Q: At what age may my child begin participating?A: Eligibility for any age group is your players birth year. Our youngest age group is U6 (4-5 year olds).
Q: If my child trys out for Travel and doesn't make a team, do I need to register for in-house rec?A: Yes! We ask that every player to register for in-house after notifications have been sent.
Q: How long is the season?A: In house age groups begin practices as early as August and the season ends at the beginning of November. Travel age groups start in late July to early August and continue playing until mid-November. Q: What equipment is needed to participate?A: All players must wear shin guards. Players should also have their own ball and something to drink at each practice or game. Soccer shoes (cleats) are highly recommended but not required. Q: Can my child play with jewelry? A: Rules forbid hard jewelry of any type. This covers, but is not limited to: necklaces, rings, armbands, and watches.
Q: What size ball should my child be using?A: U6 uses size #3; U8, U9, U10, U11 and U12 all use size #4; U13 and U14 uses a size #5 ball.
Q: When will I hear about team rosters, practice dates and times?A: For in-house age groups, due to the typical large number of late registrations, you will hear from coaches in August. In-house game schedules should be released in early September. For travel players, evaluations take place in May and can expand into early June. Evaluation dates will be posted once they are finalized and should be listed on this website by early-May. After the evaluations, it will take a week or so to finalize travel teams and get word out to the participants.
Q: What equipment is provided by the program?A: All in-house age groups receive a uniform which consists of shirt; shorts and socks. Players keep this equipment at the end of the season.
Q: Where will practices/games take place?A: In-House U6 and U8 games/practices will take place at Mays Chapel Elementary School. In-House U10, U12 and U1 games/practices will take place at Warren Elementary School, Warren Place Park, Cockeysville Middle School, Pot Spring Elementary School, County Home Park or Dulaney Springs Park.
Q: What days does my son have soccer?A: In-house: Practices take place on 1 weeknight and that day is selected by the head coach and will be on Monday's, Tuesday's, Wednesday's or Thursday's. Games will be held on Saturday's. Travel: Travel teams usually practice two weeknights and play games on Saturday afternoons or Sunday's.
Q: What time does soccer begin and how long is each session?A: In-house sessions are between 60-90 minutes duration. Saturday morning games start between 9:00am and 12pm with younger age groups starting at the earlier times.
Q: Is there any other advice for parents and players?A: All parents, coaches and participants should be mindful of the parental code of conduct signed at registration and the general rules of fair sportsmanship. As players (and their parents) climb the ladder of competitive soccer, please be sure to keep ambitions in line with spirit of the game.
Q: What's the difference between Travel and In-house?A: Travel teams are chosen based on player's ability whereas in-house teams are more balanced, so that there is team parity in a given league. Travel players will be paired with other similarly talented players and play against comparable travel teams. Travel is generally geared towards more competitive play, although there are travel teams at all levels and we attempt to place travel teams in appropriately competitive leagues. Travel teams typically play half their games AWAY, meaning we travel to other fields, usually within an hours drive of Cockeysville. Travel teams play games only on weekends and may participate in multiple tournaments each season. In-house games take place on Saturday mornings. Additional fees apply for travel participants.
Q: What time does soccer begin and how long is each session?A: Travel team weekday practices last about 90 minutes. Weekend practices or scrimmages may be scheduled at the coaches' discretion, however games are scheduling by the leagues we play in. CMSA (Central MD Soccer Association) games generally start between noon and 4:00pm.