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VYS TRAVEL SOCCER
Frequently Asked Questions

What is Travel Soccer?
Travel soccer is a competitive soccer experience for players with a strong drive to develop their soccer abilities and love of the game. Boys and girls that are ready to play competitive soccer, want to learn new skills, are ready to make the necessary commitment to play travel soccer and are ready to be trained by a professional, licensed coaching staff will benefit from playing for Vienna Youth Soccer.

Is Travel more competitive than House?
Yes. Travel leagues are organized into "divisions" with approximately 10 teams in each division. Division 1 is the most competitive or skilled, with the higher numbered  divisions (4-6) being composed of developing teams. Under 11 (U-11) and older teams enter league play at the lowest division and progress upward according to their win/loss/tie record per season. The youngest travel soccer teams (U-9 and U-10) are randomly assigned to color-coded divisions (Red,  Blue, etc.) and are allowed to develop before their w/l/t records produce rank at U-11.

How will my son or daughter be picked for a team?
VYS runs open tryouts in late spring for all age groups (U9 – U19; Boys & Girls) to form teams for the following soccer year (fall and spring).   All players are evaluated during these tryouts by the team coaches and additional evaluators. Selected players are placed on appropriate teams by the coaching staff.   VYS teams are formed each year through this tryout process.

How do I register for Tryouts?
Registration is through the VYS website.  Check the Tryouts page for further details.

How do I determine the right age group for my child?
The “magical date” for determining a player’s age group is August 1 (during the year of the tryout). A player that turns 9 before August 1 of this calendar year must try out for U10 for the upcoming fall and spring seasons, and must attend the U]10 tryouts in the spring of this year.

 
Fall 2014/Spring 2015
Age Group     Birth Date is between…
U9                August 1, 2005 – July 31, 2006
U10              August 1, 2004 – July 31, 2005
U11              August 1, 2003 – July 31, 2004
U12              August 1, 2002 – July 31, 2003
U13              August 1, 2001 – July 31, 2002
U14              August 1, 2000 – July 31, 2001
U15              August 1, 1999 – July 31, 2000
U16              August 1, 1998 – July 31, 1999
U17-19          August 1, 1995 – July 31, 1998
 
Can my child try out in a different age group?
Players cannot tryout or play in an age group for which they are too old. Even if they miss the cutoff by one day, they cannot play ‘down’ in an age group.  A player may also try out in an older age group.
 
How many players are selected for each team?
Different age groups in travel soccer play with different game formats – and have different roster sizes. VYS encourages teams to carry fewer players than the maximum allowed in order to optimize playing time for each player. The following are the roster sizes for the different age groups in VYS.
 
Under 9 and Under 10 teams   7 v 7 game format 10-12 players on each team
Under 11 and Under 12 teams   8 v 8 game format 10-14 players on each team
Under 13 - Under 16 teams   11 v 11 game format 14-18 players on each team
Under 17 - Under 19 teams   11 v 11 game format 14-22 players on each team
 
How much time commitment is required?
Travel soccer teams train in two or three sessions per week (Fall and Spring). Practices are from 1.5 to 2 hours per session and take place at least twice a week. The Fall and Spring seasons both last about 12 weeks: Fall from mid-August to early November, and Spring from mid-March to June. Teams typically play 8 to 10 games each season. Most games are played on Sundays, but there will be some Saturday games each season. Teams usually play one or more pre]season scrimmages and 2 to 4 tournaments per year, depending upon the age group and competitive level of the team.   Off season (Summer and Winter), travel teams also have training sessions. Travel players are expected to attend all team practices and games.

How much does it cost for my child to play travel soccer?
The cost varies from season to season and from team to team. Variables include the number of tournaments entered; if a trainer is used; if the coach is paid rather than a volunteer. In addition, each player has to register with VYS and each team has to pay the fees for the respective leagues and their insurance. Teams may offset these costs with fundraising in various forms, although these should be pre-approved by VYS.

When does the Travel year begin?
The Travel year begins in August with the Fall league season beginning after Labor Day and the Spring league season beginning in late March or early April. Each season is about 10 weeks long during which eight or nine games are played. At least one weekend each playing season is held open for make-up games. Practices typically start in August as many teams enter “pre-season” tournaments. It should be noted that Travel teams form for a complete year (August through July) and players must be committed to playing in both the Fall and the Spring.

Do all children get equal playing time?
As these are competitive teams, it is common for the participation level of individuals to vary within a team. Soccer is a team sport and coaches work on developing both team and individual skills.

How far away are games played?
Most games are played in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area, but there are occasional exceptions outside the area.

What if my son/daughter is not chosen for a travel team, can they still play somewhere?
Absolutely, if your son or daughter is not selected for a travel team, we encourage them to continue playing soccer.  VYS recreational league is not as competitive as travel, but still allows players to continue to play organized soccer. 
 
How are the coaches selected for each team?
The travel soccer program employs a licensed, professional coaching/training staff under the supervision of the club’s Technical Director and VYS Travel Committee. The coaches and trainers are placed on teams to benefit the development of each player.

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