(The following excerpted from MAYSA's Consolidated Policies & Procedures:)
MAYSA Competitive League Play
Competitive Leagues may refer to Classic, State- First or Second Division, State- Premier, or Midwest Regional League (or a combination thereof.)
All Teams are formed at the club level according to club missions and by-laws; however the following are WYSA definitions and guidelines, adapted by MAYSA, for Competitive Teams:
Classic League An inter-club league in which the use of tryouts, invitations, recruiting or any like process to roster players selectively to any team on the basis of talent or ability is permitted and one or more league rules restrict the manner in which players may be rostered to participating teams.
State Premier League or First/Second Division An inter-club league, managed by the State Association, in which no rule restricts the manner in which players may be rostered to participating teams, except for rules which define and prohibit unethical recruiting behavior; or limit the participation of players previously rostered to another team.
Midwest Regional League An interstate league, managed by Region II of the US Youth Soccer Association, in which no rule restricts the manner in which players may be rostered to participating teams, except for rules which define and prohibit unethical recruiting behavior; or limit the participation of players previously rostered to another team.
Competitive League Try-outs
Any club intending to form competitive teams must provide MAYSA with an ‘Informational statement’ for each team that includes team
formation policies. The ‘Informational statement’ must be submitted to MAYSA prior to distributing to players at tryouts.
The statements will be posted to the MAYSA website for viewing.
Informational statements should include:
League in which the team is expected to participate
Projected costs of joining the team
Who the coach is expected to be
What travel and events can be expected
Commitment expected of the player
On an annual basis, MAYSA will collaborate with club-level leaders to determine the ‘Tryout and Club Promotion Timetable’, then
communicate that information to their affiliated clubs. The Timetable will be posted to the MAYSA website for viewing.
The Tryout and Club Promotion Timetable to which clubs must adhere includes:
The Period of Open Promotion- Dates when clubs may contact a player currently rostered to another club within a specific period of time in order to promote their tryouts
Tryout Dates- windows are specified each year
Timeline for Notification to Players- which should include date/time of offer, name of club rep, team for which offer is made
Any competitive teams not holding try-outs must wait until after tryouts before offering players positions on their club/team. Competitive teams not holding try-outs must still provide an informational statement to MAYSA.
Club Passing for Competitive Teams(see 'Club Passing' in the League Rules)