Travel Academy U9 & U10
The 2018-19 soccer year starts with our Fall 2018 season; Winter is January & February; Spring/Summer will start April 2019.
Travel Academy Introduction
Our Travel Academy program is specifically designed for fun yet competitive soccer development for players in the U9 & U10 age brackets. In the Academy, we focus on technical development in a positive and supportive environment. The ‘Travel’ aspect allows players to enjoy the competitive edge that comes from testing their skills against players from other clubs, without committing to the full travel schedule which is appropriate for older players.
Our Travel Academy program requires a high level of commitment from players and their families, including practices twice a week, and travel for games.
Our Travel Academy program is very similar in structure to our Competitive Program for age groups U11 & above. A few of the key differences are:
- Lower fees
- Practices twice per week
- No tryouts/ cuts
- However, the program is most appropriate for athletic children with soccer experience
- We encourage children with limited soccer experience to try Recreational (Rec) soccer first
Over the course of a full soccer year, our Travel Academy teams play games in a variety of opportunities, including:
- Travel tournaments
- Local tournaments
- North Dakota Soccer League
- NW Border League
- North Dakota State Championships
- South Dakota Development League
- 'Friendly' / 'Scrimmage' / 'Jamboree' games with other local clubs
- ‘In-Club’ games
The Fall 2018 season will provide 2 travel tournaments
Travel Academy players practice twice per week, 60-minute sessions.
Practices are Tuesdays & Thursdays; times & locations are to be determined
All players should be given equal playing time from the start of the game to the finish unless there are disciplinary issues to justify a reduction of playing time.
Teams/ Player pools will be determined once registrations are completed and registration numbers & player development levels are assessed.
In some age groups there may be a defined ‘team’ for the season, for other age groups there will be a ‘player pool’, typically with sufficient players to form two teams at tournaments / events. Where possible we will group players by development, to allow players to play competitive games at an appropriate level (upper/ lower brackets).
Winter 18-19: see Winter & Winter Plus page
Spring/Summer 2019: April 15th to July 14th
Fall 2019: August 19th to October 6th
Spring/Summer 2019 Provisional Schedule:
- Monday April 15th Practices start
- April 20th / 21st No soccer (Easter weekend)
- April 27th / 28th Friendly games in Winnipeg
- May 4th / 5th No soccer
- May 11th / 12th Local games
- May 18th / 19th Shakopee Cup (Shakopee, MN)
- May 25th / 26th No soccer (Memorial weekend)
- June 1st / 2nd Local games
- June 8th / 9th RRVU Tournament
- June 15th / 16th No soccer (open weekend)
- June 22nd / 23rd Tri City Tournament
- June 29th / 30th ? free weekend
- July 6th / 7th No soccer (Independence weekend)
- July 12th / 13th Detroit Lakes Rotary Cup
- 2019 Spring/Summer season = $395
- Plus electronic payment processing fee
- Uniform fee for new players is $136 (+tax) to Scheels
- Can be paid via non-refundable deposit & 3 further monthly installments
- No hidden fees
- No fundraising requirement
- Season fee covers 1 travel tournament & 3 local tournaments
- Winter: see Winter & Winter Plus page
Please see our Coaches page for details of Coaches for our competitive program.
See our Uniforms page.
Registration for Spring/Summer 2019 will open in January 2019
New players will need:
- Electronic image/ copy of Birth Certificate
- Photo (electronic image, school photo style)
Travel Academy Philosophy
- Player enjoyment and development are our top priorities
- We will focus on personal development in addition to soccer development. This involves development of character, sportsmanship, leadership and more.
- Player development is more important than team results
- We will not evaluate ourselves on wins or losses. We will evaluate ourselves on player and team development. To do this, we must realize the importance that failure plays in the equation of player and team development. Our goal is to create environments focused on long term growth versus immediate results.
- We will aim to find competitive environments appropriate for players & teams, for example:
- Entering teams in ‘high’/‘lower’ brackets (as appropriate)
- Using NDSA and in-club games for developmental benefit
- Placing more emphasis on competitiveness at tournaments
- Seeking higher/less competitive tournaments (as appropriate)
- We will strive to challenge, motivate, and provide very competitive environments for our most driven players.
- We will strive to challenge, motivate, and provide competitive training environments for our most driven players
- We will provide players with instruction on how to improve & develop outside of practices. Development is in proportion to effort and touches on a ball – players need to practice outside of/in addition to club practices
- RRV United encourages all of its coaches to teach possession based soccer. To do this effectively, coaches teach their players to be comfortable on the ball technically while also introducing age appropriate tactical sessions
Scheels Soccer Complex:
1010 13th Ave W,
West Fargo, ND 58078
PO Box 38,
West Fargo, ND 58078