- What is the Tennessee United Soccer Club?
A select soccer program for youth between the ages of U9 and U19, formed in 2004 by the merger of the Middle TN Futbol Club (Quest) of Goodlettsville and The Hendersonville Soccer Club (Fever). The program is headquartered in both Goodlettsville and Hendersonville, utilizing the Moss Wright Park and Drakes Creek Park complexes as its home base. Children from these and other area communities will be encouraged to be a part of the club. In essence, both programs will become more regional than they are currently. The club will focus on the complete development of its players and coaches while facilitating a competitive soccer environment. We hope to provide opportunities for youth to play at their highest possible level, given we desire multiple teams in every age group. The program will be a member of TSSA, and USSF, plus other organizations such as USYSA if agreed necessary.
- Why was the club created?
In order to create opportunities for more children to play at the highest level at which they are capable of playing, it was necessary to create a new club made up of HSC, MTFC and GSC teams. This has lead to the creation of teams in most every age group at various levels of capability and commitment. It has also provided children in programs that in the past may have not had the quantity of players in some age groups for a team, to now collectively have enough players to form a team. This especially becomes important as the players begin approaching older age groups.
- Why the name Tennessee United?
The name Tennessee United was chosen given our club will become one of the largest regional clubs in the state and isn’t identified with one specific city, while “United” will convey the essence of what three well respected programs have become…United. Furthermore, a number of highly respected clubs in other parts of the U.S in addition to a number of recognized professional teams in Europe have a similar name.
- What will happen to Hendersonville Soccer Club, Middle Tennessee Futbol Club and Gallatin Soccer Club?
All of these programs will continue to exist and should provide recreational soccer to their community youth using their very own respective park locations. The only difference being that HSC, MTFC and GSC should be able to focus specifically on developing their recreational soccer programs in the understanding that they are not capable of sustaining multiple teams at a select level over time. The HSC, MTFC and GSC programs will keep their names, Board of Directors, and distinct and separate guidelines/bylaws, as well as be responsible for their own finances. We also hope for greater collaboration in the future between HSC, MTFC and GSC for an overall better experience for all our children.
- Is there a Director of Coaching and what will he do?
The club has a Director of Coaching and Player Development, Andy Poklad. He holds a USSF “A” license and has extensive experience developing players at the professional, collegiete and youth levels. The club also has an Associate Director, Jonathan Wayland, an NSCAA National Diploma holder, who supports the Director of Coaching. They both work together to implement the policies and procedures of the club under direction from the Board. They are also charged with the management of players, teams and coaches in the club through education, and development of a training curriculum. In 2016 the club hired Steve Henson as the Technical Director joining Andy and Jonathan as the club grows and responsibilities widen.
- What will my team be called?
For new teams and for all teams after the transition period, teams will register with the state and at tourneys as “TN United”, plus an indication of year and gender (ex. TN United 92 Girls). Of course we’ll use ’92 United Girls for short just as we formally used ’92 Lady Fever. The term “Lady” will no longer be used as part of the name. Furthermore, the terms classic and premier will no longer be used to identify teams and will be replaced by a specific color. Colors such as ’90 United Girls-White, ’90 United Girls-Red, or ’90 United Girls-Blue will be used to distinguish multiple teams in an age group. If additional colors are required with the formation of four teams in an age group the color silver will be used. Such colors don’t necessarily determine their uniform but rather distinguishes them within our club for identification purposes.
- What will the colors and crest/logo be?
The colors will be Red (HSC) and Navy Blue (MTFC) and White, which are also the colors of our state flag. An accent color used with these primary colors may be a silver/gray color as well. The club crest/logo will use the state flag look and colors as its foundation. Therefore, the colors are significant in various ways to all involved.
- How will uniforms be selected?
The Board of Directors, in conjunction with input from coaches and team managers, will make the selection of brand and style of the new uniforms. A number of factors will be considered including price, functionality, appearance, etc. All teams will wear the club wide uniform and use the club wide bag. Teams that choose to wear a warm-up will wear the club chosen warm-up. Effective Fall 2005 season all players of the club, whether in transition or not, will wear a grey club selected t-shirt or sweatshirt to practices with the Tennessee United logo.
- Where are games be played and practices held?
Each team will be assigned a specific park location for all games and practices. All the practices and games of that team will be played at that location throughout the entire soccer year. For example, the United ’96 Boys could be assigned to Moss Wright Park for the entire season. That team will have all its practices on a specific field at that location and will play all its home classic/friendly games at that location. The United ’89 Boys may be assigned to Drakes Creek Park and would likewise play and practice at that location. We desire to rotate on an annual basis the location of where a team plays/practices. We understand that this may create an inconvenience for some families initially, but the parks are only approximately five miles apart. Both clubs are pursuing the installation of additional lighting before the fall season which will provide more fields for usage.
- Will we have tournaments and how will that work?
Yes, we will still have our tournaments. The club name sponsoring the tournaments will become Tennessee United. After we’ve had an opportunity to educate the soccer community on our club, we will change the names of our fall and spring tournaments to a single tourney with two locations (Hendersonville & Goodlettsville) with possibly all of one gender at one park or another. Regardless, an intensive effort will be focused on making the tourney platinum level and anticipate that by the merger alone of the two tourneys we’ll approach 250 teams. We anticipate our tourney becoming one of the largest in the country and certainly the SE. This will be of enormous financial benefit to our club, its teams, and certainly the communities we live in.
- How will the club be governed and managed?
The board will consist of officers including a Chairman, President, Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar, and ten at large members with equal voting rights as the officers. The Tennessee United Soccer Club will be responsible for the election of its own governing body. The policies, guidelines, bylaws, constitution, philosophies and procedures of the Tennessee United club will be determined by the Tennessee United board while the DOC will be asked to carry out his duties in accordance to these guidelines. The DOC will be on the BOD but will not have voting rights. Guidelines were developed that will in essence serve as the protocol of how the teams will be operated as well as the roles of all functions within the organization.
- How are teams formed and how will it be communicated?
New teams for our new club will be formed annually via tryouts just as they are currently with all teams in our club. We anticipate at a minimum that we’ll be forming new teams for the U9 boys and girls during the tryout period usually at the end of May or beginning of June next seasonal year. Players from existing teams will be put back in a pool of players in each age group and the teams reformed including new players not previously in the club. Tryout information for both new and existing teams will be posted on the websites of both TUSC, MTFC and HSC, as well as in local newspapers and press releases. In addition, bulletin postings will be made local parks and to recreational soccer parents/players prior to tryouts. We have also developed a professional and highly functional website for the new club for the purposes of communicating.
- Can a child play up an age group?
If a child is currently playing up on an older age group team, he or she will be “grandfathered” in and allowed to do so for that team as long as it exists and they are capable of making the team. For everyone else on teams Under 13 and below, players are expected to play in their age appropriate groups, assuming there are teams for their age group. Given that many players are in High School starting at the U14 and older age groups, it is allowed for players to play up into an older age group. Exceptions to the playing up policy will be rare, applying primarily to phenomenal players and those whose development would be hindered by playing with their age appropriate team, and must be approved by the DOC.
- What about fundraising requirements and club costs?
Each player will pay the club a fee that covers amongst other things, registration and city fees. The player will also pay a fee to the team that will be used to pay for coaching, referees, uniforms, and tournament registration. If a team folds and has money in an account, that money will go back into the general TUSC account. There will be no fundraising requirements as a club (a team may chose otherwise), other than an expectation that each team will work the tournaments at their allotted times as well as participate in parent work days.
- Will we be a true club or just a collection of teams?
Unlike many large clubs in the area, TUSC will not be a bunch of renegade teams that happen to play in the same geographical area. TUSC will have guidelines and a philosophy in place to insure that the player is best developed within a club’s well-designed process. Our guidelines will require that decisions be made that are made in the best interest of the players of the club rather than in the best interest of a specific team or player.
- What are the next steps in the process and when are tryouts?
The start dates of tryouts are now dictated by the state association and must be adhered to in order to be compliant with state requirements. The BOD, DOC, Coaches and Team Managers will determine the exact date/location of tryouts for each team,. Exact tryout dates, times, and locations will be posted soon but it is generally at the end of May (after State D2 and D3 tournements) for players in U-13 and under age groups, and in the middle of June (after the State D1 Tournement) for U-14 and older players.
Parents of children interested in trying out for a select team for the new seasonal year should contact the Director of Coaching who can provide exact dates and locations of tryouts, and an overview of the program, our guidelines, and philosophy.
- We just moved into the area and want to play soccer, what do I need to do?
Many of our teams leave space on their roster for situations such as this. We invite you to contact our Director of Coaching, Andy Poklad at email@example.com or our Technical Director, Jonathan Wayland at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please understand that player spaces are limited and that there is no guarantee that you will be placed on a team.
- What are the advantages of playing for Tennessee United?
TN United is the largest select soccer club in the area,with an enviable organized feeder system from numerous local recreational clubs. It is the only club in TN, north of Nashville able to provide competative select and regional teams. We have professionally licensed coaches (including some with professional and college playing and coaching experience) with all age groups supervised by a USSF “A” Licensed Director of Coaching providing an age appropriate developmental curriculum for the players. TN United has the use of two outstanding facilities at Drakes Creek and Moss Wright Parks. All our fields are lit meaning extended and regular training time, on fields of such a high quality that the State Soccer Association currently hosts the coaching courses, state league games and state tournements at these locations. Our Board of Directors maintain the highest organizational standards to ensure the success of the club on and off the field. The club also offers a unique range of programs including goalkeeper specific training, summer camps and clinics, fitness, strength and conditioning, individual technical training, as well as college and Olympic Development Program soccer identification and contacts for our older players.
- How much does it cost to be a select soccer player at Tennessee United?
Cost range depending on the number of players per team, the number of tournements and games played and the amount of travel undertaken by a team. Our youngest players typically pay about no more than $1000 per year for training, games, local tournements, club fees, facilities fees and uniforms. Some of our older teams may pay slightly more as they become increasingly competative, travelling further and entering more prestigious tournements. Typically per season costs run $400-$600 a season.
- How long is the soccer season?
Currently our players play two seasons per year with the club. We begin annually with our select camp at the end of July /beginning of August. Fall season typically lasts until the beginning/middle of November depending on which division our individual teams are competing in. High school age girls are competing scholastically so do not typically play select soccer in the Fall, although they may begin to train and play in the winter months when high school soccer is over. Team commitments are reduced over the winter and may include some informal training sessions or involvement in local indoor soccer tournements. Our Spring season begins in February and runs through mid May for our younger players and through the D1 State tournement in early June for older players (including high school age boys some of whom reform their teams after the high school season ends to play in the D1 State Tournement).
- I’ve heard there is a lot of travel involved with select soccer?
Most of the games are played in the Middle TN area competing against other local clubs. This is particularly true in our younger age groups or with any of our teams that can get adequate levels of competion against other teams in the area. Some of our more successful teams choose to compete in games or at tournements further afield. These decisions are typically made by the coach and manager (a parent representative) in conjunction, bearing in mind cost, travel time and availability of suitable competition closer to home.