Travel Soccer

*For TRAVEL TEAM Spring Tryouts Information, check back in winter

Our Travel teams are designed for players 8 and older (U9 and above) who have the interest and ability to compete at a higher level than is available through our Intramural program. Players are selected via tryouts in the spring for teams that will compete in the following fall, winter, and spring seasons, and the commitment is for the full playing year.

We typically ask that players attend at least one practice per week, and attend as many games as possible even in winter and spring. We do our best to take other activities into account when planning schedules.

Travel soccer challenges players to realize their potential through more intensive training, higher levels of competition, and more frequent games. Players are expected to attend scheduled practices and games, support the Club and their teammates, and to win or lose as a team. While playing time will not be equal, it will be fair and will foster the development of every player.

The travel program fee can range from $1,200 to $1,500 for the full year. Some of our teams only play in the fall and the fees are usually $400 for those teams. Scholarships can be requested through the registration process. Registration occurs after children are notified they have been chosen to participate on a travel team.

Philosophy:  The objective of Fairmount Soccer’s travel program is to focus on the development of player attitude, skills, and work habits, while instilling a passion for the game and having fun. Travel soccer challenges players to realize their potential through more intensive training, higher levels of competition, and more frequent games. Players are expected to attend scheduled practices and games, support the Club and their teammates, and to win or lose as a team.  Players at the U8 and U9 level are encouraged to join our Intramural Academy program.

By stressing the importance of sportsmanship and individual player responsibility within a team framework, players learn how to respond to competitive situations, and to enjoy the game, regardless of the outcome. The Travel program is for and about the players; parents and other fans are expected to set good examples through positive reinforcement of players, coaches, and referees. The philosophy of the program ensures that every child who, through attendance and effort, demonstrates a commitment to the team, will have playing time in every game. While the playing time will not be equal, it will be fair, and will be enough to foster the development of every player.

Commitment: If a player is accepted to a team the commitment is for one year. The primary playing season is the Fall, when players are expected to make soccer their primary extracurricular activity. We certainly encourage players to pursue other sport and non-sport extra-curricular activities, particularly at this young age, but travel soccer requires some commitment all year long. We typically ask that players attend at least one practice per week, and attend as many games as possible even in winter and spring. We do our best to take other activities into account when planning schedules, and good communication between families, coaches and team managers can usually mitigate many conflicts.

Cost: Fairmount Soccer is a volunteer run organization with professional travel coaching; which strives to provide high quality instruction and guidance that is essential for player development, safety, and enjoyment, at as low a cost as possible. Notwithstanding the commitment to cost containment, running a quality travel program with qualified coaches necessarily incurs considerable expenses for insurance, referee fees, league registration fees, uniforms, coach fees, facility rental charges, etc. Recognizing that the registration fees may be prohibitive for some families, Fairmount Soccer offers scholarships in an effort to insure that no child will be excluded due to economic hardship. For more information about partial and full scholarships, please email: fsaintramural@gmail.com.