Q - What
is travel soccer and how is it different from recreation or in-house
A -The TTRC travel soccer program is designed
for players whose skills and inclinations suggest participation
in a more competitive environment and with a greater level of
competition. Players must try out and make a travel team, whereas,
subject to space limitations, all players who sign up for recreation
Q - Does TTRC require their players to play recreation
soccer to participate in the travel soccer program?
A - No, however, each child has the option of
continuing to play in-house soccer.
Q - If
our child makes a travel team, when do we have to decide if he
or she is playing in-house soccer?
A - Parents must notify their travel coach whether they are
playing in-house soccer at the conclusion of the travel tryouts.
Q - Does
my child have to register for recreation soccer if they just plan
to play travel soccer?
A- Yes. All travel soccer candidates must be registered through
TTRC soccer in order to participate in the tryouts. If your child makes
a travel team and does not choose to participate in the recreation
league, a portion of the registration fee is credited towards their
travel soccer costs.
Q - Are
the age groups any different than recreation soccer?
A- The date for determination of a players age (August 1st)
is the same as in recreation soccer. Because travel teams play in sanctioned
leagues with the same August 1st age determination date, players may
not play down in age, and, generally, may not play up in age.
Q - How
many travel teams does TTRC field?
A - If sufficient registration and talent permit, TTRC will
field boys and girls teams in Under 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 leagues.
Q - When
do tryouts occur?
A- Team tryouts generally start in late May or early June.
Teams endeavor to complete all tryouts by the end of the public school
Q - Does
my child have to attend all the tryout sessions to be eligible
for the team?
A – Although we understand that many players are involved
in other activities during tryout season, attendance at one half or
more of the scheduled tryouts is required. Any exceptions to this rule
must be approved by both the travel coordinator and the program coordinator.
The more tryout sessions attended, the better the chance that the player
has to be evaluated.
Q - How many players are
kept on each team?
A - Depending on registration and talent
levels, the Under 12 and below teams (playing 7v7 soccer on a
small field) will generally keep 11-13 players. The Under 13
and above teams (playing 11v11 soccer on a regular field) will
generally keep 15-18 players.
Q - Who
picks the teams? What skills are evaluated by the coaches?
A- The coaches for a particular age group are responsible
for evaluating the players and choosing the team. Players are not only
evaluated on their soccer skills, but also on fitness, agility, team
play, cooperation and attentiveness.
Q - Do
the coaches keep only the kids who made the team in prior years?
A – Coaches evaluate all players, both new and returning
players. There are usually openings on teams due to kids moving, changing
sports or other reasons.
Q - When
are team determinations made?
A – Typically, team determinations are
made on or before the end of June.
Q - How
often do the travel teams practice and when do practices start?
A - Practice frequency is left to the discretion
of the coaches. Most teams begin some kind of practicing over
the summer, with the frequency picking up in August. Teams who
play in both Saturday and Sunday leagues in the fall generally
practice two nights a week. Teams who play only in Sunday leagues
generally practice once per week.
Q - When
does the season start?
A - Most teams play in weekend tournaments in
late August. Weekend league games typically start the weekend
after Labor Day.
Q - How
much travel is involved?
A – Coaches for particular teams select
the leagues and tournaments that their teams enter. Most teams
play in one of two Baltimore metro area leagues. Most travel
for away games is within a 20-40 minute drive. Many older age
group teams will enter one or two out of town tournaments where
weekend travel is required.
Q - How much does it cost to play travel
A - In addition to the fee of $70 paid at registration,
players must buy uniforms (approximately $60-$90). Additional costs
per team depend on the leagues entered and the number and location
of tournaments played and will range from $100-$250, excluding
any out of town travel expenses.
Q - Is
my child guaranteed to play at least a half of a game like they
are in recreational soccer?
A - We encourage all travel coaches to be sensitive
to the mission and program constitution of TTRC soccer. Each
coach is given suggested guidelines, however, the amount of playing
time for travel players is not guaranteed.
Q - My
child is an accomplished player, and is good enough to make a team
in an older age group. Are they allowed to play up for an older
TTRC age group?
A - While we recognize that some kids could
make an older age group team, TTRC does not generally allow players
to play out of their designated age group.
Q - How
soon after registration will we be called about travel tryouts?
A - Registration is usually completed early
in mid-May. Travel coaches will contact prospective players by
phone or e-mail as soon as registrations are processed. We will
make every effort to post the tryout dates and times on our website
Q - I’ve
heard that my child will need a picture identification card. How
do I get one?
A - All players who participate in travel soccer
need a laminated ID card that can be obtained at various locations
prior to the season (see your coach) or from the Motor Vehicle
Administration. If a team participates in an out of state tournament,
a second ID card from a national soccer association will generally
be required for each player. Travel team coaches will provide
information concerning required identification cards.
Q - What
if I move into the area after the travel teams are selected?
A - All team rosters are finalized at the end
of tryouts. The travel coordinator and program coordinator must
approve any exceptions to this rule.
Q - What
if I have other questions?
A - You can e-mail questions to the program
coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the travel coordinator
listed under Board Members on the website.