2018 Summer Soccer League U11–U19

Players born 1999–2007

This page provides a comprehensive overview of the summer soccer league program for the U11 and higher age groups. You will find information on:

» See also: Tryout Info U11–U19

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Coaching Philosophy

Saint Paul Blackhawks Soccer Club is committed to giving each player the tools to become a complete player. A complete player displays mastery of both technical and tactical aspects of the game as well as character growth. We believe that soccer can be a medium to develop youth physically, mentally, and socially. We aim to produce skilled players who exhibit respect, dedication, and a passion for soccer within a highly competitive environment. Our club is dedicated to prepare youth players for the next level whether professional, collegiate, or amateur.

The path toward developing a complete player recognizes different developmental levels and utilizes developmentally appropriate activities toward the goal.

  • Technical: A Complete Player masters all aspects of ball control such as dribbling, passing and receiving, ball striking, heading, and tackling.
  • Tactical: A Complete Player understands the fundamentals of defending and attacking individually as well as a team. They understand their role on the field in different formations such as 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1.
  • Character: A Complete Player is a leader on the field who knows how to handle adversity, be a team player, and is respectful to others.

Season Previews by Division and Age Group

The following tables help to set expectations for Blackhawks’ competitive age groups and divisions. While these descriptions may be a general guide, each team’s season plan will vary due to that team’s goals and circumstances.

Blackhawks places most teams in MYSA‘s leagues—Premier, Classic 1, Classic 2, and Classic 3. MYSA operates under US Youth Soccer. Blackhawks may place certain teams the Midwest Regional League (MRL) or in leagues organized under US Club Soccer.

Soccer is a team sport requiring commitment from each individual player. The most competitive teams (Premier, C1) require substantial commitment of priority, time, and effort throughout the year. We encourage players who also compete in other sports to consider the level of commitment when registering. Please contact the Director of Coaching if you have questions about appropriate placement.

Blackhawks U15 players have a long tradition of traveling to Denmark and Sweden to compete in the Gothia Cup. The trip is independent of this summer league program.

Premier and C1 Divisions

U11–U12 U13 U14–U19
Birth Years 2006–2007 2005 1999–2004
Game Format 9-v-9 11-v-11 11-v-11
Winter Training 2 per week 2 per week 2 per week
Spring/Summer Training 3–4 per week 3–4 per week 3–4 per week
In-State Tournaments 3 Top team: 2
C1: 3
Top team: 2
C1: 3
Regional Tournament No 1 Top team: No
C1: 1
State Cup No Top team Top team
Midwest Regional League (MRL)* No No Top team
Futsal League MnFL MnFL No
Winter League or Strength Training No No Yes
Club Fees $1200 $1600 $1600

* MRL travel costs vary widely and can significantly impact Team Fees
See box below for details

C2 and C3 Divisions

U11–U12 U13 U14–U19
Birth Years 2006–2007 2005 1999–2004
Game Format 9-v-9 11-v-11 11-v-11
Winter Training 2 per week 2 per week 2 per week
Spring/Summer Training 2–3 per week 2–3 per week 2–3 per week
In-State Tournaments 3 3 3
Futsal League Metro Metro Metro
Club Fees* $1100 $1350 $1350

* See box below for details

Participant Costs

Cost of participation on a Blackhawks team has several components:

  • Club Fee: paid to the club at time of registration or utilizing our online automatic payment plan
  • Team Fee: paid to the team manager based on the team’s season plan
  • Uniform: approximately $100, purchased independently on a two-year cycle

Beginning with the 2017–2018 soccer year, Blackhawks introduces a member-requested change to the way teams pay for some expenses. Some amounts previously collected as “Team Fees” have shifted into “Club Fees”. For example, your Club Fees will provide allowances for tournament registrations and some other prescribed team expenses. This change, which provides a number of benefits for members, simply changes how the funds are collected.

Club Fee Covers (according to charts above): team coach wages, team winter training indoor field rental, spring outdoor practice field rental, coach training and mentoring by club professional staff, winter goalkeeper training, MYSA dues, insurance, summer field rental, referees and officials, Minnesota State Cup entry fee, MYSA Summer State Championships tournament registration for qualifying teams, allowance for tournament registrations, practice shirt, and all club administrative costs.

Club Fee Does Not Cover (among other things): uniforms, warm ups, player and coach travel, and Summer State Tournament Qualifiers (team entry fee, referee payments). Some of those items may be accounted for in the “Team Fees” based upon your team’s season plan and goals.

Payment Plan: Families now have the option to either pay their club registration fees in full by August 15, or subscribe to the automatic payment plan through our registration platform. The six-payment plan installments will be processed as follows:

  • 10% due by August 15—required to accept and secure you player’s team placement
  • 20% due September 15
  • 20% due October 15
  • 20% due November 15
  • 20% due February 15
  • 10% due March 15

Financial Assistance: Blackhawks is committed to making soccer affordable to those who need assistance. Award amounts vary depending on need and go toward paying Club Fees. They do not cover any of the player’s Team Fees or uniform. If you receive an award, you are still responsible for paying: (1) Club Fees not covered by the award; (2) All Team Fees and (3) Uniform costs. You must submit 10% of the Club Fees at the time of registration. Online application for financial assistance can be found on this site at About » Financial Assistance. Financial assistance is made possible through member contributions as a component of dues, individual donations, fundraising.

More Information

This program page answers many questions about our competitive program. For other questions, please contact: