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TRAVEL INFO

Registration for Tryouts will open in April 28, 2017

Tryouts for Fall/Spring 2017/18 are scheduled!
First tryouts are May 15 through 18
Second tryouts are scheduled for May 22 through 25. 
You will need to register in order to tryout. 
All tryouts are held at Embrey Mill Soccer Fields. CLICK HERE for address and directions. 
CLICK HERE for the Tryout Schedule

Travel participants are accepted into the program via a tryout process and are extended an offer to play for a particular travel team.  Games are typically on Sunday’s with an occasional Saturday game, and are held throughout Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area. Teams also participate in tournaments throughout the region as well as off-season conditioning.  Coaches are expected to hold at least a “D” License. 

CLICK HERE  to read FAQ's on the age group changes from US Soccer.

Do you have 3 or more players?  Call the office to receive your discount. 540.657.0734

Stafford Soccer’s Travel program operates under a Club Team Format, as outlined below:                                          

·       All Coaches will be contracted to the Club and paid by the Club

·       All players will have a fee that is payable to Stafford Soccer and will cover the items detailed below

·       Fees will vary by team based on applicable League fees/Coach fee

·       Each Age group will have an Age Group Coordinator

·       The AGC will monitor the development of all players in their assigned age group

·       The AGC will work with each team in their age group (Blue/White/Black)

·       Travel is a year long commitment spanning the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Season.

Items included in the Club fee:

·       League Fee (NCSL, WAGS, ODSL)

·       Coach Fee

·       Up to 2 Tournaments per season (up to $1,200 entry fee per season)

·       Age Group Coordinator

·       Technical Staff

·       County Field Fee

·       Equipment

Items to be handled by the Team Manager/Treasurer (not included):

·       Uniform Orders-  Fees are additional and vary, however a new player can expect to pay approx. $130 for the required uniform pieces. There are many optional choices as well, i.e. warm ups, club bag, etc. There will be a new uniform kit Fall 2017 (2 year cycle).  All travel participants will be purchasing new uniforms during the summer of 2017 which will remain the same for two years (ending Spring 2019).

·       Other miscellaneous items (Winter/summer camps, facility rentals, Team Spirit wear)

The Club fee for each player can be paid in full or the following two other options:

·       Initial fee of $100 by June 21, 2017 (tentative date) and 6 equal payments due on the 20th of each month July through December

·       Two equal payments. Due by June 21,  2017 and Oct 21, 2017

Club fee budgeted allocation:

·       56% Personnel/Support Expenses

·       4% Education/Licensing Program

·       1% Equipment/supplies

·       13% League Fees (VYSA, ODSL, WAGS, NCSL)

·       26% Tournament, Field, Registration, Advertising Fees

Please call the office at 540.657.0734 for current Travel fees for your age group. CLICK HERE for the Travel age chart for 2017-18.

By paying the initial payment, the player’s parent/guardian is agreeing to pay the balance in-full by the due date. Please CLICK HERE for the Travel Program refund policy.  Players with late payments (after the 20th of each month) will result in the removal from the team roster and inability to play or practice.

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2017-18 PARENT INFORMATION DOCUMENT FOR U9 & U10 (TDP)
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2017-18 PARENT INFORMATION DOCUMENT FOR U11-U14
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2017-18 PARENT INFORMATION DOCUMENT FOR U15 & UP

Tournament Considerations

As a Club we must look at the reasons why we enter tournaments. Most Clubs run their tournaments as a way to generate financial income. We must also consider some of the positive points that we gain from tournaments.

  • Tournaments at the beginning of the season can be used to improve player’s game fitness.
  • Players have the opportunity to have longer playing time together so coaches can assess if their tactical thoughts will work during the coming season.
  • It is different, and at times tougher, competition than what we encounter in our League games.
  • Players learn the importance of keeping possession of the ball when tired.
  • Players and parents will learn about hydration and nutrition.
  • Blue teams need to earn points for higher graded competitions.
  • The players have a fun weekend.
  • It helps create team bonding.
  • Players and parents have great memories from tournaments.
  • If planned thoughtfully tournaments can be used so they benefit the coach and the team’s tactical knowledge.
  • Coaches have an opportunity to try different playing formations.
  • Tournaments in the middle or end of the season should be aimed at testing your team’s progress, and for Coaches to assess the progress the team has made.

There are more and more tournaments being added to the soccer calendar every season. Some are now being scheduled for early in the spring or late in the fall seasons where they will be reliant on the weather.  We do realize everyone will have their own thoughts, however, we feel it will help you all if we offer guidance to help with your planning for the seasons. We appreciate that the older teams will look at more than 2 tournaments as they will be looking for their players to be seen by College coaches. 

 

Points to consider before selecting a tournament: 

  • The standard of the fields – this is very important!
  • The cost - not only for the tournament but also hotels, gas and food.
  • The standard of the opposition – You must have competitive games that will benefit your players.
  • Is there a chance of cancellation due to the weather in early spring or late fall?
  • Is there a back-up plan if it rains?
  • Is there a cancellation refund policy - If so, what is it?
  • Is there a discount if we send numerous teams from our club?
  • The distance you have to travel?
  • What do you plan to accomplish while playing in the tournament?
  • The schedule for your games. What time do the first games start?
  • Do the dates clash with league rainout dates?
  • Is it a showcase tournament?
  • Is it suitable for Blue, White or Gold teams?
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