Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Prodigy Soccer Club (PSC) & Kaw Valley Soccer Association (KVSA) Merger
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The following FAQs are intended to address initial questions you may have regarding the PSC & KVSA merger. We recognize that some readers may need additional information or wish to discuss these answers in greater detail. Please look for announcements via email and the clubs’ websites about upcoming “open house” question and answer sessions.  In addition, we encourage you to submit additional questions to info@sportingkv.com and we will attempt to consolidate and promptly respond by posting the answers to these additional questions on our FAQs informational sheet.

1.  Why do PSC and KVSA want to merge?

There are many reasons why the clubs would want to work together.   Both clubs share philosophical views on youth soccer and place emphasis on developing the whole person at every age and level of play.  By merging our resources together (i.e. members, coaches, training equipment, etc.) our club will continue to have more opportunities to partner directly with organizations that can benefit our membership (i.e. Sporting KC, Adidas, Soccer Masters, the cities of Lawrence and Topeka, etc.)  More importantly, an increase in membership allows our club to create more developmentally appropriate opportunities for our players and families to participate.  In short, through this merger we gain greater efficiencies while expanding the quality of service and opportunities we can provide to our members.

2. Will the organization remain a not for profit entity?

Yes, our organization will remain a not for profit entity as a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation.

3. How will this merger affect our membership?  How many members will the club have at each level of play/competitiveness?

The merger with PSC will primarily impact the number of participants registered in the “Premier” division of Sporting Kaw Valley (SKV).  We anticipate that SKV will field 50-60 competitive soccer teams, for players between 8-18 years of age, next season (2013-14).  The anticipated registration totals for the 2013-2014 programmatic year are as follows:

  • Recreational Players (Rec., Hobbits, Kickers, etc.)-           1000
  • Academy Players (Club & All Girls Academy)-                     500
  • Premier (Prodigy, Force, and United teams)-                       750+
  • Total Members-                                                                   2250+

4. How will the merger between PSC and KVSA affect me?

Recreational Players/Parents-

Your recreational player will retain the same advantages he/she currently enjoys and this organizational change will not significantly affect the players at this level of participation.  Recreational teams will continue to be formed by age, school and geographic location and will continue to have volunteer parent coaches. Teams will continue to practice once a week and play games at the Clinton Lake Youth Sports Complex (CLYSC) on the weekend.  The biggest changes, for KVSA members enrolled in our Recreational soccer programs, will be that these members will now have more opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to Sporting Kansas City (SKC) soccer games/events and our volunteer coaches will have greater access to SKC approved age specific training curriculum and resources in the future.

Academy Players/Parents (i.e. Club and All Girls Academy)- 

Your Academy player will retain the same advantages he/she currently enjoys and this organizational change will not significantly affect the players at this level of participation.  Academy teams will continue to be formed by age, ability, and have assigned coaches. Teams will continue to practice twice a week and play games at the Clinton Lake Youth Sports Complex (CLYSC) on the weekend.  The biggest change, for KVSA members enrolled in our Academy soccer programs, will be that these members will now have more opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to Sporting Kansas City (SKC) soccer games/events and our Academy coaches and trainers will begin incorporating SKC approved curriculum into their training and have opportunities to attend coaching educational sessions hosted by the Sr. and Jr. Training staff of Sporting Kansas City.

Premier Players/Parents (PSC and KVSA Competitive)- 

Although Premier players will continue to retain the same advantages he/she currently enjoys, this organizational change will affect all players at this level of participation in some way.  Premier teams will continue to be formed by age, ability, tryouts, and have assigned coaches.  Teams will continue to practice twice a week and play games in either Topeka or Kansas City on the weekends (depending upon the level of competitiveness and league enrolled).  In addition to the ability to purchase discounted tickets to SKC games/events, PSC and KVSA members enrolled in our Premier soccer program, will have the following additional opportunities and/or benefits:

  • Premier players (if they desire) will have the opportunity to try out for and play on more competitive soccer teams (D1, MRL, ECNL, Showcase, Regional SKC Jr Affiliate “Blue” teams, MLS Developmental Academy etc.)
  • Premier players will have the opportunity to participate in specialized Sporting Kaw Valley mini-clinics developed and run by the Sporting KC Sr. & Jr. Coaching/Training staffs.
  • Premier Coaches will have the opportunity to work and train directly with the Sr. and Jr. Coaching and Training staff of Sporting KC throughout the year.
  • Premier Coaches will have access to Sporting KC approved training curriculum and will incorporate this curriculum into their training and coaching.
  • Premier players and coaches will have the opportunity to participate in SKC Jr Affiliate member only training tournaments and events.
  • Premier players and coaches will have access to the Sporting KC training center (at Swope Park) and have opportunities to attend and watch the professional team practice.
  • High School Premier players interested in learning more about playing soccer in college will have the opportunity to attend a specialized “college prep” seminar hosted Sporting KC representatives each year.

5. Will it cost more for my child to play?

Our goal is to make soccer affordable for every child. We will be working to develop a financial structure comparable to the ones already in place at KVSA and PSC.  We do not anticipate a significant increase in the registration cost due to the merger.

6. Why is the merger/partnership occurring so quickly?

Discussions between the leadership of both clubs have been occurring since the summer of 2012.  Although the Premier teams for PSC will continue to be managed by their currently assigned coaches and their current Director of Coaching (Colby Williams) this spring, the financial resources of both clubs will not be combined until June 1, 2013.  This date was chosen because the Clubs’ programmatic and fiscal years begin on June 1st of each year. 

7. How is the combined club going to be managed?

This is truly a merger of equals that is being carried forward with the highest level of cooperation and support from the leadership teams of both organizations. We intend to be the model organization for youth soccer in the region with an unwavering focus on ensuring that the good of the players and their families always come first. 

As of today, the new club (Sporting Kaw Valley) will be governed by a 9-person Board of Directors and a variety of specifically tasked committees.  Later this spring, Sporting Kaw Valley will increase the size of its Board by two members (from 9 to 11 Board members) with Board representation being based primarily upon the total number of participants currently participating in each club.  Day to day operations will be managed by an Executive Director who will oversee a variety of Directors assigned to specific functions of the organization (please see organizational chart for more information).  Once the transitional period is completed, board members will be nominated and appointed by a membership vote at annual elections.

8. How do you plan to communicate with the membership?

Although the Sporting Kaw Valley website will continue to be the organization’s primary website moving forward, information about our services and the newly formed organization will continue to be posted on both the PSC and SKV websites until June 1, 2013.  On June 1, 2013 the PSC website will be discontinued and the URL will then point to the newly formed Sporting Kaw Valley website (www.Sportingkv.com). Specific team and divisional information will continue to flow through your assigned directors, coaches, and team managers.  As a second point of reference, Information will also be disseminated via the Sporting Kaw Valley Facebook page.

9. How might this partnership affect my competitive/premier team and/or coach next season?

Our goal will be to form teams with players who have similar abilities and experience at the same level of play. Tryouts will be used to determine a team’s make up, from year to year, and coaches will be evaluated and assigned by our Competition Committee to best match their individual credentials, experience, and strengths.  By combining the players and coaches of both clubs, Sporting Kaw Valley will be able to offer more opportunities for the soccer players in this region to play competitive soccer at a variety of different levels of play.  This could mean, as tryouts usually do, that there may be changes in team make up and coaching assignments from year to year.  At this time, Sporting Kaw Valley is planning on offering two different types of competitive/premier teams (“Local” and “United” based teams) for both male and female soccer players for the upcoming 2013-2014 seasons. 

Some examples of teams might include:

  • Local Competitive teams in Topeka will be called SKV Prodigy  (i.e. U11 B SKV Prodigy- Strikers)
  • Local Competitive Teams in Lawrence will be called SKV Force (i.e. U12 G SKV Force- Revolution)
  • Topeka/Lawrence United Competitive Teams will be called SKV United (i.e. U14 B SKV United- Jambars)

10. How many Competitive and Premier Teams will be at each age level?

Our goal is to field at least one “United” team in every age group from U11-U18 in the both the Boys & Girls Premier Divisions. If there is an abundance of players within a specific age group that are interested in forming more competitive teams, SKV would evaluate whether multiple “United” teams in a specific age group would be in the best interest of the players being developed.  Ultimately, the number and quality of players will drive how many teams are fielded in each age group and geographical location.

While the exact number of each type of team is still unknown at this time, we anticipate the following types of teams in each age group:

  • U8-U10 Boys & Girls Premier- (SKV Prodigy & SKV Force teams only)
  • U11-U12 Boys & Girls Premier- (SKV United, SKV Prodigy, & SKV Force teams)
  • U13-U18 Boys & Girls Premier- (SKV United, SKV Prodigy, & SKV Force teams)

11. How will tryouts be handled?

Premier tryouts will take place during the 1st weekend after State Cup.   Tryouts are tentatively scheduled for the weekend of June 8 & 9th, 2013.  The exact format and times of the tryouts will be determined later this spring and the tryouts will be overseen by the SKV Director of Coaching (DOC), SKV Age Group Coaching Directors (AGDs), and a select group of coaches and neutral evaluators who have been selected by the DOC and AGDs.  More information about tryouts will be distributed in the upcoming weeks.

12. Which facilities will be used and where will my child practice & play?

  • Recreational Players- Will practice at local elementary schools in Lawrence once a week & play games at CLYSC on Saturdays
  • Academy Players-Will practice at twice a week at CLYSC in Lawrence and play games at CLYSC on Saturdays
  • SKV Prodigy Players- Will practice in Topeka (TBD) during the week & play games in Topeka or KC on weekends
  • SKV Force Players- Will practice at CLYSC twice a week and play games in KC on the weekends
  • SKV United Players-  Will practice 1 day a week in Topeka (TBD) & 1 day a week in Lawrence (CLYSC) and play games in KC on the weekends.

13. What is the status of our uniforms?

  • Recreational players-   Due to recent uniform updates, no changes to uniforms will occur at this time.  Recreational players will continue to use the reversible Light Blue/Dark Blue Jerseys.
  • Academy Players (Club & AGA Players)-  Due to recent uniform updates, no changes to uniforms will occur at this timee.  We anticipate that uniforms in the Academy division will change just prior to the Fall 2014 season.
  • Competitive/Premier Players-   All players will receive new uniforms for the fall 2013 season showing our new logo and colors.  Examples of the uniforms will be displayed in the next weeks.

14. Where can I get more information?

Those who have additional questions or wish to discuss these answers in more detail are encouraged to attend an upcoming “open house” question and answer session – look for a general announcement about upcoming sessions via email and/or on either PSC or SKV websites and Facebook pages.

15. How do I register my child to play?

Go to the Sporting Kaw Valley website at http://www.Sportingkv.com/registration to register for all available programs.  If you have already registered for the Spring 2013 season, there is no need to re-register at this time.  We will continue to use Bonzi, our sports management software.