MVSC Premier Rec Policies

The goal of MVSC’s Premier Rec program is to provide children with a positive experience playing soccer, and to instill values of sportsmanship, responsibility, teamwork, and respect while learning and honoring the game.  The following policies are organized alphabetically:

Coed / Boys / Girls 

All age groups are comprised of separate boys and girls divisions. Co-ed play is not uncommon in Kindergarten and 1st Grade, but at older age groups coed play is increasingly unusual. Girls are welcome to play in co-ed divisions in any grade, but they should make this decision at registration, as transfers to another division are discouraged after the team formation process.  


In order to promote consistency of communication, parents are urged to respect the following chain of communication: 

  1. Players/parents to Coach
  2. Coach to Age Group Coordinator (AGC)
  3. AGC to Director of Premier Rec (DOPR)
  4. DOPR to MVSC Board

Generally, a person pursuing problem resolution outside of this chain of communication will be asked to follow this procedure in order to ensure consistent process and resolution.   


The bulk of fields used by MVSC are rented through the MV Parks & Rec Department.  Other fields are rented through the local school districts and Parks & Rec departments in other communities (Corte Madera, Sausalito, and others as needed).  Field costs comprise almost 30% of the MVSC annual operating budget.  It is imperative that we respect these fields and the rules and regulations governing each of them.  

Practice Time and Field Selection Process 

Fields and times are assigned based on requests from team coaches.  The City of Mill Valley prohibits teams from practicing on an MVSC-contracted field on a date or time other than is assigned, and from practicing on a field that is not contracted by MVSC.  

Field Rain Outs

Most MVSC fields are maintained and controlled by Mill Valley Parks & Recreation Department.  MVP&R makes decisions about field closures at 2:00pm on any given day, as field conditions change.  The MVP&R Field Hotline is:  415.383.7818.

The MVSC Field Status Alert Window (on the MVSC home page @  is updated as MVP&R announces the status of fields.  Parents may sign up for text alerts via our Rain-Out Notification Service 

Friendship Requests

We understand that most kids in our Premier Rec program want to play with their friends.  We do everything in our power to make that happen, and also strongly consider school based teams when applicable.  Parents are encouraged to list friendship requests when registering their children.  In addition, volunteer Coaches may submit a desired roster prior to a predetermined date, usually May 15.   We will generally accommodate these roster requests, but reserve the right to balance teams as necessary to ensure a level of league parity.  Our goal is to provide a positive experience for our players through balanced teams, healthy competition, well-informed coaches, and new and old friendships.  With that in mind, teams will likely change from season to season, but the games will go on!  

Game Time Playing Requirement

MVSC mandates that each player must play at least 50% of each game.   MVSC recommends that each Coach should attempt to provide each player with an approximately equal amount of game time (assuming there are no issues with attendance, attitude or effort).   It is not acceptable to play one player the whole of one game and not play them the next, or to play one player ¼ of a game with the promise or intention to play them ¾ of some game in the future.   

Jamboree Tournament (4th-7/8th grades)

The season for 4th through 7/8th grade teams ends with a Jamboree tournament over two weekends.  Every team goes into the tournament with a chance of winning.  Flights are organized so that teams are evenly matched, with a goal of providing a fun tournament atmosphere with competitive pools of play.  

Each team in the Jamboree must consist of the same players who were on the team roster during the regular season.   No new players may be added and teams may not be consolidated.  Violation of this rule will result in a default of the game by the violating team, and may result in the expulsion of the coach from the club.  

Professional Trainers

MVSC’s professional trainers work with Premier Rec players during the season as follows:

  • Kinder - pro trainers at every practice
  • 1st - 3rd Grade - academy style training (not team based) on a day other than the player's regular team practice.  Parents may opt-out of this training if desired.
  • 4th - High School - pro training with the team at one of the regularly scheduled practices.

  If a team’s parents decide to hire a paid trainer to work with the team beyond what the Club provides, the expense shall be borne by the team and not MVSC.  Other team parents are not obligated to contribute to any expense for a paid trainer that is incurred by another team parent.  It is the responsibility of the volunteer coach to ensure that the trainer’s actions are consistent with the club’s philosophy of recreational soccer. Paid trainers may not “coach” a team during weekend games. 

Player Transfers 

In general, player transfers between teams are at the discretion of the AGC, DOPR or possibly the Board of Directors.  Forming teams is time-consuming for our volunteers; a great deal of thought and consideration goes into the process.  We ask parents to respect that process.  It is our long-standing policy to not offer refunds if a child chooses not to play because of dissatisfaction with team placement.

Playing Up or Down

Requests to play up beyond a player’s grade or below his/her grade level must be based on a good reason and approved in writing by the AGC, DOPR and/or Director of Coaching and Player Development. All requests must be made at registration, and will not be considered after team formation.  


“On-Time” Registration is open from April 11 - June 1.  We form teams by school grades, rather than by age, because it allows us to be more flexible when it comes to friend requests and school carpooling.  

Late Registrations are accepted, and MVSC will attempt to place all players on a team, although we cannot make guarantees.  Priority in late registration is given in the following order:   

  1. to players who moved to Mill Valley after the close of the on-time registration period,
  2. to established Mill Valley residents, and
  3. on a first come-first serve basis to all non-residents.  

Kindergarten Registration

  • Players must be five years old by September 1st of the year they are registering to play.  
  • Late fees will not be applied to Kindergarten families.  
  • Note that parents do not coach the weekday Kindergarten practices, but they do coach weekend games.

Refund Policy

  • Refund requested before July 1:  Full Refund, less a $30 Admin Fee. 
  • Refund requested July 1 -  July 31:  75% of registration fees, no refund on late fees.
  • Refund requested August 1 - August 15:  50% of registration fees, no refund on late fees.
  • Refund request after August 15:  no refunds will be given.
  • No refunds will be offered at any time if a child cancels due to concerns about team placement.

The Ropers Award 

The Award commemorates Clarc Ropers, an MVSC player and all-around great kid who was killed in an automobile accident at the intersection of Almonte and Miller.  Clarc never scored a goal but he LOVED everything about playing the game.  This award is intended to recognize the true spirit of sportsmanship and a love of soccer.  Players who come to every practice, work hard, support their teammates and do what their coaches ask with a positive attitude---even though s/he doesn’t want to be the goalie--are good candidates for the Ropers award.  This is a time to send a special message to the kids (and to their parents) that sportsmanship, teamwork and good spirit are recognized and appreciated.  MVSC has handed out The Ropers Award to one player on every team since 1980. 

Rules of Play 

MVSC’s Laws of Soccer are closely based on the FIFA Laws of the Game, and are modified to suit the developmental level at each age.  A complete set of Modified Laws is available on our website.


Financial Aid is available to any family with a need.  Requests should be submitted as part of the online registration process, along with proof of annual income (Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ).  Scholarship awards will be processed on a timely basis, with parents notified of their expected level of contribution.  Player registrations are not active or eligible for team placement until family contribution is received.

Team Formation 

The volunteer Age Group Coordinators (“AGC”) oversee team formation in all grades.  Our goal is to maximize the opportunity for as many players as possible to be challenged appropriately, to experience success, to develop their skills and to have fun at games and at practice.  Final rosters and teams will be announced via email by mid-June.  Only under extreme circumstances are changes made after that point.  Vacancies are filled as players register over the summer.  We appreciate parents’ patience and understanding throughout the process.   Friendship requests are also a significant component of team formation.  See Friendship Requests above.

  • Kindergarten & 8th Grade
    Coaches may submit roster requests prior to May 15.  Coaches may submit rosters up to a maximum roster size for their division (see Laws of Soccer:  Playing Formats), and MVSC will make every effort to place all players registered prior to May 15 on this team, barring other conflicts or considerations about parity.  Subsequent to Coach submitted rosters, teams are formed by the AGC with a strong emphasis on school-based teams and friendship requests.  
  • High School
    AGC will work with Coaches to equitably distribute players across teams based on age, grade and other factors impacting play within the Marin Interleague Soccer Association.  Because high school players tend to register later in the summer, AGC will work closely with Coaches on timing of team formation.  Friendship requests will be strongly considered, with a heavy emphasis placed on creating parity within the player mix at this age.  


The uniform for all MVSC Premier Rec players includes official club jerseys, shorts and socks, which are available via on-line ordering from  Uniform kit consists of:

  • Adidas RED game jersey
  • Adidas WHITE game jersey
  • Adidas BLACK shorts
  • RED socks
  • Adidas Practice T-Shirt (optional)

MVSC encourages re-use and recycling of uniforms whenever possible.  Any red and/or white jersey from past seasons is welcome.  In addition, players must wear soccer cleats and shin guards at all times during games or practice.  Baseball cleats with a toe cleat are prohibited. Jewelry may NOT be worn (i.e., earrings, watches, loose jewelry, rings, bracelets etc), which might jeopardize the health or safety of any player on the field.  HOME team wears     RED    and AWAY team wears     WHITE   .