Helena Youth Soccer Association



Tryout Documents

Tryout Policy 

Did you know what goes into tryouts

Letter to upper age (high school & fall 8th graders) parents 


HYSA Arsenal Tryouts 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Executive Director, Phil McGovern info@helenasoccer.org 406-431-3064

All players will be required to commit to their team by paying program fees by deadlines that are announced. 

For players new to the Arsenal program, please be aware that Arsenal teams are traveling teams and your player can end up traveling out of town on many weekends.  See “Cost” below for more information.

Arsenal is HYSA’s highest level program, competing in the MYSA State Leagues and participating in competitive tournaments around the western United States. Arsenal teams have a history of success on and off the playing field and have represented Helena proudly in numerous USYS Region IV Championship tournaments. Most Arsenal teams practice 2-4 times per week and play multiple games on Saturday (and Sunday for tournament play). The average Arsenal team will go to 2-3 overnight tournaments every spring season in addition to competing in the MYSA State Cup at the end of the season.

 Tryouts are held in the Spring for U11-U14 teams, U15 - U19 teams tryout in the Spring and/or Fall according to Tryout Policy,  According to state standards, U11 teams are split evenly, according to skill, physicality, and experience. U12-U19 teams are tiered according to ability. Teams are formed in the U11, U12, U13, U14, U16, and U19 age groups for both boys and girls depending upon numbers of players and offerings of age groups for league play by MYSA. HYSA allows play-ups (a player playing with an age group older than they are) on a limited basis based on a number of factors. Players must request this in writing. MYSA does not allow Play Downs.

HYSA tryouts are one of the most labor-intensive activities that we do at HYSA and the process requires a tremendous amount of coordination as well as a number of volunteers who must not only be willing to help out but who must also possess higher level knowledge regarding the game of soccer in order to provide the insights on each individual player that we need to ensure a fair, impartial tryout process. 


Travel teams typically practice 2-4 times a week, and play games on weekends, throughout the season.  In addition, teams may have offseason activities.  The players’ commitment is typically higher for more competitive teams where there may be additional required sessions in the winter and summer. Travel teams need coaches, who have to pass background checks, take a Concussion awareness test provided by the CDC, and start with an F license with US Soccer, further licensing will be required based on level of team and years coaching. HYSA provides stipend and team provides travel reimbursement for their coach(es) in addition a team requires a volunteer manager, and a referee at the level of Assistant Referee, parents may be asked to fill these roles at a team meeting.


Forms & Policies


Fall Fees 
U11-U12   $175 
U13 - U14  $195 
Spring Fees 
$395 U11 U12 
$405 U13 - U19 

Program fees do not cover all expenses that are incurred with a travelling team. There will be payment plan option set up to assist families any further options has to be cleared through HYSA. 

 Click here to see additional expenses that may be incurred and to see what is covered by your program fee.

Click here to register for Arsenal

Arsenal teams are traveling teams – this means that your player can end up traveling many weekends during a season to play their games. Travel may include trips as far away as Billings or Whitefish.


All players will be required to purchase a new uniform starting Fall 2016. Uniforms are purchased at Play on Soccer 1050 Helena Ave. Across from Helena Middle School.