Welcome David Dodd President, Mississippi Soccer Please put your phones on silent or vibrate mode
Purpose and Goal To discuss if a restructure of the MSA playing divisions are desired by our membership in order to be more competitive at all levels of soccer
Lets talk about You Name 3 things that your club does well. 1. ______________________________ 2. ______________________________ 3. ______________________________
3 things your club does well - RECAP Certifying Coaches Train Players Background checks Moving Players to D2 Certifying Refs Following Rules Parent Education Instilling Love of Game Supporting Rec Programs Interclub Play Developing Younger Kids Organizing Volunteers Spreading Talent Level
Lets talk about You Name 3 things that you wish your club did or could do better? 1. ______________________________ 2. ______________________________ 3. ______________________________
3 things that you wish your club did or could do better? - RECAP Better way to transition to D1 Attracting Committed Coaches Training Younger coaches More avenues to player development Retaining Older Players More Rec Activities Better communication to D1 Clubs Fundraising Attracting Volunteers Attracting Sponsors
Lets talk about You Name 3 things that you wish your club could or would if there were no constraints of any kind? 1. ______________________________ 2. ______________________________ 3. ______________________________
3 things that you wish your club could or would if there were no constraints of any kind? - RECAP Club/MSA pay for Licensing Offer top training at Rec level, separated by ability Clinics and Coaches at Younger Level Register more kids with economic issues More fields Eliminate Divisions Establish new carrots for all players Smaller Club partnerships in D1 and D2 Eliminate Boundaries
COMPARISON OF STATE LEAGUES IN REGION III Terry Eguaoje, Ed.D. MSA Technical Director of Coaching
LEAGUE STRUCTURE MISSISSIPPI Approx. 23,000 Players League Structure Division I - National Cup Series Division II - Presidents Cup Division III – Rec. (Kohls Cup) LOUISIANA Approx. 31,000 Players League Structure Premier Cup Winners - National Cup Series Division I - Presidents Cup Recreational - Kohls Cup DOC is proposing just two (2) levels: Select & Rec.
LEAGUE STRUCTURE… CONT. ARKANSAS Approx. 22,000 Players League Structure State League – Classic (National Cup Series & Presidents Cup) Local Leagues –Rec. (Kohls Cup) ALABAMA Approx. 20,000 Players League Structure Division I - National Cup Series Division II - Presidents Cup Division III – Kohls Cup Division IV – in-house
LEAGUE STRUCTURE… CONT. SOUTH CAROLINA Approx. 21,000 Players League Structure Challenge - Div. I (U13 - 19) National Cup Series Presidents Medal Soccer – Div. II (U13 – 19) Presidents Cup Recreational & Palmetto Academy Recreational (U9-12) - Kohls Cup TENNESSEE Approx. 40,000 Players League Structure Division I - National Cup Series Division II - Presidents Cup Recreational (Districts) - Kohls Cup
Breakout into groups Each group should have reps from different clubs Each group should have at least a President, a D3 Rep, a D2 Rep, a D1 Rep and a DOC if possible
Recreational Soccer Competitive Soccer Regional Presidents Cup U13 – U17 National Championship Series U14 – U19 Define a state structure that will enable our best teams to be competitive at the Regional Cups
Lunch on MSA Try to sit with your group if possible so that you can still discuss Session re-starts at 1:00 P.M.
Recreational Soccer Competitive Soccer Regional Presidents Cup U13 – U17 National Championship Series U14 – U19 Define your Clubs ideal structure that will enable our best teams to be competitive at the Regional Cups
Presentation by Groups No questions at this time Select a spokesperson to present your groups ideas
Dual Rostered D2 – Pros and Cons Doesnt Affect D3 Keeps D2 Coaches in D3 Increase # of D3 Players Good Players help Lesser Players More Touches on the ball D2 doesnt have time to become competitive Rec teams count on single good players Lose players that dont want to play Rec but want higher level Amount of time it takes for practices – affects parents and players Coaches unwilling to coach lesser players Hurts smaller Clubs ConsPros
Wrap - Up Here are some discussion points and options that the MSA Vice Presidents have considered.
Current Situation Division III Recreational Proms are an issue for Kohls Cup (districts) U19s Last minute roster fixes Small sided games and coaching has improved D3 Enforcement of standard brackets for districts U18 single age not being used
Current Situation Division II Intermediate Recreational Most teams form for SGM No/Little Participation in Regional President s Cup Teams we do send are not competitive Season Really runs April-June *April/May for MSA Is a real issue for staff, i.e passes, rostering MSA is Dual age - Regional Cup is single age Club Tourneys not requiring credentials
Current Situation Division I Competitive Level of competition-out of USYS Regionals Mindset-Lets win State to go to Regionals (vacation) Cost of D1 imposed at club level driving players out of program Teams that should be not be playing at the D1 Level