The Madison Heights Youth Soccer Association (MHYSA) based in
Madison Heights, Michigan is a 100% volunteer run organization
formed in 2000 with the purpose to teach and promote the game of
soccer for youths within the city of Madison Heights and
surrounding communities. MHYSA organizes recreational and travel
teams consisting of both young men and women ranging in age from 4
to 19 years old. MHYSA currently has over 300 registered players
and over 40 adult volunteers.
MHYSA has been a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3)
designation as defined by the United States Internal Revenue Code
Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Board of Directors and
adult volunteers our efforts and energies are directed to the
- Strive to develop players at all levels of play (recreational,
travel and premier) by building and improving their skills,
fitness, confidence and sense of teamwork.
- Promote and encourage high standards of sportsmanship and fair
The City of Madison Heights (City) recreation department ran the
soccer program before 2000. The City approached the parents that
were in the city run program and asked them to take over the soccer
program. A group of parents lead by Angus Cameron (the AC in
MHYSA's logo) formed MHYSA and in the Fall of 2000 began conducting
the soccer program for the youths of Madison Heights, Michigan.
The first Board of Directors consisted of the following
- Cliff Martin - President
- Theresa Lawson - Secretary
- Doug Kilbourn - Treasurer
- Tom Gumbleton - Equipment Manager
- Mark Byington - Division Manager
- Gail Kilbourn - Member-at-large
- Tom Gordon - Vice President
- Mike Mandarino - Commissioner
- Brian Gettel - Registrar
- Don Ruble - Division Manager
- Angus Cameron - Member-at-large
- Steve Weber - Member-at-large
MHYSA is governed by a set of bylaws that has a volunteer Board
of Directors, which is elected annually by the general membership
at the club's Annual General Meeting held in June. Typically, Board
positions are for 2 year terms with half the Board positions being
open for election each year. For the current list of Board of
Directors visit (www.mhysa.net/board).
Operating rules for the club have been established for the
day-to-day operations of the club.
Participation In Community
- Memorial Day Parade
- Festival in the Park
MHYSA has 2 seasons a year, Fall and Spring.
MHYSA recreational division consists of the following
- Tots Program (2-4 years old)
- Under 6 years old (Coed)
- Under 8 years old (Coed)
- Under 10 years old (Coed & Girls)
- Under 12 years old (Coed & Girls)
- Under 14 years old (Coed & Girls)
- Under 16 years old (Coed & Girls)
- Under 19 years old (Coed & Girls)
MHYSA also offers a Select Soccer division (travel soccer) that
provides more structured training and competition for those
children that have the desire to increase their knowledge of the
game, want to sharpen their skills and technique to the best of
their potential and have a passion for the game. For more
information about the Select Soccer division visit (www.expressfc.org).
All coaches are volunteer coaches. Most of them have children on
the team they are coaching. Some of our coaches coach multiple
teams in a season. Coaches spend anywhere from 4 to 10 hours per
week coaching the children depending on the divisions. The older
the children get the longer and more frequent the practices.
Coaches may have to travel to other cities to coach games.
MHYSA provides full reimbursement for any training or
certification a coach may pursue (reimbursement is given once the
coach earns a passing grade and/or completes the course).
Referees are certified by United States Soccer Federation and
are assigned by a regional referee assignor.
Under 6 and Under 8 divisions do not use certified referees.
These divisions use junior high or high school students that have
knowledge of the game and are paid referees. Most of these referees
have played for MHYSA or are still playing for MHYSA in an older
division. If a referee is not available for an Under 6 or Under 8
game a parent is asked to volunteer to referee the game.
Older divisions, Under 10 and above, use certified referees that
are paid to referee the game. Fees for the referees are set by the
Michigan Referee Committee.
How Is MHYSA
- Registration fees
- Sale of merchandise
- Concession stand
- Field rentals
How Is The Money
- Scholarships for college tuition (for information about the
scholarship visit /downloads_public/MHYSA_ScholarshipForm.pdf)
- Hardship scholarships - Provide free registration for families
that cannot afford to pay the registration fees (
- Partial or full reimbursement for recreational teams attending
- Equipment for fields (i.e. goals, nets, cones, corner flags,
locks for goals, etc.)
- Training equipment for coaches (i.e. small goals, cones,
practice jerseys, etc.)
- Referee fees
- Association fees (i.e. State, travel, etc.)
- Advertising (i.e. flyers for schools, printed ads in
newspapers, web site, promotional items, etc.)
- Administration costs (i.e. paper, forms, software, banking,
- Training for coaches.
- Cost of merchandise that is sold (i.e. shirts, hats, jackets,
bumper stickers, uniforms, screen printing, etc.)
- End of season participation award (i.e. medals, trophies,
- Donation to community events (i.e. parades, fireworks,
- Concession stand expenses (i.e. equipment, food, licensing,