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Frequently Asked Questions

Thinking Of Starting A New Classic Team?

Contact Classic Program Manager Tom Gross at tgross@msisoccer.org to let him know. If you are new to the Classic program, schedule a phone call with to get you up to speed on the process of team formation and to answer any questions particular to you. 

How Can I Become a Classic Coach?

All Classic coaches are required to hold the Classic Coaching Course certificate or its equivalent. The course is hosted by MSI twice a year, usually in March and August. The fee for MSI coaches is heavily subsidized by MSI. For more information about the Classic Coaching course, please click here.

New head coaches must apply to and be approved by MSI. If you are interested in being considered for a position as a new head coach in our Classic Program please submit an application, in the form of an email addressing each of the criteria listed below, no later than December 15 for the spring season and no later than April 30 for the fall season: 

- The age group you are interested in coaching. 
- Current level of  coaching courses completed. 
- Your overall coaching philosophy. 
- Strategy for continuing your soccer education. 
- Your experience in teaching/working with young children. 
- Your plan for enhancing your own abilities in teaching/coaching young children. 
- The number of years you have coached youth soccer, in either a recreational or competitive program. 
- The age groups you have coached. 
- A list of references (names/phone #'s of parents whose children you have coached). 
- Sportsmanship record. 
- Education. 
- A brief work history. 

Please e-mail your application to: Tom Gross (tgross@msisoccer.org), Classic Program Manager. After your application is received, you will be contacted regarding a mandatory coach orientation meeting.


How Does a Player Join a Classic Team?

U10, U11, or U12 Players

Players may join Classic U10, U11 and U12 teams in one of three ways:  

1) By successfully completing a MSI Classic Skills Evaluation, attending a Classic team tryout, and being selected by a Classic coach 

2) By being previously carded during the previous seasonal year to a team in ANOTHER select league (WAGS, NCSL, etc), attending a Classic team tryout, and being selected by a Classic coach 

3) By attending a Classic team tryout and being selected by a Classic coach to fill one of that team’s three wild card roster slots. (Each U10, U11, and U12 Classic team has three wild cards it can use for players who did not register for a Classic Skills Evaluation or who did not successfully complete a Classic Skills Evaluation.)

U-13 and Older Players

Players joining U-13 and older teams do not need to successfully complete a Classic Skills Evaluation and may join one of these teams by attending a Classic team tryouts and being selected by a Classic coach.

How can I determine my child’s age group?

The sanctioning organization for MSI Classic defines the age group cutoff dates. Age groups are determined by birth year with cutoff dates for each year running from August 1-July 31. Players may play in the age group one year older than their “true” age group. Players who wish to play two years up must submit a Request for Exemption to Play Up Two Years (found in the forms sections of this website). Players may not play “down” in a younger age group. No exceptions are made to this rule.

Can my child play on more than one team?

Players who play on U10-U12 teams may not play on a second team (double card). Double carding is allowed in the U13 and older age groups and teams in those age groups may roster up to three double carded players. A Classic player can play in two different age groups as long as both teams are U13 or older. Classic players (or players in any other “select” league) may not play in the MSI Recreational program.


When is team registration, and how do I register?

Registration for teams to participate in the MSI Classic League opens in late May or early June for the fall season and mid to late December for the spring season. Additional information and a link to register your team can be found on the Classic team registration page of the MSI website.

When does the season start and end?

The spring season typically begins the first weekend in April and the fall season typically begins the first weekend after Labor Day. The season typically runs for eight weeks. No games are played on Memorial Day weekend and religious holidays may alter this schedule in any given year.

When are schedules posted?

Schedules are posted approximately two weeks prior to the opening weekend of play.

Are games played on Sundays?

Yes. Due to the severe shortage of soccer fields in our region and the limited number of Saturday Maryland Soccerplex games each weekend, all teams should expect to play one half of their games on Sundays.

Will I get a uniform from MSI?

MSI does not provide uniforms for Classic players. Classic teams purchase Adidas uniforms for their players directly from Rockville Soccer (301.309.6902).  

Will we play on the same field as last season?

Not necessarily. MSI competes with many other organizations for fields. Each season we request fields from the county and are issued permits for those fields that are available. Some fields that we use in the Fall are used for baseball in the Spring, and others may be under renovation.

Where is my practice field and how many practices will I have?

Weekly practice times and locations are arranged by the coach of your team. Families are expected to be flexible with their schedules once the team’s practice schedule is announced.

How do I apply for financial aid?

To apply for financial aid, players must submit their FARMS (Montgomery County Public Schools Free and Reduced Meals) voucher to the manager of their team who will, in turn, submit the request to MSI. Submissions must be made by the first month of the season and AFTER the team has registered and paid their team fee. The check is made payable to the player but sent to the team. The team is required to have the player endorse the check over to the team.

How do I report a problem at my game?

All reports MUST be submitted in writing to the MSI office within 48 hours of the game. They may be mailed or e-mailed. We cannot investigate your concerns unless they are received in writing within a reasonable time-frame. MSI will direct all appropriate concerns to our Policy, Rules and Discipline Committee (PRDC) which will investigate the report and take appropriate action. Games are routinely monitored by Board members when the behavior of a team or team official is in question.

How will I know if games are canceled?

In the event of a league-wide cancellation due to inclement weather, MSI will make a decision to cancel all games before 8:00 am, when possible. Cancellation of games must be coordinated with the School and Park permitting agencies, as well as with the Maryland SoccerPlex, and decisions are not made hastily. If games are canceled league-wide, notification will be placed on the MSI website. Once games are canceled for the entire day, league wide, it is impossible to reverse the decision for games later in the day.

If weather deteriorates during the day, or specific fields are unplayable, games may be canceled on a field-by-field basis. Teams will be notified when possible, and cancellations will be posted on the MSI website as they are reported. Once games have started, referees are instructed to use common sense and suspend play if dangerous conditions exist. Referees and coaches are asked to contact the MSI office if their field is deemed unplayable by the referee, so that a notice may be posted on the website. Players are encouraged to check the website before leaving home for their game, when conditions are questionable.

A game is considered complete if it has been played through the first half before being terminated by the referee.

Where can I find more detailed information on MSI policies and rules?

Program manuals for the Recreational and Classic Programs, as well as a link to the FIFA Laws of the Game are available on the MSI website.