Leagues - Travel
Pottsgrove Soccer's Travel division offers a more competitive brand of soccer for some of our “best” players. Tryouts for Travel are usually held in the late April for the next travel season. Below are some of the main differences between Travel and Rec/Intramural Soccer:
Travel vs. Recreational/Intramural Soccer
Travel soccer does not necessarily mean traveling great distances. The majority of our games are within 30 to 50 minutes of Pottsgrove/Pottstown and are played on weekends. Travel teams are for serious soccer players who are dedicated to the sport and committed to improving their skills on their own (at home) throughout the year – not just at regular practice sessions. These games are more competitive and the "away" games can be as much as an hour and half from their home field. The following are points of consideration for travel team players:
1) Travel Teams will be considered for U9 through U19 boys and U9 through U18 Girls. The availability of travel teams will be based on the interest level in each age group.
2) Tryouts are held once a year in May for the seasonal year beginning August 1st and continuing through next spring/summer. The goal is to pick the best players for the travel teams.
3) Travel teams play both a fall and spring season. Players in the travel program are expected to play in both seasons.
4) Travel teams play in the Reading Berks Junior Soccer League, Delco Soccer League or PAGS League. They generally play six to ten league games in both the spring and fall sometimes with a playoff tournament at the end of the fall season.
5) Often times, travel teams play in other tournaments throughout the year. In the past, many travel teams have elected to play in a fall tournament (before the start of the regular fall season), and a spring tournament (after the end of the regular spring season). Some teams also play in a Winter Indoor League in the area.
6) Travel teams have additional costs beyond just a registration fee. Travel players are responsible for purchasing the team uniform, additional fees for tournaments and other costs not covered by Pottsgrove Soccer.
How do I know what's right for my child and my family?
Before committing to a travel soccer team, you should evaluate several things about your child and your lifestyle:
- Am I, the parent, willing to make the financial commitment of the club fees and travel expenses for a seasonal year?
- Am I, the parent, willing to make the commitment of getting my child to two practices per week during the season? Pottsgrove Soccer’s travel teams typically practice mid-August through mid-December, and February 1- end of May.
- Am I, the parent, willing to make the commitment of getting my child to games on the weekend, even out of town games which could require extensive travel?
- Am I, the parent, willing to allow my child to play some games on Sunday or even during a weeknight in the event of a reschedule?
- Am I, the parent, willing to make the commitment of getting my child to play-off/tournament games if their team advances requiring additional travel expenses?
- Does my child have time in their schedule?Can he/she balance school, homework, school sports, and/or other extracurricular activities to commit to a competitive team?
- Does my child want to play soccer competitively for a year rather than only 6-8 weeks as in a recreational program?
If you answered "yes" to the questions above, then Travel Soccer could be right for you and your family!
For more information on our Travel Programs, please feel free to contact Chris Paul, our Travel director.