Travel Academy U9 & U10

The 2018-19 soccer year starts with our Fall 2018 season; Winter will offer two options to suit level of commitment; Spring/Summer will start April 2019.

Age Groups

For the 2018-19 season, players born in 2009 & 2010 are eligible for our Travel Academy program.

Players born 2011 and younger are eligible for both our Academy Program and our Rec program

Spring/Players born in 2008 or before have the option to tryout for our Competitive Program

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

Games

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

Practices

Travel Academy players practice twice per week, 60-minute sessions.

Practices are Tuesdays & Thursdays; times & locations are to be determined

 

Playing Time

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.

Team Formation

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).

Season Dates

Fall 2018: August 20th to October 7th

Winter: see Winter & Winter Plus page

Spring/Summer 2019: April 15th to June 30th

 

Fall 2018 Season Dates

Monday August 20th - Practices start

Thursday August 30th - In Club games

Monday September 3rd - no practices, Labor Day

Sat 15th &  Sun 16th September - Travel Tournament to either:

SDSSA Target Cup, Mitchell, SD

PL Fall Finisher, Prior Lake, MN

Sunday September 30th - In Club games (afternoon)

Sat 6th & Sun 7th October - NSC Fall Cup, Blaine, MN

Fees

  • Fall season - $325
    • Plus electronic payment processing fee
    • Uniform fee for new players is $136 (+tax) to Scheels
  • Can be paid via non-refundable deposit & 2 further monthly installments
  • No hidden fees
  • No fundraising requirement
  • Season fee covers 2 travel tournaments
  • The total season fee of $325 compromises:
    • $175 club fees. This covers ongoing club costs, including:
      • Staff salaries: Coaches, Director of Training & Development, Executive Director, Club Administrator
      • Other costs: Fields, referees, player cards, events, insurance, website etc.
    • $150 for 2 travel tournaments ($75 per tournament)

 

  • Winter: see Winter & Winter Plus page

 

  • Spring/Summer 2019: to be announced January 2019

Coaches

Please see our Coaches page for details of Coaches for our competitive program.

Uniforms

See our Uniforms page.

Registration

Registration for Spring/Summer 2019 will open in January 2019

 

New players will need:

  • Payment
  • 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

Mailing address:

PO Box 38,

West Fargo, ND 58078

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