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NSC TRAVEL LEAGUE

TEAMS

In the Norwin Soccer Club Travel League, children are placed on teams that compete against other teams of the same age group and skill level from other local soccer clubs in the PA West Soccer Association.  Norwin organizes both boys and girls teams for children U9 age through U19 age group.  U9 through U14 teams are formed for one year and  play games in the fall and spring seasons.

Following the PA West rules, U15 through U19 age teams only play games in the spring.  Registration for U15 to U19 travel teams will open in January and, if needed, tryouts will be held in an indoor facility in February.

The travel league games are scheduled for Fall, to begin no earlier than noon.  PA West will assign the number of games, which can range from 6-8 games per season.

Travel teams practice one or two evenings a week at Turner Valley. Practices are usually an hour and a half long.

JOINING A TRAVEL TEAM
Registration for evaluations is free but mandatory.  All players must register for evaluations through the NSC website.  Evaluations for players entering the U9 through U14 age groups are announced during the spring season and are held mid May (for the upcoming Fall/Spring playing season). Children entering the U8 age group are invited to tryout for the U9 travel team.  U8 players will ONLY be considered for a U9 travel team if players are needed to fill out the U9 roster.  

Registration for the U15 to U19 age groups will open in January. Evaluations will occur only if there are too many players in one particular age group.  If needed, the evaluations will be held in an indoor facility in February.

Evaluations are conducted by experienced youth soccer coaches and involve activities such as small-sided games/full field games, skills demonstration and physical fitness. The requirement to participate in tryouts applies to players already on travel teams, as well as to new players.  Using evaluation scores and input from coaches, travel teams are formed to create the opportunity for children to play at a level appropriate for their abilities skills. To accomplish this, teams are formed at multiple levels of competition available through the PA West leagues ranging from Division 4 (most competitive) through Division 6 (least competitive). The final number of teams depends on the number of players and the skill of the pool of players.

Due to the limits of roster size and the competitive nature of the Travel League, some of the players who attend evaluations may not be placed on a travel team.

Before the start of each season, NSC reassesses the composition of travel teams at each age level. It is common for children to be assigned to different teams and for teams to switch divisions, depending on their skill level. These trends are natural outcomes of children developing soccer skills at different rates and roster sizes growing in older age divisions. Children may play on a team with the same children from year to year, as the players age-up through the travel league. However, keeping children together from year to year is not the primary consideration guiding team formation.

Once evaluations are over and assignments to teams are completed (early-summer), NSC will invite players to join a travel team and to register through the Norwin Soccer Club website for the upcoming Fall/Spring playing season.  

 

COACHING A TRAVEL TEAM
Travel coaches are volunteers who are interested in soccer and in coaching at a more competitive level. Norwin requires (and will pay for) coaches to obtain an E Certificate License or higher coaching license that is taught by instructors certified by the US Youth Soccer Association. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that coaches have the teaching skills to be able to teach players the game of soccer. Coaches, including those who have played soccer in high school, college or beyond, will also benefit from taking coach courses / clinics.

For a calendar of coaching courses and a list of coaching resources, please check the PA-West web site.

All coaches must obtain background clearance once every 2 years. Click HERE for a link to the PA West Risk Management clearance site.


TRAVEL LEAGUE FEE
The current fee for the travel program is $255/player plus $45 volunteer fee.  Included in that fee will be two jerseys, a pair of shorts and a pair of socks. 

Please contact the travel coordinator, Rick Zappone, at [email protected] with any questions.

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