Camps and Clinics
MSI holds seasonal camps and clinics for both players and coaches, with updated information shared on this page. Check back in April for more information about our upcoming summer camps. We hope to see you there!
Player Development Programs
One of MSI’s key ingredients for a successful Player Development Program is the PDP Clinician, 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 (PDP) 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.
PDP Clinicians 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. Clinicians are asked to help foster enthusiasm, energy and fun so that the children are always excited to return the following week.
Clinicians who work at first or second grade games are paid $8.00/game for the first 28 games they work over the course of one or more seasons. After the first 28 games have been completed, PDP clinicians are paid $9.00/game. Clinicians also have the option to work for SSL hours in lieu of pay. (Please note: PDP Clinicians do not have to accept work assignments every Saturday to work in the program, although working many Saturdays is desirable.)
Being a PDP Clinician is a lot of responsibility and it is also a lot of fun. It provides a great chance for high school 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.
Junior Referee Program
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!