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MFA GIRLS JUNIORS PROGRAM 2020-2021
The MFA Girls Juniors program is a competitive program for players born between 2012-2013, focused on developing each player's skill and love of the game. MFA Juniors objective is to prepare the players to progress into the MFA Club which typical begins at U9/10 each and then beyond through a dedicated coaching staff that provides quality, age appropriate instruction at these key age groups.
TO ALLOW THE PROGRAM TO BE FULLY INCLUSIVE - THE MFA GIRLS JUNIOR PROGRAM IS A FREE PROGRAM
WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBLE AGE GROUPS FOR MFA GIRLS JUNIORS?
Age groups are based on BIRTH YEAR. Girls in the following age groups are eligible for Juniors for the 2020/20201 season : 2012, and 2013.
***2020/2021 Season runs September-November (Fall 2020), January- March (Winter 2021), March-June (Spring 2021)***
WHERE WILL JUNIORS TRAININGS/PRACTICES BE HELD?
MFA Girls Junior program is held at Morris Catholic HS in the Fall and Spring Season. In the Winter the program is held in the Florham Park Sports Domain.
Morris Catholic – 200 Morris Ave, Denville, NJ, 07834
Florham Park Sports Domain - 76 Passaic Ave, Florham Park, NJ 07932
WHEN DO MFA GIRLS JUNIORS GROUPS TRAIN AND PLAY GAMES?
Our 9-month program is made up of 3 seasons: Fall, Winter, and Spring.
Fall (September-November) and Spring (March-June)
Fall and Spring are the primary seasons for the MFA Junior program. Juniors players train twice a week 60 minutes each training session. At the weekend players will play in the EDP festivals and/or other similar 5v5 set ups.
We move indoor for the Winter Season. A 10-week season is held between Early January through Early March. Through the winter we train a reduced schedule in order to allow and encourage our younger players the downtime to recharge and try-other activities or sports.
WHAT IS THE MFA PATHWAY?
The MFA Junior program is the first step on the club pathway. During the Spring of the U9 (2012) season players will start being exposed to 7v7 play in preparation for the move into league play at U10. At the conclusion of tryouts for the next year, players will be selected into teams and they will play U10/11 in local leagues (EDP/Alliance League). At U12 teams move into the PRE-ECNL phase, where they start playing other ECNL teams in a 9v9 league format. From U13 onwards teams move into ECNL and ECRL mode leagues and the players begin their journey in the number one girls league in the country.
WHO MAKES UP THE JUNIORS COACHING STAFF?
The MFA Juniors program has a full-time Youth Development Director, Richard Bentley, who is supported by assistant Youth Development Director, Daniel Coviello. Both coaches will help manage the program and players to ensure a high-quality offering for families. MFA Girls junior players will work with both these passionate and experienced coaches who are known for their ability to teach young players and share their love for the game.
CAN MY DAUGHTER DUAL CARD?
Yes – players are able to play with local teams and participate in our program. Players are expected to make at least one of the MFA Junior sessions each week.
CAN A PLAYER PLAY UP AN AGE GROUP IN THE JUNIORS PROGRAM?
Our staff strives to make the best decisions for each player. If the Juniors staff feels that a player should play up, we will communicate with that family. However, all players must attend evaluations that correspond with their birth year, unless told otherwise by a Youth Development Director.
ARE THERE ANY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROGRAM?
The MFA Girls Junior program is FREE for all practices and games. Players will need to purchase a Junior uniform package.
CAN I JOIN AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR?
YES – players are welcome to join year-round, as long as space is available to ensure the necessary Coach to Player ratios required for optimal development and safety.
DO I HAVE TO PLAY EVERY SEASON?
No – players are welcome to attend whatever seasons work best for them. Priority for places will be to players who have attended the past season, especially in Winter when the space is limited so numbers are capped. Naturally players who participate more will get more from the program but the program is designed to be flexible.
DO I HAVE TO ATTEND EVERY SESSION?
No – through the FALL and SPRING players are asked attend at least one of the two sessions each week. They are encouraged to attend both. In the WINTER we ask players only sign up for the program if they are intending to make as many practices as possible, due to spaces being limited.
HOW DO I SIGN UP TO REGISTER AND ATTEND?
Players can register for the program via email – please contact Youth Development Director Richard Bentley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once accepted players will be added to the Juniors Teamsnap page – all communication will be through this format including schedules, updates etc. Players will also be expected to keep availability accurately throughout the year.