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Spirit Super Y FAQs – Summer 2019

Why Play Super Y with the Washington Spirit?
Super Y in the Summers is a great opportunity for players to spend some time with a different group of players and coaches from their regular club team. All of our coaches follow the curriculum set by our professional team coach and general manager. We also don’t recruit. Outside of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, we have no youth teams playing in leagues as the Washington Spirit. Our Super Y coaches are not permitted to recruit or recommend anything to any player other than potential consideration for a Development Academy team, which is a very very high bar with limited roster opportunities.

Where can I sign up?
Returning players from 2018 will receive an email with the direct registration link to skip the tryouts. New players that meet specific requirements can register to skip the tryouts as well. Find out if your player qualifies to skip the tryouts HERE.

What are the age groups?
USL Super Y determines the age groups. In 2018, the league decided to shift age groups to align with the upcoming fall season, allowing players to use Super Y League play to better prepare for the upcoming club season. This is particularly exciting for the younger ages where players are moving up the U.S. Soccer guidelines on field sizes and on-field player numbers. For 2019 the Super Y age groups will be:

Super Y League Team Ages for 2019 with the Washington Spirit
U11 – Born in 2009 (we will accept 2010 at tryouts)
U12 – Born in 2008
U13 – Born in 2007
U14 – Born in 2006
U15 – Born in 2005
U17 – Born in 2003-2004

Where do you play?
With an occasional exception based on weather or other unforeseen field availability emergencies, we have booked fields for practices and games in 2019 as follows:

Maryland – Practice and Play in Montgomery County
Virginia – Practice and Play in Fairfax County

Will players have access to the pro team?
Yes. Super Y players will have frequent opportunities to meet our professional players and will receive tickets for our home games among other benefits. At a minimum for 2019 we have scheduled:

  • Exclusive meet & greet with the Professional Team
  • At least one Professional Player visit to at least one regularly scheduled Super Y practice session or game

Who will coach?
Teams will be coached by assigned Washington Spirit Youth staff, with emphasis on player’s personal technical and tactical skills development the primary factor. Teams of similar ages will train frequently at the same time and same fields in order to maximize opportunities for players to gain a range of experience as well as observed by multiple coaches. We are expecting most of our coaches from 2018 to return, as well as adding some exciting new talent to the coaching rosters. All coaches and the program curriculum will be overseen ultimately by our professional team head coach.

What will my club coach say?
Super Y is a summer-only program that is designed to offer a fresh exposure to the game for individual players seeking to expand their experience. We don’t recruit players from Super Y teams to any other programs unless the player tells us they are joining specifically participating in an attempt to earn an offer to play in one of our Development Academy programs. Even then, we do not invite players to do so without contacting the player’s club director before hand to discuss the opportunity. While we cannot predict what one club coach might say over another, the point here is that we follow a code of conduct practiced at the highest levels of wanting to work with club coaches for the benefit of every player. Club coaches who embrace the opportunity to expose their players to new environments are usually rewarded many times over when their players return to club play in August with a new set of skills and thirst for learning.

When is the season?
The 2019 Super Y season training will start the week of June 10, 2019 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Games could start as early as June 15 (depending on league schedule publishing). We will have games weekly with the exception of the weekend of July 6 and 7. All games should end by August 4th. This is all subject to change if mandated by the Super Y league office, but the above are our intentions.

How much does it cost?
The full cost of the program is $675 – including any tryout fees.

We offer payment plans for registrations completed prior to March 1 for an additional fee of $25. Our registration platform also charges processing charges for online payments.

Discounts: Any player registering to pay in full before December 31 will get a $50 discount. Players registering before December 31 in a payment plan will receive a $25 discount.

What does the cost cover / include?
Your fully paid Super Y League program fee includes:

  • All cost of the program such as fields, coaches, referee fees, registration, and player passes.
  • Super Y day at one Washington Spirit home game
  • Free admission to Spirit Kids Club (13 & under (TBA))
  • 50% off any Spirit non-Super Y Training Camps
  • Exclusive Meet and Greet Invitation to private fan event with our professional team (If paid in full by December 31)
  • 1 Washington Spirit General Admission Season Ticket (If paid in full by December 31)
  • 25% off voucher for 1 additional Spirit Season Ticket (any level) (If paid in full by December 31)
    • If additional Season Ticket purchased is above GA seating level, the player’s Season Ticket will be upgraded for free
      • This can become a value in $100’s if family tickets are purchased in a VIP or Field Side level!

There are no refunds for players accepting invitations unless a season ending injury or other medical condition is sustained prior to July 4th holiday, at which time a 50% refund will be issued.

This year, all players will be using the same uniform as our professional and DA teams. We will be using an outside vendor; therefore, the cost is not included in the price. We estimate to have the link to purchase the uniform by mid-January 2019.

How many players will be selected for each Super Y League team?
U11 rosters are allowed 18 players, while U12 are allowed 22, and U13-U17 allow 26-29 players. In order to have adequate numbers for all games, we always expect to carry the full allowed roster sizes. The players will compete for the game day roster that will be selected for each game day. The large roster size is necessary to accommodate absences due to summer vacations. While it may seem like a lot of players, we frequently struggle to get full player rosters during popular family vacation weeks in July and August.

Once roster max is met, the registration for that age group will be closed. Please register soon to secure a spot.

Where can I learn more about the Super-Y League?
For more information about USL Super-Y League, click here.

Does playing for the Washington Spirit increase a player’s chances of becoming a professional or national team player?
Yes. Besides becoming the best possible player she can be by learning from the only fully professional women’s club in the region; the opportunity to be seen by coaches and scouts who can directly invite a player to the next level of opportunity is something that no other club in the region has to offer more than the Spirit. Be it from a camp to Super Y, Super Y to the Development Academy, the Development Academy to a youth National Team or Spirit Reserves team, and from any of the above to the NWSL professional team; all players in any Washington Spirit program will learn from, and be seen by, coaches who have a direct line of communication to each other at every level of play available.

Can I upgrade the Season Ticket that comes with my Super Y registration?
Yes, call the Spirit ticketing office at 301-591-0927 and a representative can walk you through available options and upgrade costs, as well as add-on ticket packages. Those “add-on” tickets are 25% off through December 2018.

Where can I ask more questions?
Use this form to submit your question.

Contact Information
Program Administrator: Ana Mayoral
Technical Director: TBA
Maryland – Assistant Technical Director: AJ DeLaurentis
Virginia – Assistant Technical Director: Gino Leon