Travel Soccer Frequently Asked Questions

For the many parents who are new to Travel Soccer have questions about how Travel works within Monmouth United Soccer Club (MUSC) and what they should expect from the experience, we created this Frequently Asked Questions ("FAQ") page to help explain how it all works. Click one of the questions below to automatically navigate to the answer.

Questions:

1.  Where and when do Travel teams play?

2.  How far should I expect to drive each week?

3.  What is a "League" and "Flight"?

4.  What is the time commitment during the week?

5.  What qualifications do the coaches have?


6.  How do tryouts work?


7.  How are Travel teams formed?

8.  I attended try-outs, when will I be notified?

9. How much does Travel soccer cost?

10. What can I do if I need financial assistance for my child to play Travel soccer?

11. Can my child play Travel soccer at the same time as other sports?


 Answers:


1.    Where and when do Travel teams play? MUSC Travel teams play league games throughout Central/North New Jersey in the fall and spring. Approximately 5 games each season are played at home in Middletown Township.  While the other half, typically 5 games, are played away.  The distance traveled will depend upon the teams they play in their League and Flight.  
        MUSC Travel teams are also expected to participate in tournament play to improve their skills against tougher competition. Most tournaments are located within reasonable driving distance of Middletown and will depend on which tournaments the coach signs up for.  Back to top

2.    How far should I expect to drive each week? Most MUSC teams play within the Mid-New Jersey Youth Soccer Association ("MNJYSA"), so most games are located within one hour of Middletown Township. Back to top

3.    What is a "League" and "Flight"? Leagues are organizations that coordinate the schedules of teams. Teams are each assigned a "Flight" or division to group teams of similar ability and skill to promote healthy competition and development. The lower the Flight number, the higher the level of competition. Back to top

4.    What is the time commitment for the players? All Travel teams practice at least two afternoons or evenings during the week.   In addition to the normal practice schedule, each team will play at least one regular scheduled game during the weekend.  For those teams in MNJYSA, there games will be on Sunday with the exception of U8 who play on Saturdays.  Coaches may also schedule scrimmages for the teams.  These scrimmages may be in addition to or replace a regularly scheduled practice.  Back to top

 5.  What qualifications do coaches have? Many Travel teams are run by volunteer coaches whose child has qualified for that level team or is an experienced coach with no children on that team.   All Club coaches must possess an F License issued by the New Jersey Youth Soccer Association, but all coaches are encouraged to continue their education to obtain higher-level certification.  The MUSC has contracted with Pure Soccer Academy (PSA) to provide training at each practice during the week.  Some teams may opt to hire additional trainers or training sessions in the off season.  All of these trainers are highly certified to coach age-appropriate soccer.   Back to top

6.  How do tryouts work? Tryouts are held in early May of each year to evaluate and rank all players within each particular age group by ability and, where applicable, by position.  Tryouts are divided by those teams that play on small-sided fields (U-08 through U-10) and those teams that play on full-sided fields (U-11 through U-18).   For more information please see the Club Try-Out Information Guide.  Back to top

7.  How are Travel teams formed?  Please refer to the Club Try-Out Information Guide. Back to top

8.  I attended try-outs, when will I be notified?  Notifications are typically sent out within 2 weeks of the last date of try-outs.  Allot depends upon the collection of the rankings and assembling the selection committee and coaches.  For more information please see the Club Try-Out Information Guide.  Back to top 

9.  How much does Travel soccer cost? Fees to play Club soccer are separated into two components: registration fee and team fees. Trainers are paid separately.
  •  Registration fee: fee to cover MUSC expenses, including facilities, equipment, league registration fees, referee fees; $150 for the Season payable once per season.
  •  Team fees: This only applies if each team decides to hire additional professional training, extra tournaments, secondary leagues, summer team training, or indoor gym space for winter training.  Some teams opt to do separate fundraising to reduce the need for extra team fees.  Majority of all the teams to attend a one week team training over the summer that usually costs around $150 per player
  •  NEW PLAYERS, 1st season fee is $250 this includes uniform.  Uniform will consist of the following: 1-Gold Jersey, 1-Navy Jersey, 1- Navy Shorts, 1pr-Gold Socks, 1pr-Navy Socks, Backpack.   
  • Parents will have to pay any additional team fees that might include extra tournaments, extra winter gyms space or extra training.  If there are any question regarding fees for teams, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Back to top 
10.  What can I do if I need financial assistance for my child to play Travel soccer? We never want money to interfere with a child’s ability to enjoy soccer, so we accept applications for financial assistance from any family who wishes to apply.  All applications are kept strictly confidential and are discussed in detail between only MUSC Executive Board. E-mail us for further information. Back to top

11.  Can my child play Travel soccer at the same time as other sports? Absolutely. Many Club soccer players, particularly at the younger ages, play two sports during the same season, including baseball, football or lacrosse. Any players who anticipate scheduling conflicts should make their coach aware of the conflict before the season begins or as soon as possible so that the coach can plan practice or game schedules accordingly. 
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