeting.

When is the coach meeting?

The coaching meeting is setup by the commissioner of the league. The meeting usually takes place about 1 month before the 1st game of the season. At this meeting is where the coach receives the information about their team. Also, this meeting covers divisional rules and procedures and general information. This is a mandatory meeting for coaches.

Where can I hold practice?

MHYSA has to have insurance on all fields where practices and games are played. Do not practice on a field if it is not on the Approved Practice & Game Locations list. If the practice location is not listed on the Approved Practice & Game Locations list you must contact the club president to get permission to use that location for practice. (click here to view approved practice and game locations)

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Practices

When does practice start?

Practices usually start a couple weeks before the games start. A coach should contact you after the coaching meeting has taken place which is usually about a month before the first game of the season.

What is the frequency of practice per week?

The number of times your child will practice is determined by the coach. As a guideline the younger divisions (U8 and younger) usually will only practice once per week whereas the older divisions (U10 and above) may practice twice a week.

Where do they practice?

Your child's coach sets the day(s) of the week, times and where they would like to practice.

What does my child need to bring for practice?

Shin guards (a must) - Your child must have shin guards. If your child does not have shin guards then they will have to sit out of practice until they have them on.

Cleats

Appropriate size ball (refer to the Basic Rules sheet for the correct size ball for your child to use)

Water/Sports drink (try to have your child drink water 15 minutes before the start of practice)

NO JEWELRY can be worn (watches, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc.)

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Games

Where are the games played?

The Tots, U6 and U8 play all games at the Red Oaks Soccer Complex. The U10 division will play home games at the Red Oaks Soccer Complex and the away games will be played in the surrounding cities. U12 and up will play home games at Ambassador Park or Civic Center Park and the away games will be played in the surrounding cities. Click here for locations, directions and maps to fields.

What is the frequency of games per week?

For the Tots there is only 1 session a week. Usually, there is only 1 game a week but there are occasions where there is a weekday game or a Saturday and Sunday game.

What days of the week are the games played?

Most divisions have games that are played on the weekend (Saturday or Sunday) with an occasional weekday game. The Tots program will always play on Saturday starting at 10am. The U6 and U8 divisions most games are played on Saturday between 11am and 1pm. The U10 and up divisions could play either Saturday or Sunday with different start times.

What does my child need to bring on game day?

Shin guards (a must) - Your child must have shin guards. If your child does not have shin guards then they will have to sit out until they have them on.

Cleats

Both color jerseys (blue & yellow)

Appropriate size ball (refer to the Basic Rules sheet for the correct size ball for your child to use)

Water/Sports drink (try to have your child drink water 15 minutes before the start of game)

NO JEWELRY can be worn (watches, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc.)

How do I know when games are cancelled?

Whether you think your game is going to be cancelled or not ALWAYS SHOW UP TO YOUR SCHEDULED GAME UNLESS YOU RECEIVE NOTICE FROM YOUR COACH OR VIA THE MHYSA WEB SITE (www.mhysa.net). In the U10 and above divisions only the referee can cancel a game, unless the club where the game is being played cancelled all games for that particular field. Also, just because games are cancelled at another club's fields doesn't mean that other clubs have cancelled their games on their fields. So the best bet is to contact your coach and if you don't hear from your coach then show up to the field.

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Fields Locations

Where are the fields located?

For a list of field locations, directions and maps click here.

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Registration

Can I request my child to be on a certain team?

You will be given an opportunity to request a specific team or ask for your child to be placed with another child during registration. Please be sure to specify a 2nd choice in case your 1st choice is not possible. We will try to accommodate your request if possible, but we cannot guarantee all requests. Roster limits are strictly enforced by MHYSA. Coaches and parents may not assign players to a team, and coaches may not promise open roster spots to specific players. Only the Registrar, Divisional Manager, during the team formation, may place players on teams. The Board of Directors has the final say on matters concerning registration requests.

When are teams formed?

We start to form teams about month and half before the season begins. We need to form teams early because we also need to find a coach for teams that do not have a coach assigned to the team. We try to get all the teams formed before the coach's meeting which is usually 1 month before the season begins.

Can I pay by credit card?

You can only use a credit card for payment if you register on-line.

Do I have to use a credit card to pay for registration?

No, but our on-line registration process only accepts credit cards and checks (have to mail to the PO BOX). If you prefer to pay by cash you will need to attend one of our in-person dates or make arraignments with the Registrar to deliver the payment ( click here to email the Registrar)

Where do I send my check/money order to?

Make your check or money order payable to MHYSA and send it to:

MHYSA

ATTN REGISTRATION

PO BOX 71161

Madison Heights, MI 48071

Do you have to be a resident of Madison Heights to be able to participate?

No. Registration is open to all youths, ages 3-18, from surrounding communities of Madison Heights, Michigan. Including, but not limited to, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Royal Oak, Troy and Warren.

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Quick Reference


Age Group Information

Roster Age Division     

Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
Born Between

Fall 2014 – Spring 2015
Born Between

U – 20 No MYSL Registration No MYSL Registration
U-19 Aug 1, 1994 – July 31, 1995           Aug 1, 1995 – July 31, 1996
U-18 Aug 1, 1995 – July 31, 1996           Aug 1, 1996 – July 31, 1997
U-17 Aug 1, 1996 – July 31, 1997           Aug 1, 1997 – July 31, 1998
U-16 Aug 1, 1997 – July 31, 1998           Aug 1, 1998 – July 31, 1999
U-15 Aug 1, 1998 – July 31, 1999           Aug 1, 1999 – July 31, 2000
U-14 Aug 1, 1999 – July 31, 2000           Aug 1, 2000 – July 31, 2001
U-13 Aug 1, 2000 – July 31, 2001           Aug 1, 2001 – July 31, 2002
U-12 Aug 1, 2001 – July 31, 2002           Aug 1, 2002 – July 31, 2003
U-11 Aug 1, 2002 – July 31, 2003           Aug 1, 2003 – July 31, 2004
U-10 Aug 1, 2003 – July 31, 2004           Aug 1, 2004 – July 31, 2005
U-9 Aug 1, 2004 – July 31, 2005           Aug 1, 2005 – July 31, 2006
U-8 Aug 1, 2005 – July 31, 2006           Aug 1, 2006 – July 31, 2007
U-7 Aug 1, 2006 – July 31, 2007           Aug 1, 2007 – July 31, 2008
U-6 Aug 1, 2007 – July 31, 2008           Aug 1, 2008 – July 31, 2009