Competitive

*NEW* – COMPETITIVE (the next step and new core focus – Fall 2020)

The natural progression of the Maverick program – some truly talented youngsters will be given the chance to play in local leagues and tournaments.

Here are some of the key Questions & Answers for the Competitive program:

WHICH AGE GROUPS ARE OFFERED?

Our inaugural season, Fall 2020, will have 3 competitive teams:

Boys born 2010 – will play 9v9 in the u11 Carolina Champions League (roster full)

Girls born 2010 – will play 9v9 in the u11 Carolina Champions League (few spaces remaining)

Girls born 2011/12 – will play 7v7 in the u10 Carolina Champions League (few spaces remaining)

WHY ONLY 3 TEAMS?

To ensure a successful first season, we want to focus on limiting the pool of players. With additional teams comes additional cost and logistical issues. We are deliberately small in order to offer a high quality program for these youngsters at no cost to their families.

MY CHILD’S AGE GROUP IS NOT LISTED - WHEN WILL YOU HAVE MORE TEAMS?

Right now, the earliest additions would be in Fall 2021. The likely progression for new teams would be:

– Boys 2010 ‘B’ team

– Boys 2011-12

– Girls 2012-13

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

Time is valuable, and family time even moreso. Soccer should not be all encompassing at this age. By joining the Mavericks competitive teams, you are committing to just one night per week of formal team training (Monday from 5:30-7:30pm) as well as local league games on weekends in the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. You then have optional pick-up soccer on Friday evenings. There will be additional opportunities for extra training and tournaments / friendlies, as desired, but not required.

WHEN & WHERE DO YOU PLAY?

Training on Monday nights will be at a shared facility in or around the Matthews area (for the Fall 2020 season we have secured Matthews Sportsplex).  Pick up Fridays will be at Charlotte Prep School, on Sardis Rd.  Games on weekends will be held primarily at the Matthews Sportsplex facility, but are ultimately at the league’s discretion.  The Fall season will run from late August/early September thru mid-December.

ARE THERE TRYOUTS?

For the first season, we will not have formal tryouts – our competitive teams will be made up of the more talented players who have attended the Friday night recreational program in the previous year, and other known players who are looking to be involved in more structured competitive games and a training environment.

DOES THAT MEAN THIS IS REC SOCCER?

Nope! We have the Recreational program for all players of all abilities, and is going to remain a foundation of all that is good about the Maverick experience. However, even though there is no formal tryout day, this competitive side of the club will be made up of the better players in each age group who have shown the capability to represent the club vs. local teams, with the intention to be successful in the higher level league setting.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

You can contact Jonny Sinclair (phone: 607-483-0251 / email: matthewsmavericks@gmail.com) or simply express your interest in person at a Friday night pick-up session. Teams will be announced this June, ahead of August training start-date.

WHAT IS THE COST AND WHAT IS COVERED?

FREE!!  The goal of the club is to offer affordable playing opportunities to local youngsters.  Competitive soccer should not be just for those who can afford it.  The following basics are covered:

– League play on weekends in the Carolina Champions League (www.championsleaguenc.com)

– Team training once a week (1.5hrs+, Monday)

– Playing uniform

– Pick-up (all levels) on Friday evenings

HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?

Hard work and generosity. We have a dedicated group of parents and volunteers who focus on helping to raise funds for the club. As a small club, focused on the youngest age groups, we are able to be flexible, and we also are extremely picky about the costs associated with the program, and limit them wherever possible. The current directors and coaching staff are all heavily involved in the local adult soccer scene and receive tremendous support for their efforts in giving back to the community.

WHAT IF WE WANT TO DO MORE SOCCER?

That is a decision to be made between the coach and their individual teams. Anything over and above what is listed as the basics covered will require payment from the team as a group. For example, tournament entry, field rental for additional training, additional clothing, etc.

WHAT IF WE WANT TO DO EVEN MORE THAN THAT?

If you’re looking for 4x per week and expecting turf training facilities, along with full-time professional coaching staff, and multiple out-of-state tournaments, then we recommend a local ‘bigger’ club, such as the Charlotte Eagles.

WHAT IF WE CAN’T AFFORD TO DO MORE?

There will be a scholarship pool of funds to assist those players and parents who don’t want to miss out on some of the extra-curricular team activities, over and above the basic offering.  NO CHILD will have cost be a hurdle for a fun soccer experience.

BUT, WHAT IF I WANT MY KID TO GET A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP?

Ha! Let’s talk about that. We’re not offering that. This isn’t a move to make just to help with your resume. However…if you want your kid to really learn about the game, enjoy it, and become a life-long fan of the sport, then I can assure you that you’re in the right place – we have you covered.

WHO ARE THE COACHES?

We feel very fortunate to have 3 of the most experienced and passionate coaches around.  Each of whom have played at a very high competitive level, STILL PLAY, and have kids in the program.  They are all leaving paid coaching positions in order to volunteer their time and efforts to growing the Maverick program:

Boys 2010 – JONNY SINCLAIR

Girls 2010 – NICOLAS SOSA

Girls 2011-12 – IAN DARGAVEL

CAN I BECOME A COACH?

The vision of Matthews Mavericks is to offer a truly different soccer experience for talented youngsters. If you truly know the game, are passionate about it, and are willing to simply give back to the sport that has given you so much, then yes, let’s talk! Coaches are not paid….the reward is paying it forward.

CAN WE DONATE?

YES!! Absolutely!!  Please do!!  Matthews Mavericks is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization which relies completely on donations.  While the program is FREE to kids, there are obviously numerous costs involved in running the club, e.g. League entry, referee fees, training field rental, insurance, uniforms, equipment, registration, marketing, etc. 

If you would like to contribute, or know someone who would, that would be a tremendous help (no matter the amount). Perhaps you’re a local business owner who would like to sponsor a team for the season?  Please contact Jonny Sinclair (phone: 607-483-0251 / email: matthewsmavericks@gmail.com)