Youth Game Leader (YGL) Program
Please read the info below, and for more info and/or to sign up (see the link that says "Click here to Register"!)
Our Youth Game Leaders enthusiastically help to facilitate our soccer games for our first and second grade teams. 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.
YGL Fall 2022 Trainings: Our trainings have been completed for the fall season. If you didn't get a chance to attend one of our fall trainings, please join us in the spring!
1st grade games' location: All 1st grade games take place at Hoover Middle School.
2nd grade games' locations: Our 2nd grade games take place at Carderock Springs ES, Seven Locks ES, Ritchie Park ES, Jewish Day School (Hunters Lane campus), and the Rock Terrace School.
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Please contact Karen Roman at [email protected] with any questions. Thank you!
Youth Game Leader Programs
One of MSI’s key ingredients for a successful Player Development Program (PDP) is the Youth Game Leader (YGL), a person in 7th grade or older who enthusiastically helps to facilitate the game play for first and second grade games. The Player Development Program for 1st and 2nd graders often is the first exposure players and parents have to MSI’s programs. It also often represents a child’s first experience of any sort with organized sports programs. A young child's experience with PDP can do a lot to determine a child's attitude toward MSI, playing soccer, and team sports in general.
Youth Game Leaders who have accepted a work assignment for a given Saturday take responsibility for leading two or three hour-long games. In the fall, first and second grade games are 4 v 4 scrimmages on side by side small fields. Spring gameplay is different as it's a 7 v 7 set up. The small sided games provide players maximum opportunity to apply the skills they are taught by their coaches and to get maximum touches on the ball, a critical element of the player development model. YGLs are asked to help foster enthusiasm, energy and fun so that the children are always excited to return the following week.
YGLs who work at first and second grade games are paid $10/game in the Fall. YGLs also have the option to work for SSL hours in lieu of pay. (Please note: YGLs do not have to accept work assignments every Saturday to work in the program, although working many Saturdays is desirable.)
Being a YGL is a lot of responsibility and it is also a lot of fun. It provides a great chance for students to earn money or community service credits doing something they enjoy. It also is a great way to develop self-confidence and leadership skills, and we are very grateful to have you with us.
The information below is from Spring 2022, and is shown for informational purposes.
First Grade YGL Training for new and returning YGLs
Monday April 25th 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm at Julius West Middle School Field 7B (651 Falls Rd. Rockville)
New and Experienced YGLs in Grades 7-12 can attend this training.
First grade continues to play 4 v 4 games, are less challenging to Lead than 2nd grade games, and pay $10/game (or SSL hours).
All these games will be played at Hoover MS.
Second Grade YGL Training
Tuesday April 19th 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm at Carderock Spring ES (7401 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda)
Experienced YGLs can attend this training.
New YGLs may attend this training, but must be 10th grade through 12th grade.
Second grade games play 7 v 7 and are more challenging than first grade games, and pay $12/game (or SSL hours).
Note: If you would like to be qualified to serve as YGL for BOTH 1st and 2nd grade games, you must attend both training sessions.
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 those adult referees for all games previously led by MSI Junior Referees.
In future seasons, we encourage all those who previously have served as MSI Junior Referees to continue with our Youth Game Leader program by serving as Youth Game Leaders in our 1st and 2nd Grade programs. When the program starts again, please come prepared with athletic wear, water and your undivided attention!
Youth Game Leaders' (YGL) Work Schedules Fall 2021
The schedule for Youth Game Leaders (YGL) are posted below. Please review the schedule, and email [email protected] ASAP with your confirmation that you can and will commit to working the assignments as listed. If you are not listed on the schedule for the upcoming weekend, we will try to get you onto the schedule for the next weekend!
Assignment Summary for Confirmation of SSL and Pay Amounts
Fall 2021 YGL SSL and Pay Summary
Instructions for receiving your SSL form or paycheck:
1. Please review the attached summary of all your game assignments for this fall (they are listed alphabetically, so scroll down to find your name).
2. When you registered, you indicated whether you wanted to receive SSL hours or payment for the games you worked.
3. If you have any questions about your game assignment summary, please email [email protected] with your questions.
4. We will begin emailing SSL forms and mailing paychecks on Wednesday, December 1st, so please contact us by then with any questions you may have.
Assignment Schedules: Past Weeks
Saturday, November 6, 2021 (updated Friday, November 5, 10:00 AM)
Saturday, October 30, 2021 (updated Thursday, 1:00pm) -- this date "rained out"
Saturday, October 23, 2021 (updated Friday, October 22)
Saturday, October 16, 2021 (updated Saturday, October 16)
Saturday, October 9, 2021 (updated 10:30 AM, Saturday, October 9)
Saturday, October 2, 2021 (updated Friday, October 1)
Saturday, September 25, 2021 (updated Friday, September 24)
Saturday, September 18, 2021 (updated Friday, September 17)
Saturday, September 11, 2021 (updated Friday, September 10)