The Mt. Pleasant X-TREME Soccer Club is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides young athletes an opportunity to hone their soccer skills through competitive travel league matches.
How is a travel league different from recreational soccer?
A travel team or “select” team offers boys and girls, ages 8 thru 18, a competitive environment to play matches against teams in the Mid- Michigan area. Opponents typically fall within an hour and a half radius and are fielded from cities such as Midland, Saginaw, Flint, Frankenmuth, Flushing, Lansing and Owosso.
How are players selected?
Select team members are chosen through a try-out process, which is typically held in mid-June. Sometimes there are supplemental try-outs in the winter to fill open spots for the spring season.
How long is the commitment?
Select soccer is a two-season commitment and requires members to commit to playing in the fall and spring. Players must re-qualify for a roster spot each year at try-outs
Where does the club practice & play their matches?
Training and match play occurs at Horizon Park. The park is located at 1535 Sweeney Street and is few blocks to the southeast of Mt Pleasant High School. The soccer fields at the 22.5-acre park are maintained by the Club and paid for through club fees in coordination with Mt Pleasant High School.
Does the club play in tournaments?
Tournaments are played above and beyond the select league scheduled matches. The decision for a specific team to enter into a tournament is based upon the availability and interest of the players and their families. Typical entry fee per player is $30-$45 and is an added expense above club fees. Each team will enter into a variety of tournaments over the course of a fall and spring cycle. Entire club participation is encouraged for the Petoskey tournament that annually occurs in June. Hotel, travel and meal expenses are the responsibility of each player as tournaments can span over two days.
What qualifications do the coaches have?
X-TREME Soccer coaches are licensed for their specific age bracket. Licensing is administered through the Michigan Youth Soccer Association. All coaches, assistants and club managers must pass a State of Michigan background check.
How often and how long do players practice?
Official practice typically begins at the beginning of August and will occur two nights a week through the end of the season and usually last 90 minutes. Indoor winter practices can take place one night a week beginning in mid-January through mid-March. Locations for indoor practices vary by team. There will be a crossover directly from winter practice into the spring practices and matches.
When does the season begin & when are matches played?
The fall season typically begins the first week of September and runs through the first week of November. The spring season will run from the first week of April through the middle of June. Matches can be scheduled for any day of the week, however; the overwhelming majority of games are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays. The expectation of club members is that they would be available and willing to play weekend matches for the spring and fall seasons. Coaches schedule games typically 1 month prior to the start of each season. In order to reduce out of town trips, it is common for teams to play multiple away matches on one day. For example, when traveling to the Flint area a coach might look to schedule 2 matches on the same day in that area (e.g. Goodrich at 1 PM and Davison at 4 PM).
What are the costs of playing club soccer?
Club dues for 2018-2019 are $425 for the year. This covers fall and spring league play. Half-year teams/players are $275. Premier team fees are higher and are calculated dependent on premier assignments.
Are there any additional costs?
Uniforms are above and beyond the club dues. Uniform costs range from $75 to $100. Most players can wear their uniform for multiple seasons and need not buy a new one every year. Uniforms are on a 3-year cycle by the manufacturer. Players are assigned a number and thus can typically carry it with them as they move from team to team. As mentioned earlier additional tournaments and travel costs to and from games are the responsibility of families.
What are the age requirements for club soccer?
Our club currently fields teams at the U9 thru U18 age brackets. The age bracket is determined by the player’s age on January 1 of each year. Depending on the availability of players, age brackets may be combined or canceled depending on player enrollment in a given season.
When are tryouts?
Tryouts are usually scheduled for mid June. Additional details regarding times will be posted to our club website and Facebook page.
Where can I get additional information?
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