This page provides a comprehensive overview of the summer soccer league program for the Juniors (U11–U14) age groups. You will find information on:
- Coaching Philosophy – developing the complete player
- Season Previews – details by competitive division and age group
- Participant Costs – summary of costs, payment plans, and financial assistance
- More Information – additional resources including contacts
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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 Juniors teams in the most appropriate league for their development. Some teams may compete in Minnesota Youth Soccer Association’s leagues—Classic 1, Classic 2, and Classic 3; MYSA operates under US Youth Soccer. Other teams will compete in Twin Cities Soccer League; TCSL operates under US Club Soccer. Blackhawks may also place certain top level teams the Great Lakes and Midwest Conferences of US Youth Soccer’s National League to provide more competitive regional opportunities.
Blackhawks places U11–U14 players on year-round teams. Club fees include fall season training and league play, winter/spring training and summer training and league play. This provides greater consistency and transparency for all of our players we well as a simplified registration process for families.
Soccer is a team sport requiring commitment from each individual player. ALL of our teams require that players take that commitment to their team mates and training seriously. We expect a minimum of 80% participation in team training, games, events throughout the year. The most competitive teams require substantial commitment of priority, time, and effort often well above that. We encourage players who also compete in other sports to consider the level of commitment when registering. Please contact our Juniors Director of Coaching if you have questions about appropriate placement or participation expectations.
Blackhawks team naming conventions follow a tiered developmental designation of gender, age group, and color; color does not necessarily correspond to a league competitive division. We assign the “Black” color to the top team in a given age group, regardless of the league and division. Some age groups will have top teams in the National League conferences, others may have top teams playing in the TCSL regional bracket. So team naming reflects where a team falls in the developmental spectrum of our Blackhawks teams and not the level they are playing at. You will receive information about play level and team plan with your team placement announcement.
Program at a Glance: U11–U12
The summary below describes the Juniors U11–U12 program, designed to develop teams across a range of competition levels. Club Fees (registration) vary somewhat for teams training at different levels, and the Team Fees (tournaments, travel, etc.) vary widely. While no two teams have identical needs, this summary will help set expectations for program, time commitments, and costs.
|Tier I Fee
|Tier II Fee
|Play Level||TCSL National or Regional||TCSL State or Cities|
|Fall Training||2 per week||2 per week|
|Winter Futsal||MN Futsal League||In-house|
|Winter Contacts||4 per week||3 per week|
|Spring/Summer Contacts||3–4 per week||2–3 per week|
|Regional Tournament||Per team||No|
|Club (Registration) Fee||$1750||$1550|
|Estimated Team Fees||$500–$1000||$0–$150|
Program at a Glance: U13–U14
The summary below describes the Juniors U13–U14 program, designed to develop teams across a range of competition levels. Club Fees (registration) vary somewhat for teams training at different levels, and the Team Fees (tournaments, travel, etc.) vary widely. While no two teams have identical needs, this summary will help set expectations for program, time commitments, and costs.
|Tier I Fee
|Tier II Fee
|Tier III Fee
|Play Level||MN League One (Premier I or II)||TCSL (National or Regional)||TCSL (State or Cities)|
|Fall League||MN League One||TCSL||TCSL|
|Fall Contacts||3 per week||3 per week||3 per week|
|Winter Futsal||MN Futsal League||MN Futsal League||In-house futsal|
|Winter Contacts||3–4 per week||3 per week||2–3 per week|
|Spring/Summer Training||4 per week||3–4 per week||2–3 per week|
|Summer League||MN League One||TCSL||TCSL|
|State Cup or US Club Equivalent||Yes||President’s Cup if appropriate||No|
|National League or Conference||Yes||No||No|
|Club (Registration) Fee||$2150||$2100||$1800|
|Estimated Team Fees||$500–$1250||$250–$750||$0–$150|
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
Club Fee Covers (according to charts above): team coach wages, team winter training indoor field rental, fall and spring outdoor practice field rental, coach training and mentoring by club professional staff, winter goalkeeper training, league dues, insurance, fall and summer league game field rental, referees and officials, fall and summer league championship tournament registration for qualifying teams, travel stipend for teams qualifying for regional or national championship series, allowance for tournament registrations, practice shirt with on-time registration, and all club administrative costs.
Club Fee Does Not Cover (among other things): uniforms, warm ups, player and coach travel, tournament fees above the team allowance, and league championship 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 8, 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 8—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 to accept your placement. You will request financial assistance online during registration. For more information, see About » Financial Assistance. Financial assistance is made possible through member contributions as a component of dues, individual donations, fundraising.
This program page answers many questions about our competitive program. For other questions, please contact:
- Program questions: Juniors Director of Coaching: Brian Catrine, firstname.lastname@example.org
- See also: Team Formation Policy
- Registration questions: Dawn Ellerd, email@example.com
- General questions about the club, coaching philosophy, or financial assistance: Viktor Adamcsek, firstname.lastname@example.org