Madison 56ers Soccer Club
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Playing for the Madison 56ers
 
There is a lot to consider when decing where to play youth soccer. The information below is designed for you to know what it's like to play for the Madison 56ers. If you have any questions, feel free to Contact our Director of Coaching Tony Wright at 414.732.0280 or 56ercoachingdirector@gmail.com. For more information on tyrouts, visit our tyout page.
  • History
  • Calendar
  • Leagues
  • Expectations
  • Coaching and Curriculum
  • Tryouts
  • Cost
  • Code of Conduct
  • Bylaws
History
The Madison 56ers Soccer Club was created in 1956 and has earned success at all levels of play including:
  • 26 Youth State Championships
  • 1 Youth NPL Division Championship
  • 1 Men's National Championship
  • 6 Men's State Championships
  • 4 Men's Region II Championships
  • 4 NPSL Midwest Championships
  • 3 Women's State Championships
Today the club is committed to developing its players by providing the most sophisticated soccer environment available in the state. Team and player development is managed by Director of Coaching - Tony Wright, a former player for the Milwaukee Kickers Majors and a USSF "A" licensed coach.
Our objective is to develop a stable youth soccer career for players of all ages. We are firmly dedicated to providing a soccer environment that will allow every player to learn and grow to the best of their abilities.
Calendar
The Madison 56ers yearly calendar is divided into 5 periods. (Please note that the dates are approximate and could change).
Fall Season: (August - early November)
Team trainings begin in early August and continue through the end of October. Team trainings are held two (most U-11 & U-12 teams) to three times a week during this period. Opportunities for some younger players to occasionally train a third time during the week may also be provided. White and Silver teams train two times per week. Team trainings during the fall and spring are mandatory. U-11 and U-12 teams compete in local MAYSA (Madison Area Youth Soccer Association) leagues; games are basically within Dane County. The teams will compete in 2-3 tournaments, most likely local or within a few hours' drive. In addition, some U-11 and U-12 teams will compete in the Wisconsin Developmental Academy (WDA). Older boy's teams compete in the WYSA (Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association) State Leagues, the WDA, and the newly formed National Premier League, a highly competitive regional league (please see NPL Q&A insert). Girl's teams will also look to compete in the WYSA state league, the WDA, and the Midwest Regional League (MRL). Some teams travel further for tournament competition. High school girls play State Cup during the fall season. Attendance at all scheduled team events including practices and especially League games and State Cup games is mandatory.
Off: (November)
We encourage athletes of all ages to have an off-season.
Winter Season: (December - March)
During this period, the teams train with a 2-3 week break during the weeks of Christmas and New Years. Trainings during the winter are encouraged but are not mandatory. We understand that, especially at young ages, athletes play many different sports and during the winter season other sports take priority in the athlete's schedule. However, because development is a year-round process, we offer trainings during this period and encourage athletes to attend as many indoor trainings as possible. Additional trainings ay be scheduled by the team. The team may also compete in 1-2 sessions of indoor soccer and/or in 1 indoor tournament during this time. Players' fees do not cover indoor competition or additional indoor training scheduled by the team.
Spring Season: (April - mid-June)
This is the second major season of the year. The training and game structure is very similar to the fall season, though the season is shorter. The team may compete in about 2-3 tournaments, including State Cup (usually falls on Memorial Day Weekend) for Red teams U-13 and older and some White Teams. Once again, attendance at all scheduled team events including practices and especially League games and State Cup game is mandatory.

Please note the high school players will have a slightly different schedule due to the actual high school seasons.
Summer Season: (mid-June - July)
High School boys and girls players will be given the opportunity to train twice a week in the summer. The schedule will be announced after tryouts are completed. High School girls teams will likely begin training for the fall season in mid-to-late July. Try-outs are typically held immediately before this period, and the next year's team is selected. At this point, the calendar begins again.
Madison 56ers also offer an extensive Camp Training Program through the summer months. Download a 2017 Camp Brochure PDF
Leagues
Madison 56er teams will play in a variety of leagues; local, state-wide, regional and nationally based.
  • Wisconsin State Leagues
  • Wisconsin Development Academy League (WDA)
    • Madison 56ers is 1 of 13 clubs in the state competing in the WDA along with Appleton SC, Bavarian SC; Brookfield SA; Croatian Eagles SC; Elm Grove SC; FC Green Bay; FC Wisconsin, Strike WI (SFC); Milwaukee Kickers; North Shore United; Rush WI SC ; SC Waukesha.( Clubs may be added to the league in the fall of 2015 upon review of application)
    • Focus on long term player development
    • No promotion or relegation of teams
    • Wisconsin College Showcase (for older teams)
    • Game day flexibility allowing clubs to best manage their coaching resources; when possible all U11-U18 teams at one club will compete on the same day and same place on one day
    • Roster game day flexibility
    • Directors of Coaching have the option to play 8 v 8 or 11 v 11 at the U12 age group
  • Midwest Regional League (MRL)
    • The MIDWEST REGIONAL LEAGUE (MRL) mission is to provide the highest standard of competitive play for youth teams in US Youth Soccer Region II (the Midwest Region) and to assure the continued growth and development of elite level players
    • Teams earn the right to compete in the MRL based on play within their own State Association‘s competitions (thus receiving State Association approval); and must exhibit the level of play necessary to compete at the regional league level (review and approval of teams by the MRL)
    • Not all teams that apply are accepted into the MRL. Each state association sets its own standards for approval/endorsement of teams to the MRL. Teams that participate in the MRL are expected to display the highest levels of conduct during competition. The MRL recognizes that teams also expect the highest levels of professionalism from all those associated with the League (other teams, coaches, referees)
    • It is the MRL's goal to provide the absolute best high-level competitive environment for our teams through professional management and operations.
  • Midwest Development and National Premier League (MDL / NPL)
    • Madison 56ers among 1 of 3 clubs in the state providing access to the NPL/MDL Premier League
    • Focus on long term player development
    • For the country's top level boys clubs
    • Sanctioned by US Club Soccer
    • Players scouted by US Soccer National team staff and technical advisors for selection to US Youth National camps and teams
    • MDL Champions crowned in post season championship event. The top 2 teams from each MDL division and 5 wildcards will qualify. MDL champions will compete for NPL Champions Cup
    • 18 - 19 games for the U13 / U14 age group - half played in the fall and half played in the spring season
    • 12 - 16 games for the U15 / U16 and U18 age group 2 - 4 games may be played in November and the remainder being played in the spring season
    • Optional U13 / U14 friendly Showcase for scouting
    • Older boys Showcase in Spring
  • MAYSA Classic Leagues
    • Madison Area Youth Soccer Association leagues competing in South Central Wisconsin
Expectations
Players
  • Players must realize that the 56ers program demands a high degree of commitment and is dedicated to excellence. Our goal is to provide training that is the highest level of elite and developmental training anywhere in the country.
  • In-season trainings are mandatory. Players should not expect to play unless they attend each scheduled training with their team or a substituted training with another team. Trainings during the fall and spring seasons will be held 2-4 times per week. Winter trainings will be held 1-2 times per week, and though they are not mandatory, are recommended in order to ensure continuous development.
  • Individual training is an integral part of the development process, and players are expected to train outside of the team environment. Behind every successful player is a genuine passion for the game.
  • Players must be prepared to learn, compete, and work hard in every training. Players must bring the proper equipment - a ball, shin guards, and water to every training.
  • Players must always show respect for authority figures-coaches, trainers, referees, administrators, and, above all, parents. Character is as important to success as performance and ability.
Parents
  • Matches are one of the many important components of development, and provide the players with another environment to learn and improve. The club will seek out the highest level of competition appropriate for each team to ensure continuous individual development.
  • Players are given specific objectives and responsibilities every game, and as such, parents are implored not to coach during the match from anywhere on the field. The bench area is for the team and approved coaching staff only. Parents must stay away from the players' bench area under all circumstances-no exceptions. Remember the game is for the kids. Do not impose yourself on the game:
     
    1. Do not coach from the sidelines.
    2. Never argue or shout at referees.
     
  • Remember that you are a representative of the Madison 56ers soccer club. Every member of the club must conduct themselves properly at all times. The club and the coaches will not tolerate embarrassments or indiscretions at any games or tournaments.
Parent/Family Responsibilities
The following are mandatory expectations for families/parents of players in the Madison 56ers Soccer Club. The Madison 56ers Soccer Club has a paid coaching director, coaching staff, and office administrator. The rest of the Club’s initiatives are volunteer-staffed. All families must participate in volunteer activities or pay a fee to opt out.
The club expects all families to volunteer 9 credits of time throughout the year. Those families that do not meet the 9 credits will be billed at the end of the year for credits not served. The rate will be $25 per credit up to $225 per family. These credits and rates are in line with what other competitive clubs require. Some opportunities to help the club are listed below.
Volunteer at the Fall Madison 56ers Tournament: All families should volunteer a minimum of 3 hours (or credits) at the fall Madison 56er tournament, which is the Madison 56ers biggest fundraiser, and participation is a must to ensure its success. Tournament volunteer opportunities will be managed with an on-line system and will be on a first-to-volunteer basis.
Volunteer to Club: In addition to the tournament volunteer opportunities, there are also opportunities to help with the 56ers Adult program, the tryouts, the annual golf outing, field maintenance, fundraising, and others. Please contact the club directly at 608-273-1956 if you are interested in volunteer opportunities and have any special skills that you’d like to use to benefit the club.
Volunteer to Team: There are also opportunities to volunteer your services for individual teams to earn credits. Typical jobs include team treasurer, hotel and travel coordinators, web page administrator, referee payer, photographer, and others. Managers will work with the Club’s volunteer coordinators to keep track of credits earned for these jobs.
Fee Payment and Scholarships
Families will be expected to pay fees on time. Scholarships are available and are based on financial need. (Tax forms and an application are required.) Scholarship families are not exempt from volunteer commitments. For further information, please contact the scholarship coordinator at scholarships@madison56ers.org.
Additional Funds
Families are required to pay for coaches travel expenses to tournaments and games outside of Dane County and miscellaneous fees. UNIFORM COSTS ARE EXTRA and are paid directly to Stefan’s Soccer Supply. Uniforms need to be ordered quickly to ensure that they have arrived by the first competition dates. Please pay special attention to deadlines. Indoor league fees are additional as indoor league participation is optional.
Code of Conduct
Last but not least, parents should follow the Parent Code of Conduct and display positive attitudes at all times when on the sidelines or at other team functions. The players also have a Code of Conduct that must be signed and returned with deposits.
Coaching Philosophy
All programs and resources in the club are focused on player development and every member of the fully licensed coaching staff is totally committed to this long-term process. The depth of talent and experience of our coaching staff allows the Madison 56ers to provide a stable youth soccer career for players at all ages. All of the Madison 56ers coaches work together as a team and are excited to work with all the players and teams in the club. We work hard to develop and challenge all of our players to build a foundation for success in the sport in a family friendly, fun environment where the players are challenged and pushed hard while enjoying the development process. Madison 56ers coaches treat all the players with respect and allow the players to express themselves as athletes and people.
Our coaching staff helps youth players develop in 4 important areas:
Technical Ability
Individual technical ability is the most obvious and most important pre-requisite to play attractive soccer, and will be the focus of instruction for the first years in the program. Technical proficiency forms the basic building block for all other soccer learning.
Tactical Awareness and Sophistication
Technical ability alone does not constitute a skillful player. A skillful player must apply the correct technique under pressure, and in order to do this, must be able to read and understand the game. Players will be taught the principles of the game, and challenged to become more sophisticated in their tactical awareness and decision-making.
Psychological Characteristics
The importance of teamwork and personal responsibility, of perseverance and a strong work ethic, and of leadership and goal setting will be explored. The relationship between character and lifestyle choices to success and accomplishment will also be explained.
Fitness and Athleticism
Fitness and athletic training will be an important component of every age group's training. All of this training will be sport-specific, and virtually none of it will be done without the ball. Agility, balance, and coordination training will be done even at the youngest ages, and acceleration and running technique will be trained continually throughout every player's career. As athletes physically mature, strength and power training will also be introduced.
Curriculum
We have designed a curriculum that emphasizes age-specific technical skills combined with tactical decision-making to ensure the right information is received at the appropriate age level. We have strengthened our coaching staff to make certain our club leads the state in this essential area of player development. In addition to team practices, the club runs separate goalkeeping practices.
U11 - U12
The main component of training will be technical, players will also work on basic and dynamic tactical scenarios.
U13 - U14
The focus now shifts to more tactical and technical elements as the players develop a better understanding of the game.
U15 - U18
All components of the game, technical, tactical, physical and mental will be combined and organized with the purpose of developing the highest potential of the player.
U11/U12 Sample
Technical Warm-up
TECHNICAL WARM-UP
Coaching Points:
  • Speed of approach
  • Angle of approach
  • Proper defensive stance
  • Body weight on front foot
  • Eyes on the ball
  • Slightly Angled - one foot close to attacker
  • Close enough to make attacker look at the ball
  • When and how to tackle
Technical Warm-up
SERVE AND DEFEND
Coaching Points:
  • Approach Quickly but not too fast with an angle that limits options
  • Good defensive stance
  • Apply pressure to take away space and time
  • Priorities are: Deny Penetration; Limit the attacker's vision options; Win the ball back
  • Recognizing when to be the 1st defender
  • Funnel attacker - Toward a tight space or into a covering defender
  • Make the attacker play the ball with the weaker foot
  • When and how to switch
  • When and how to tackle
Small Sided
3 V 3 GAME
Coaching Points:
  • Recognizing when to be the first / pressuring defender
  • Funnel / Delay
  • Into a covering defender / Toward a tight space (touchline)
  • Win the ball
U13 and Older Sample    Download lesson plan PDF
Technical Warm-up
TECHNICAL WARM-UP
Coaching Points:
  • 7 11 technical ability to receive the ball out of the air
  • Dribble and serve (bending balls to the far posts, driven balls to the near post, bending balls in to the middle)
  • Runners in the box should arc their runs and to cover space and be in position (timeing and angles of runs)
  • Attackers heading ball down in front of goal
  • Finishing from crosses
  • Placement of finshes
Technical Warm-up
SMALL-SIDED ACTIVITY
Coaching Points:
  • 7 11 technical ability to receive the ball out of the air
  • Dribble and serve (bending balls to the far posts, driven balls to the near post, bending balls in to the middle)
  • Runners in the box should arc their runs and to cover space and be in position (timeing and angles of runs)
  • Attackers heading ball down in front of goal
  • Finishing from crosses
  • Placement of finshes
Small Sided
EXPANDED ACTIVITY
Coaching Points:
  • Technical ability of the wide players to serving the ball
  • Winger either touches ball inside so squared up hips for the cross or run around the ball to square up hips for the cross
  • Angles/timing of runs
  • Forwards should run in front of defenders
  • Visual cues for runners of when ball will be served
  • Types of serves, near and far post / driven and lofted
  • Runs in the box- near post / far post / slot middle of the box
Small Sided
11 V 11 GAME
Coaching Points:
  • Looking to coach the wide players on serving and forwards
  • Midfielders on runs in the box and finishing
Tryout Format
Night 1
  • Warm up - running and stretching/juggling/movement with the ball - 15 mins
  • 2 v 2 - 20 x 25 grids (8 players per grid), play to endlines - 20 mins
  • 4 v 4 - 30 x 40 grids(8/10 players per grid ), play to flag goals - 25 mins
  • GK's will work out with Keeper coaches
  • Running with and without the ball - change of direction/agiliy - 10 mins
  • Cool down - 5 mins
Night 2
  • Warm up - running and stretching/juggling/movement with the ball - 10 mins
  • Possession grids - Depending on age - 3 v 1 (10 x 8 grid ) for U11 and U12, 4 v 2 (12 x 10 grid ) for U13, 5 v 2 (12x10 grid) for U14. Defenders stay in the middle until switched - if they win the ball they can dribble out of the grid to score. - 15 mins
  • GK will warm up with Keeper Coaches
  • 8 v 8 (U11 and U12)
  • 9 v 9 - 11 v 11 (U13 and U14) depending on the numbers. We don't want a lot of kids just sitting out. Half or Full Field. Should have 3 or 4 fields playing depending on age and tryout numbers
  • Running with and without the ball - change of direction/agiliy - 10 mins
  • Cool down - 5 mins
Night 3 (for players trying out for U11)
  • Warm up - passing grids - 10 x 12 (6 players per grid) - 15 minutes
  • GK will warm up with Keeper Coaches
  • 7 v 7 plus GK's in half field (last chance to move players) - 40 minutes
  • Running with and without the ball - change of direction/agiliy - 10 mins
  • Cool down - 5 mins
Assessment
Players will be assessed on the following aspects of the game:
  • Technical Ability - Players skill level / comfort level with the ball / ability to receive / pass / dribble / shoot / head and juggle the ball
  • Tactical Ability and Awareness - Understanding and ability to problem solve tactical situations on and off the ball
  • Mentality - Players ability to work hard and help their teammate
  • Physical Ability - Players speed and strength on and off the ball, agility and quicknes
FAQs
What should I do if I have a scheduling conflict that prevents me from attending one or more of the try-outs?
U10- U18 Boys and Girls players unable to attend one or any tryout dates due to scheduling conflicts, who are currently playing with the club or would like to play with the club for the first time, should contact the club to make alternative arrangements to tryout.

Tony Wright 414-732-0280 56ercoachingdirector@gmail.com
Office 608-273-1956 Debbie Knoebl clubAdministrator@madison56ers.org

Players with scheduling conflicts who have played with the club should also inform their current coach, in the event they are unable to attend one or both tryout dates for any age group.
How many teams will Madison 56ers form per age group?
Typically 2 sometimes 3 or 4 teams will be formed at each age depending on tryout numbers and talent level.
At what age should my child try out?
Your son or daughter should try-out at the US Youth Soccer based ageExternal Link (Jan 1st - Dec 31st) Madison 56er coaching staff will select rosters for NPL / MDL / WDA / MRL based on age and talent. In other words, some players may play up on NPL / MDL teams and/or WYSA teams.
What do I need to bring to tryouts?
  • Players should arrive early to check in prior to the tryout
  • Proper attire / pumped up soccer ball / shin guards and a water bottle
  • Try-out fee - $35
  • Players should register online (available soon) prior to tryouts
  • Tryouts will take place at Reddan Soccer Park - 6874 Cross Country Rd, Verona WI, 53953 (West Towne fields may be used if Reddan is not available)
  • A brief meeting will take place after the first night of tryouts to explain club expectations and to answer any questions
For further information please visit our tryouts page or contact:

Tony Wright 414-732-0280 56ercoachingdirector@gmail.com
Ryan Uphoff 608-445-7344 56ersasstdir@gmail.com
Uniform Costs
Costs for uniforms are extra and are not covered by the player fees (below). Uniforms are ordered online from Stefan’s Soccer Supply. The uniform order forms are below. The deadlines for ordering uniforms for the 2016-2017 season are June 29 for U11-U13 Girls and Boys teams; July 9 for U14 and HS Girls (U14-U18); and August 1 for HS Boys (U15-U19).
Player Costs
Below are the fees for the 2016-17 season.
Team Deposit
(within 48 hrs)
Aug 1
Payment
Sep 1
Payment
Total Fee
U11 Red (Boys and Girls) $250 $505 $500 $1255
U11 White (Boys and Girls) $250 $485 $480 $1215
U11 Silver (Boys and Girls) $250 $465 $465 $1180
U11 Gold and Black (Boys and Girls) $250 $465 $465 $1180
U12 Red (Boys and Girls) $250 $535 $530 $1315
U12 White (Boys and Girls) $250 $500 $495 $1245
U12 Silver (Boys and Girls) $250 $480 $480 $1210
U13 Red Girls $250 $555 $555 $1360
U13 Red Boys (NPL) $250 $610 $605 $1465
U13 White (Boys and Girls) $250 $485 $485 $1220
U13 Silver (Boys and Girls) $250 $465 $465 $1180
U14 Red Girls $250 $555 $555 $1360
U14 Red Boys (NPL) $250 $610 $605 $1465
U14 White (Boys and Girls) $250 $485 $485 $1220
U14 Silver (Boys and Girls) $250 $465 $465 $1180
U15 Red Girls $250 $545 $545 $1340
U15 Red Boys (NPL) $250 $610 $605 $1465
U15 White (Boys and Girls) $250 $485 $485 $1220
U15 Silver (Boys and Girls) $250 $465 $465 $1180
U16 Red Girls $250 $550 $550 $1350
U16 Red Boys (NPL) $250 $610 $605 $1465
U16 White (Boys and Girls) $250 $490 $490 $1230
U17 Red (Boys and Girls) $250 $550 $550 $1350
U17 White (Boys and Girls) $250 $490 $490 $1230
U18 Red Boys (NPL) $250 $610 $605 $1465
U18 Red Girls $250 $550 $550 $1350
U18 White (Boys and Girls) $250 $465 $465 $1180
U19 Red (Boys and Girls) $250 $465 $465 $1180
When paying with a credit card External Link, there will be a 3.95% credit card transaction fee and a $1.40 LeagueOne transaction fee added to the Madison 56ers team fees. Credit card payments are automatically scheduled and can be made in full or on a 20% (deposit) - 40% - 40% schedule.
Code of Conduct - Players
The Madison 56ers Soccer Club expects that all participants will maintain a high standard of conduct at all times and will enforce the standard firmly and fairly. If and when violations occur, the violator will receive disciplinary action from the Madison 56ers Soccer Club according to its Rules and Policies.
STANDARD OF CONDUCT
All players and parents will need to sign a contract and agree to abide by the following Player Code of Conduct:
  1. Be a good sport whether you win or lose. Show a positive attitude toward your teammates, coaches, game officials, and spectators watching the game.
  2. Respect the people you play against. After all, without them, you would have no one to play. Address no comments to opposing players, coaches, spectators, or referees unless your comments express genuine friendship and respect; or unless they constitute a direct response to questions by game, league, or tournament officials. In other words, "If you can’t say anything nice, don’t’ say anything at all!"
  3. Follow the rules. Your team, the league and soccer in general all have rules for practices and games. Practices and games are more fun and safe within the rules.
  4. Be there for your team! Players are expected to be at all team activities and to arrive on time with proper equipment and prepared to play. Players are expected to be at all team activities even if they are unable to actively participate. The guideline for player attendance at team activities is: if the player is able to go to school, she/he is expected to attend the team activities. The converse is also true: if the player was unable to attend school, then the player should not attend the team activity. Whenever a player is unable to attend a team activity, the player is expected to let the coach and team manager know in advance in writing or via telephone. Unexcused absences and other disciplinary matters will be handled in accordance with the team policies set by the coach and the Madison 56ers Director of Coaching at the start of the season.
  5. Players play in games at the sole discretion of the coach. Despite any other assurances, players are not guaranteed playing time. Players play at positions assigned at the sole discretion of the coach. Players should not demand to play or not play certain positions. You must remember that you are playing competitive soccer and the coach will play you where it is best for the team and your individual development. Because the program goals include improvement of each participant’s soccer skills and knowledge, coaches can, when appropriate, use game and practice situations to teach new positions to players.
Code of Conduct - Parents
The Madison 56ers Soccer Club expects that all participants will maintain a high standard of conduct at all times and will enforce the standard firmly and fairly. IF and when violations occur, the violator will receive disciplinary action from the Madison 56ers Soccer Club according to its Rules and Policies.
STANDARD OF CONDUCT
All parents will need to sign a contract and agree to abide by the following Parents Code of Conduct:
  1. Set a good example whether you win or lose! Exhibit a consistently positive attitude toward players, coaches, officials, and spectators. IT IS NEVER ACCEPTABLE TO YELL AT A REFEREE! Encourage each team member; an encouraging remark can work wonders.
  2. Refrain from coaching your player or any other player. Coaching consists of giving directions or information to players. The Madison 56ers encourage “cheering.”
  3. Refrain from yelling at the referees, coaches or players.
  4. Respect the opponents. Without them, your son or daughter would have no one to play against. Address no comments to opposing players, coaches, spectators, or referees unless your comments express genuine friendship and respect, or unless they constitute a direct response to questions by game, league or tournament officials. In other words, “If you can’t say anything nice, please don’t say anything at all.”
  5. Refrain from smoking or alcohol consumption during soccer games or practices. Point out the disadvantages of smoking, drinking and drug abuse, especially in athletic performance, to your players.
  6. Remain even-tempered; display no ill-tempered behavior. Foul language has no place on the soccer field, either at games or practices.
  7. Support your player and the team by following the rules regarding equipment, practices, and arriving on time and ready to play. Be sure that your player has the proper clothing and equipment every time he or she steps onto the soccer field.
  8. Support the league in which your son or daughter plays and promote its programs.
  9. Follow field rules during games. Parents are to be on the opposite side of the field from players during games. Only team players and coaches are allowed on the teams’ field side before, during, and after games.
Madison 56ers Soccer Club, Inc.
Restated and Amended Bylaws-July 2, 2002

Article I
Name, Location and Jurisdiction

Section 1.1. Name: The name of this corporation is the Madison 56ers Soccer Club, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as the "corporation" or the "Club").

Section 1.2. Registered Office. The principal office of the corporation shall be located at:

155 Braun Road
Oregon, WI 53575

The location of this office may change as the Board of Directors designates.

Section 1.3. Affiliation: The corporation is registered under the Madison Area Youth Soccer Association, and is a member of the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association, the Wisconsin Adult Soccer Association and the United States Youth Soccer Association and shall abide by their respective bylaws.

Section 1.4. Purpose: The corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, scientific, or religious purposes within the meaning of Section 501 ( c ) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended from time to time, and shall engage only in those activities permitted by said Section. To the extent consistent with the above general purposes, the specific purposes of this corporation shall be as follows:

A. To provide a quality educational experience which will help soccer players of all ages reach their maximum potential as soccer athletes and to achieve the highest standards of conduct and professionalism; B. To maintain a scholarship fund to overcome financial barriers to participation in training opportunities for soccer athletes; and C. To foster the growth of soccer related education and soccer in the community by providing outreach opportunities for players, coaches, and fans.

Section 1.5. Operational Limits: Notwithstanding any other provisions of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (1) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501 ( c )(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), or (2) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170( c )(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (or the corresponding provision of any future United States internal Revenue Law).

Article II
Code of Ethics

Section 2.1. Ethics: The members of the Club shall subscribe to the following Code of Ethics:

A. Members shall at all times conduct themselves with professionalism.
B. Honesty and Integrity must be of the highest importance in every arena.
C. Coaches and Staff shall treat every athlete with respect and assist them in improving as soccer players and as people.
D. Members shall not conduct themselves in a way which could cause discredit or disrepute to the club.
E. Members shall abide by the decisions of the Board of Directors in promoting and enforcing this Code of Ethics.

All members of the club assume the responsibilities of the Code of Ethics, and agree to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this Code.

Section 2.2. Enforcement: The Board of Directors shall be responsible for promoting and enforcing the Code of Ethics.

Section 2.3. Courses of Action: Should the Board of Directors determine that disciplinary action of a member is required as related to the Code of Ethics, the Board of Directors, at their discretion, may:

1) Send a letter of warning to the member.
2) Suspend the member.
3) Remove the member from the Club.

Section 2.4. Appeal: Any member subjected to disciplinary action has the right to appeal in writing to the Board of Directors within 2 weeks of the disciplinary action. The member appealing shall not have a right to a hearing and the decision of the Board of Directors shall be final.

Article III
Membership

Section 3.1. Classes of Members: The club shall have the following classes of members:

A. Athlete: An Athlete is any athlete who has been selected to a Madison 56ers Team. Athletes below the age of majority for the State of Wisconsin shall be represented in their capacity as an Athlete, by each of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s), each of whom is thereby deemed to be a member of the Club.
B. Coach: Any person hired to train any team within the club on a regular basis is considered a Madison 56ers Coach. The coaching staff is hired by the Director of Coaching with approval of the President. Each Coach is deemed to be a member of the Club.
C. At-Large Member: Any person not in the above categories, but who is employed by the club, holds a voluntary position within the club, or is an alumni or supporter of the club and has requested membership, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, is deemed to be a member of the Club.

Section 3.2. Suspension and Revocation of Membership

A. Members with delinquent Club dues or team fees may face suspension from the Club until those dues are paid in full or an approved payment plan is established. A Member is determined to be delinquent after notice of not less than thirty (30) days has been provided (no shorter than 30 days) of the total amount due, and payment has been received. The establishment of a payment plan and the receipt of the first payment are sufficient to place a member in good standing. A member will continue in good standing provided subsequent payments are made in timely fashion.
B. In addition to the provisions of Section 3.2 (A), the Board of Directors, by a two-thirds vote, may suspend or revoke the membership of any member for:

1. Failure to meet financial obligations to the Club;
2. Violating the bylaws of the Club, WYSA and WASA;
3. Violating the Rules, Regulations, Code of Ethics, or Policies of the Club;
4. Conviction of a crime which evidences a lack of moral character or honesty.

C. The Coach of a particular team may suspend or revoke membership to the Club, with approval of the Director of Coaching and President, for any of the following:

1. Gross Lack of Commitment: Any player who misses 50% or more of team activities during the fall or spring season is considered to have a gross lack of commitment.
2. Gross Negative Impact: Any player consistently creating a negative environment during team events or a consistent negative attitude towards the Coach, manager or other Athletes involved is considered to have a gross negative impact.

D. In all cases, except as outlined differently above, the Membership in the Club shall be until the next try-out selection period in May/June, June 30, or the end of the current playing season, whichever is later.

Section 3.3. Meetings of the Membership

A. An annual meeting of the membership of the Club shall be held in first quarter of each calendar year, for the purpose of electing members to fill expired terms of the elected members of the Board of Directors. If for any reason the Board of Directors reschedules the annual meeting, elections shall occur at the rescheduled meeting.
B. Regular meetings of the membership may be held at a time and place as the Board of Directors may designate.
C. Special meetings of the membership of the Club may be called by the President, or, if requested in writing, by a majority of the members of the Board of Directors.
D. Notice shall be given of the date, hour, and place of all membership meetings to each member at least five days in advance. Notice is deemed given by the mailing of a Club newsletter, by posting on the Club website, or via electronic mail.

Article IV
Dues and Fees

The dues and fees of the Club shall be established by the Board of Directors after consultation with the President, the Director of Coaching and the Coaching Advisory Committee. The Club shall have no obligation to refund dues or any portion of dues to any member whose membership terminates for any reason.

Article V
Board of Directors

Section 5.1. Powers and Responsibility. The powers of the corporation shall be vested in the Board of Directors, which shall have charge, control and management of the property and affairs of the corporation. Directors shall be elected by the members at the annual meeting of the members as provided for in Section 3.3 of these Bylaws.

Section 5.2. Number. The Board of Directors shall consist of not less than three nor more than fifteen members. When, because of death, resignation, retirement or removal, there shall be less than three Directors remaining, the remaining Directors shall constitute the Board of Directors until the vacancy(ies) are filled as hereinafter provided. In such event, said vacancy(ies) shall be filled as soon as reasonably possible. The Board of Directors shall decide on the exact number of Board seats at the meeting prior to the annual meeting.

Section 5.3. Qualifications. Any individual who supports the enumerated goals and policy objectives of the corporation shall be eligible for election or re-election to the Board of Directors. If the Board of Directors creates classes of membership, the election of one or more Directors may be limited to the vote of one class of members. Those candidates properly nominated by the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors specified in Section 6.11, herein, shall be considered qualified for election to the Board of Directors. Other members not nominated by the nominating committee may be qualified for election to the Board of Directors provided (a) a nominating petition signed by at least thirty members is delivered to the Club office at least ten days in advance of the membership meeting scheduled for the purpose of electing members to the Board of Directors.

Section 5.4. Term. Subject to Section 5.5, each Director shall hold office for a term of two years or until his or her successor has been elected. A director may be re-elected to membership on the Board. The term of office for each Director shall be established in such manner that approximately one-half of the Director's term expires each year. In the event of a change in the number of Directors, the staggering of terms shall be preserved.

Section 5.5. Initial or Current Directors. The following persons constitute the current or initial Board of directors. The terms of each of these Directors shall expire bi-annually at the annual general meeting (AGM). In order to establish staggered two-year terms, the election at the annual meeting in odd-numbered years will be to fill odd-numbered seats for two-year terms, beginning immediately and ending at the AGM two years hence. Likewise, even-numbered seats elected to two-year terms in even-numbered years.

• Tom Bajek
• Jamie Barger
• Lorenzo Cruz
• John Goetz
• Tim Hanson
• Janet Hohlbein
• Leann Johnson
• Debbie Knoebl
• Christina Ott
• Gary Tsarovsky
• Barret Van Sicklen

Section 5.6. Quorum: A quorum is necessary for the election of Board of Directors’ members. Such quorum shall consist of at least two (2) percent of the membership of the Club. Members may authorize a proxy to vote on their behalf. A proxy must bring a written document signed by the member indicating authorization to cast a proxy vote.

Section 5.7. Voting: Each member of the Club, as defined in Article III shall have the right to vote on the Board of Directors and other issues properly before the general membership. Nominees for seats on the Board of Directors receiving the highest number of votes for the vacancies existing shall be declared elected. In the case of a tie vote between or among candidates, there shall immediately be a run-off vote by secret ballot.

Section 5.8. Vacancies and Removal. Subject to the provisions of Section 5.4 hereof, the unexpired term created by any vacancy on the Board of directors, whether by reason of death resignation, or removal, shall be filled by appointment by the remaining Board of Directors. A Board member so appointed to fill a vacancy shall be appointed in accordance with the qualifications set forth in Section 5.3 hereof. Any Director may be removed from office, with or without cause, by the vote of the members at any membership meeting.

Article VI
Meetings of Directors

Section 6.1. Annual Meetings. The annual meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held immediately following the annual meeting of the members at such place designated by the Board. The Board shall meet for the purpose of organizing the Board, electing the officers of the corporation and transacting such other business as may come before the meeting.

Section 6.2. Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at such time as the Board directs, no less than quarterly. No notice need be given if a regular meeting place and time is established.

Section 6.3. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President, or upon written request to the President of a majority of the Board of Directors. Such requests shall be addressed to the Secretary.

Section 6.4. Notice of Meeting. Except as otherwise provided for herein, notice of the date, hour, and location of all regular Board of Directors meetings shall be given to the Directors at least three days in advance. Electronic mail notice and posting on the Club’s web site shall be sufficient to constitute notice. Special meetings of the Board of Directors, provided a quorum of participants is achieved, may be conducted without prior notice provided that the meeting use any means of communication by which: 1) all communication during the meeting is transmitted to each participating director and each participating director is able to send messages to all other participating directors, or 2) all participating directors may simultaneously hear each other during the meeting.

Section 6.5. Quorum. The presence of a majority of the directors at a meeting shall constitute a quorum. If a quorum is not attained, the members participating may adjourn the meeting to another place and time, without notice other than announcement at the meeting, until a quorum is present.

Section 6.6. Manner of Acting. Unless otherwise stated herein, a majority vote shall decide an issue provided a quorum is attained. Each director, including the Coaching Director, shall be entitled to one vote on all matters coming before the Board. There shall be no voting by proxy. No director, including the Coaching Director, shall vote on, or participate in the discussion of, any matter in which he or she has a financial or employment interest, or any matter involving the discipline of a person who is related to the board member or on the team with which the person is associated.

Section 6.7. Presumption of Assent. A Director of the corporation who is present at a meeting of the Board of Directors or a committee thereof, at which action on any corporate matter is taken, shall be presumed to have assented to the action taken unless his/her dissent shall be entered in the minutes of the meeting or unless he/she shall file hi/her written dissent to such action with the person acting as the secretary of the meeting before the adjournment thereof, or shall forward such dissent by registered mail to the Secretary of the corporation immediately after the adjournment of the meeting. Such right to dissent shall not apply to a Director who voted in favor of such action.

Section 6.8. Conduct of Meetings. Roberts’ Rules of Order current edition shall govern the parliamentary procedure of the meetings of the Board of Directors in all cases in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws.

Section 6.9. Minutes: The Secretary shall take and keep the minutes of all Board of Directors’ meetings, and shall distribute those minutes to all Directors within ten (10) days of the meeting.

Section 6.10. Committees. The Board of Directors, by resolution, may designate one or more committees, either standing or special. Each committee shall have either as its chair or as a liaison to the Board, one or more Directors appointed by the President and confirmed by the Board, which to the extent provided in said resolution as initially adopted, and as thereafter supplemented or amended by further resolution shall have and may exercise, when the Board of directors is not in session, the powers of the Board of Directors in the management of the business and affairs of the corporation in a manner consistent with direction given by the board, except action in respect to election of officers or committees created pursuant to this section. The Board of directors may elect one or more of its members as alternate members of any such committee who may take the place of any absent member or members at any meeting of such committee, upon request by the President or upon request by the chairman of such committee meeting. Each such committee shall fix its own rules governing the conduct of its activities and shall make such report to the Board of Directors may request.

Section 6.11. Nominating Committee. There shall be a Nominating Committee whose task shall be to make recommendations to the Board of Directors for candidates to be included on the ballot for elected Board positions. This committee shall be chaired by the President, and shall include the current Board members not up for re-election that year. The full Board shall nominate a slate of candidates to fill the seats of those Directors whose terms will be expiring. The Nominating Committee is encouraged to seek input from team managers for suggestions of possible nominees. Coaches, the coaching director, or other employees of the Club may be nominated as candidates for the Board of Directors.

Section 6.12. Informal Action Without Meeting. Any action required or permitted by the Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws or any provision of law to be taken by the Board of Directors at a meeting or by resolution may be taken without a meeting if consent in writing setting forth the action so taken shall be signed by two-thirds of the Directors then in office.

Article VII
Officers

Section 7.1. Number and Qualifications. The principal officers of the Corporation shall be a President, one or more Vice Presidents, a Secretary and a Treasurer, each of whom shall be elected by the Board of Directors. Such other officers and assistant officers as may be deemed necessary may be elected or appointed by the board of Directors. Any two or more offices may be held by the same person, except the offices of President and Secretary and the offices of President and Vice President. Officers and assistant officers need not be members of the board of Directors or of the Corporation but must be a member of the Club.

Section 7.2. President. The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation and, shall in general supervise, direct, and control all of the business and affairs of the Corporation. He/she shall have authority to supervise agents and employees of the Corporation as he/she deem necessary, to prescribe their powers and duties, and to delegate authority to them. The President shall have the authority to appoint and determine compensation for Club employees subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. Such agents and employees shall hold office at the discretion of the President subject to the concurrence of the Board of Directors. He/she shall have authority to sign, execute and acknowledge, on behalf of the Corporation, all deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, leases, reports and all other documents or instruments necessary or proper to be executed in the course of the Corporation's regular business, or which shall be authorized by resolution of the Board of Directors. He/she may authorize any Vice President(s) or other officer or agent of the corporation to sign, execute and acknowledge such documents or instruments in his/her place and stead. He/she shall assist the Board of Directors in the formulation of policies of the Corporation. In general he/she shall perform all duties incident to the office of President and such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors from time to time.

Section 7.3. Vice President. In the absence of the President or in the event of his/her death, inability or refusal to act, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President. Any Vice President may sign, with the Secretary or Assistant Secretary, certificates for membership in the Corporation; and shall perform such othe3r duties and have such authority as from time to time may be assigned to him/her by the President or by the Board of Directors. Where the board of directors has determined to elect or appoint two or more Vice Presidents, each Vice President shall have such powers and duties and such designation, as may be prescribed for him/her by the Board of Directors.

Section 7.4. Secretary. The Secretary shall: (a) keep the minutes of the Board of Directors' meetings and meetings of the members in one or more books provided for that purpose; (b) see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws or as required by law; (c) be custodian of the corporate records of the Corporation; and (d) in general perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and have such other duties and exercise such authority as from time to time may be delegated or assigned to him/her by the President or by the Board of Directors.

Section 7.5. Treasurer. If required by the Board of Directors, the Treasurer shall give a bond for the faithful discharge of his/her duties in such sum and with such surety or sureties as the Board of Directors shall determine. He/she shall: (a) have charge and custody of and be responsible for all funds and securities of the Corporation; receive and give receipts for moneys due and payable to the Corporation from any source whatsoever, and deposit all such moneys in the name of the corporation in such banks, trust companies or other depositaries as shall be selected in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws; and (b) in general perform all the duties incident to the office of Treasurer and have such other duties and exercise such other authority as from time to time may be delegated or assigned to him/her by the President or by the Board of Directors.

Section 7.6. Assistant Secretaries and Assistant Treasurers. There shall be such number of Assistant Secretaries as the Board of Directors may from time to time authorize. The Assistant Treasurers shall respectively, if required by the Board of Directors, give bonds for the faithful discharge of their duties in such sums and with such sureties as the Board of directors shall determine. The assistant Secretaries and Assistant Treasurers, in general, shall perform such duties and have such authority as shall from time to time be delegated or assigned to them by the Secretary or the Treasurer, respectively, or by the President or the Board of directors.

Section 7.7. Other Assistant and Acting Officers. The Board of directors shall have the power to appoint any person to act as assistant to any officer, or to perform the duties of such officer whenever for any reason it is impracticable for such officer to act whenever for any reason it is impracticable for such officer to act personally, and such assistant or acting officer so appointed by the Board of Directors shall have the power to perform all the duties of the office to which he/she is so appointed to the assistant, or as to which he/she is so appointed to act, except as such power may be otherwise defined or restricted by the Board of directors.

Section 7.8. Coaching Director. The Board of Directors may create the position of Coaching Director to coordinate and supervise the soccer education functions and to supervise the coaches of the Club pursuant to the direction of the Board of Directors. The Coaching Director shall report to the President and Board of Directors. The Coaching Director shall be an ex officio member of the Board of Directors.

Article VIII
Indemnification

Each director or officer of this Corporation now or hereafter in office and his heirs, executors and administrators, and each director and officer of this Corporation and his/her heirs, executors and administrators who now acts, or shall hereafter act at the request of this Corporation as director or officer of another corporation controlled by this Corporation, shall be indemnified by this Corporation against all costs, expenses and amounts of liability therefor, including counsel fees, reasonably incurred by or imposed upon him/her in connection with or resulting from any action, suit, proceeding or claim to which he may be made a party, or in which he/she may be or become involved by reason of his/her acts of omission or commission, or alleged acts of his/her acts of omission or commission, or alleged acts of commission as such director or officer, or, subject to the provisions hereof, any settlement thereof, whether or not he continues to be such director or officer at the time of incurring such costs, expenses or amounts, and whether or not the action or such costs, expenses or amounts, and whether or not the action or omission to act on the part of such director or officer, which is the basis of such suit, action, proceeding or claim occurred before or after the adoption of this bylaw; provided that such indemnification shall not apply with respect to any matter as to which such director or officer shall be finally adjudged in such action, suit or proceeding to have been individually guilty of willful misfeasance or malfeasance in the performance of his/her duty as such director or officer, and provided, further, that the indemnification herein provided shall, with respect to any settlement of any such suit, action, proceeding or claim, include reimbursement of any amounts paid and expenses reasonably incurred in settling any such suit, action, proceeding or claim, when, in the judgment of the board of directors of this Corporation, such settlement and reimbursement appear to be for the best interests of this Corporation. The foregoing right of indemnification shall be in addition to and not exclusive of any all other rights as to which any such director or officer may be entitled under any bylaw, agreement, or otherwise; and shall not be exclusive of any other rights of indemnity to which any director or officer may otherwise be entitled under the laws of the State of Wisconsin.

This Article is intended to constitute a contract with each person who, subsequent to its adoption, is serving or shall subsequently serve as a director or officer of the Corporation; and the indemnification provided herein shall be in addition to any other compensation which each such person may receive from the Corporation for his/her services as a director or officer of the Corporation.

Article IX
Contracts, Loans, Checks and Deposits

Section 9.1. Contracts. The Board of directors may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents, to enter in to any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Corporation, and such authorization may be general or confined to specific instances.

Section 9.2. Loans. No loans shall be contracted on behalf of the Corporation and no evidences of indebtedness shall be issued in its name unless authorized by or under the authority of a resolution of the Board of Directors. Such authorization may be general or confined to specific instances. This Section shall not be construed as applying to current or operational expenses of the Corporation.

Section 9.3. Checks, Drafts, Etc.. All checks, drafts or other orders for the payment of money, notes or other evidences of indebtedness issued in the name of the Corporation, shall be signed by such officer or officers, agent or agents of the Corporation and in such manner as shall from time to time be determined by or under the authority of a resolution of the Board of directors.

Section 9.4. Deposits. All funds of the Corporation not otherwise employed shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the Corporation in such banks, trust companies or other depositaries as may be selected by or under authority of the Board of Directors.

Article X
Finance

Section 10.1. Fiscal Year: The fiscal year of the Club shall be the year commencing on the 1st of July and terminating on the 30th of June.

Section 10.2. Audit: There shall be an annual audit of the finances of the Corporation by an independent certified public accountant, and this audit shall be submitted to the Board of Directors.

Section 10.3. Budget: The Board of Directors shall adopt a budget for each fiscal year, and the Club shall function within the total of such budget. Any expenditure in excess of the associated approved budgeted amount must be authorized by the Board of Directors.

Section 10.4. Depository: Dues and other monies collected by the Association shall be placed in a depository selected by the Board of Directors.

Section 10.5. Checks: The following persons or their designate, and any others as may from time to time be authorized by resolution of the Board of Directors, shall individually have authority to sign all checks for and on behalf of the Club and its committees: President, Treasurer.

Section 10.6. Execution of Contracts: The Board of Directors or any officer of the Club duly authorized by the Board of Directors to act on the club’s behalf in a specific instance may execute contracts. The Board of Directors may also authorize any officer or agent of the Club, in addition to the persons authorized by these Bylaws, to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Club, and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.

Section 10.7. Dissolution: Upon dissolution of the Corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all of the Corporation's liabilities, dispose of all of the Corporation's assets exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under section 501( c )(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (or the corresponding provision of any future United States internal Revenue Law), as the Board of Directors shall determine.

Article XII
Amendments

Section 11.1. Initiation: A bylaws amendment may be initiated by the Board of Directors or by any Club Member. Any Club Member wishing to introduce an amendment to these bylaws shall prepare and deliver the specific language of the amendment to the Board of Directors along with a petition for consideration of the amendment signed by at least twenty percent of the Club Membership. Following review by the Board of Directors, the proposed amendment shall be scheduled for a membership vote as defined in Section 2 below. If the Board of Directors proposes an amendment, the petition requirement is waived.

Section 11.2. Voting: Bylaw amendments must be approved by a vote of the membership at a meeting noticed to the members not less than thirty days prior to the scheduled vote. At a meeting at which a bylaws amendment vote is to be taken, a quorum of three-quarters of the Board of Directors and twenty percent of the coaching staff is necessary. Provided a quorum is present, the proposed bylaw amendment(s) may be accepted or rejected with a majority vote of members present.

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