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Madison Area Youth Soccer Association

Recreational or Competitive?

What is the difference between the Oregon SC Recreational, Academy and Competitive programs? Here's a breakdown of the options. 

Recreational: A recreational team is a team formed through random selection of registered players. If there is more than one team to be formed at an age group, families may request that their child play on the same team as some of their friends. The Oregon SC Board will try to honor such requests, but there might be circumstances where this isn't possible. The Recreational commissioners will work with MAYSA to place teams in the appropriate leagues. Recreational team coaches are not paid by Oregon SC and usually are parent volunteers; the club will provide coaching education. By definition, any team Under-10 and younger is a Recreational team, including Academy.

Competitive: A competitive team is a team generally formed through an open tryout process. The Competitive commissioners and the Director of Coaching will work with MAYSA and/or WYSA to place teams in appropriate leagues and competitions, which can change from year to year. A competitive team has a paid, professional coach as selected by the Oregon SC Board, with appropriate licensing and prior experience coaching youth players. For the 2017-18 season, the professional coach could be either a British Challenger coach or a local coach.

2017-18 SEASON

Recreational Academy (Recreational) Competitive*
Team formation Random selection of registered players. Random selection of registered players. Team rosters could change several times based on performances in training and games. Based on proper level for players, as determined by DOC and professional coaches. Team rosters could change based on performances in training and games.
Coaches Parents/volunteers Paid professional trainer, parent/volunteer assistants coach games. Paid professional coaches, with parent volunteer assistants.
Cost $150. Additional uniform fees. $500. Additional uniform fees. $1,020. Additional uniform fees.
Practices 60- to 90-minute sessions once or twice per week, based on coach availability and team preference Two 90-minute practices per week. Two 90-minute practices per week, plus one 60-minute combined session with another Competitive team
Level of competition Placed in appropriate MAYSA league Placed in appropriate MAYSA league Depends on the team's level. Most teams will play in MAYSA leagues, with some in WYSA state leagues.
League games 16 (eight in fall, eight in spring) 16 (eight in fall, eight in spring), plus at least two WYSA and/or MAYSA Academy events. Generally 16 (eight in fall, eight in spring), depending on league placement
Game locations Half in Oregon, half in Madison-area communities Half in Oregon, half in Madison-area communities. WYSA Academy events typically are in the Milwaukee area. MAYSA Academy events are in the Madison area. For teams in MAYSA leagues, half in Oregon and half in Madison-area communities. More travel is required for State League teams.
Tournaments At team discretion and at additional cost. Fee includes entry in four tournaments. Tournament fees are non-refundable. Fee includes entry in five tournaments. Tournament fees are non-refundable.

* - For Under-11 through Under-14/15. Please see the Fees page for information on fees for high school girls and boys teams.