Travel Soccer – FAQs


What is the difference between the Intramural Program and the Travel Team Program?
The primary goal of our soccer programs is to have players competing against other children in their age group who have comparable skills. The Travel Team Program is geared for stronger players who are interested in improving their skills through competitive play against teams from other clubs. The Travel season typically starts sooner than the Intramural season. Both Travel and Intramural teams will have weekly practices with the season ending in mid-November.. The commitment of time and the financial cost to participate in the Travel Program are greater than that of the Intramural Program.

When are travel tryouts?
Tryouts are in March- April, so that teams may be selected and registered with the Inter County Soccer League in June.

Is it possible to try out for a Travel Team and play Intramural as well?
If your child tries out for Travel and doesn’t make the team, he or she will be guaranteed a spot on a fall Intramural team. A player cannot play both Travel and Intramural soccer. If you register your child for Travel, you must indicate at registration whether your child will play Intramural if he or she does not make the Travel team.

How do I determine the right age group for my child?

Given the number of questions about how age grouping works, we created a separate page Here.

What are the costs involved in the Travel Team Program?

Costs for The Travel Soccer Program include:

  1. The club’s annual $30 annual membership fee if it has not been paid with registration for another sports program (baseball, basketball, lacrosse)
  2. Travel soccer registration fee of $170 which covers many of the costs for the Travel program, including:
    a. Inter County Soccer League (ICSL) team registration fees
    b. Referee fees for all ICSL league games
    c. Practice and game field rental fees
  3. Additional costs – Uniforms and Tournaments
    a. The Travel soccer fee has been reduced and uniforms are now an additional cost. Uniform components typically are good for two to three years and no longer need to be returned in order to secure new apparel.
  4. b. Typically, a Labor Day weekend tournament (either a one-day or a two-day format). Registration fee for teams that participate are about $40
    c. Season-ending tournament, CRUSA FC Bucks Adidas Classic.
    d. Other costs may include end of year soccer banquet,  additional tournaments, team gear, and other incidental expenses

Does CHYSC have any geographical boundaries which limit participation?
No, CHYSC does not have any geographical boundaries. Children may participate on a team, regardless of address, provided that they are able to live up to the commitments and expectations of the team they are on.

Who coaches the teams in the CHYSC Travel Team Program?
All teams are coached by volunteers (mostly parents) who have a background in playing and coaching soccer. Many Travel soccer coaches have participated in coaching education programs sponsored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (“NSCAA”) and the U.S. Soccer Federation (“USSF”). CHYSC frequently sponsors such training courses to assist in the development of its coaches.

What is the game schedule for the Travel Team Program?
The ISCL league season consists of 10 games. The season starts the weekend after Labor Day and continues to the second weekend of November. There are no games Columbus Day weekend. Games are usually on Saturday mornings or afternoons with an occasional Sunday game. Games are about 1 hour, and coaches typically request that players arrive 30 to 45 minutes early for warm up.

In addition to the ICSL season, most of our teams participate in two tournaments, one before and one after the league season. Most teams participate in either a one-day or two-day pre-season tournament held over Labor Day weekend in a location within 45 minutes of Chestnut Hill (usually either the Al Perlini Soccer tournament in Warminster, or the Ross-Haney Labor Day Tournament in North Philadelphia).

Most teams also attend a season-ending tournament in the Lancaster area (the Hempfield Fall Classic) over the weekend before Thanksgiving. This two-day tournament requires a Friday evening arrival at the hotel in East Harrisburg.

What is the practice schedule for the Travel Team Program?
Travel teams typically hold voluntary summer practices starting in June or July (depending on the team) at designated fields in the Chestnut Hill or nearby area. Summer practices may be held once or twice per week and will usually be scheduled for weekday evenings. This is a great opportunity for players to work on their skill development and to start coming together as a team. These are optional sessions and it is not necessary to change summer vacation or camp plans to accommodate these practices.

After Labor Day the younger teams typically practice one to two times per week for 75 – 90 minutes per session. Older teams are more likely to have one practice per week. Practices schedules will be determined by the individual team’s coaches.  The season comes to a close in late November.

Travel teams practice on fields that are scheduled by the Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club via their affiliation with local schools. Coaches are assigned practice fields and schedules by the Travel Program Commissioner or his/her designee. Coaches should not hold practices for their team on fields and times other than those arranged by the Travel Program Commissioner or his/her designee.

How much travel is actually involved in the Travel Team Program?
The ISCL league season consists of 10 games – usually 5 home and 5 away. CHYSC home games are played at fields that are within a 5 to10 minute drive of Chestnut Hill, including the Carson Valley School, Chestnut Hill Academy, and Springside School, and the Crefeld School.

Away games are held at fields that are within a 30-45 minute drive of Chestnut Hill.

The pre-season Labor Day tournament is a 30-45 minute drive from Chestnut Hill and the season- ending Lancaster County tournament is a 90 minute drive.

Carpooling is always encouraged.

What is the commitment level for the Travel Team Program?
The commitment level for the Travel Team Program is higher than that for the Intramural Program. The Club and the volunteer Travel coaches make a significant commitment to the success of the Travel program and provide continuing education and training to our players. In return, players are expected to participate in all 10 games in the ICSL season as well as any pre or post season tournaments that the team chooses to enter. Not being able to attend a game during the season for a reasonable conflict is not a reason to disqualify oneself from the Travel program, but players who know they will not be able to commit to attending games should consider participating in the Intramural program.

As well, players are expected to attend practices on a regular basis during the fall season. Once again, missing an occasional practice session is acceptable, but in general, Travel coaches expect players to attend each session.

In order to participate on a Travel Team, this soccer commitment must be a player’s primary sport during the fall season, and conflicts with other sports and non-family social commitments are expected to be resolved in favor of commitments to the team.

What is the selection process for Travel soccer teams?
Those wishing to play on a Travel team are selected based on an assessment of their ability to compete at the Travel level relative to other players. Each team’s coaches in conjunction with an independent evaluator(s) evaluate each player using several criteria including technical skills, athletic ability, and character (meaning, in this context, a player’s demonstrated enthusiasm, effort, positive competitive spirit, and positive interaction with other players and coaches). Players will be rated on these criteria through a variety of drills and small-sided scrimmages during the tryout.

The presence of the independent evaluator is intended to ensure that the tryout process for all teams is fair, objective and unbiased. Please address complaints regarding the fairness or objectivity of any team tryouts to the Travel soccer commissioner, Brendan May, or Club President Dennis Primavera.

Teams will hold one, two or even three tryout sessions as necessary and appropriate to assess all the players and to determine the team roster. All players are expected to attend each tryout for a team.

Are the CHYSC Travel Team Program tryouts “open tryouts”?
Yes. This means that every year, tryouts are open to anyone of the proper age regardless of where they played previously. The essence of open tryouts is that there are no “guaranteed spots” on the team from year to year. We recognize that children progress and mature at different rates. Coaches may bring some knowledge about a player from the prior year, but coaches – and especially the independent evaluator(s) – will evaluate players based on what they see at the tryouts.

Players should only try out if they expect to be able to meet the commitments and expectations of the program.

How do I prepare my child for Travel Team tryouts?
Your child should definitely spend some time with a soccer ball prior to tryouts – dribbling, passing, shooting, juggling. Indeed, this is a good thing to do regardless of whether your child wants to try out for a Travel team.

For a basic video on How to Succeed at a Youth Soccer Tryout click here.

How many players are selected for each team?
Different age groups in Travel soccer play with different game formats—and have different roster sizes. Coaches may carry fewer players than the maximum allowed—optimizing players’ playing time in games. The following are the roster sizes for the different age groups in the CHYSC.

Age Group Format Roster Size
U9 – U10 7v7 Typically 10 to 12
U11 – U12 9v9 Typically 12 to 14
U13 and above 11v11 15-18