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Parent

Elgin, TX

#1 Mar 26, 2011
Opinions?
Goldie

Richmond, KY

#2 Mar 27, 2011
Do you have specific questions?
soccerparent

Ironton, OH

#3 Mar 27, 2011
Soccer should be about the kids. If your kid is playing rec they will be fine. If you are looking for a club team......look elsewhere......immediately!!!
Questions

Richmond, KY

#4 Mar 27, 2011
soccerparent wrote:
Soccer should be about the kids. If your kid is playing rec they will be fine. If you are looking for a club team......look elsewhere......immediately!!!
Are there any other options in Richmond? My family is new to soccer, and MUSA was the only option I knew of.
soccerparent

Ironton, OH

#5 Mar 27, 2011
Questions wrote:
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Are there any other options in Richmond? My family is new to soccer, and MUSA was the only option I knew of.
If you are just interested in recreational youth soccer musa is fine. If your child wants to play more competitive soccer you will need to go to Lexington.
Joey

Richmond, KY

#6 Mar 27, 2011
Rush is another option, but don't know much about the organization.
rock and a hard place

Irvine, KY

#7 Mar 28, 2011
For Recreational soccer MUSA is one of the largest in the state. And very good. Like soccer parent said if you are looking to play competitive soccer you wont be satisfied there. Its a shame they cant run a better competitive program. Rush is also very disorganized and I believe most of their select teams are now being organized out of London and Somerset.
Yvonne

United States

#8 Mar 28, 2011
MUSA Select is very competitive. What is wrong with that program?
soccerparent

Ironton, OH

#9 Apr 2, 2011
Yvonne wrote:
MUSA Select is very competitive. What is wrong with that program?
You must be new. Give it a while, you'll see. If they are so competitive why is it they can't keep their players in Madison County? An overwhelming number of Madison County boys and girls choose to play for other select programs in surrounding counties. The main reason they leave is because of the unprofessional and inexperienced coaching.
Yvonne

United States

#10 Apr 2, 2011
I have been around. I also know that MUSA coaches are all volunteers and are usually parents. I'm sure that if they were paid professionals, they would be more experienced.
True

Winchester, KY

#11 Apr 3, 2011
Yvonne wrote:
I have been around. I also know that MUSA coaches are all volunteers and are usually parents. I'm sure that if they were paid professionals, they would be more experienced.
The recreational part of MUSA is volunteer, but I can not imagine the select coaches being parents/volunteers. If that is the case then that is the problem. You can not expect to compete against other select clubs on the same level if the coaching is sub par. If parents are taking their kids to other select clubs to play then something must be going on within MUSA that is running them off. What's the answer, it would be nice to keep our talent within Madison Co :)
new day

Louisville, KY

#12 Apr 4, 2011
True wrote:
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The recreational part of MUSA is volunteer, but I can not imagine the select coaches being parents/volunteers. If that is the case then that is the problem. You can not expect to compete against other select clubs on the same level if the coaching is sub par. If parents are taking their kids to other select clubs to play then something must be going on within MUSA that is running them off. What's the answer, it would be nice to keep our talent within Madison Co :)
The new coaches are professional and excellent. My daughter plays and her coach is a varsity soccer player from the EKU womens soccer team. We are very competitive this year and have won our last 3 games.
True

United States

#13 Apr 4, 2011
new day wrote:
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The new coaches are professional and excellent. My daughter plays and her coach is a varsity soccer player from the EKU womens soccer team. We are very competitive this year and have won our last 3 games.
I could not even imagine the select using parents as coaches, I think it's a rule with KSSA that the coaches have a certain schedule of coaching license. So that clears up the degree of coaching the Flyers do get :)

As a parent I have to say, I have seen many teams fall apart (not just in soccer but other sports) due to the parents, whether it be complaining about their childs playing time vs another, not agreeing with the coach, or just being ugly during games. Not sure if this is occuring thru MUSA or not but it can make or break a team.
Experienced in all

Richmond, KY

#14 Apr 4, 2011
Questions wrote:
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Are there any other options in Richmond? My family is new to soccer, and MUSA was the only option I knew of.
Honestly, you will not find the perfect organization when it comes to youth sports, why, because parents are always running them. Not to say that all parents are bad or it is always a bad thing...but unfortunately, people let their own agendas get in the way. EVERYONE has an agenda whether they have kids playing or not.

MUSA is a great organization with people who do care running it. They do get a lot of criticism but keep in mind most of the criticisim comes from people who complain but do nothing to help improve.
Experienced in all

Richmond, KY

#15 Apr 4, 2011
Yvonne wrote:
I have been around. I also know that MUSA coaches are all volunteers and are usually parents. I'm sure that if they were paid professionals, they would be more experienced.
actually you are incorrect....majority of coaches have been non-parent coaches and indeed were paid.
new day

Louisville, KY

#16 Apr 4, 2011
Experienced in all wrote:
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actually you are incorrect....majority of coaches have been non-parent coaches and indeed were paid.
EKU's soccer coach has taken over managing MUSA select and things are changing fast. There is a new code of parental conduct and the practices are now closed to parents. As far as the politics, I do notice certain parents that "team shop" among the counties to try to show case their children. I don't think my daughters coach, who is an EKU varsity soccer player, will put up with players who leave and then try to come back. It is my understanding that all MUSA select coaches have to have some training.
yeah right

Versailles, KY

#17 Apr 4, 2011
new day wrote:
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EKU's soccer coach has taken over managing MUSA select and things are changing fast. There is a new code of parental conduct and the practices are now closed to parents. As far as the politics, I do notice certain parents that "team shop" among the counties to try to show case their children. I don't think my daughters coach, who is an EKU varsity soccer player, will put up with players who leave and then try to come back. It is my understanding that all MUSA select coaches have to have some training.
All select coaches have to have a license, KSSL rule. All select coaches are being paid something. How do you close a practice to parents? If you think they arent struggling, think about how many or if any are playing up out of their age group. Also how many age groups dont have a team at all. Generally speaking after age U-11 or U-12, they are gone. Just my observation.
MOM and DAD

Versailles, KY

#18 Apr 4, 2011
We have been playing MUSA since 2006 and both of our kids have had good experiences...even though we have had a couple of inexperienced coaches. We moved them both to Richmond teams and have been very satisfied. Give it a while and your kids will learn a lot. Then, if they want to do other things (like play middle school or high school or for select teams) the options are available. Bottom line...your kids will learn the rules and basic stategies, which is all you can expect from a recreational program.
Yvonne

United States

#19 Apr 4, 2011
Experienced in all wrote:
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actually you are incorrect....majority of coaches have been non-parent coaches and indeed were paid.
Actually, rec coaches are volunteers and are mostly parents. MUSA offers opportunities for training. But rec coaches are NOT paid. You must be referring to select coaches?
soccerparent

Ironton, OH

#20 Apr 14, 2011
new day wrote:
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EKU's soccer coach has taken over managing MUSA select and things are changing fast. There is a new code of parental conduct and the practices are now closed to parents. As far as the politics, I do notice certain parents that "team shop" among the counties to try to show case their children. I don't think my daughters coach, who is an EKU varsity soccer player, will put up with players who leave and then try to come back. It is my understanding that all MUSA select coaches have to have some training.
First off...if people leave....they wouldn't want to come back to MUSA! Second I can assure you the reason why people leave MUSA is due to the inexperienced coaching regardless if they are a EKU women's soccer coach or are licensed. Youth select or club soccer is about development and exposure to better teams. You will not find this at MUSA period. This is exactly why so many kids (and parents and the numbers of how many is unbelievable) seek other clubs in central Kentucky. Select soccer cost a lot of money and takes a lot of time and commitment. Why would you want to keep your kid in a program that is more worried about developing "parental conduct codes" than developing your player skills?? Don't waster your time or your money or your kid's talent at MUSA. Yes, no club is perfect but they sure look awful nice compare to the politics and lack of professionalism that exist at MUSA.

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