The goal of MVSC’s Recreational 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:
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:
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, Tiburon, 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.
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.
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 @ www.mvsc.org) is updated as MVP&R announces the status of fields. Parents may sign up for text alerts via our Rain-Out Notification Service
We understand that most kids in our Recreational 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!
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.
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.
MVSC’s professional trainers work with recreational teams during some team practices and individual skills clinics. 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 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 season games or the Jamboree.
In general, player transfers between teams are at the discretion of the AGC, DOR 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.
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, DOR 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 1 - 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:
The Award commemorates Clarc Ropers, an MVSC Rec 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.
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.
Scholarships are authorized the Scholarship Committee. 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.
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.
The uniform for all MVSC Rec players includes official club jerseys, shorts and socks, which are available at Sports Basement at the beginning of the season, usually in mid-August. MVSC encourages re-use and recycling of uniforms when possible. 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 .