DC Stoddert Soccer

Frequently Asked Questions - Travel

What is travel soccer?


Travel soccer is a competitive program for players with above average skills and a strong drive to develop their soccer abilities and love of the game. The travel program serves over 700 children between the ages of 8-19 years of age who compete in a variety of leagues and competitions throughout Region I of U.S. Youth Soccer (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia). Every youth player in the travel program receives guided practice and coaching instruction from professional, nationally-licensed. 


Every player that accepts a roster spot to play for a DC Stoddert Soccer travel team does so willingly and accepts the responsibilities associated with training, preparing for and competing in team-related events, which include but are not limited to, practices, matches, and other meetings scheduled by the player's head coach. Each player and their family are expected to make the necessary commitment to play for a DC Stoddert Soccer travel team during the entire school year.


Who leads the travel program?


The travel program is led by Ben Mortimer, Technical Director. Mortimer has over 15 years experience coaching.

How do you register for travel tryouts?


Travel team tryouts for the 2017-18 school year are currently taking registrations. Tryouts are usually in early May. To register, Click Here.

Should my child attend all tryout dates?


Yes! We recommend your child attend all posted tryout dates to give the coaches more opportunities to evaluate your child.

How are travel teams selected?


Players will participate in tryouts. The teams are then selected by the Age Group Directors and their coaching staff. When the Age Group Directors and coaching staff make their decisions they will post the selections on the website using the tryout number.


How do you process play-up requests?

 

All players interested in playing up in an age group must have the approval of the Technical Director.


How much commitment is required for travel soccer?


Travel soccer teams play in 3 seasons per year. The fall season is from mid-August to mid-November. The winter season goes from January through mid-March. The spring season is from March to mid-June. Teams typically play 8-10 games per season. Most games are played on Sundays, with some Saturday games. Teams usually play one or more pre-season scrimmages and participate in 2-4 tournaments per season, depending upon the age group and competitive level of the team. Teams begin practicing 2-3 weeks before the start of each season. Practices take place at least twice a week. Travel players are expected to attend all team practices and games.


How far might we travel?


Travel is required with distances varying. Games can be as close as Northwest DC. All CCL home games are played at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

What happens once my child is placed on a team?


Once your child is offered a place you will be given a link to register for the fall season. You will be given the option to pay in-full or by installments.

What documentation do parents need to submit?


Each player will need to submit: (1) Proof of birth which can be a Government-issued passport or birth certificate; (2) Headshot photo (ideally in .JPG or .PNG format); (3) signed and completed Medical Release form supplied by the team manager. 


What leagues do DC Stoddert Travel Teams play in?


DC Stoddert travel teams compete in one of the following leagues: Atlantic Soccer League (ASL) for boys and girls; Club Champions League (CCL), for boys and girls, National Capital Soccer League (NCSL) for boys’ and girls' teams; and MSI Classic for both boys and girls teams.


When does practice begin?


Teams generally begin training towards the end of August. It's best to consult your child's coach for further details pertaining to pre-season and winter training sessions. DC Stoddert Soccer obtains permits from the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation to utilize public athletic fields for team events. Permits tend to be issued in early to mid-August and again in late March prior to the spring season. This information is then passed along by members of the club's management team to members of the technical staff to disseminate to their respective players and family members.


How much does travel Soccer cost?


Further details on annual player fees will be announced in the coming weeks. Parents should be advised that the annual fee does not include uniforms, tournament fees, and other training expenses that are a part of the year-long commitment expected of the player to their team. These additional expenses will be adjusted in accordance with the developmental goals and objectives established by the club for each team within a respective age group. As such, some teams will train more and participate in additional tournaments and/or events. The expenses attributed to these inputs will be allocated on a per player basis and assigned as an additional cost when the player accepts a roster invitation by a member of the DC Stoddert Soccer Travel Program Technical Staff to join a travel team for the 2016-17 school year.


What does the travel fee include?


  • 2-3 practices a week
  • League fees
  • Coaching fee
  • Field permit & rental fees
  • Field equipment

What are the additional costs?

 

  • Uniform
  • Travel to official league matches or tournaments
  • Facility rental fees (off-season, if designated by the team coach)

 

Where do practices take place?


DC Stoddert uses fields in and around DC.


How long is the travel season?

 

The travel season lasts between 9-10 months. The year commences towards the end of August and concludes in early June.


How do I determine the right age group for my child?

 

See the US Soccer Birth Year Matrix.

 

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