Development FAQs

MVSC has offered many different player development opportunities to all interested players for many years.  A complete listing of our current Development Program offerings can be found on our Development Opportunities:  2018 page.  While the structure of our program is still evolving, here are some answers to commonly asked questions:

Can anyone join the Development Program ("DP")?
The DP is available to any player registered with MVSC, but will only be offered to those players who attend a Tryout/Assessment.  The DP is designed for any interested, dedicated U8-U14 soccer player who seeks to benefit from a professionally coached, player development opportunity who was not offered a spot on a Competitive Team.  While there are occasionally other circumstances that will allow our professional trainers to evaluate a player, tryouts are the recommended platform for that evaluation.

How can my child be considered for a DP opportunity?
Players interested in a DP opportunity need to attend one or more of MVSC's Competitive/Development Program Tryouts in May.

Are there Development Program Leagues in every age group?
No.  MVSC currently only offers Development Program Leagues ("DPL") in the U8-U12 age groups (U8 = 2011 birth year; U12  = 2007 birth years), and Leagues are only formed when a sufficient pool of players presents at our tryouts and commits to participating.  To learn more, visit our Development Opportunities:  2018 page.

What are the opportunities if my child is not in the U8-U12 age group?
For younger children, we offer a number of professionally coached clinics at several different times of year.  Our Kindergarten Rec program offers professional training at every practice during the course of the season.  For older ages, there are several other DP offerings, depending on volume of interested players.  For a full description, see Development Opportunities:  2018 page.

What is the cost of the various DP offerings?
Approximate program costs are listed on our Development Program Overview [link] page, but costs vary, depending on the program.  It is assumed that most players who are offered a DPI or DPG opportunity will be playing in our MVSC Rec league, so the additional costs are primarily aimed at covering the cost of our professional training staff.

Should I register for Recreational soccer now, even before Competitive/Development tryouts?
If your child is interested in playing either on a Competitive team or on a U8-12 DPL team, we ask that you DO NOT register for rec soccer at this time.  If you make a Competitive or DPL team, MVSC will communicate how and when to register your child.  If your child is not offered a spot on a Competitive DPL team, you will have approximately 7-10 days to register for rec soccer.  The Rec registration deadline is 5/15.  If you know your child doesn’t want to play on a Competitive team, or on one of our U8-U12 DPL teams, but wants to be considered for an alternative DP opportunity (DPG or DPI), feel free to register for Rec Soccer now, but also pre-register for Competitive/Development Tryouts.

If I accept an invitation to play on a Development Program League team, what is the refund policy if we later drop out?
The $550 registration fee has two parts:  $290 covers the general club expenses similar to the Recreational Program, and the other $260 covers the cost of the professional trainers who work with your child.  Because your acceptance of a DPL team roster spot may preclude an invitation being extended to another child, we expect the commitments to the program to be considered seriously.  As such, players who withdraw from the program may receive a refund as follows:

Date of Request

Refund Details

Within 7 days of accepting an invitation

Full refund, less $30 administrative fee

By July 15

Registration fee portion only ($280).
Pro trainer portion is non-refundable.

By August 1

50% of Registration fee only ($140).
Pro trainer portion is non-refundable.

After August 1

No refunds.

 

​Are there any other things I should know about the season?  
Many general questions you might have about the MVSC season can be found in the Recreational Program FAQ.  If you have more questions about tryouts or our Competitive Program, please go to the Competitive Soccer page, where there is a great deal of information about the tryout schedule, coaching staff, costs and more.  If you have more specific questions about the Development Program, feel free to send them to information@mvsc.org and they will be forwarded to the appropriate person.