All players must register for tryouts in order to be considered for an MTA team.  This includes players who are injured or unable to attend.

Minnesota Thunder Academy is committed to providing high-quality youth soccer that is accessible to everyone.  Financial Assistance covers registration fees only; team expenses, including but not limited to coaching fees, indoor training rental fees and tournament fees, are the responsibility of the applicant. MTA shall uphold the following guidelines:

1. Inclusion.  If at all possible, no qualified player should be denied participation on a team due to financial hardship.

2. Partial Payment.  MTA shall collect and the responsible adults (parents and/or guardians) shall pay a discounted club registration fees for players receiving financial assistance.

3. Volunteer Time. MTA shall expect each player and/or guardian to volunteer at least 10 hours of time to MTA.

4. Written Request.  Responsible adults (parents/guardians) shall apply in writing via letter or application form supplied by MTA.  Primary application periods will be in August (prior to formation of Fall season teams) and November (prior to formation of Summer teams)

5. Proof of Need.  Responsible adults seeking financial assistance should attempt to provide proof of need (such as, income tax records, payment stubs, social security, public assistance record, school lunch subsidy records, etc.)  In the absence of such records, the team manager and coach shall co-write a statement verifying need.  This proof will not be duplicated.  Any information will be returned or destroyed.

6. Factors to Consider.  MTA shall attempt to provide appropriate funding for all applicants.  When more requests are received than funds can cover, MTA should consider (but not be limited to) such funding priorities as:
The player’s relevant history as MTA participant
The risk of losing an MTA team without player(s) receiving financial assistance on the roster
The financial assistance funds benefiting as many MTA teams as possible

7. Privacy.  MTA shall attempt to maintain privacy of financial assistance applicants and recipients. The identities of applicant and recipients shall be shared on a “need to know” basis among Board members, coaches, managers, etc. who may be involved in appropriately carrying out the business of running MTA or an MTA team.

Note: Factors listed in Item 5 are considerations for the MTA Financial Assistance Committee and are not intended as the only relevant criteria for awarding financial assistance when funds are limited.

Financial Form
To apply, complete the application form which can be found here:

MTA Financial Assistance Application

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has established the HEADS UP: Concussion in Youth Sports program and tool kit to provide training to coaches, athletes and parents regarding concussions. The Minnesota Legislature passed legislation (MN Statute 121A.37 and 121A.38) in 2011 regarding youth athletes, concussions and return to play. Application The Minnesota statute requires any nonprofit organization that organizes a youth athletic activity for which a fee is charged to meet the requirements of the statute.

The Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) policy requires all coaches and officials to take the free CDC online training course or MSHSL’s concussion training. The statute specifically applies to participating coaches and officials. Officials include referees, assistant referees and fourth officials. Furthermore, MYSA recommends that this policy apply to team managers and anyone else receiving an MYSA pass.

Pre-Season Requirements

Coaches, officials, team managers and any adult receiving an MYSA pass are required to take the free CDC online training course Concussion Training for Coaches or a course approved by MYSA before they may coach or officiate and once every three years thereafter.

Click here to take the CDC training

The certificate of completion at the end of the training is proof the course has been taken and a copy of the certificate is to be delivered to MTA. Parents and athletes may take the course for their own information.

Season Requirements

Coaches during practices and coaches or officials during games shall remove a player from active participation in the practice or game if the player exhibits the signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion or is suspected of sustaining a concussion (MN Statue 121A.37(b)). The player is not allowed to return to play until cleared in writing by a provider trained in evaluation and management of concussions (MN Statue 121A.37(c)).

All Players will be expected to travel and room with their team members for away events. The purpose of this is to provide the players with a college-like environment and experience which will benefit them when they move on to the collegiate level and additionally will limit the costs incurred by each team member and family. Our intention is to introduce the players to all aspects of college play at the elite youth soccer level.

MTA will coordinate and book all team travel and lodging for players on each of the U14-19 teams. Parents that may wish to travel are expected to coordinate their own travel and lodging. All players will be expected to travel to and from tournaments and to and from games with their teammates. Players will also be expected to participate in all team events that will be outlined in an itinerary prior to departure to each event.

Travel Budget: Once the team has met and agreed to their out-of-town schedule, the Team Manager will provide a travel budget and payment schedule. Failure to meet the payment schedule, provides the coach with discretion to replace a player with another MTA player or guest player to fill the team roster.

Chaperones: Each team will have two chaperones who will be required to travel and stay with their teams. The chaperone’s hotel and meal cost will be covered by each team.

Chaperone responsibilities will include: coordinating meals, study hall, curfew/bed check, laundry, medical/general care, Hotel: check-in/check-out, travel supervision, game check-in process, confirm schedules, bus driver liaison and other duties deemed necessary by the coach.

Any parent interested in chaperoning an event will communicate with their manager prior to the scheduled event and the chaperones will then be selected by the MTA staff.

Team Behavior Rules: Coach, players, and parents should review and agree on general travel behavior requirements and consequences if violations are committed. Behavior at tournaments for players, parents, & coaches is defined within the clubs code of conduct.

Player Responsibilities: Because of the importance of tournament play to the development of a team, all players are expected to participate in every event unless injured.

The club insists on making player safety the top priority when players are traveling.

Players are to act like young ladies and gentlemen at all times.

Each player is required to be where the coach wants you to be at the time the coach sets.

No player is allowed to go anywhere alone or leaves the hotel without the expressed permission of the head coach.

Hotel rooms must be kept neat and organized. Also, players should tip housekeeping at the end of their stay. A player should be designated just prior to check-out to inspect the room for any items (clothes, uniforms, money etc.) left behind.

We are guests of the hotel. Footwear and proper attire should be worn in the public areas of the hotel. Our reputation for future stays by club teams are on the line.

Players are to be punctual and strictly follow all curfews.

Any problems must be communicated to the coach immediately.

At the coach’s discretion, players may be sent home at parent’s additional expense if they violate serious behavior rules related to drugs, drinking, illegal activities, tobacco products or having members of the opposite sex in rooms at any time.

Team Activities: The coach will determine all soccer and non-soccer activities during the trip.

Parents and players should remember that team activities take priority over any personal agendas you may have.

Soccer trips are not vacations. Obviously having fun is a part of all trips but we must remember that soccer must remain the top priority at all times.

Coaches travel and per diem: Coaches will be expected to travel and use the same lodging with their respective teams for away events. Each coach attending an event is expected to eat with there group throughout the event.  The coaches per diem is $30 a day.  The coach will receive the per diem before the team event.

Bus tip – etiquette: $50-$75 per team

No member, volunteer, employee or contractor of Minnesota Thunder Academy (MTA) shall be subjected to harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyberbullying as it relates to MTA activities on and off the field. For clarification, harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying means, but is not limited to, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, shown to be motivated by an individual’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry or ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability, gender, gender identity and expression, or other distinguishing personal characteristic, or based on association with any person identified above, even in jest.

Furthermore, no member, volunteer, employee or contractor of MTA shall engage in or knowingly tolerate any such behavior harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying on or off the field as it relates to any teammates, other youth or teams, referees, MYS volunteers (coaches, TSLs, etc.), or MTA employees or contractors.

The MTA Board of Directors will respond quickly to any and all allegations of harassment within the organization. Any violation of this policy may involve a disciplinary hearing and/or action, including suspension or expulsion from MTA and related activities.

Our mission is to promote good sportsmanship throughout the organization and encourage qualities of mutual respect, courtesy and tolerance in all participants, coaches, officials, volunteers, employees, contractors, and spectators.

When registering with the Minnesota Thunder Elite Academy, you agree to pay in full, all club fees in accordance with the tuition payment schedule, therefore no refund will be given.

All players/families will be expected to place all Minnesota Thunder Academy events above any guest playing opportunities.  This excludes: Regional Team or National Team events.

Guest playing outside MTA
Minnesota Thunder Academy players cannot guest play for any other club team during the season year (August-July).

Guest playing inside MTA
Minnesota Thunder Academy players can guest play for other MTA teams by invitation only.  Coaches must follow the three steps below:

1. Coach to coach communication
2. Coach to player/family communication
3. Coach to managers communication

US Development Academy Players
Minnesota Thunder Academy players with “Fulltime” status can only participate in US Soccer Development Academy events.  Outside games are not permitted. Any camp participation must be accepted by MN Thunder Academy and US Soccer.

ECNL Players
Minnesota Thunder Academy players with “full-time” status can only participate on an Elite Club National team.
Outside games are not permitted. Any camps must be approved by the MTA Girls Elite Director and ECNL Staff.

RULES AND DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE

The membership of the Rules and Discipline Committee (R&D Committee) and the authority of the Committee to act in various circumstances follow.

1. Committee Membership

The R&D Committee shall consist of at least six (06) members -the Director of R&D plus a standing committee of at least five (5) individuals. The Director of R&D is an appointed member of the Board. The other members of the standing committee are selected by the Director of R&D and approved by the Board of Directors prior to each spring season of play. In the event that one of these members resigns from the standing committee during the year, another individual should be selected by the Director of R&D and approved by the Board of Directors.

2. Authority To Recommend Rules Modifications

Proposals for rules modifications shall be referred to the R&D Committee for review. The Committee shall make recommendations to the Board for proposed changes to MYS (McLean Youth Soccer) House Rules and to the R&D process. A minimum of three (3) members, including the Director, must act on any proposed rules changes proposed to the Board. The Director shall vote only in the case of a tie.

3. Authority To Take Disciplinary Action

In accordance with section C. below, disciplinary action may be taken by the Director of R&D, by the R&D Committee or by the MYS Board against any player, spectator, team official, or team, which fails to abide by the Laws of the Game, MYS House Rules, MYS Coaches Code of Conduct, VYSA KidSafe Policy Guidelines, league rules, tournament rules or any other applicable competition rules. When the R&D Committee is acting pursuant to section C.2., 3. or 4. below, a minimum of three (3) members, including the Director of R&D, must be involved. The Director shall vote only in the case of a tie. A member of the Committee cannot be from the same Age Group as the individual(s) to which the hearing pertains. The Director of R&D shall keep appropriate records of all such actions and those records, along with the Laws and the Rules of MYS, may be the basis for future disciplinary actions.

AUTOMATIC SANCTIONS

1. House Team Official or Player.

For the purpose of the document, the term “house” shall refer to McLean Youth Soccer House recreation league and shall not apply to other leagues in which McLean Youth Soccer players, team officials and spectators may participate including travel and other recreation leagues or tournaments.  Herein, the term “travel” shall refer to such travel leagues and other recreation leagues (such as the Suburban Friendship League) and tournaments.

The following team penalties shall be automatically assessed to teams:

(a.) Yellow Card (caution) to a player or team official: Two “Team Penalty Points.”

(b.) Two Yellow Cards in the same game, a Red Card (ejection) or Three Yellow Cards in a season to a player or team official: Five “Team Penalty Points” and suspension from the next game.

(c.) “Team Penalty Points” for Spectator Removal From Game Site: Five “Team Penalty Points” and suspension from the next game.

(d.) Automatic Review for 12 “Team Points” In A Season. Any team reaching a cumulative total of 12 or more points during a season will be subject to automatic review by the R&D Committee. The team’s coach and Age Group Coordinator will be notified of the team’s penalty point status and of the date when a hearing will be held. After a hearing, in which the team’s coach and Age Group Coordinator have a right to participate, the R&D Committee may take any additional action deemed necessary as described in section C. below.

2. Suspensions.

(a.) A team official or spectator (whether house or travel) ejected or directed by the referee to leave the field of play shall be suspended for the next game played regardless of whether a red card is shown.

(b.) Consequence of Attending A Game While Under Suspension. A team official, player or spectator may not appear at the game site or its vicinity before or during a game for which the individual has been suspended. If a suspended individual participates at the game(s) for which he/she was suspended, the suspension shall be doubled.

(c.) Suspensions Carry Over Seasons. All suspension actions shall carry forward until the entire suspension is served, irrespective of season.

DISCRETIONARY SANCTIONS

Without regard to whether any automatic sanctions have been imposed, discretionary sanctions may be taken against any MYS individual player, spectator, team official, or team, as described below. In addition to notice to the individual involved, notice of discretionary sanction shall also be sent by mail or e-mail to the coach, to the Age Group Coordinator and the House League Commissioner in a house case and to the Travel Director and appropriate travel league MYS representative in a travel case.

1. Verbal Warning.

The Director of R&D may issue a verbal warning to an offending party. A written record of such warning shall be made and may be referenced in any future actions against that party.

2. Written Warning.

Based on a decision of the R&D Committee, the Director of R&D may issue a written warning to an offending party.

3. Suspension From Play.

The R&D Committee may suspend a player, spectator or team official for up to three (3) games. The MYS Board may suspend a player, spectator or team official for periods beyond three (3) games. Suspensions begin with the next game played. The offending party may not appear at the game site or its vicinity before or during a game for which the offending party has been suspended. If a suspended spectator, player or team official appears at the game(s) site or vicinity for which he/she was suspended, the suspension shall be doubled and the R&D Committee may impose further discretionary sanctions.

4. Bans From Participation.

Upon the recommendation of the R&D Committee, the MYS Board may ban a player, spectator, team official, or team from participation in MYS activities for a specified period of time. A coach or team official may also be banned for any actions inconsistent with the VYSA KidSafe Policy Guidelines. A banned person may not participate in any games, practices or other MYS sponsored activities during that period. A house team that does not comply with the ban of a player, team official or spectator may be required to forfeit all remaining games in the season or some or all games that have already been played. If a travel team does not comply with the ban of a player, team official or spectator, the R&D Committee may impose discretionary sanctions in addition to any imposed by the applicable league.

5. House League Results For Terminated Games.

The Director of R&D or the Director’s designee has the authority to determine game results of any house game terminated due to participant, team official or spectator behavior.

D. PROCEDURES

1. Notice Of House Automatic Sanctions

House coaches and referees shall report cautions, ejections and removals to the Referee Director and House Commissioner on a timely basis. “Team Penalty Points” (see B.1.a. and b.) and suspension(s) will be recorded by the R&D Director and the offending party shall be notified by mail or e-mail addressed to the coach. In the case of suspension, the coach of the next opposing team(s), the Age Group Coordinator, the House Commissioner (or appropriate travel league MYS representative) and the Director of Referees shall also be informed.

2.House Protests

(a.) Protests of House League Referee Decisions. Protests of referee decisions based on disagreement with a referee’s judgment of the facts will be denied as a matter or rule. Protest of a referee’s decision based on misapplication of rule will be considered on the merits by the R&D Committee. The appeal must be mailed to the Director of the R&D Committee within 48 hours of the game and must be accompanied by a filing fee of $100. The appeal will be acted upon by a minimum of three members of the Committee, including the Director. An adverse ruling may be appealed to the Board of Directors. The appeal must be mailed to the Chairman of the Board within 48 hours of notice after receiving the written notice of the action and must tender a filing fee of another $100 with the appeal. The Chairman of the Board may (1) appoint a committee of Board Members to consider the appeal and report to the Board or (2) refer the matter to the Board for review. In considering the appeal, the committee of Board members or of the Board will deliberate privately to decide the case. Fees will be refunded only if appeals are successful.

(b.) Further Appellation of Protests of House League Referee Decisions. If the Board either denies the appeal, in whole or in part, the individual should be advised of his/her right to appeal the action to VYSA (Virginia Youth Soccer Association). Appeals must be made to VYSA and must be filed with the appropriate filing fee on a timely basis after receipt of the Board decision. All such appeals are to be filed with VYSA. Appeals to VYSA are subject to VYSA rules and are subject to change.

3. Procedure for Taking Discretionary Sanctions

(a) Before the Director or the Committee takes action against an individual under Part C of these Rules, the individual should be notified of the proposed action and the reasons for the proposed action. The individual should be provided an opportunity to respond. In the case of Committee action, the Committee will privately deliberate to decide the case after reviewing the individual’s response.

(b) If the Director or the Committee takes any action against an individual under (a) above, the individual should be advised of his/her right to appeal the action to the McLean Soccer Board of Directors. To file an appeal with the Board of Directors, the individual must mail the appeal to the Chairman of the Board within 48 hours after receiving the written notice of the action and must tender a filing fee of $100 with the appeal. The Chairman of the Board may (1) appoint a committee of Board members to consider the appeal and report to the Board or (2) refer the matter to the Board for review. In considering the appeal, the committee of Board members or of the Board should deliberate privately to decide the case. Fees will be refunded only if appeal is successful.

(c) If the Board either denies the appeal, in whole or in part, or approves a recommendation under paragraph C.4., the individual should be advised of his/her right to appeal the action to VYSA. Appeals must be made to VYSA and must be filed with the appropriate filing fee on a timely basis after receipt of the Board decision. All such appeals are to be filed with the VYSA. Appeals to VYSA are subject to VYSA rules and are subject to change.

(d) If a discretionary sanction is under appeal, implementation of the sanction shall be delayed until the appeal has been acted on.

(e) In all proceedings related to disciplinary actions, particularly with respect to the KidSafe proceedings, all MYS representatives shall take every reasonable precaution to protect the privacy of all persons involved.

4. Exhaustion of Remedies

No player, spectator, parent or team official may employ the aid of any lawyer or the courts of any State or of the United States without first exhausting all available remedies within McLean Soccer, VYSA and the United States Youth Soccer (USYS). Should any player, spectator, parent or team official employ the aid of any lawyer or court before exhausting all available remedies within McLean Soccer, VYSA or USYS all attorney fees and court costs shall be borne by said player, spectator, parent or team official if said action is unsuccessful.

5. Physical Violence, Assault or Abuse

Any incident of assault or abuse directed against a referee or linesmen by a player, coach, or other team official falls within the sole jurisdiction of VYSA and must be reported by the Club to the State Referee Administrator. The R&D Committee could subsequently entertain the same incident on the grounds that the conduct was not “for the good of the game.” Any other incidents of assault or abuse will be subject to review by the R&D Committee. The terms “‘abuse” and “assault” shall be as defined in the United States Soccer Federation’s Official Administrative Handbook, Rule 3042, Section 2, or its successor regulation applicable to the VYSA.