What equipment is required?
Shin guards are mandatory and should be worn under socks. Soccer cleats are optional. No football or other cleats that have a toe cleat will be allowed. Regular tennis shoes are okay. A bag of balls will be given to each coach but you are welcome to bring one from home. K-1 should use a size 3 ball. 2-3 use size 4.
Bring a water bottle and it is a good idea to dress in layers.
Can my child wear head wear?
Yes as long as there is not a hard bill or decoration. No jewelry including ear rings will be permitted.
Why do we play small sided games?
Small sided games were adopted by US Youth Soccer in 2003. This allows more touches on the ball and a better overall experience.
Why are the rosters so small?
We try to keep the team size small with only a few subs per team to allow for more touches and less time sitting on the sidelines. This may create a situation where you are short players. If that happens you can even out the numbers with the other team by loaning out a player to the other team. In some instances you may have to play with smaller numbers on the field than usual, or combine with the field next to you. This is completely acceptable, this is a rec league and the intent is just to get kids out making new friends and having fun while playing organized soccer.
Do we play in the rain or snow?
Yes, we will play in the rain and snow. We will only cancel soccer if there is lightning or if the fields become dangerous due to precipitation. (Mud from a downpour, slippery surface from snow and ice) In the event of a cancellation the Rec committee will decide if the session will be made up at a later date. Cancellations will be announced on the website and MSC Facebook page.
Why do parents need to volunteer to coach?
By having parents or others volunteer to coach we are able to keep the fees low. Previous soccer is not required, age appropriate drills and practice plans are available under the coaches corner on this site. Coaches Corner
Where can I find the rules?
Rules can be found here: http://www.mandansoccer.com/rulesandmap
Where does my fee go?
After we pay the Mandan Parks and Rec a user fee (facility), ND Youth Soccer a player fee (insurance), purchase shirts, balls, nets and goals there is very little money left over.
Why doesn't my kid play with the same kids each season?
While we do our best to keep kids from the same school together, registrations often dictate that we split schools up. If we kept schools together we would end up with different sized rosters resulting in more kids on the sidelines instead of on the field playing. Kids are good at making new friends when given the chance!
Why is the street no parking?
The street between the youth and high school fields is signed no parking to protect children that may run across the street to the concessions or to use the rest room. Please do not park here even if you intend to stay in your vehicle or are just picking up your athlete. Mandan Police will ticket you.
Are dogs allowed at the Mandan Soccer Complex?
No, Dogs are not allowed inside the fences at the complex.
Does Mandan Soccer have scholarships or financial assistance available?
Yes! Information can be found here: Hardship Form