What is a Magic Kinde team?
Magic's Kinde teams are for our youngest players - the kindergarteners! The league is offered only in the spring time, and players must be in Kindergarten, not 4K or Preschool.
Kinde teams are all co-ed, in-house teams. That means you'll play against other Magic teams, and sometimes other teams within the Alliance (Magic, Regent, Shorewood, Middleton United).
How are teams formed?
The players are grouped by school and neighborhoods within the Memorial High School attendance area. It's not always possible to keep classmates together, it depends on how many
children from each school register with us, and how many parents step
forward to coach. There are typically 10-12 players on each team.
If you have an established team that is transferring from a different soccer organization, we will try to keep the team together. Please contact Magic's Administrator with the list of players.
Who is the coach?
YOU! Parents play a vital part in Magic's Kinde teams! They are the volunteer coaches and team managers. Without the parents' involvement, there would be no teams. No soccer experience is necessary. You do need to get a Coach Pass and you do need to take a first level ('Y1') Coach Clinic from WYSA. More information on the coaching requirements can be found on MAYSA's website.
Magic recommends that each team has one head coach and at least one assistant coach. Each team plays 2 games simultaneously and it is very helpful to have a coach on each field. Assistant coaches also need to have a Coach Pass and a Y1 certificate.
It is also very helpful for each team to have a team manager. The manager is responsible for all team communications, maintaining rosters, scheduling (practices and snacks-if desired) and to generally assist the coaches. It is not necessary for the manager to get a Coach Pass or a Y1 certificate.
All Kinde coaches and managers should plan on attending an informational meeting. The date, time and location will be determined at a later time. At this meeting we will discuss expectations for the season, you will receive equipment for your team (soccer balls, cones, flags) and you will have a chance to ask questions. (The Y1 clinic follows immediately afterwards at 6pm.)
We are very fortunate to have two Directors of Recreational Coaching, Tim Meinholz and Dave Perkins, whose job is to assist recreational coaches and their teams as needed. Never played before? No sweat! Tim or Dave will come out to your practice and show you drills to keep those kids moving and techniques to teach the kids! No coach will be left behind.
What is included in the fee?
The fee is $55 per player, and it includes 6 weeks of playing, the Kinde Jamboree, a soccer ball, and a uniform. The uniform consists of a green jersey, a white jersey, black shorts and socks. It does not include cleats or shin guards. Scholarships are available for players that receive free lunch at school. More information regarding scholarships can be found here.
When do we play?
Games are about an hour long and are held on Saturday mornings, between 9:00am and noon. The season runs from late April to early June (no games Memorial Day weekend). Schedules will be given to coaches in mid-April. Practice days and times are set by the coach - there is usually one practice each week.
Where do we play?
Kinde games are played at one of two different fields within the Madison Memorial School District.
How is a Kinde game played?Games are 3v3, with each team playing two games simultaneously at the same location. (Therefore, 6 players are playing between the two fields at the same location.) MAYSA has outlined the rules of the game here. If you will be coaching a Kinde team, please read this document before the informational meeting, so you can have your questions ready.
Spring 2016 dates:
Registration opens January 1st! Register before March 15th to guarantee your spot on a team.
Schedules will be released prior to the Y1 certification coach class
Y1 class for new Kinde coaches, TBA
First game is in late April, date to be determined
Kinde Jamboree is in June (date to be determined) at Reddan Soccer Park