2020-2021 Season Tryouts

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Note: Dates/times subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions
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Tryouts held at: Academy of Holy Angels South Turf & Stardome
6600 Nicollet Ave S, Richfield, MN 55423

Boys 2020-21 Kickoff Webinar

Girls 2020-21 Kickoff Webinar

Girls ECNL Early ID Tryouts for U13-U19

Birthyears 2008-2002  /  July 8-9

All Girls ECNL teams will have an ID Tryout session both Wednesday & Thursday July 8-9
** All girls trying out for an ECNL team should attend Early ID sessions **
Most ECNL rosters will be formed from Early ID sessions

Day/Date 2008
U13
2007
U14
2006
U15
2005
U16
2004
U17
2003/02
U18/U19
Wed. July. 8
ECNL ID Session 1
7:00-8:30pm 5:30-7pm 4:00-5:30pm 8:30-10pm 4:00-5:30pm 2:00-3:45pm
Thurs. July 9
ECNL ID Session 2
7:00-8:30pm 5:30-7pm 4:00-5:30pm 8:30-10pm 4:00-5:30pm 2:00-3:45pm

Boys ECNL Early ID Tryouts for U13-U19

Birthyears 2008-2002  /  July 15 & 16

All Boys ECNL teams will have an ID Tryout session both Wednesday & Thursday July 15-16
** All boys trying out for an ECNL team should attend Early ID sessions **
Most ECNL rosters will be formed from Early ID sessions

Day/Date 2008
U13
2007
U14
2006
U15
2005
U16
2004
U17
2003/02
U18/U19
Wed. July. 15
ECNL ID Session 1
7:00-8:30pm 4:30-6pm 4:00-5:30pm 5:30-7pm 2:00-3:45pm 8:30-10pm
Thurs. July 16
ECNL ID Session 2
7:00-8:30pm 4:30-6pm 4:00-5:30pm 5:30-7pm 2:00-3:45pm 8:30-10pm

Juniors Tryouts for U9-U11

Birthyears 2012-2011-2010  /  July 20-21

Day / Date U9/U10 Boys
BY 2012 & 2011
U9/U10 Girls
BY 2012 & 2011
U11 Boys
BY 2010
U11 Girls
BY 2010
Monday July 20 5:30-6:45pm 5:30-6:45pm 7:00-8:15pm 7:00-8:15pm
Tuesday July 21 5:30-6:45pm 5:30-6:45pm 7:00-8:15pm 7:00-8:15pm

Girls NPL Tryouts for U12-U19 & remaining ECNL

Birthyears 2009-2002  /  July 26-27

Girls NPL teams will be formed & remaining ECNL rosters finalized July 26-27.
All Girls birthyears will have a tryout session both Sunday & Monday July 26-27

Day/Date 2009
U12
2008
U13
2007
U14
2006
U15
2005
U16
2004
U17
2003/02
U18/U19
Sun, July. 26
NPL/ECNL  Session 1
2:30pm-4pm 4pm-5:30pm 4pm-5:30pm 5:30pm-7pm 5:30pm-7pm 7pm-8:30pm 7pm-8:30pm
Mon, July 27
NPL/ECNL  Session 2
2:30pm-4pm 4pm-5:30pm 4pm-5:30pm 5:30pm-7pm 5:30pm-7pm 7pm-8:30pm 7pm-8:30pm

Boys Elite Tryouts for 12U-19U & remaining ECNL

Birthyears 2009-2002  /  July 26-27

Boys Elite teams will be formed & remaining ECNL rosters finalized July 26-27.
All Boys birthyears will have a tryout session both Sunday & Monday July 26-27

Day/Date 2009
U12
2008
U13
2007
U14
2006
U15
2005
U16
2004
U17
2003/02
U18/U19
Sun, July 26
Elite/ECNL Session 1
1pm-2:30pm 1:30-3:00pm 1:30-3:00pm 11:30am-1pm 11:30am-1pm 3:00-4:30pm 3:00-4:30pm
Mon, July 27
Elite/ECNL Session 2
1pm-2:30pm 1:30-3:00pm 1:30-3:00pm 11:30am-1pm 11:30am-1pm 3:00-4:30pm 3:00-4:30pm

Tryout Steps & Details

Tryout Fee:  All participants MUST register prior to tryouts, regardless of attendance. You will not be placed on a team unless you are registered for tryouts.

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

Financial Aid:  If you intend to apply for financial aid, you MUST complete the application using the link in the tryout registration. (Do you wish to apply for Financial Aid?  Check: “Yes” and the link to the Financial Aid Application will be on your receipt).

  • 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
  • Plenty of Water!
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer

Every player must check-in for BOTH DAYS of their birthyear 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: Check in when you arrive.  You MUST bring both of the MTA tryout t-shirts (with tryout numbers) for Day 2.

If you have not pre-registered, you will be required to do so before you can attend tryouts.  On-field registration is $75.  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 the 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. Remember, the ‘second teams’ at MTA are often at the same or higher level than the first team at any other club.
  • We understand that each player is unique and they develop at different rates. We provide the opportunity for 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 email with next steps to either accept or decline their roster spot.
The team offer will be sent to the main contact email entered in your Tryout registration. 

In order to accept a roster spot, an Acceptance Deposit must be paid. The deposit is $300 for ECNL teams, $100 for Juniors, NPL and Elite teams. A few weeks later, you will be asked to choose your payment plan and make your first payment.

In order to accept a roster spot, click Accept in your offer email, and pay the Acceptance Deposit. This commits your player to MTA in all leagues for the entire season.

PLAYER FEE – PAYMENT PLAN OPTIONS

A few weeks after your acceptance, you will be asked to set up your payment plan and make your first payment.

Payment Plans available for your Season fees:

1 payment:  Pay in full today. The Acceptance Deposit you already paid will be deducted from the total due.

4 payment plan:  Player fees are divided into 4 equal installments, with the first payment collected online when you set up the plan. The remaining payments will be automatically debited from the same account* on October 10; December 10; and February 10. There is a $100 service fee for this option.

10 payment plan:  Player fees are divided into 10 equal installments, with the first payment collected when you set up the plan. The remaining payments will be automatically debited from the same account* on September 10, October 10, November 10, December 10 and January 10, February 10, March 10, April 10 and May 10. There is a $160 service fee for this option.

* If you wish to use a different account to pay the balance, log into your BYGA account BEFORE the date of payment to update your account information. 

Please have your Visa, Mastercard, Discover or bank account routing and account number available. Following completion of your registration, you will see a charge on your account from Minnesota Thunder Academy.

Rosters are not final until all players have completed their player registration and made a payment. 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 Player Acceptance Deposit or Registration payment (or any portion thereof) binds your player to Minnesota Thunder Academy for the full Competitive season, through the end of July of the following year. Commitment to Minnesota Thunder Academy is valid for ECNL, TSCL, US Club, USYS and MYSA leagues.  All MTA Player fees are Non-Refundable*.

Financial Aid(FA):  You must apply for Financial Aid at the time you register for Tryouts. 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 player 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 Player fees. 

All MTA players must order the 2020-2022 Uniform Kit.  Uniform Kit is approx. $200/boys, $210/girls.
You will receive uniform ordering information a few weeks after you accept your roster position.

Kit Includes:

  • 2 Game Jerseys:  Carolina Blue & White
  • 2 Game Shorts: Carolina Blue & White
  • Socks: Carolina Blue, White & Navy
  • Training Jersey: Navy
  • Training Shorts: Navy
  • 2 numbered pinnies

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. Please let us know if you will miss tryouts by emailing admin@mnthunderacademy.org.

What if I am injured and cannot participate in Tryouts? 
Players who are injured and unable to participate in tryouts still must register for Tryouts.  If you are injured after you have submitted your tryout registration, please email admin@mnthunderacademy.org. All injured players should still attend tryouts.

What should I wear to Tryouts?
MTA t-shirts will be handed out at the first tryout for your age group. 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, shinguards, soccer cleats, and an inflated soccer ball of the appropriate size. You should have hand sanitizer with you, and use it often.

Should I attend both days of the Tryout Process?
Yes, every player should attend both tryout days for his/her birthyear.  If you are unable to attend, it is important that you communicate with your DOC before your tryouts and notify the MTA office at admin@mnthunderacademy.org.

Are team fees included in the registration cost?
No, team fees (tournaments/travel/showcases/winter leagues/extra scrimmages/etc…) are not included in MTA player fees, except when otherwise noted in the team’s Season Plan. The Season Plan is a cost estimate only. Each team has an individualized season plan and all team fees are determined by the team’s coach and DOC and finalized in November/December after a team meeting. Team fees are collected by the team manager in most cases, but at times may be collected through the MTA office.

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 2020 and ends with the Summer 2022 season.  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.

Minnesota Thunder Academy has a limited amount of financial aid to distribute each year to players in need during a season.  It is our goal to help players achieve their dreams on the soccer field by assisting with a portion of their Player Fees when needed.

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.

Players within MTA must be in good standings to re-apply and all players must remain current on their payments throughout the season to continue training.

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.

To request financial aid for the upcoming season, the player/family must complete the Financial Aid Application (link provided when you register for Tryouts) 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.
If a player qualifies for financial aid, he/she will receive a fee adjustment applied to your payment plan during registration process.
** Financial Aid is only applicable to player fees **

Financial Aid Requirements:

  1. Every player on the team, including players receiving financial are responsible for all additional fees incurred by the team. Team fees will be collected by your team manager, or in some cases by the MTA office.
  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 current season. Recipients 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.

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. 

Tryouts Fueled By…

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 >>

Minnesota Thunder Academy is proud to be the only Minnesota club selected to compete in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).

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.
Learn more about the Girls ECNL Program >>

The Minnesota Thunder Academy boys program joined Boys ECNL for the 2019-2020 season.
Learn more about Boys ECNL >>

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