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Travel Soccer

Travel soccer is the next level of soccer above the MASA Inhouse program. Teams are comprised of players from a single community/school district and play teams from other communities/school districts. Players are required to try out for the team. Teams practice twice per week and play games on Sundays between 12pm and 5pm. Teams play 4 away games that are typically less than 30 minutes but can be up to 2 1/2 hours away. The registration fee is the same as the Inhouse program, but players are required to purchase a team uniform as well.


TRAVEL SOCCER - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Q: What age groups are eligible for travel soccer in the 2016-2017 season?
A: Players born between 1/1/2004 and 12/31/2008.


Q: How does travel soccer differ from in house?
A: Travel is generally more competitive and requires a higher level of skill and more practice time.
Q: Do players need to be invited to try out?
A: No. Tryouts are open for all MASA players.
Q: What will players do at the tryouts?
A: Players will perform drills in three skill areas: dribbling, passing, and shooting. Then, they will play games.
Q: How will players be evaluated at tryouts?
A: 3-5 evaluators will rate the players in four categories: 1. Dribbling. 2. Passing. 3. Shooting. 4. Game play. Evaluators are selected based on past playing and coaching experience.
Q: Will parents be evaluating their own child?
A: No. Parents may be at tryouts to help run drills, but no parents may evaluate the age group in which their child participates.
Q: Will players be cut?
A: Unfortunately, that is a possibility. It is MASA's goal to include as many players in the travel program as possible. However, there are limits on roster sizes.
Q: If players are cut, does that mean they are done playing soccer?
A: No. MASA has in house programs available to players all the way up to the U16 age group. It is our goal to provide every child an opportunity to play and have fun.
Q: Can I see my child's scores from tryouts?
A. No. These scores are kept private and only seen by MASA board members.
Q: Will all age groups have a team?
A: Not necessarily. To field a team, there must be enough interested players and qualified coaches.
Q: Can there be more than one team per age group?
A: Yes, as long as the following criteria are met: 1. Enough players trying out to form two teams. 2. Qualified coaches for both teams.
Q: If there are two teams in one age group, how will those teams be separated?
A: There will be an "A" team and a "B" team based on the scores at tryouts. Generally, both teams will practice together but will play in different divisions.
Q: If my child makes the travel team, does that mean he/she will be on the team every year?
A: No. There are new tryouts every year, usually near the end of May.
Q: If my child makes the team, what will the time commitment be?
A: It is a two-season commitment (fall and spring). Most teams practice twice a week. All games are on Sunday.
Q: When will travel play games?
A: Sundays. Make up games may be played during the week and on Saturdays, however.
Q: How far will we have to travel for games?
A: The will vary greatly depending on division, age group, and luck of the draw. Games could be as close as Montour or South Fayette and as far as Fairmont, WV or Altoona. However, most games are in the Pittsburgh area.
Q: Can my child try out for an older age group and "play up"?
A: No. Teams will be created strictly according to birth year. The only exception to this would be if cut players could be used to help an older group field a team. Otherwise, players will play according to birth year.
Q: Is there an extra fee for playing travel?
A: No. There is one fee for both in house and travel players. However, travel players do have to pay for uniforms.
Q: Can players play both in house and travel?
A: Yes and with no extra costs. In fact, MASA encourages players to play both.
Q: Can players play both travel and cup?
A: Yes.
Q: What if I have a question that is not answered here?
A: Email Chris Lantzy, Travel Coordinator, at calantzy@hotmail.com.