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About HYSA
Mission Statement: The Helena Youth Soccer Association strives to provide a fun, safe environment to develop children from local communities into well-rounded athletes that are enthused to contribute on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.

Expanded: HYSA seeks to provide a terrific soccer experience to children from kindergarten through the end of high school. We offer kids an entry level introduction to soccer through our Recreational Program. The Academy Program serves as a bridge between the fun offered through our Recreational Program and the more competitive soccer available through the Arsenal program. Our small professional staff works with our hundreds of dedicated volunteers to ensure the highest level of satisfaction for our players and families.

 

About Our Programs

Welcome to the Helena Youth Soccer Association, the Helena area’s only multi-tiered soccer organization. We offer four levels of play for children in grades Pre-K - 12 starting with Micro and Recreational, and peaking with Arsenal. HYSA players have gone on to play at  very high levels of the game, winning championships, MVPs, and playing at the collegiate level. More importantly, HYSA players have gone on to win a plethora of sportsmanship, community service, and academic awards. While HYSA encourages success on the field, our core value is instilling characteristics that will make for successful contributors to society. Soccer is the tool we choose to teach these principles.

All programs run separately in the Fall and Spring.

Micro Soccer
Ages: U3-U5
Expenses:

  • HYSA season fee: $50
  • Recommended Volunteer time for HYSA hosted tournaments
  • Recommended Participation in HYSA fundraisers

Commitment level: Minimal
Suggested Experience: None!
Season length: 6-7 weeks
About: Coming soon!

Recreational
Ages: U5-U14 (Grades K-8)
Expenses:

  • HYSA season fee: $70
  • Uniform (if needed) from Universal Athletic: $13 (1 reversible jersey)
  • Recommended Volunteer time for HYSA hosted tournaments
  • Recommended Participation in HYSA fundraisers

Commitment level: Minimal
Suggested Experience: None!
Season length: 6-7 weeks
About: Recreational soccer is intended to introduce young players to the basic principles of soccer while providing a fun environment to learn and an avenue for older players to continue playing without having to fully commit to competitive, travel soccer with the Arsenal program. Teams are divided by age and gender (grades 5+ are co-ed) and we make every attempt to place players according to their wishes. Rec teams practice once per week and play games on Sunday afternoons. The entire experience is a fun way to meet new friends and get some physical exercise while enjoying the beautiful spring and fall Montana weather!

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Academy

The Helena Youth Soccer Association previously provided an Academy program, which served as a transition between recreational soccer and the competitive Arsenal soccer.  The basis for Academy was to practice with a pool of players, focusing on technique, and then allowing flexibility in forming different teams on a weekly basis.  HYSA received a lot of feedback from parents that, while their players enjoyed the technical development, they did not like being on different teams each week because it was more difficult for team identification and cameraderie to develop.  Therefore, HYSA began to move toward establishing set teams, still within the Academy structure.  Since that time, the Montana Youth Soccer Association has indicated it was discontinuing the Academy model.  Therefore, while the U10 and U11 teams will still be focused on technical development of each player, they will be considered Arsenal players.  These are traveling teams and can end of playing away from Helena many weekends in the spring.  If you have any questions about U10 and U11 players, please contact the HYSA executive director at info@helenasoccer.org or the HYSA president at hysapresident@helenasoccer.org.

Arsenal
Ages: U10-U14 (fall), U10-U19 (spring)
Expenses:

  • Fall HYSA season fee: U12 - $160, U13-14 - $180
  • Spring HYSA season fee: $365
  • PUMA Uniform (if needed) from Play On Soccer: $89.90 (includes 2 jerseys, 2 shorts, 2 socks)
  • Additional tournament fees, determined by team
  • Overnight hotel stays, determined by team
  • Travel expenses for away games (gas and food)
  • Coach travel reimbursement
  • Recommended Volunteer time for HYSA hosted tournaments
  • Recommended Participation in HYSA fundraisers

Commitment level: High
Suggested Experience: At least 2 seasons of Academy soccer or previous higher-level playing experience
Pre-Season Length: 4 months, Season length: 2 1/2 months
About: Arsenal is HYSA’s most competitive level of participation. While it is a lot of fun, it is also a significant time and financial commitment. Players attend tryouts prior to the season and are placed on teams accordingly (U12 teams are split evenly). Teams are led by experienced, United States Youth Soccer licensed coaches and practice a minimum of 2 times per week, typically starting as early as January with indoor practices (or outdoor if weather permits). Teams play most Saturdays from April through mid-June and typically attend at least 2 overnight tournaments (U12 teams typically attend 1 overnight tournament). Players should aspire to increase their technical and tactical abilities and prepare to play at a higher level of competition. New Arsenal players have usually completed at least 2 seasons of Academy or other higher-level soccer.

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What is covered by my HYSA season fee?

Micro

  • Player secondary medical insurance
  • Weekly coaching assistance
  • Coaching education expenses
  • Equipment (pinnies, cones, soccer balls, goals, nets, etc.)
  • Field maintenance expenses (mowing, fertilization, aeration, irrigation, line painting, weeding, etc.)
  • Administrative expenses

Recreational

  • Player secondary medical insurance
  • Soccer ball for player
  • Weekly coaching assistance
  • Coaching education expenses
  • Equipment (pinnies, cones, soccer balls, goals, nets, etc.)
  • Referee fees
  • Field maintenance expenses (mowing, fertilization, aeration, irrigation, line painting, weeding, etc.)
  • Administrative expenses

Arsenal

  • Player secondary medical insurance
  • Soccer ball for player
  • Practice t-shirt
  • Coaching stipends
  • Formal coaching education expenses
  • Informal coaching education expenses
  • Equipment (pinnies, cones, goals, nets, etc.)
  • Game balls for team
  • Referee fees
  • Entrance into MYSA State League
  • Entrance into MYSA State Cup (U13+) or Showcase Cup (U12) (spring only)
  • Entrance into Queen City Classic (U12 only, spring)
  • Entrance into Sleeping Giant Soccer Classic (fall)
  • Field maintenance expenses (mowing, fertilization, aeration, irrigation, line painting, weeding, etc.)
  • Administrative expenses

Any questions or comments about HYSA Rec soccer can be directed to:
Jennifer Colegrove
Recreational Director
rec@helenasoccer.org
431-3270
 

Any questions or comments about HYSA Arsenal soccer can be directed to:

Meghan O'Connell
HYSA Interim Executive Director 
(406) 431-3064
info@helenasoccer.org

 

 


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