Montana Surf Mission Statement:
To provide quality soccer programs to current and future players in Southwest Montana by developing teamwork, sportsmanship and life skills to enable each player to reach his/her potential.
The Montana Surf club aims to provide the highest quality soccer experience to all children from ages 4 to 19. For the youngest children, our recreational program focuses on teaching the game of soccer through fun . With small-sided teams, parent coaches, professional coaches, and high-quality uniforms, the players have a ball while beginning to learn the game. Our Academy Developmental Program helps children ages 9-11 shift from recreational to more competitive play, with an emphasis on teaching players fundamental individual skills. Our Competitive Program for youth ages 12-19 emphasizes team and individual skills, very high levels of fitness, meeting one's potential, and the value of good sportsmanship. During the winter when our fields are snow-covered, our players from ages 8 and up can refine their touch on the ball, stay fit, and have lots of fun in our indoor Futsal Program and our Winter Team Training Program. Summer camps provide further opportunity to build skills during the summer months.
The club is fortunate to have an outstanding coaching staff. Our club directors oversee all the programs and coordinates the curriculum among programs to provide a seamless soccer experience from age 4 to 19. The technical director carefully selects coaches for each age level, often placing our very best coaches with the young developmental players.
The players and coaches are supported by a small professional staff and a large number of volunteer parents. In addition to the Technical Director and coaches, the paid staff includes a Program Director for the Competitive and Academy Developmental Programs, a Program Director for the Recreational Soccer Program, and a registrar. Volunteer parents serve as members of the nine-person board of directors, committee members, team managers, referees, field marshals, and in many other supportive roles. The club policies are dedicated to safety, fairness, sportsmanship, transparency, and accountability for players and parents.
In total, the Montana Surf approach to youth soccer has been highly successful. The club has been stable for more than 35 years. The number of players has grown rapidly in recent years and now includes more than 1000 recreational players and 500 competitive players. We have produced many Montana State champion teams, many successful high school and college players, and perhaps most importantly, won several regional sportsmanship awards. The club is also good for parents. Many of us have come to love the game of soccer, gained unforgettable family memories, and developed life-long friendships with other parents.