2019 Tryout Registration Information

/2019 Tryout Registration Information
2019 Tryout Registration Information 2018-06-13T15:11:00+00:00

2019 Tryout Registration is NOW OPEN

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Girls Tryout Schedule

Players wishing to compete for a spot on  MTA Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) teams should attend the regular tryout for their birthyear.

Monday, July 23Tuesday, July 24

Sunday, July 29

Tuesday, July 31

U9/20105:30-6:45pm5:30-6:45pm
U10/20095:30-6:45pm 5:30-6:45pm
U11/20087:00-8:15pm 7:00-8:15pm
U12/20078:30-10:00am7:30-9:00pm
U13/200610:00-11:30am6:00-7:30pm
U14/200511:30-1:00pm4:15-5:45pm
U15/20041:15-2:45pm2:45-4:15pm
U16/20032:45-4:15pm1:15-2:45pm
U17/20024:15-5:45pm11:30-1:00pm
U18/20016:00-7:30pm10:00-11:30am
U19/20006:00-7:30pm10:00-11:30am

Boys Tryout Schedule

Players wishing to compete for a spot on  MTA US Soccer Development Academy teams should attend the regular tryout for their birthyear.

Monday, July 23Tuesday, July 24Monday, July 30Wednesday, Aug 1
U9/20105:30-6:45pm5:30-6:45pm
U10/20095:30-6:45pm 5:30-6:45pm
U11/20087:00-8:15pm 7:00-8:15pm
U12/20075:00-6:30pm5:00-6:30pm
U13/20065:00-6:30pm5:00-6:30pm
U14/20056:30-8:00pm6:30-8:00pm
U15/20046:30-8:00pm6:30-8:00pm
U16/20038:00-9:30pm8:00-9:30pm
U17/20028:00-9:30pm8:00-9:30pm
U18/20013:00-4:30pm3:00-4:30pm
U19/20003:00-4:30pm3:00-4:30pm

ALL Tryouts are at the Academy of Holy Angels Turf,

6600 Nicollet Avenue South, Richfield, MN 55423

Each age group will have 2 days of tryouts, and it is recommended that players attend both days.  If for some reason you are unable to attend both days, please notify the MTA office at admin@mnthunderacademy.org.

Rainout date for U12-U19 is August 2nd

Tryout Fee: $65.00 per participant / $75 on-field day of registration (cash/credit card only – no checks)

All participants MUST register prior to tryouts, regardless of attendance.

Registering for tryouts does not guarantee a position with a team or MTA nor does it bind a player to the club.

Financial Aid:  If you intend to apply for financial aid for the 2018-2019 season, you MUST complete the application in the tryout registration. (Do you wish to apply for Financial Aid?  Check: “Yes” and you will be directed to the Financial Aid Application & Instructions)

  • MTA Tryout t-shirts with numbers will be provided at check-in and BOTH shirts should be brought to both tryout sessions.
  • Soccer shoes/cleats
  • Soccer ball (inflated)
  • Soccer gear appropriate for weather (no club affiliated logos/gear)
  • Shin pads
  • Water
  • Sunscreen

Every player must check-in at BOTH of their age group tryout sessions.

  • Day 1 Check-In:  You will receive your MTA tryout t-shirts, your tryout numbers and any information we have regarding your season.
  • Day 2 Check-In: You will receive another set of tryout numbers – you MUST bring both MTA tryout t-shirts.

If you have not pre-registered, you will be required to do so before you can attend tryouts.  On-field registration is $70.  Please bring a smart device to register at the field and cash or credit card for payment (no checks).

  • The tryout evaluation process will be over a 2 day period / see schedule for details
  • With every tryout season there is potential for change which can cause great anxiety for players and parents.  We recommend families discuss all of the options with your player during the evaluation process and understand the potential difference between making “the top team” and being placed on the best team for his/her growth and development.  We understand that each player is unique and they develop at different rates. We provide the opportunity to our players to train and play at an appropriate level of play for their current level of performance. This helps us ensure we can get all players in the best environment for their continual development. We encourage you not to get caught up in the level of team your player is on and instead focus on the path of their development.

After Tryouts, rosters are typically finalized within a week. Players will be notified via phone &/or email with next steps to either accept or decline their roster spot. The team offer will be sent to the main email entered in your Tryout registration. 

In order to accept a roster spot, the commitment fee must be paid in full and a payment plan agreed to for the remaining balance (see Step 6).

In order to accept a roster spot, the commitment fee must be paid in full and a payment plan agreed to for the remaining balance.  You will receive an email with the link to make payment.

What is a Commitment Fee?  Committing online and paying your commitment fee is what secures your roster spot.

Age GroupPlay LevelCommitment Fee*
USSDABoys$TBD
ECNLGirls$TBD
 Elite/U13-U19Boys & Girls$TBD
Jr Elite/U11-U12Boys & Girls$TBD
Juniors/U9-U10Boys & Girls$TBD

When is my commitment fee due?  Your commitment fee is due immediately to hold your roster spot on a given team.  Please watch your email and be prepared to make a decision on your roster notification!

Rosters are not final until all players have paid their appropriate commitment fee. Payment must be received within the stated time period on your offer letter; otherwise, the club may offer your roster spot to other eligible players.

The Commitment Fee (or any portion thereof) binds your player to Minnesota Thunder Academy for the full Competitive season. Commitment to Minnesota Thunder Academy is valid for USSDA, MYSA and US Club leagues. Commitment fees and any Competitive Player fees are Non-Refundable*.

Financial Aid(FA):  If you applied for financial aid in the tryout registration and qualify to receive aid, you will receive information regarding your financial aid award with your team offer and instructions for securing your roster spot should you accept the financial conditions of your offer.   Your FA Commitment Fee payment will secure your roster spot and bind your player to the club.  See Step 8: Financial Aid for more information.

*As a Non-Profit organization that must plan the use of resources and staff in advance, we do not refund Competitive Player fees. 

NEW THIS YEAR:  SportsEngine is now offering “Registration Saver Insurance” through AIG to all players. 

OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE REGISTRATION SAVER INSURANCE: On the Shopping Cart page of each registration, you will be able to purchase “Registration Saver Insurance” provided by AIG. This policy protects your investment in case of injury (on or off the field), illness, bad weather, and other unforeseen circumstances that may cause a child to miss an event or an entire season.  NOTE: If you do not purchase the AIG-Registration Saver policy all fees are non‑refundableThe offer on the Shopping Cart page is the only opportunity you will have to purchase AIG-Registration Saver insurance and does not cover any additional team fees.  

All MTA players must order the 2019-2020 Uniform Kit.  Uniform Kit is approx. $200/boys, $210/girls

Kit Includes:

  • 2 Game Jerseys:  Carolina Blue & Navy
  • 2 Game Shorts: Carolina Blue & Navy
  • Socks: Carolina Blue, Navy & Pink(Girls Only)
  • Training Jersey: Pink
  • Training Shorts: Navy

MTA has a policy of providing financial aid to as many players in need as possible during a season.  It is our goal to help these players achieve their goals on and off the soccer field by assisting with a portion of their Player Fees.

In support of this policy, MTA has developed a sliding financial aid schedule based on household income and household size using the Federal Poverty Guidelines.  This schedule of discounts will be updated annually maintaining the most current poverty level table in order to determine the eligibility of discounts.

Gross income is used for eligibility purposes and proof of need is REQUIRED to receive financial aid.

To request financial aid for the 2018-2019 season, the player must complete this Financial Aid Application and provide the necessary proof of need within two weeks of completing the registration. Incomplete applications and failure to submit required documents will result in denial of your request.  The financial aid application is built into the tryout registration (see Step 1).

If a player qualifies for financial aid, he/she will receive a discount code with their team offer email to be used during registration to commit their player and set up a payment plan.

Any Financial Aid awarded will be applied to Player fees owed to Minnesota Thunder Academy. It does not apply to individual team expenses or uniforms.

Financial Aid Requirements:

  1. Each player on the team is responsible for all additional fees incurred by the team. Team fees will be collected by your team manager.
  2. If the player leaves MTA, the family will forfeit all financial aid and be accountable for all fees paid in full prior to player receiving any release to be allowed to play at another club.
  3. Financial aid is awarded only for the 2018-2019 season. Each recipient must reapply each year. Prior awards of financial aid do not guarantee future awards.
  4. If the financial aid recipient has a remaining balance at season’s end, they may not be considered for financial aid the following season and future seasons.
  5. Club/Player fees will be reduced by any financial aid awarded. Monthly payments must be made to stay current and to have the total due paid in full no later than May 1, 2019.

PAYMENT REQUIREMENTS

If financial aid is awarded, players must stay current with the agreed-upon payment plan each month.

Players who are behind on payments for club/player fees due to MTA AND/OR team fees due to the team manager will not be allowed to attend training or participate in games or tournaments. 

Do I have to register if I can’t attend Tryouts?
YES. All players MUST register online for Tryouts in advance, regardless of attendance at Tryouts. You will not be considered for placement on a team if you are not registered. There is a section in the registration where you can enter details if you will miss tryouts.

What if I am injured and cannot participate in Tryouts? 
Players who are injured and unable to participate in tryouts must register for Tryouts and indicate a medical reason for non-participation.  If you are injured after you have submitted your tryout registration, please email admin@mnthunderacademy.org.

What should I wear to Tryouts?
MTA t-shirts will be handed out for tryouts. Players need to bring BOTH t-shirts to any/all tryouts!  Shinguards are required.  Do NOT wear any soccer team affiliated gear/logos (including MTA).

What should I bring to Tryouts?
Plenty of water, sunscreen, and an inflated soccer ball of the appropriate size.

Do I attend both days of the Tryout Process?
Yes, every player should attend both tryout days of his/her birthyear.  If you are unable to attend, it is important that you communicate with your DOC before your tryouts.

Are team fees included in the registration cost?
No, team fees (tournaments/travel/showcases/winter leagues/scrimmages/etc…) are not included in a player’s registration/player fees, except when otherwise noted in the team’s Season Plan.  Each team has an individualized season plan and all team fees are determined by the team’s coach and DOC.  These fees are collected by the team manager and are not covered by the AIG refund policy provided through SportsEngine.

What is the AIG Refund Policy on SportsEngine?
ALL MINNESOTA THUNDER ACADEMY REGISTRATIONS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE OTHER THAN THROUGH THE AIG-REGISTRATION SAVER INSURANCE (IF PURCHASED).

OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE REGISTRATION SAVER INSURANCE: On the Shopping Cart page of each registration, you will be able to purchase “Registration Saver Insurance” provided by AIG. This policy protects your investment in case of injury (on or off the field), illness, bad weather, and other unforeseen circumstances that may cause a child to miss an event or an entire season.  NOTE: If you do not purchase the AIG-Registration Saver policy all fees are non‑refundableThe offer on the Shopping Cart page is the only opportunity you will have to purchase AIG-Registration Saver insurance and does not cover any additional team fees.  

Is the uniform included in the cost?
No, the uniform is not included in the registration/MTA player fees.  The uniform follows a 2 year life cycle, which begins Fall 2018.  Uniform numbers will be assigned by the club in order to minimize unnecessary and costly jersey changes and/or purchases throughout the uniform cycle.

Can I watch my child’s tryout? 
Parents are not allowed on the tryout fields, to coach from the sidelines, or to engage in conversation with evaluators.

What if I have other questions not answered here?
Please email admin@mnthunderacademy.org with your questions and they will be forwarded to the appropriate staff.

Why Choose MTA

  • Year-round training with the top talent in Minnesota.

  • Highly-qualified coaches with US Soccer & NSCAA accreditation.

  • Perfect for serious players who seek a high level of competition.

  • Gain visibility to collegiate scouts and national team coaches.

What Parents Say

MTA provides elite coaching and technical training other clubs cannot match. They also understand how to prepare the kids for the next level.

The kids that gravitate to MTA push each other to be better soccer players while being good people.

The coaching is consistent. It doesn’t matter who the coach is or what level—Each and every coach is teaching the players how to possess the ball and increasing their soccer IQ. We are always please with the methods.

The training, teaching of ball control and footwork, and knowledge of game strategy is hands above community clubs.

Training is great! If you want to play college soccer MTA is heads above everyone else.

As the years go by, our son is growing so much as a player and we are excited for his future with the club

Great coaching staff!

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Challenging every player, at every level, thereby giving an equal opportunity to develop to anyone who wants it.

The coaching and training is excellent as well as the facilities for winter training.

MTA provides a safe and effective training environment.  They provide top level coaching for the elite teams and challenge the players to develop their skills.

MTA provides opportunities for soccer players who are very dedicated to the sport through great coaching and playing opportunities.

My son’s coach truly cares about him and every player on his team.

Programs

The Minnesota Thunder Academy was created as model for player development based on the structure of successful European and South American academies.  MTA’s model for player development has proven successful with more players advancing to play collegiately, professionally, and for national teams than any other club in the Upper Midwest.

Ages 8 through 12 are the most critical development years of a soccer player’s career. It is at these ages where the basic fundamental skills of soccer are mastered that allow players to compete and be successful as soccer players at the next level of play and where they develop a true love for the game.  This year-round program is designed for players ages 8-12 years old who have a higher level of ability, commitment, and interest level in soccer. This program helps prepare players who aspire to play in the MTA Elite Academy.

Learn more about the MTA Junior Academy >>

The Elite Academy program typically consists of two teams at each age-group (U13-U19). All teams train year-round, consistently challenge for State Cup championships, and compete against regional and national opponents.  No Minnesota club has been more successful at developing elite players and teams than MTA.

Learn more about the MTA Elite Academy >>

In 2009, the Minnesota Thunder Academy girls program was announced as an inaugural member club of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), the highest level of female youth soccer in the United States.  Minnesota Thunder Academy is proud to be the only Minnesota club selected to compete in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).

Learn more about the ECNL >>

The US Soccer Development Academy (DA) is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the top youth clubs around the country to provide the best youth players in the U.S. with an every day environment designed to produce the next generation of National Team players. The DA is the highest level of male youth soccer competition in the United States.

The US Soccer Development Academy’s philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.

MTA is proud to be the only Twin Cities metro area club to have boys teams at all levels of the US Soccer Development Academy.

Learn more about the U.S. Soccer Development Academy >>

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