Ages 11 - 19
Birth Year 2010 - 2003
Player Registration - $35
Tryout Registration - $50
Please note: If your child is participating in any of Strikers 2021/22 competitive or academy programs you must pay a $35 registration fee, upload a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate and a current passport style photo to your players gotsport account. The $35 registration fee is non-refundable.
Strikers is roughly an 18 week spring season which involves 2-3 practice sessions a week, league games with other Montana club teams April through May, 3 or 4 tournament weekends, and typically comes to an end towards the end of June. We begin with tryouts in October, some teams start practice in November, others wait until January. All teams begin outdoor practice the first week of April.
Montana Youth Soccer Association Registration Fee – $35 (This covers each player’s state insurance)
Competitive Tryout Fee – $50 (This is a $50 non-refundable. – add $25 if not registered for tryouts by October 30 2021)
Strikers Program Fee – TBD
Team Fee – Varies – $300 – $400 (depending on tournaments the team signs up for)
Everyone pays Registration and Team Fees (regardless of whether they are missing a weekend or not)
Team fees include hotel, gas, and food costs for the coaches, as well as tournament registration fees, game balls, and ref clinics for two people.
If you are new to the Missoula area and looking for a place to play soccer please email us at email@example.com and we will do our best to get you involved.
MONTANA YOUTH SOCCER ASSOC - SPRING LEAGUE
League games will be scheduled on Saturday's April through May. Club directors try to match teams up based on their competitive level. Terminology used for the most competitive teams is Premier. Premier teams are teams that want to face tough competition and intend to compete for the right to represent Montana at regional events. Our Premier level teams typically travel as far as Las Vegas, Portland, and Boise to face a higher level of competition. Select level teams tend to be teams that do not necessarily want, or need, to travel these long distances to face tougher competition.
Tournaments are recommended by club directors to the coaching staff and the coaches present options to their teams. The cost of these tournaments will be calculated into team fees and all players will be expected to pay towards these team selected events. Montana Youth Soccer Association's State Showcase and State Cup are included in the club's program fees and participation at these events is expected unless discussed with the club director.
All competitive coaches are required to have passed a minimum of three USSF coaching modules. Premier team coaches are required to hold a minimum of a USSF D license. All coaches will be invited to attend Strikers coaching clinics through the winter and spring. All coaches are required to register with the state association, complete background check, concussion training, and safe sport training.
Each team requires the help of one or two team managers/parent volunteers. Club registrar Michelle Burman will hold a managers meeting to explain the roles and responsibilities of team managers. This is an essential role in a team's success, typically it includes: Team communication, collecting team fees, registering for tournaments, team check in at events, paying coaches travel stipend, booking hotels.
All outdoor practices will be scheduled at Fort Missoula and schedules will be arranged between coaches and club directors. Sessions are typically held 2 or 3 times a week, Monday through Thursday, 4:30-6 or 6-7:30pm.
ADDITIONAL TEAM FORMATION DETAILS
There are NO “cuts” at the U12 age level.
We also try to make as few “cuts” as possible at throughout the U13-U19 age levels, but in some cases they cannot be avoided.
Our aim is to form Premier and Select level teams, providing all players an appropriate playing and learning environment.
We encourage player movement between teams. This includes movement between Premier and Select and between age groups.
Within the competitive age levels we aim to make the most competitive teams possible, which may mean a combination of age groups
Important: All players are required to tryout with their rightful birth year unless previously approved by the director.
Important: If a player wishes to play in an older age group, they may indicate that to the coaching staff. The club Director will consult with the coaching staff in determining whether to grant any such request based on evaluations and recommendations of such player. However, please note that all play-up determinations will be made by the club Director and not by coaches or other parties.
A player’s grade level in school does not have any implication as to what age group they play with. We follow the US Soccer birth year guidelines, and if a player wishes to play up they must receive permission from the club Director.
Always Moving; Always Improving!
Here at Missoula Strikers we are focused on establishing a competitive culture throughout the club. However, we want to build an environment where success is not measured by winning teams but by player development and growth in the game. Of course we want all of our teams to win games but our emphasis is on playing the right way and not a win-at-all-costs mentality. Winning is an important factor in player development, it raises confidence, self-esteem, and self-belief but as a club we also understand that there are more important aspects to consider. Not only do our coaches strive to enhance a player’s ability on the field but also nurture their character off it. Our coaches realize that they can become an integral part of a young person’s life, it is important to the club’s philosophy that our players, coaches and parents showcase good sportsmanship and respect at all times. Our primary focus is to develop decent human-beings, soccer is simply our mode of transportation.
-Executive Director, Ross McMonies
Parents can help with this by not asking about the score, instead ask “How did you play?”. We want to ensure that winning is a by-product of the game and not the focus.
Parents can also help us by supporting the players from the sideline and refraining from poor displays of sportsmanship towards the referee or opponents. Simply praise players for the good things they do during the game and let the coaches coach.