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FALL 2015-SPRING 2016 TRAVEL SOCCER TRYOUT INFORMATION

Tryouts for next year’s BJSA travel soccer teams forming for the Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 seasons will be held during the first two weeks of June, 2015. Two tryouts will be held for each team. All players must be registered before the first tryout. A completed BJSA registration form & applicable fee must be mailed to our P.O. Box or brought to the coach before your child can participate in the tryout. If you register online, please bring a copy of your confirmation to the tryout. The complete travel tryout schedule is listed below.

– Players must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of tryouts to get checked in.

– Players who are already members of a travel team are not allowed to wear any part of their BJSA uniform.

– Players trying out for the new U9 teams must also bring a photocopy of their birth certificate.

– All players should bring a soccer ball.

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BJSA FALL 2015-SPRING 2016 TRYOUT SCHEDULE

Travel Age Born on or after:  Coach   Tryouts   Time   Field
 U09 Girls  8/1/2006  Christine Bonini  June 9th & June 16th 6:00-7:30 PM Malerbo F
 U09 Boys  8/1/2006  Matt Lipovsky  June 8th & June 17th 6:00-7:30 PM Malerbo D
 U10 Girls  8/1/2005  Andy Conklin  June 8th & June 11th 6:00-7:30 PM Malerbo D
 U10 Boys  8/1/2005  Joe Rich  June 3rd & June 5th 6:00-7:30 PM Malerbo D
 U11 Girls  8/1/2004  Ed McFadden  June 8th & June 10th 6:00-7:30 PM Malerbo D
 U11 Boys  8/1/2004  Christa Ronalter  June 9th & June 11th 5:30-7:00 PM Malerbo D
 U12 Girls  8/1/2003  Adam Hallet  June 4th & June 10th 6:00-7:30 PM Malerbo G
 U12 Boys  8/1/2003  Jim Millerick  June 10th & June 19th 5:30-6:45 PM Nassahegan
 U13 Girls  8/1/2002  Darren Frechette  June 4th & June 9th 5:45-7:15 PM Malerbo C
 U13 Boys  8/1/2002  Paul Bonini  June 17th & June 18th 6:00-7:30 PM Nassahegan
 U14 Girls  8/1/2001  Glen Angers  June 11th & June 18th 6:00-7:30 PM Nassahegan
 U14 Boys  8/1/2001  No Team      

 

WHAT IS TRAVEL SOCCER?

Travel Soccer is a competitive alternative to Rec Soccer played in a league environment, open to youth boys and girls. Games are played via an organized, competitive soccer league, sanctioned by the CJSA. League and non-league games are played against various towns within the North/Central Connecticut District, hence the name ’Travel Soccer’. Examples of a few district towns are Glastonbury, Cromwell, Newington, Suffield, East Windsor, etc.

HOW ARE TEAMS FORMED?

Selection to a travel team is based on a competitive tryout. Players are assessed and selected based on soccer talent by at least two independent evaluators, in addition to the head coach. Two tryouts per age group are held in the spring of each year and the results of those tryouts are used to form teams for the following fall through spring seasons. Once on a team, players are guaranteed a spot on the roster for both the fall and spring seasons.

WHAT ARE THE AGE GROUPS?

U-9 age group is the youngest travel team that can be formed. Unlike Recreation (Rec) soccer, eligibility is determined by the players’ age on August 1st of that year. For example, for fall 2015, players eligible for U-9 (Under 9) must have been born on or after 8/01/06. Teams can form from U-9 thru U-18. Boys and girls play on separate teams. U-9, U-10 and U-11 age groups play 8 v 8. U-12 thru U-18 age groups play 11 v 11. (See the Travel Age Eligibility Chart for more details).

HOW IS PLAYING TIME DETERMINED?

At the younger ages (U-9 & U-10), it is strongly recommended that the coaches allow every player equal playing time, within reason. As the kids get older, playing time is at the discretion of the coaches.

HOW LONG ARE THE GAMES?

At the younger ages (U-9 and U-10), teams play 35 minute halves. The older teams play 40-45 minute halves. All games are officiated by USSF sanctioned referees.

WHEN/HOW OFTEN ARE PRACTICES?

Practices for travel teams are typically twice a week, during the week, in the early evenings, at a local soccer field. Particular practice days are determined by the coaches/team.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I AM INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING TO BE A COACH OR ASSISTANT?

In addition to indicating your interest on your child’s registration form, please contact the Travel Coordinator or any member of the BJSA board.

HOW MANY/HOW OFTEN ARE THE GAMES?

The total number of games (home and away) can vary, typically between 10 and 15 per season. Games can be scheduled on Saturday and/or Sunday afternoons. The minimum number of games is determined by the number of teams in your league/division and your coach’s ability to schedule ‘friendly’ (non-league) games.

HOW FAR DO THE TEAMS “TRAVEL”?

In any given season, you may have 5-7 home games and 5-7 away games. This will vary depending on your coach, your league schedule or who & where you might have played in the previous season. Travel time to away games may range from 20 minutes (Avon, Farmington, etc) to 45 minutes or sometimes more (Suffield, Enfield, etc). Parents are encouraged to carpool when needed to save on costs and ensure that all kids can make it to the games.

DO TEAMS PLAY IN TOURNAMENTS?

During the fall season, most leagues are off for Columbus Day weekend. This is normally a big tournament weekend and many teams participate in a local or regional tournament. Some teams elect to participate in pre-season tournaments in August or end-of-season tournaments in June or November. Labor Day weekend and Memorial Day weekend are also popular tournament weekends. Although it will depend on your particular coach, most travel teams will usually choose to play in one tournament each season (spring and fall). As teams get older (U11 and up), they may also choose to enter the CT Cup tournament. 

IF MY CHILD IS SELECTED ON A TRAVEL TEAM, WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS OF MY CHILD?

When players are selected to join a travel team, they are making a commitment to participate in both the fall and spring seasons. Your child is expected to attend all scheduled practices and games, ready and on time. In addition, a respectful, considerate, positive attitude is expected, all conducted within a team environment. In return, you and your child can expect to play on a team that develops individual and team soccer skills within a competitive team/league environment.

HOW DOES TRAVEL SOCCER COMPARE TO REC SOCCER?

Travel soccer is a more competitive style of soccer. Due to the organization and competitive atmosphere, a higher level of commitment and time is usually required. A youth who is interested in playing at a higher level of competition is a candidate for travel soccer. Travel soccer is not for everyone. Travel soccer is not better or worse than Rec soccer, it’s just an alternative.

WHAT ARE THE FEES?

Travel Soccer requires additional fees as compared with Rec soccer. Travel uniforms (home/away shirts w/name and logo/number, pants and two pairs of socks) are required. These costs are the responsibility of the parents (approximately $100). Typically, the uniforms last 2 to 3 years. In addition, tournament fees and other team expenses (referee fees, etc) are sometimes required. These fees might run $40 to $50 per player per season. And finally, some travel teams may also choose to hire outside professional trainers at an additional cost to assist with practices.

WHO ARE THE 2015-2016 TRAVEL COACHES?

  Boys     Girls  
       Age Coach   Age Coach  
  U9 Matt Lipovsky   U9 Christine Bonini  
  U10 Joe Rich   U10 Andy Conklin  
  U11 Christa Ronalter U11 Ed McFadden  
  U12 Jim Millerick U12 Adam Hallet  
  U13 Paul Bonini U14 Glen Angers  
           
             
             
 

 

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