Travel Program

Travel soccer tryouts for the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 seasons have been completed and rosters have been finalized. Thank you for participating.

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FALL 2017-SPRING 2018 TRAVEL SOCCER TRYOUT INFORMATION

Tryouts for BJSA travel soccer teams forming for the Fall 2017 – Spring 2018 seasons will be held during late May and early June. Two tryouts will be held for each team. All players must be registered for the Fall 2017 season before they can participate in the tryouts (Fall registration will open in May). Please register online prior to the first tryout and bring a copy of your registration confirmation.

– 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.

In the event of rain, please check back here for updates.

Recent revisions are highlighted below in red.

For any player who does not make a travel team, your registration is automatically transferred to BJSA’s Rec program for the Fall season.

To read about US Soccer’s new calendar year age groupings and small-sided standards, please click HERE.

BJSA FALL 2017-SPRING 2018 TRYOUT SCHEDULE:

Travel Age Birth Year:  Coach   Tryouts   Time   Field
 U09 Girls 2009 Elis Ljubuncic  May 30th & June 2nd  6:00-7:30 PM  Malerbo F
 U09 Boys 2009 Rob Rubbo  June 5th & June 12th  6:00-7:30 PM  Malerbo G
 U10 Girls 2008 Deanna Tiso  June 2nd & June 13th
 6:00-7:30 PM  Malerbo D 
 U10 Boys 2008 Eric Mayes  May 31st & June 7th  6:00-7:30 PM  Malerbo G 
 U11 Girls 2007 Christine Bonini  June 8th & June 12th
 6:00-7:30 PM   Malerbo D 
 U11 Boys 2007 Matt Lipovsky  June 9th
 June 10th

 6:00-7:30 PM
 12:00-1:30 PM
 Malerbo G
 Malerbo F
 U12 Girls 2006 Nick Rubbo  June 7th & June 8th  6:00-7:30 PM   Malerbo D
 U12 Boys 2006 Craig Battisto  June 13th
 June 16th

 6:00-7:30 PM
 6:00-7:30 PM
 Malerbo G
 Malerbo F
 U13 Girls 2005 Ed McFadden  May 31st & June 7th  6:00-7:30 PM   Nassahegan 
 U13/U14 Boys* 2005 & 2004 Christa Ronalter  May 30th & June 1st  5:30-7:00 PM   Malerbo C
 U14 Girls 2004 Dan Buchanan  June 12th & June 14th  6:00-7:15 PM   Nassahegan 
 U14/U15 Boys* 2004 & 2003 Eric Mayes  June 8th & June 15th  6:00-7:30 PM   Nassahegan 

*the U13/U14 boys team will be made up of mostly Fall 2017 7th graders
*the U14/U15 boys team will be made up of mostly Fall 2017 8th graders

TRAVEL SOCCER UNIFORM ORDERS:

Travel soccer players will now be ordering uniforms or uniform parts from TeamSports at the new BJSA online store. Parents, you will pay when you place your online order and the uniforms will ship directly to your house. The deadline to complete your travel uniform order for the Fall 2017 season is July 15th, 2017.

Note: BJSA will now be wearing Adidas products. All travel players will be required to purchase new Adidas uniforms beginning with the Fall 2017 season.

BJSA and TeamSports will be holding uniform fitting nights on the following dates:

TeamSports (inside FSA)
11 Executive Drive
Farmington, CT 06032

Friday June 23rd from 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Wednesday June 28th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM 

To order your travel uniforms or other BJSA apparel from TeamSports, please click the following link:   www.burlingtonsoccerstore.com

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

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 the head coach and at least two independent evaluators. 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. When a player joins a travel team, a full Fall thru Spring commitment is required.

WHAT ARE THE AGE GROUPS?

Beginning with the Fall 2016 season, travel soccer players were registered according to birth-year (January 1 to December 31) instead of their school-year age (August 1 to July 31). For example, for Fall 2017, players eligible for U9 (Under 9) must have been born in the year 2009. In other words, players should attend the appropriate tryout based on their year of birth. (See the Travel Age Eligibility Chart for more details).

U9 is the youngest travel team that can be formed. Teams can form from U9 thru U18. Boys and girls play on separate teams. Beginning with the Fall 2017 season, the U9 & U10 age groups will play 7v7 while U11 & U12 will play 9v9. U13 and older will play 11v11.

To read more about the new calendar year age groupings and small-sided standards, please click HERE.

CAN MY CHILD “PLAY UP”?

Players should attend tryouts for their appropriate age group as defined above.  Playing up is only allowed under the following conditions:

1) For new U9 teams, a travel team may select up to two underage players, but only if they score higher in the tryouts than a majority of other available, age-appropriate Burlington players. However, BJSA will require that these underage players “drop down” and play with their own age group the following year.

2) If there is no age appropriate BJSA team, players can play up without BJSA board approval. In this situation, the team under age player limit is waived.

All underage player requests must be approved by the Travel Soccer Coordinator.

HOW IS PLAYING TIME DETERMINED?

At the younger ages (U9 & U10), 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?

Beginning with the Fall 2017 season:
U9 & U10 will play 25 minute halves
U11 & U12 will play 30 minute halves
U13 & U14 will play 35 minute halves
U15 & U16 will play 40 minute halves
U17 and older play 45 minute halves

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 FALL 2017-SPRING 2018 TRAVEL COACHES?

  Boys     Girls  
       Age Coach   Age Coach  
  U9 Rob Rubbo   U9 Elis Ljubuncic  
  U10 Eric Mayes   U10 Deanna Tiso  
  U11 Matt Lipovsky U10 Glen Angers  
  U12 Craig Battisto U11 Christine Bonini  
  U13/U14 Christa Ronalter U12 Nick Rubbo  
  U14/U15 Eric Mayes U13 Ed McFadden  
        U14 Dan Buchanan  
             
 

 

TRAVEL COACHES
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BJSA FIELD SCHEDULE