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BJSA travel soccer tryouts for the Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 season have been completed.

BJSA Fall 2013-Spring 2014 Travel Soccer Tryout Information

Tryouts for BJSA travel soccer teams forming for the Fall 2013 – Spring 2014 seasons will be held during the first two weeks of June. 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. 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. Additionally, all players should bring a soccer ball.

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

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Tryout Schedule

Travel Age
(Fall 2013)
Coach Tryouts Time Field
U09 Girls Ed McFadden
U09 Boys Christa Ronalter
U10 Girls Adam Hallet
U10 Boys Tom Farrey
U11 Girls Rob Bylykbashi
U11 Boys Paul Bonini
U12 Girls Glen Angers
U12 Boys No Team
U13 Girls Steve Jackson
U13 Boys No Team
U14 Girls Ryan Driscoll
U14 Boys Karen Mudgett

 

WHAT IS TRAVEL SOCCER?

Travel Soccer is competitive soccer in a league environment, open to youth boys and girls. Travel Soccer is a competitive alternative to Recreation (Rec) Soccer. Travel Soccer is 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 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 ARE TEAMS FORMED?

In the spring of each year, teams are formed for the following fall season, via registrations and tryouts. Once on the team, the players are guaranteed a spot on the roster for the spring season as well. If necessary, open tryouts can be held in the spring as well. Players are assessed and selected based on soccer talent by at least two independent evaluators, in addition to the head coach.

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 2013, players eligible for U-9 (Under 9) must have been born after 8/01/04. 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 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?

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, referee fees and other team expenses are needed to ‘operate’ the team. These run approximately $40 to $50 per player per season.

WHO ARE THE 2013-2014 TRAVEL COACHES?

  Boys     Girls  
       Age Coach   Age Coach  
  U9 Christa Ronalter   U9 Ed McFadden  
  U10 Tom Farrey   U10 Adam Hallet  
  U11 Paul Bonini U11 Rob Bylykbashi  
  U14 Karen Mudgett U11 Darren Frechette  
      U12 Glen Angers  
      U13 Steve Jackson  
        U14 Ryan Driscoll  
           
 

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