Please note that Effective September 1, 2001: a) all teams that were known as Travel/Classic teams will now be known as Division III teams; b) all teams previously known as Premier teams will now be known as either a Division I or Division II State League team; c) there will no longer be Premier teams below the age of U-12.
The Newtown Soccer Club sponsors Travel (Classic) team play for players eligible to play in the U-9 to U-15 age brackets as defined by the CJSA and USYSA. Teams for boys and girls will be sponsored in these ages provided suitable coaches are found. We do not and have not believed that sponsoring younger teams is in the best interest of the Club, its In-house program or the players. In fact, we support the trend within the state and country to reduce the competitive pressure on our younger travel players so that they do not experience "burn-out" and retreat from playing as they get older.
Age groups are determined by birth year.
Teams are created based on being travel ready. This includes soccer skills, speed, agility, understanding the game, listneing, coachability, and a desire to better his or herself.
Some age groups can have multiple teams. Blue teams have the stronger players and are registered in more competitive divisions within the age group. Gold teams can be created if there are enough travel ready players who try out.
Each team is provided a coach and possibly an assistant coach. The coach is dedicated to the team and attends all practices, games and tournaments with the team.
In some cases the coach cannot be available for all games or tournaments and thus an assistant coach is named for the team. The coach is responsible to find a replacement for any practice, game or tournament if unforeseen circumstances prevent the coach from being able to attend.
To support our high school age players, we will attempt to sponsor teams for boys and girls that could be eligible for play in a U-16 to U-19 league for the spring season.
Playing with a travel team means a commitment for all members of the family and should be considered before signing up for tryouts. Players will be practicing twice per week with a game each weekend. Depending on the age group, there could be two games per weekend when the team plays in the Connecticut Cup competition. In addition, teams will be required to attend one Fall tournament and two in the Spring including our own on Memorial Day weekend. These tournaments can mean travel within the state and/or outside of it on holiday weekends. Winter activity can include either of the following items such as weekly practice, indoor league play or indoor tournaments.
The Club strongly endorses winter training as a means to enhance player development and provides a subsidy to each team provided parental commitment/support is given to our Club Tournament held Memorial Day weekend. Parental support means all parents will volunteer to do some job associated with running of our Tournament. If your child is to play in the Newtown Memorial Tournament - parents are required to volunteer.
Estimated costs for travel team participation are $350 for club registration fees, training fees in the region of $550-600/yr; $50-$100/yr for tournaments (does not include travel to/from, hotels and food) and $155 for uniforms, which should last about three years. These costs will vary depending on the level of training and number of tournaments attended. Winter training costs are $175 for 11 weeks at one hour/week.
The club as of the 2017-2018 season will be providing payment options for families to spread out the payment of the fees through the year.
Selection to a travel/state league team is done by competitive tryout. Travel tryouts for the U-9 to U-15 age groups usually start after Memorial Day weekend and last for two weeks. Details are published directly or on our website - www.newtownsoccerclub.org. All candidates must attend the tryouts to be considered for the team!!
Tryouts are done to determine the relative ability of all candidates and will focus on individual skills such as passing, trapping, receiving, athletic capability and perceived coachability. Small-sided games will be used to evaluate a candidate's play in a game situation. Independent observers will carry out the judging. A scale of 1 to 3 in several categories will be used with the higher number being a better score.
The observers/assessors will rank all candidates with the highest scorers (approximately 9 to 12 players depending on roster size) being selected automatically. At ages above U-9, the coach then has discretion to fill out his roster from the remaining candidates as they deem necessary taking into account their ability, attitude, interest and so forth. Maximum roster sizes for U-9, U10 & U11 teams are 14 players and from U-12 to U-14 it is 18 players. Coaches are free to select less than the maximum player level!! All observers are chosen from a pool of current trainers, coaches and instructors to ensure a maximum of objectivity during the selection process. While everyone will not be pleased with the outcome, we expect you to understand that your opinion of a good player may not be what we expect of a good player!!
Contrary to what many believe and may have heard, no one is guaranteed a spot for next year because they have played on a travel team the prior year. Likewise, players who have previously played on a Blue team, may play Gold or vice versa. This is particularly true for younger age groups because players develop very differently as they are growing. The outstanding player this year may only be in the middle of the pack next year. The growth in new families in town also means that soccer players from other areas are coming and can be more skilled than players here.
Code of Conduct
Newtown Soccer Club has very high expectations and attaches a great deal of importance to the behavior of it's coaches, players, parents and referees.
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