Verona Area Soccer Club Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Verona Area Soccer Club (VASC)?
VASC is a youth soccer club currently under the Madison Area Youth Soccer Association (MAYSA) umbrella serving Verona area youth. There are up to 3 levels of play offered - recreational, classic and premier. With each increase in level, time commitment, cost, required skill level and travel increase. Both classic and premier level soccer require tryouts and are not available until age 10 or older.
MAYSA is the governing body for local soccer clubs. There are approximately 35 clubs within MAYSA, including VASC. MAYSA is part of the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) which is a part of the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA)
The following information is for the RECREATIONAL LEVEL only.
What is the difference between VASC and City Recreation soccer programs?
The focus within the Verona Area Soccer Club is on player development. There are many opportunities to increase player skill level with optional skill training during the year, winter and summer camps, tournaments, etc. Coaches are required to attend courses where they are trained and certified to teach soccer to our youth. As age level and level of play increase, coaching requirements increase substantially. If you are interested in enhancing your soccer skills, VASC is the place for you.
When are teams formed?
In general, teams are formed in May for the Fall-Spring seasons. Registration covers both fall and spring. At other times players can join the waiting list for openings.
How are teams formed?
Players get on a waiting list by contacting the VASC Youth Coordinator at email@example.com. Please provide player’s name, birthday, sex, parent/guardian name and phone number. Occasionally an entire team is brought into the club.
Teams are based on age. For example, a U9 team is made up of players who are Under 9 as of August 1 prior to the start of the fall season.
For classic/competitive teams, tryouts are held in May and June.
How long are prospective players on the waiting list?
It depends on team openings at each age. Players can also be directed to other clubs in the area (Magic and Regent-both from the west side of Madison). This provides an opportunity to play while they are waiting for an opening in Verona. Parents and players are encouraged to tap into people they know to get a team going. Our goal is to provide a place to play for every player interested.
How much does it cost?
A recreational player can expect to pay around $200 for the entire year, including uniform, association fees, referee fees and team equipment purchases. Tournaments, training and camps are optional and have additional costs.
A classic/competive player will pay a registration fee of $165. Tryout costs are $30. The registration fee of $165 covers both fall and spring seasons. Additional costs for classic players are $260 - $380 with the higher costs for the older players. These costs include referee fees, coach fees, tournament fees and uniform costs.
How big is the time commitment?
The general rule of thumb is that during the season the players should have three “touches” per week. This could be two practices and one game or one practice and two games. All VASC players are invited to drop in any or all Sundays during the fall and spring seasons for the Verona Way, a skills and small-sided game clinic.
How many games are there in a season?
Each season (fall and spring) there are 8 games.
In-House/MAYSA Rec – what’s the difference?
In-House – This for U7-U10 teams only. Games are scheduled between Alliance teams only (Magic, Regent, Shorewood and Verona soccer clubs). The in-house league was formed so that parents of younger players could know that all games would be at one or two parks and almost all games would be played Saturday mornings. The last game is 2pm at the latest. It costs a little less because the Alliance is putting together the game schedules. There is traveling only into the SW side of Madison for these games.
MAYSA Rec – This is a name given by the Verona Area Soccer Club to make it easier to distinguish between the two recreational options through the club. MAYSA Rec teams are scheduled through MAYSA. Teams play home games at Badger Prairie Park mostly, but the away games can be further away since most Magic and Regent teams are playing in-house. MAYSA rec can be more competitive and the reason some teams opt out of in-house is for more and different competition.
Where are games played?
At the younger ages (U7-U10) in-house games are played at the same fields in Madison (Cherokee MS, Country Grove Park, Vilas Park, Walnut Grove Park, Wexford Park, Wingra Park, Lucia Crest) through a local “in-house” leagues made up of soccer clubs in close proximity to Verona (Magic, Regent, Shorewood and Verona).
MAYSA Rec teams play their home games usually at Badger Prairie Park which is south of Reddan Soccer Park in Verona. The away games are played all over the MAYSA area. This can be as far away as Baraboo and Monroe or as close as Badger Prairie if a Regent team is played.
When are games?
The in-house league for U7-U10 has games on Saturday mornings. The older kids play on various days. Schedules are released about two weeks before the season starts (once in fall and once in spring)
Where are practices?
VASC has access to Cross Country park, Veterans Park (Lincoln St), Prairie View Park and Tollefson Park park in Verona for practices. Some teams also work with Verona schools to use their space. Others use neighborhood parks. It’s up to the team. We also use our Verona Premier Fields west of town for practices. These are off Hwy G.
When are practices?
Most teams practice in the evenings but the coach and the team determine when practices will be.
What equipment is needed?
Players are required to purchase a VASC uniform comprised of a jersey, a white t-shirt (alternative jersey), shorts and socks for approximately $58. For all practices and games, players are required to wear shin guards. They should also bring a water bottle and an age-appropriate soccer ball. Soccer shoes are also suggested.
Coaches are usually volunteer parents. They are required to attend one 3-hour training session to become licensed and certified by the state. Additional training is available. Some recreational teams will hire someone to coach. Parents do not coach classic teams.
Is soccer skill development available for the players?
Yes. The Verona Way on Sunday afternoons includes soccer skill trainings. Our coaches also have age appropriate development programs made available through the club’s Director of Coaching. Winter skills clinics are also offered. VASC also makes players aware of summer soccer.
A very helpful graphic of the levels of teams is shown in the soccer pyramid.