Frequently Asked Questions

Please be patient with your inquiries.

MYSC is a volunteer organization.  We receive a lot of questions via phone calls and emails. Most inquiries we receive can be answered by the material on this website. Please take time to look for the answers to your questions before calling or emailing. Emails usually receive priority over phone calls. They are routed directly to the person responsible for that department. Please try to route your questions to the appropriate department, i.e. boys, girls, refs, fields etc.

Mukilteo Youth Soccer Club mission is to provide a quality youth soccer program to educate, develop physical and teamwork skills, and for the families primarily within the Mukilteo School District boundaries.

 

Recreation FALL soccer

Registration for fall soccer begins May 1, and registration is available at our website.

Recreational soccer uses the terms:  Modified Soccer – U6/7 Micro through U11,  and Recreational Soccer – U12 through U18/19 ages.  Modified or mod soccer simply means the rules, size of the field, and playing times are modified to accommodate players under the age of ten. MYSC offers mod and recreational soccer during the fall season, and the season is usually ten weeks or ten games.

Recreational SPRING Soccer

MYSC does offer a recreational spring soccer program.  Registration is available at our website mid-February.  This soccer program, generally,  is for players ages U6/7 through U14. 

What is select soccer?

There are many select soccer programs in the Snohomish County area.  MYSC does not have a select program at this time.  Select teams are made up of players selected during try outs hosted by select programs.  Select teams can play in a district program or premier program depending on the age of the players, skill & commitment.   The district program plays soccer in the fall during the same time as recreational teams.  District teams have games from Seattle to Bellingham.  Premier teams may play anywhere within the State of Washington. Select teams are formed in the spring of each year and usually begin practicing right away & throughout the year.  Select teams can play in summer tournaments to prepare for the fall season.  Select soccer teaches advanced soccer skills and requires players to be fit, responsible, and committed.  If you are interested you can find select programs offerings listed at the North County Youth Soccer Assn. website.

U8 - U11 age group soccer program

The U8 - U11 boys and girls program is a small- sided 'modified' soccer program.  This enables the players to have more touches on the ball at each game &/or practice, thereby improving their ability to play and understand the game of soccer.  Teams are formed and play teams from other clubs throughout Snohomish County.  The entire State of Washington has adopted this small-sided program for the U8 through U11 age categories.  U = under

MICRO Soccer U6/U7

The 7 game season begins in early September and will run for approximately 8 weeks.  Practice & some general information is listed below.  Team details are set by the volunteer coach.  This program is very popular and we recommend you register your child in May to ensure participation.

 

  •       Games will take place on Saturday mornings. For the past couple years games & Friday Night
          Clinics have been held at Explorer Middle School
  •       Teams will consist of 6 to seven players depending on the number of volunteer coaches.
  •       There will be a Club sponsored training for coaches and players one evening per week for 4
          weeks.  All players will participate together and coaches will provide support for clinic designed training
          exercises.  A Club representative will be available to help design practices or guide you through your
          first coaching experience.  MYSC has held these clinics at Explorer Middle School the last two years.
  •       Coaches will also have the option to add another practice during the week, with various times and
          locations available, starting the week of August 24th.
  •       The Club will provide equipment and uniform jersey for the teams.

Each age category has variations, click here for detailed age category information

What does my registration fee cover?

Registration fees pay for field equipment, including goal nets, balls and cones, player insurance, referees, medical supplies, administration costs, field rental fees, and our registration fees to Washington Youth Soccer.

Micro U6-U7 includes a jersey
U8 - U13 includes jersey, shorts and socks
U14 – U18/19 team can choose to use the MYSC standard Jersey, shorts and sock at no additional charge.  Most MYSC teams use the Club uniform.

Your team coach is a volunteer, and is not paid for his/her time. 

How much does it cost to play soccer?

2012 Recreation Fees:
            Micro Soccer (Includes a team Jersey)                                               $90.00
            U8-U13 (includes Jersey, shorts and Socks)                                     $125.00
            U14-U19 (team  may choose to use MYSC
            standard Jersey, shorts and socks at no additional charge)                $125.00
                  After 5/31/2012 a $15.00 late fee will apply to all registration 
                  Family Maximum Registration Fee $295.00

Additional LATE FEE of $15.00 is added to the registration fee beginning June 1

Financial Aid Information

MYSC has a generous financial aid policy.  Please download the financial aid/scholarship form, and mail to MYSC.  The Financial Aid form is found in the Helpful Resources option at our website.  You must complete the form, and pay the amount agreed to on the form & mail the form to the Club, in order for us to consider and complete your child’s registration.    

Financial Aid form

How do I register my child without using the on-line system?

Our on-line registration system is safe and secure, and your information is kept completely confidential. We encourage all families to use the online Bonzi registration system; it is the most efficient way of registering your child for our program.  The payment system allows payment by check or credit card.  The registration system is available at our website, look for the registration option.   If you have difficulty, please contact us using the Contact Us option at our website, select Registration, we will contact you to assist.

How do I register a player?

Go to www.mysc.org, click on the Registration option. Follow the instructions on the screen. You may pay with a credit card, or mail in a check after registering on our secure website. Call us at 425-745-4499 (message only) if you need additional assistance. Your on-line member account allows the Club & coaches to communicate with you, keeping you informed about upcoming MYSC soccer events or updates regarding the season. 

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

Your child needs to be at least five years old to be eligible for the Micro U6/U7 program.
U8 - U11 Children between the ages of seven and ten play modified or mod soccer
U12 - U18 Players between the ages of eleven and seventeen play recreation soccer

Please refer to our age chart to see where your child will fit in.  Age Chart

Do you accept beginning soccer players?

Absolutely!  MYSC offers recreation soccer for all ages of players...with or without experience playing.  Players entering kindergarten through high school play the programs we offer.

My child would like to switch teams.

Once a child has been placed on a team roster, players are guaranteed to play with that team, if registered by May 31. A transfer request to a different team within the Mukilteo Youth Soccer Club needs to be in writing with the reasons for the request. You can send requests for transfer by going to www.mysc.org and using the Contact Us tab and select subject "Registration".  Requests for transfers will be honored, as roster space allows. 

When you are registering your child, you are able to make the friend or coach request.  The registrar is able to view your information.  We work hard to honor the requests, but there are roster size limits. 

Playing Up

MYSC allows players to play up to an older age group.  There are limits to how many players can play up to an older age category.  MYSC will consider the parent request from the player registration when forming teams.  Play Up requests are not granted based on skill or coaches recommendation. 

What player equipment does my child need?

Shin guards & soccer socks are required, and soccer cleats are recommended.  A lot of coaches appreciate when a player has their own ball.  This allows the player to continue practicing ball skills at home.  Players cannot wear baseball or football cleats for soccer practice or games.  The referee will do an equipment check prior to the games.

Micro & U8 use a size 3 ball
U9 – U12 use a size 4 ball
U13 – U18/19 use a size 5 ball

What about uniforms?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MYSC Board has made a decision to have a common uniform for our Club.  Each fall season all teams receive a uniform kit which includes a jersey, shorts & one pair of socks.  MYSC has created a brand on the field, reduced & unified the cost of uniforms throughout the Club.  Our uniform supplier is PROTIME Sports, a local sports uniform and equipment company.  They have proven customer service throughout the Puget Sound area, and have offered a very fair price for a quality uniform. 

The cost of the uniform is part of the registration fee, and when you are completing your online registration you are able to select uniform sizes.  Uniforms will be distributed to the coaches.

Micro players receive a unique micro jersey, and the cost of the jersey is part of the registration fee.

Where do the coaches come from?

In recreational soccer, each team's group of parents provides the volunteers for coaching, refereeing, and team management.  If a parent is not available, MYSC relies on community member volunteers who are willing to coach a team.  In some cases, high school or college age students volunteer to coach. 

MYSC does provide support and training for volunteer coaches.  Washington Youth Soccer also is an excellent resource.  They offer a variety of coaching clinics throughout the year in nearby locations.

Your team coach is a volunteer, and is not paid for his/her time.  All volunteer coaches register to coach.  Their registration undergoes a background check, and they receive a clearance to volunteer in our Club.  The background check is completed before he/she is assigned to a team roster.

When and where are games played?

Recreational U8-U18 games begin the weekend after Labor Day. Both boys and girls play on Saturday and Sunday.  There are no guarantees that teams will play only on one day or the other, the creation of the schedule is dependent on field availability & additional time constraints.  Games on Saturdays are usually between 9:00am and 6:00pm. Games on Sundays usually begin after 12:00pm. Each recreational team has ten games. Typically half will be played in Mukilteo at the team's designated home field, and the other half of the games will be played away and could be from Mountlake Terrace to Arlington, and sometimes Whidbey Island.   The Game Day Matix show the age groups and the day that they are generally scheduled to play.

Coaches receive game schedules towards the end of August or early September.  Members will be able to access their teams schedule on the MYSC website, watch for e-mail updates regarding schedules. 

The North County Youth Soccer League creates the game schedule.  Each Club in the League provides team information. 

What can I do to help?

There are many ways for a parent to help out. At the team level, there is coaching, refereeing, or team management. There are also many things to do at the club level. Helping out with soccer equipment, medical kits, administration work, phone calling, are just some of the ways your help would be appreciated.

I want to help but I don’t know anything about soccer!

Soccer experience is not required. If you want to be involved with your child’s team, we provide coaching clinics to teach how to coach. We have a library of books and videos and trained coaches available to help. All we need is a parent who wants to learn.

We only have a birth certificate the hospital gave us.  Why is this not acceptable?

Washington Youth Soccer is our governing body, and they require we verify birth date/age for all MYSC players.  An original government issued proof of birthdate; the same document you used to enroll your child in school is acceptable, such as a birth certificate, military ID or a passport.  The MYSC Registrar will contact you throughout the season, and set a convenient location for you to bring document(s) so the birth date verification is complete.  Families only need to do this one time, once your child's birth date is verified; the information becomes a permanent part of the child's registration member account. 

MYSC no longer accepts copies of documents. 

Can I make a donation?

Yes, we welcome your donation.  MYSC is a non-profit 501c3 corporation, and your donation is tax deductible.  Your registration receipt will indicate your donation.

When you complete your child’s registration, you have an opportunity to make an additional monetary donation.  Here are some of the ways we use your donation:  1)  MYSC offers four $1,000.00 scholarships to Mukilteo School District high school seniors who will continue their education at the college level, 2) MYSC has a very generous financial aid program which allows many players who need to assistance to participate, and at very little cost to their families, 3) MYSC is in the planning stages to develop a soccer playing field in the Mukilteo area.

How do I get a refund?

Refunds are easy, just write a note asking for a refund.  To receive a 100%(minus a $5.00 handling fee) refund, your written request must reach us by August 1st. A 50% refund will be issued to written requests received between August 1st and August 31st. Late fees are not refundable. Refunds are not available after August 31st. You may e-mail directly to the Registrar at the Contact Us option on our website, or by mailing to: Mukilteo Youth Soccer Club, PO Box 762, Mukilteo, WA 98275.  Phone calls asking for a refund will not be honored.  We will only accept written requests.

I want to be a referee and make money.

MYSC accepts all applicants over the age of 12. Beginning referees earn a minimum of $10.00 per game in Mukilteo. That is nearly double the minimum wage and well over the hourly babysitting wage. As referees gain experience they can earn up to $35.00 per game. There are clinics going on year round to accommodate anyone's busy schedule. Referee clinics usually are five consecutive evenings, 2 hour sessions to complete. MYSC will reimburse clinic fees to all applicants who successfully pass the test. MYSC will also reimburse up to $50.00 for the referee uniform upon completion of refereeing 10 games. All the referee needs to pay for is the $25.00 annual registration fee. Mukilteo has a comprehensive support system for newly trained youth referees to help with the first few games. Referees can work during summer tournaments for other leagues and during the fall for MYSC. See our calendar for the referee clinics nearest you. Or call (425) 745-4499.

When will I hear about my child’s team?

We encourage our coaches to contact you around the middle of July, however the volunteer coach may contact at a later time when all the team details are set.  We encourage our volunteer coaches to contact their team members by August 1.  Most coaches use e-mail to contact players, but you may also receive a phone call.  Parents may be asked to attend a meeting to select a coach, manager, and other team volunteers if no one volunteered at time of registering their child. It is the responsibility of each team to supply a coach. In the event no one volunteers, there may not be a spot for your child to play. 

MICRO soccer coaches meet the end of August to receive their team roster, gear and practice field information.  Micro players/parents may not be contacted until the end of August with team details.

MOD & RECREATION team coaches meet the end of July to receive their team roster, gear and practice field information.  The official start date for practices is August 1, and games the weekend after Labor Day.

When and where are practices?

Practices may begin the first week of August; however the volunteer coaches set their team practices depending on their availability.  Teams usually practice twice a week on Tuesday and Thursdays, or Monday and Wednesdays in the late afternoon or early evening. MYSC uses fields available in the Mukilteo School District. The coach of the team submits their choices for practice and the practice scheduler assigns teams their practice field and practice day and time.

Coaches will contact you with team details.

Am I too late to sign up?

We accept player registrations up to September 1st, providing there is roster space available on a team at the appropriate age level.  Avoid the late fee, and register throughout the month of May. 

We have a new puppy that just loves people. Can we bring our pet to the soccer games?

Dogs, and all pets are not allowed at the field during the soccer season.  Please keep your pet home safe during soccer season. There is too much going on, and pet animals can be unpredictable. Even if a game is played at a public park which allows pets on leashes, NCYSA rules govern the event of the game and the rules do not allow pets.

Team Photos

Kids Photography is a local business providing sports team photography.  MYSC has received excellent customer service and delivery of team photos from Jim & Debbie Grant.  We appreciate their willingness to continue to work with our Club, and provide quality affordable photos for our members.

Can you wear earrings during games if they are taped up?

No! Earrings can be dangerous to the player wearing them. You will see professional soccer players wearing earrings and other jewelry. It is not allowed for any reason in youth soccer.  If the earrings are unable to be removed, the referee may not allow the player to play during the game. The referee is responsible for the safety of all the players. Plan on piercing ears after soccer season is over.

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