Frequently Asked Questions
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Who can play in Menace Academy?
Boys and girls in the 11U-19U age group each year are eligible to play in the Academy. We are looking for dedicated and commited soccer players who are passionate about the game and want to improve and develop themseleves as players and people.
What does it cost to play in the Menace Academy?
11U-14U Players: $1,360 annual fee (covers everything for fall 2018 - winter 2019 - spring 2019)
15U-19U Players: $1,000 annual fee (covers everything for fall 2018)
These amounts do not include the uniform but do include everything else (tournaments, coaching expenses, etc...)
Is there financial assistance available? Yes, the Menace offers financial aid for those families who qualify. You will need to fill out a financial aid application, along with providing a copy of your 2016 tax return (for proof of income) when turning in your application. We do ask that you turn in your financial aid application ahead of bid dates, so this way we are able to provide a financial aid estimate with your bid to help each family make an informed decision on whether to accept or decline their bid.
What is the time commitment to play?
During the fall and spring seasons, players can expect 3 practices per week, along with weekend games and tournaments. Generally, the fall season runs from mid-August through the end of October and the spring season runs mid-March through early June. During the winter (indoor) season, players can expect 1-2 practices/games per week. Indoor training generally takes place January through mid-March. Indoor training fees are included for 11U-14U as part of the annual fee and 15U-19U players have the option of adding indoor training for an extra $150. All players will have the option for an extra $75 fitness program led by Tavian Banks at Ignit Sports & Fitness.
How much travel is involved?
It depends on the age group and team your player is participating on. Generally, most teams will participate in at least one out-of-town tournament per season and have some league games that require travel.
Why are there two field locations? How do I know where to go?
Due to the size of our Academy, we have two dedicated field locations for team practices. After tryouts, we will determine our team numbers based on gender and age group and assign teams fields accordingly. Generally you can expect boys teams to practice at Aliber (63rd and Grand) and girls teams to practice in Grimes (fields on SE 11th Street). There are exceptions to this and we do form multiple teams in age groups.
Who are the coaches?
You can visit our Coaches and Staff page for a full list of coaches and what age groups they coach.
How do I join a team?
Annual tryouts are held in June for our 11U-19U teams. For more details on annual tryouts, click here. If you are interested in joining a team mid-year, please contact Director of Coaching, Tomas Boltnar.
What other soccer programs do you offer?
We offer several other youth programs and have the highest level soccer teams in Iowa as part of our organization.
Junior Menace: offered during the fall, winter and spring seasons for boys and girls, ages 3 to 9.
Menace Camps: offered during the summer for boys and girls, ages 3 to 14.
Women's (WPSL) Team: amateur summer team for selected college and post-graduate women's players who play in the largest women's national league.
Men's (PDL) Team: amateur summer team for selected college and post-graduate men's players who play in the highly competitive Premier Development League.
Our player doesn't fit into any of these programs. Is there another place we can look for soccer options?
We partner with several area recreational clubs that provide great soccer experiences to all levels of soccer players. Click here to visit our affiliate club websites. The Iowa Soccer Association also has a full directory of soccer clubs throughout the state of Iowa, including information on adult leagues.