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Madison Area Youth Soccer Association

Recreational, Academy 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. In order to provide opportunities to more players, we often will combine age groups to create teams. 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 and resources. By definition, any team 10U or younger is a Recreational team, including Academy teams.

Competitive: A competitive team is a team generally formed through an open tryout process, which we call Evaluation Sessions. 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.

2021-22 SEASON

Recreational Academy
(Recreational)
Competitive*
Ages 9U and older 9U and 10U 11U to 14U/15U
Team formation Random selection of registered players. Selection of registered players. Team rosters could change 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 trainers run practices, parent/volunteer assistants help at practices and coach all games. Paid professional coaches. Parent assistants occasionally will be asked to run warm-ups before games.
Cost $210. Additional uniform fees possible. $550. Additional uniform fees required. $1,160 (MAYSA league teams); $1,260 (WYSA State League teams). Additional uniform fees required.
Practices 60- to 90-minute sessions once or twice per week, based on coach availability and team preference. Two 90-minute practices per week. (Sessions reduced to 75 minutes in late September and to 60 minutes in October, due to the reduction in daylight.) Optional weekly training sessions for goalkeepers. Three 90-minute practices per week (Sessions reduced to 75 minutes in late September and to 60 minutes in October, due to the reduction in daylight). Friday sessions are combined with other Competitive teams. Optional weekly training sessions for goalkeepers.
Level of competition Placed in appropriate MAYSA league. Placed in appropriate MAYSA league. Depends on the team's level - some play in MAYSA leagues, others play in WYSA state leagues.
League games 16 (Eight in Fall 2021, eight in Spring 2022) 16 (Eight in Fall 2021, eight in Spring 2022). 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 If possible, at team discretion and at additional cost. Fees include four tournaments. Also, possible WYSA and/or MAYSA Academy events, at no additional charge. Fees include four tournaments.

* - For 11U through 14U/15U. Please see the Fees page for specific information about high school-age girls and boys teams.