Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Mod & Rec programs and the Premier Program?
Answer: The Mod Program (ages 5-9) and Rec Program (ages 10-18) are designed for youths who want to play soccer in a casual environment. There are no tryouts for Mod or Rec teams. The Premier Program (ages 8-18) is for athletes who choose to participate at the highest level of competitive youth soccer. Teams are formed by a selection process for ages 10 to 18.

What is the Premier Program selection process like?
Answer: Teams are formed by a tryout process for ages U10 and above. The tryouts are a ’practice-like’ environment that takes place over a 2-3 day period. Players are evaluated by premier coaches and selected for either the "First" or "Second," etc. team.

What happens if there are not enough kids to form a team?
Answer: Every effort is made to find a team for all players who attend tryout sessions. There may be occasions when there are not enough players to form one or multiple teams in a particular age group. In those cases, the Director of Coaching may see fit to combine certain age groups. 

How long is the Premier Program season?
Answer: It is a 10 -11 month commitment. Tryout sessions are held at the end of April/beginning of May and practices start soon thereafter.  Most age groups participate in 2-3 tournaments during the summer months. During the fall and early winter the teams play a 10 to 14 week league program. During late January through mid March the teams participate in the State Championship Tournaments. 

What credentials do the Premier Program coaches have and are their backgrounds investigated?
Answer: We encourage all of our coaches to obtain the highest level of licensing, and most have a minimum USSF "E" license.  All coaches receive ongoing direction from the premier program's Director of Coaching (DOC).  All coaches are required to have a current Risk Management Assessment card provided by the league. These cards are verified through the Washington State Patrol.

What is included in the Player Registration Fee?
Answer: Player registration fees cover expenses such as field rentals, field maintenance fees, new equipment purchases, equipment maintenance, referee costs, program administrative costs, as well as ongoing coaches/player training cost. Fees also cover the association insurance obligation, as well as mandatory state and district administrative fees.

Is there a fundraising and/or volunteer requirement?
Answer: Yes. We are a community-based non-profit program that relies on its members to contribute time and energy to keep costs at a minimum without sacrificing the quality of our programs.  Parents will be required to devote a certain amount of hours towards fundraising events or pay an opt-out fee when registering their player(s).  

Do we have to purchase uniforms or are they supplied to us?
Answer: There is a mandatory uniform kit that must be purchased by every Premier Program player.  The cost of the uniform kit is NOT included in the player registration fee.

Is financial assistance/scholarships available?
Answer: Yes, financial assistance is available for low income families who provide supporting documents confirming their level of need.

Do you offer discounts to families with multiple players?
Answer: Yes, families with more than one Premier Program player in the U11-U19 age groups will receive a $100 discount on each player beyond one.

Who can I contact if I have more questions and where can I find additional information?
Answer: Questions about the 2018-2019 year may directed to the MRFC - SLAMMERS premier program Director of Coaching, Luke Howells.  For further details and a link to the tryout schedule, please CLICK HERE.