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Montana RQT Info/Q&A Session. U.S.S.F Youth Affiliates. U.S. Youth Soccer (USYS) Regions. USYS Regions. Players by Region. I: 1+ million II: 629k III: 678k IV: 669k Total: 3.2+ million. Big & Small. 5 Largest States. 5 Smallest States. North Dakota – 7,280 Hawaii – 5,904*

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u s youth soccer usys regions
U.S. Youth Soccer (USYS) Regions

USYS Regions

Players by Region

I: 1+ million

II: 629k

III: 678k

IV: 669k

Total: 3.2+ million

big small
Big & Small

5 Largest States

5 Smallest States

North Dakota – 7,280

Hawaii – 5,904*

Alaska – 5,389

Wyoming – 4,888

Montana – 4,840

Note: 24 states have not won a Nat’l Championship

  • California North – 171,267
  • Massachusetts – 164,901*
  • New Jersey – 148,354
  • California South – 144,161
  • Virginia – 142,260
montana at fwr history
Montana at FWR History
  • Once every 5 years a Montana team advanced to QF or SF (10 age groups = 1 in 50)
  • Montana withdrew from FWR for 2 years
    • Cost
    • Results
  • Returning now on a team-by-team basis
what s different now
What’s different now?
  • Previously there was only 1 state cup
    • Winner had to go to FWR - even if they didn’t want to – or face a massive fine.
  • Now, 2 state cups
    • 1 to go to FWR and Pres. Cup (RQT)
    • 1 for teams who do not want to go to FWR and Pres. Cup (MYSA State Cup)
  • State Champion: ???
what does it take to succeed at fwr pres cup
What Does it Take to Succeed at FWR/Pres. Cup?
  • Depth
    • All 18 players need to have the following:
  • Skill: Extremely technical
  • Fast: Individually and speed of play
  • Vision/Chemistry: Knowing what is going to happen before it happens
  • Adaptability: Major tactical adjustments on the fly
general info
General Info
  • RQT League played on Sundays
  • Top 4 in League play RQT Tournament
  • RQT Tournament is Mem. Day weekend
  • Winner goes to FWR in NM
  • 2nd Place goes to Far West Pres. Cup in CA
  • 3rd/4th play in MYSA State Cup
mysa league options
MYSA League Options
  • RQT League (Intended Top level)
  • MYSA Select League (2nd level)
  • Classic League (3rd level)
what are we committing to
What Are We Committing to?
  • Travel to:
    • RQT League
    • RQT
    • FWR/President’s Cup
    • National Championships/President’s Cup Nationals.
  • Goal: Winning a USYS Nat’l Championship or President’s Cup Nat’l Championship.
what are we really committing to
What Are We Really Committing To?
  • 2-3x weekly practice
    • Additional speed/agility work on own
    • Additional technical work on own
  • Additional coach and/or coaching fees
  • 2 games every weekend April-mid June
    • Including RQT and tourns, 25-30 game season
  • Soccer as a long-term, year-round priority
  • Financial Commitment
rqt entry fees
RQT Entry Fees
  • $1,500 team fee ($800-850 covered by HYSA)
      • Includes RQT League, RQT, Select League on non-RQT League weekends, MYSA State Cup for all teams but RQT finalists
  • $2,500 bond to be returned upon successful participation in RQT, RQT, and FWR/Pres. Cup if you qualify
    • Four-figure fine for qualifying and not going to FWR/Pres. Cup.
what does 4 000 buy me
What does $4,000 buy me?
  • RQT League
  • MYSA Select League (when not paying RQT League)
  • RQT
  • MYSA State Cup for all but top 2
  • $2,500 refund when complete (not sure if deposited or not)
personal expenses
Personal Expenses
  • About $80 additional in team fees.
  • Travel Expenses
    • Airfare
    • Lodging
    • Food
    • Rental Cars
ways to deal with the expenses
Ways to Deal with the Expenses
  • Fundraising
  • Chaperone parents
    • Instead of the entire all parents traveling, the entire team divides the expenses of the coaches and a few parents to make the expenses more manageable
    • Each parent is responsible for a group of players
will this really work
Will This Really Work?
  • Yes, if:
    • The kids are having fun
    • They get along well with each other as a group
    • They enjoy learning for the sake of learning
    • They’re free and creative thinkers
    • Soccer is everyone’s top priority
    • Coaches and parents are fully invested
    • Kids and parents buy into coaching philosophy and trust the coach to take the kids to the next level
    • Parents offer positive support
in short
In Short
  • RQT really needs to be something that is a common goal amongst the entire age group.
  • Unlikely to work without the support of parents, peers, neighbors, dogs, cats, coaches, teachers, etc.
in short cont d
In short (cont’d)
  • Players from all over the country dedicate themselves completely for a chance to win a state championship and represent their team at Regionals.
  • Unfair to all, including other players from around the country, to have a group less dedicated and committed getting their shot at a regional championship.
team formation
Team Formation
  • RQT Commitment will impact team formation if the playing ability of ‘yes’ players allows for a team to be formed that HYSA feels will be able to compete at a high level within that age group.
  • Saying ‘No’ does not automatically exclude someone from a Premier team, but understand that it may.
team formation cont d
Team Formation (cont’d)
  • Is there a priority in team formation: ability or RQT?
    • No. HYSA Coaching Committee will look at all factors and make appropriate decision.
    • HYSA’s responsibility to look out for the best interests of our member families.
why does hysa have a say at all
Why Does HYSA Have a Say At All?
  • It is HYSA’s responsibility to look out for the best interest of our players and families.
  • FWR and Pres. Cup are extremely high levels of play.
  • Very discouraging for individual families looking for a higher level of play if the team were to be significantly outplayed at a higher-level tournament and may impact how families participate in the future.
  • If 12 of top 18 players say ‘yes’ and 6 say ‘no’ a team will not do RQT.
  • If 16 of top 18 players say ‘yes’ and 2 say ‘no’, we’ll look at the ability of the next two highly-rated players and determine if the difference in ability will significantly impact the team’s potential to compete at a high level.
  • If all top 18 say ‘yes’, now a team decision if they do RQT or other regional-level tournaments.
player options
Player Options
  • Arsenal team (Helena only)
  • RQT Arsenal team (Helena)
  • RQT team from another town AND Arsenal (Helena & out of town)
  • Other RQT team (out of town)
  • Other team (out of town)
  • HYSA Recreational League (non-Arsenal)
player options cont d
Player Options (cont’d)
  • Montana ODP
    • Tryouts November 9-10 in Helena
  • Montana United
  • Rocky Mountain FC
    • High school players allowed to try out next Sunday after MHSA state tournament.
    • Tryouts/training next weekend in Helena