Travel Team FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Who is eligible to play?The Roxbury Soccer Club fields teams from under-8(U8) to under-14 (U14) for boys and girls. Our tryouts are open, meaning anybody may attend and compete for a spot on a team. No spots are guaranteed from year to year. Existing players as well as new players must compete for a spot on the new roster. Player rosters are selected by tryout. In the Spring, the Roxbury Soccer Club expands to include High School Players (U-15 thru U-19).
What is Travel Soccer?The Roxbury Soccer Club has two divisions for which it is responsible, Recreation and Travel. Recreation affords an opportunity for all Roxbury residents to play soccer regardless of skill level. Travel is a more competitive program and requires a greater commitment to the sport. The travel season runs from September through June of the following year, with a break over the winter months (December – March). The season consists of league play in the Fall season (September thru November) and Spring season (April thru June). Each season of league play consists of 10 games (5 home & 5 away). The travel program requires a commitment for both the Fall and Spring seasons. Teams are formed in specific age groups and compete against teams from other towns. Teams may elect to play in additional competitions that may take place during the season or in the off season months (Labor day, Columbus day, and Memorial day). Sometimes these tournaments sponsored by other towns are in other states and require travel and staying overnight.
Why should I consider Travel SoccerTravel Soccer provides the opportunity for your child to play at a more competitive level. The Roxbury Soccer Club Travel program consists professional training emphasizing the development of both individual and team skills while emphasizing character, athletic skills and good sportsmanship.
Where are Travel Games Played?Majority of the teams within the RSC play in the Morris County Youth Soccer Association (MCYSA). Some play in either Mid Atlantic Premiere Soccer (MAPS) or Jersey Area Girls Soccer (JAGS). Home games are played at Horseshoe Lake or Emmans Road. Away games are played in other towns usually within 30 to 60 minutes from Roxbury.
Why a tryout?The objective of the travel program is to put together the strongest team possible to compete against other towns. Tryouts afford an opportunity for evaluations of all players to determine the strongest players. The top players are invited to play while the others remain eligible to play in recreation.
If my child doesn’t make the team then what?If your child doesn’t make the travel team they are eligible to play in recreation and tryout again the following year.
How many teams / players in age group?Initially there is one team in each gender in each age group. U-8 thru U-10 are small sided teams and while 14 players are allowed by the New Jersey Youth Soccer Association most coaches take between11and 12 players as this is a more optimal number. U-11 thru U-14 are full sided teams and while 18 players are allowed by the New Jersey Youth Soccer Association most coaches take between15 and 16 players as
this is a more optimal number. Second teams can be formed if there are enough players and the Executive board approves the second team.
What kind of financial commitment is required?There are many pieces to the cost of playing travel soccer. Including additional registration fees, uniform costs, the costs of traveling (Gas, Hotels, and Food etc.), training fees, tournament fees, etc. Some of these costs are subsidized by the Roxbury Soccer Club. An initial estimate of per player costs could be about $250.00 for the fall (excluding uniforms), about $200.00 for the winter, and about $250.00 for the spring.
What kind of time commitment is required?Your commitment to the travel team is for one year; commencing August through June of the following year. The fall season is from September through November.Travel teams will generally practice two times during the week and once on Saturday’s with most games on Sundays. Players are generally “off” from Thanksgiving until early January. Teams may practice from January to March indoors. This is discretionary although participation is recommended. If players agree they may also participate in some local indoor one or two day tournaments.
If I am interested what do I do?Information regarding the try-outs is posted on the RSC website. The try-out release for is also posted and should be completed and brought to the appropriate try-out session.
How do I know what age group should my child try out for.The age groups and tryout dates and times are listed on the Roxbury Soccer Club web site. It is important for your child to make their assigned date and time or we can not guarantee place on any team.
How will I know if my child made the team?After the tryout the scores will be tabulated. You will receive a call towards the middle of June after the regular soccer season ends. When you receive the call you will either be informed that your child did not make this year’s team or your child will be invited to play on this year’s team. If invited please be prepared to answer yes or no to the invitation when you receive the phone call. By that time you should know if this is a commitment your child and family are willing to make. Your decision could have an impact on other players also waiting for a call as the spots on the team are limited.