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Parents Guide To Travel Soccer

Introduction
This guide was developed to assist you in answering some of the more common questions concerning travel soccer. Travel soccer not only requires that your son or daughter be capable of playing at a high level, relative to the rest of their age group, but also involves a substantial commitment in time, energy, and money from both the player and their families. While we attempt to respond to many of the different situations, you may find that some extraordinary circumstances, based on your family's personal demands are not included in this guide.

What is travel soccer?
The travel soccer program is organized by age and gender. It provides a highly competitive training and playing environment for those players (and their families) who have the required athletic ability, soccer skills, commitment, and can meet the other demands placed upon them. Each travel team will work with a professional trainer from Everson Soccer, once a week. Towns participating in the travel program are located in the Central and North Central CT Districts. Most travel games are within a 30-minute drive. However, travel tournaments may be held in any number of New England locations.

How does travel soccer differ from the regular house or recreation soccer league?
SCN's travel teams are competitive. Therefore, making the roster, and staying on the roster, must be earned based on the team member's play. In a recreational soccer league, all players are placed on a team roster regardless of playing ability. Recreational soccer also has unique requirements to encourage participation by all players, such as all players must play half of each game. Travel soccer playing time is based on the team's needs, and is at the coach's discretion.

How do I get on a travel team?
You must tryout to join a travel team. SCN requires all travel teams to have a tryout each year, generally in June. Some teams however, may have supplemental tryouts at other times during the year.

When and where are tryouts?
SCN requires all its travel teams to hold open tryouts, generally in June, after the spring season ends. Tryouts consist of one or more sessions to evaluate your child's athletic ability, skills, and interest. After the tryouts, an offer may or may not be extended to your child. Alternatively, after the first tryout, the coach may ask your child to return for additional tryouts, or suggest that the team is not a good fit for your child.

What are the costs related to travel soccer?
Travel soccer is, by nature, more expensive than recreational soccer. The registration fee for travel soccer is $190, and can be paid with our payment plan. Players will also be required to purchase a uniform. Uniforms are approximately $88 plus tax, which supplies your child with 2 jerseys, 1 pair of shorts, and 1 pair of socks. Additional items can be purchased. Numbers will
be randomly assigned. Uniform purchasing will be required shortly after team selection, to ensure
your child has a uniform for the start of the season. Travel soccer also means the potential for traveling farther distances for tournaments. Tournaments can be held anywhere in New England, which means added costs of hotels, food, tournament fees, etc.

Teams are required to participate in the Annual Newington Wrap-Up Tournament, traditionally held in mid-June. Parents of travel players are responsible to volunteer 2 hours of their time at this event, or pay $40 as an opt-out.