Madison United Soccer Association

Posted Aug 16, 2018

General

How old does my child have to be to play soccer?

When does MUSA offer soccer?

How do I know in which age group my child will be playing?

How do I know in which age group my child will be playing?

What is the difference between Recreational (Rec) and Select?

Is my child guaranteed a specific amount of playing time?

What equipment do I need to purchase for my child?

What size ball does my child need?

Is travel required?

Who do I contact to volunteer as a coach or assistant coach?

Who do I contact to obtain information about becoming a referee?

Where do we play?

Registration

Where can I get a registration form?

When is registration?

Which registration form should I use - the Select Form or the Recreational form?

Are registration fees refundable?

My child has played soccer before. Do I still have to submit proof of age?

How much does it cost to play?

My child played during the Fall season but would like to switch teams in the Spring. Is that possible?

I forgot to request that my child move up, switch teams, etc. Is it too late?

Can I request a specific coach?

My daughter and my niece are the same age. Can you place them on the same team?

Is my child guaranteed a position on a team if I complete a registration form?

What is the difference between Berea and Richmond Requested Pool?

What is the difference between the Mixed League and the Girls League?

Scheduling

Does the league offer tournaments?

If a game is canceled, when will it be rescheduled?

When do we practice?

Where do we practice?

What is the procedure for inclement weather?

Will soccer conflict with any other sports (baseball, softball, football, etc.)?

How many games will my child play?

What days of the week do we have games?

When does the Spring Season begin, and how long does it last?

When does the Fall Season begin, and how long does it last?

 

Questions And Answers

General

How old does my child have to be to play soccer?

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When does MUSA offer soccer?

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How do I know in which age group my child will be playing?

The age group is based upon your child's birthday. Age ranges can be found on the registration form. If you wish for your child to play at an older age level, you must make that request in writing (a note detailing what you want and why). If there are openings in that age group, we will accommodate your request. If there are no openings in that group, we will be unable to move your child up. Your child may only play up one level.

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How do I know in which age group my child will be playing?

The age group is based upon your child's birthday. Age ranges can be found on the registration form. If you wish for your child to play at an older age level, you must make that request in writing (a note detailing what you want and why). If there are openings in that age group, we will accommodate your request. If there are no openings in that group, we will be unable to move your child up. Your child may only play up one level.

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What is the difference between Recreational (Rec) and Select?

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Is my child guaranteed a specific amount of playing time?

Because this is a recreational league, all children will play a minimum of 50% a game. It is the discretion of the coach as to how that time is allotted. For example: A child may play all of quarters 1 and 3, but sit out quarters 2 and 4; or, a child may play half of all four quarters.

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What equipment do I need to purchase for my child?

All children must wear shin guards at all times. It is highly recommended that children wear soccer cleats as well; however, gym shoes are permitted. Please note: children may not wear baseball cleats. A baseball cleat is defined as a shoe that has a toe cleat (i.e. a cleat at the tip of the toe). If a child comes to a game in baseball cleats, the referee will not permit that child to play. There are no exceptions, as this is a safety issue.

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What size ball does my child need?

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Is travel required?

Most teams will travel within the county (between Richmond and Berea). U12 and U14 teams will travel outside of Madison County. U10 teams will travel occasionally.

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Who do I contact to volunteer as a coach or assistant coach?

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Who do I contact to obtain information about becoming a referee?

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Where do we play?

All U5 games are played at Million Park in Richmond or at the Berea Athletic Complex. Other teams will play their games at Lake Reba, the Berea Athletic Complex, or the American Greetings Complex. Please note:U12 and U14 teams will be required to travel outside the county. U10 teams will occasionally be required to travel outside the county.

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Registration

Where can I get a registration form?

Once registration begins, forms may be obtained at the Madison County Public Library (both Berea and Richmond locations), Berea Parks and Recreation Department, Richmond Parks and Recreation Department, or by downloading them from the Madison United Soccer Association (MUSA) website.

You must fill out the form completely, attach the proper proof of age documentation and the appropriate fees, and mail to: MUSA, P.O. Box 517, Richmond, KY 40475. Applications that are not filled out completely, have incorrect fees, or do not have proof of age will be returned and registration will not be completed.  

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When is registration?

Registration for Fall is in early June, while Spring registration is in early January. It is advisable to complete online registration or mail your registration form, payment, and proof of age as early as possible. In the event that we are unable to place all children on teams, we use the postmark date as the method for determining what child gets first priority.

 

Example: Seven kids register to play. There are only five openings. The first five children who registered will be awarded the spots while the others will be placed on the waiting list. Waiting list children will have their fees returned if MUSA is unable to place them on a team at some point during the season.

 

Please note: MUSA uses this method even if all seven kids registered before the deadline. Submitting an application does not guarantee a spot to play.

 

 

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Which registration form should I use - the Select Form or the Recreational form?

When registering, only use the Select Registration Form if your child has tried out and been selected to play on a Select team. The majority or players will use the Recreational Form.

 

 

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Are registration fees refundable?

Once a child has been placed on a team, we are unable to refund registration fees. If we are unable to place a child on a team, he/she will be placed on the waiting list. If we are still unable to place that child, his/her fees will be refunded.

 

 

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My child has played soccer before. Do I still have to submit proof of age?

MUSA began requiring proof of age in the Fall 2004 season. If your child has not played for MUSA soccer since then, you must submit proof of age. Your form will be returned if it is lacking documentation. If your child has played for MUSA since Fall 2004, you do not have to submit a copy of your birth certificate. If you have questions, please call the secretary.

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How much does it cost to play?

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My child played during the Fall season but would like to switch teams in the Spring. Is that possible?

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I forgot to request that my child move up, switch teams, etc. Is it too late?

Once the child has been placed on a team, it is too late. You may not request to switch teams. You must make all special requests in writing (detailed writing) on your application form prior to the teams being drawn.

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Can I request a specific coach?

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My daughter and my niece are the same age. Can you place them on the same team?

No. We cannot place friends, cousins, neighbors, etc. on the same team. We can only place siblings on the same team, if their ages are appropriate.

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Is my child guaranteed a position on a team if I complete a registration form?

No. In some cases there are too many players and not enough positions. In this case, MUSA uses the postmark date as the method for determining what child gets first priority. Example: Twenty-five kids register to play U5. There are six kids per team and four teams. The child with the latest postmark will be on the waiting list.

 

Please note: MUSA uses this method even if all kids registered before the deadline. We cannot add "just one more player" to accommodate extra kids. State and league guidelines have set numbers of players on teams.

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What is the difference between Berea and Richmond Requested Pool?

For the Berea Pool, all practices and the majority of games will be played at the Berea facilities. For the Richmond Pool, all practices and the majority of games will be played in Richmond. Berea teams will play a few games in Richmond. Richmond teams will play a few games in Berea. If your child is willing to play in either league, please mark so on your application as it will allow the league more flexibility in placing children.

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What is the difference between the Mixed League and the Girls League?

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Scheduling

Does the league offer tournaments?

The U4, U5, U6, u7and the U8 teams do not have tournaments. The U10 age groups have a tournament. The U12 and U14 only have tournaments if there are enough teams in the league.

 

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If a game is canceled, when will it be rescheduled?

We only reschedule cancelled games under two conditions:

  1. The cancelled game is a league sponsered tournament game.
  2. or in the event that a recreation team has more than 2 games cancelled, we will then reschedule for that team.

**Select team managers must follow KSSL rules regarding rescheduling select league games.

 

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When do we practice?

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Where do we practice?

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What is the procedure for inclement weather?

Soccer games are played in the rain and the snow. Games are not generally canceled prior to game time unless the fields are totally under water. In the event that games are canceled for an entire day, an announcement will be posted on the web site. Unless your coach has contacted you, or the cancellation is posted on the website, always go to the field. In the event of thunder/lightning, the referee will clear the field, wait 20 minutes and then allow the game to continue or cancel. Please note: If the referee clears the field, all players are required to find shelter immediately. Teams may not congregate under trees or in the open fields. In Richmond, we request that players return to their vehicles. In Berea, they may wait under the football stadium or in their vehicles. This is for the safety of the players.

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Will soccer conflict with any other sports (baseball, softball, football, etc.)?

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How many games will my child play?

All teams are scheduled a minimum of 10 games. If games are cancelled due to weather a minimum of 8 games per team will be played.

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What days of the week do we have games?

The majority of games are played on Saturday and Sunday. Teams that have an end of the season tournament will play during the week (for one week). Older teams that travel out of the county may have Friday night games.

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When does the Spring Season begin, and how long does it last?

The Spring Season begins at the middle to end of March, and ends around the middle to end of May. We do not schedule games on Easter Weekend. The season is over before Memorial Day Weekend.

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When does the Fall Season begin, and how long does it last?

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