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Division II - Intermediate Program
Division II is the MSA Intermediate playing division for Boys and Girls Under 9 through Under 19 teams. Organizations must maintain recreational soccer program, in each age/gender group in which it intends to form a Division II team, to remain a full member of MSA.
Primary D2 (2A) Registration
Player Registration $35
Player Pass $15
Coach Pass $15
Secondary D2 (2B) Registration
Player Registration $25
Player Pass $15
Coach Pass $15
DIVISION II DEADLINES FOR 2013-14 SEASONAL YEAR
|April 1, 2014||Permanent Rosters|
|April 2, 2014||Presidents Cup Registration Opens|
|April 1, 2014||Letter of Intent for 2014 may be filed|
|May 4, 2014
||Division II Rosters are frosen|
|May 24-25, 2014
||MSA Presidents Cup||Columbus, MS|
|June 12-15, 2014||Regional Presidents Cup||Decatur, AL|
|July 10 -13, 20134
||National Presidents Cup||Greenville, SC|
Division II – Intermediate Program - Policy
Program and Classes
The Division II Program shall be organized into two classes of teams:
The local organization shall determine the most appropriate assignment of these types of teams for the benefit of its organization. However, for each seasonal year, in order for the local organization to form USYS Premier Teams (2A) as defined below, the following requirements mist be met:
U9 and above Age/Gender Group(s) - the local organization must maintain a minimum of one (1) Division III team per age/gender in which it intends to form a USYS Premier Team (2A).
Participation in either type of team is solely the decision of the local organization is not appealable to MSA.
USYS Premier Teams (2A) – U9 – U19 Primary registered teams that maintain a minimum roster of a full field players plus three for the purpose of playing in developmental competitive events
USYS Recreational All Star Teams (2B) –U9 – U19 players secondarily registered to a team or pools for the purpose of limited developmental competitive play
The permanent, rostered teams in the Program will be eligible to compete in the MSA President’s Cup.
The USYS Premier Teams (2A) may be formed in any manner, including tryouts. There is no player age variance required.
The developmental player pools must accept all interested participants from within its organizational boundaries. Permanent rostered teams may be formed in any manner, including tryouts. There is no player age variance required.
Organizations may form more than one team or more than one player pool in any age division.
There is no requirement for the composition of teams to be adjusted to insure a competitive balance between multiple teams.
To be considered a Division II program, it must be opened to any and all players from its MSA-approved territorial boundaries and meet the following additional requirements.
This Program is played in single age groups, regardless of class, Divisions U9 through U19. However, Organizations may choose to form in dual age groups if sufficient players are not available to form in single age groups but will be required to compete in the higher age group.
Division II teams may not be formed prior to July 1st for the following season.
Secondarily-registered Division II Developmental Player Pools are to be composed of registered recreation players pursuant to all fees and player pass requirements
Cautions and Ejections:
Cautions and ejections earned in the MSA Presidents Cup must be reported appropriately. Suspension earned in, but not served in the MSA Presidents Cup must be served in the Regional President’s Cup.
Passes and Travel
Division II Teams are required to obtain player passes and travel permits as specified in the Division II Policy.
Organizations may form multiple teams in each age division
Division II teams may only be formed with players from within the sponsoring organization’s boundaries as determined by the players domicile, except for releases authorized by MSA. Players may be released from their organization for Division II play only when the following conditions are met:
For recreational All Star Teams (2B)
Released players are required to continue to play recreational soccer in their local organization, which takes precedence over Division II play in cases of a conflict. Documented failure of released players to actively participate on the player’s primary Division III team in the home organization shall result in reversal of the release by MSA and removal of the player from the Division II roster. These releases may only occur within the players district of domicile.
For all Division II Players
Players must try out and accept any offer of play for Division II in their organization of domicile when an age and gender appropriate class is available or planned. However, if the organization has not formed an appropriate Division II class within 30 days after closed of their initial player registration of any calendar year, that player is considered eligible for release to another organization.
Secondarily Registered and Released players (2B) in Division II revert back to their home organization for the next seasonal year.
Organizational Deadlines and Responsibilities
All organizations intending or considering forming Division II Teams must submit an online letter of intent, to the MSA Office no later than April 1st of the current seasonal year for the next seasonal year, describing the age/gender divisions within which the teams may be formed and whether the teams will be classed as Premier Teams (2A) or Recreational All Star Teams (2B). It is recognized that secondary registered teams will form after recreational teams; however, organizations must immediately upon formation of teams, properly register the teams with the MSA State Office.
Player pools may be registered with the MSA Office effective September 1 of the new seasonal year. The registration procedure includes obtaining player passes and coach passes. The deadline for completing the registration process for a new team, (number of field players plus three) with the MSA Office is April 1st.
“Event” rosters must be created in GotSoccer by the local organizations registrar for games or events, such as tournaments. The event roster submission must be entered in advance of the event within the time constraints published by MSA on the Division II web site that conforms to the online facilities available. The event team may compete against other USYS teams for which they are eligible, or participate in any other event that is not in conflict with the Division III teams from which the Recreational All Star (2B) is primarily registered.
Event Team Roster Sizes
Event Pool-Team Rosters must conform to the roster requirements of the event or tournament in which the Pool Team is participating.
Recreational All Star (2B) Permanent Team Rosters
Permanent team rosters will be selected from existing developmental player pools in GotSoccer by the local organization registrar. The deadline for submitting permanent team rosters shall be April 1st.
Although it is not required, a scheduling meeting shall be held to facilitate inter-play between Division II Teams. Teams are not required to play any other Division II Team. Match scheduling is entirely up to each team.
MSA Sanctioned Tournaments
MSA will only sanction Division II tournaments that are operated within the GotSoccer Tournament system. GotSoccer Ranking Points from MSA Tournaments shall be used for seeding the MSA Presidents Cup. Organizations are encouraged to include Division II brackets as a part of their Tournaments. Division II Teams may also compete in Competitive Tournaments.
MSA Sponsored Tournaments
MSA shall sponsor the Presidents Cup Tournament as a Championship Tournament for Division II Teams. District level competitions may be played if sufficient numbers of teams warrant them. The Champions of the Division II portion of this event will proceed to the USYS Region III Presidents Cup. The MSA Council shall publish annually the tournament rules and make them an exhibit in this manual.
Organizations shall try to facilitate cooperation between coaches of Recreational Division III Teams and Secondarily rostered Division II Teams to ensure that the player has the opportunity to compete at both levels; however, in the case of a conflict, players must play with their primarily registered team.
Any violation of the requirement to play with the primary team or written report documenting coercion against a secondarily rostered Division II player shall result in suspension of the violating team for the two calendar months following the month of the violation. The team will be considered not in good standing during the suspension. Repeated violation shall be referred to the MSA State Level Disciplinary and Protest Committee, who shall act and impose additional penalties as they determine, are appropriate.
Disciplinary Reporting System
Should a Division II League Play be scheduled, the current Division I discipline reporting system would be in effect for the all age groups playing in that League Play.
Player and Team Registrations
All registered Division II players and teams must meet the territorial boundary and registration policy requirements which are outlined in this manual.
All released players to Division II teams must meet the policy requirements for team release actions which are outlined in this manual with the following exceptions:
A Division II player may transfer to a Division I team in their controlling organization if approved by that organization.
A Division II player may transfer to another Division II team if approved by the controlling organization subject to the 14 day transfer and territorial requirements.
The MSA Registrar or appropriate MSA Staff member must approve and register all Division II players at least fourteen (14) days prior to the affected player participating in the MSA Division II State Championships. Any Division III recreational player who completed his/her obligations for the seasonal year and was not previously rostered to a Division II team may be added to a Division II roster by 12:00 Noon on the Wednesday, subject to any district/organizational transfer requirements, prior to the Presidents Cup, and be allowed to participate in the Presidents Cup irrespective of the 14 day rule for Division II players.
A member organization must meet all outlined release policies in this manual.
Player Passes: Each player must have a player pass for all games. These passes are obtained online at the MSA website in the player pass section.
The MSA Council shall annually sponsor and manage the Presidents Cup Championship for Division II Teams. Division II teams do not have a qualification process for this tournament as Division II teams are accepted and seeded by the Division II Vice President based upon appropriate bracketing and GotSoccer ranking points. The MSA Council shall publish annually the tournament rules and make them an exhibit in this manual.
The playing format for the President’s Cup shall be determined by the Division II Vice President based upon the number of teams registered in each Age/Gender group with the following two exceptions:
Age/gender groups with less than six (6) teams but more than two teams will use a round robin format.
Age/gender groups with only two teams will play each other in the best-of-three format.
Rosters shall be frozen at 12:00 close of business 14 days prior to the Presidents Cup for Division II registered players. Any Division III recreational player who completed his/her obligations for the seasonal year and was not previously rostered to Division II team may be added to a Division II roster by 12:00 Noon on the Wednesday prior to the Presidents Cup, subject to any district/organizational transfer requirements, and be allowed to participate in the Presidents Cup irrespective of the 14 day rule for Division I players.
Fees for the Presidents Cup will be set annually by the MSA Division II Vice President.
The Playing Rules for the Presidents Cup Competition will be in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game and its tournament rules.
USYS Region III Presidents Cup
Champions of the MSA Presidents cup shall represent MSA at the USYS Regional Presidents Cup.
Championship team rosters may be supplemented in accordance with the Regional Presidents Cup Policies prior to competition in the Regional Presidents Cup.
The Regional Presidents Cup Committee may extend wildcard slots to a State Presidents Cup finalist
This years President's Cup will be seeded by use of GotSoccer points. If any team does not have enough points they will be entered into the tournament via "blind draw".
The blind draw method is the same as used at the Regional President's Cup.