Youth Game Leader (YGL) Program
Our Youth Game Leaders enthusiastically manage our soccer games for our first and second grade teams. Their primary goal is to help our li'l kickers have fun while they learn how to play the game! Our YGL's are in 7th grade or older and may earn SSL hours or get paid for their work. They take responsibility for leading two to three hour-long games on Saturdays. YGL's do not have to work every Saturday, but working many Saturdays is desirable. Every YGL must attend one training before every season.
We hope that you'll consider joining our YGL team! You'll learn valuable leadership, communication, and decision-making skills. Our YGL role makes a perfect "first job." We can't think of a better first place of employment than an MSI soccer field!
1st grade game details: All 1st grade games take place at Hoover Middle School on Saturdays. Our 1st grade format is a 4 vs. 4 small-sided game with 2 PUGG goals.
2nd grade game details: Our 2nd grade games take place at various schools. Specific schools are TBD. Most of their games are on Saturdays, but some may be on Sundays. Our 2nd grade format is a 7 vs. 7 small-sided game with 4 PUGG goals. Because of this unique format, our 2nd grade YGL's are required to have YGL experience and/or are at least in 9th grade.
YGL Training Dates: Saturday, March 4 and Saturday, March 11 (Julius West Middle School - 651 Great Falls Rd, Rockville)
- 1st Grade YGL Training
- 3pm - 4:15pm
- New and experienced YGL's
- 7th graders and older
- $10/game or 1 SSL hour/game
- 2nd Grade YGL Training
- 4:15pm - 5:30pm
- Experienced YGL's and/or 9th graders and older
- $15/game or 1 SSL hour/game
(Note: If you would like to serve as a YGL for BOTH 1st and 2nd grade games, you must attend both the 3pm - 4:15pm and the 4:15pm - 5:30pm trainings.)
(Rain date: For both original dates, it will be on Sunday, March 12th. Same times and details as above.)
Registration for YGL Trainings: Online registration is required. We'll open up our SignUpGenius on Wednesday, February 8th at 8pm.
Scheduling of YGL games: Once our YGL's attend a training, they are ready to work! We'll load our 1st/2nd grade games into our SignUpGenius and our YGL's get to choose which games work best for their schedules, pending availability. We'll open our SignUpGenius for games once the schedules are finalized. This date will be tentatively March 12th.
Spring season game dates: Tentatively, our 1st/2nd grade Opening Day will be on Saturday, March 25th. There are 8 games per season. (No games the weekends of April 8/9 and May 27/28.)
Questions or comments on our YGL Program? Please contact Karen Roman at [email protected]. Thank you!
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Junior Referee Program (this program is not currently active)
Historically, MSI has conducted a "Junior Referee" program in order to supplement the significant shortage of adult, USSF-certified referees. As the referee pool has grown, we have progressively reduced the number of games led by MSI Junior Referees, and increased the number of games led by adult, USSF-certified referees. At this time, we believe that the pool of adult, USSF-certified referees has grown large enough that we are able to provide these adult referees for all games previously led by MSI Junior Referees. In future seasons, we encourage all of our former Junior Referees to serve as Youth Game Leaders in our 1st and 2nd Grade programs.