About the Travel Program
The Cecil Soccer Club Travel Program fields teams for players age Under-9 through Under-19. This program is for more advanced players who are willing to work to improve their skills and play at a higher level. Teams compete with travel teams from other clubs in our area. The teams also represent Cecil Soccer at tournaments and in the State Cup.
Tryouts are held at the end of the spring season for teams playing the following fall. Coaches for newly forming teams will be chosen around April 1 of the present year. Specific tryout dates and times will be made available around May 1. For more information about playing or coaching contact Ed Valladares, Cecil Soccer Club Chairman.
Common Questions About Rep Soccer
1. How much do teams travel?
About half of the games are at the Chesland Soccer Complex off of Elk Forest Rd. in Elkton. Our teams play in the Mid-Atlantic Soccer League, Philadelphia Area Girls Soccer League (PAGS), Delanco or the Harford County Soccer League (teams from Fallston, Bel Air, Jarretsville, White Marsh, Baltimore, etc.): so, away games are usually nearby.
2. What is the time commitment?
Most teams practice twice a week for 90 minutes to two hours depending on the age. While there is a time commitment for practice, games fundraisers it is generally less than most parents expect. The travel time for away games is usually less than an hour. Games are on Sundays so they don’t interfere with brothers or sisters playing in the recreational Program on Saturdays. Our parents are a close-knit group, always willing to help get a player to a practice or game.
3. Won’t a player develop just as much playing in-house soccer?
Travel teams have practices conducted by more experienced coaches that are required to have a coaching license. Some teams will use professional trainers and Cecil Soccer League will hosting goal keeper training sessions starting in the Spring 2012. On the other side, each year many of the best players leave Recreational Program to play Travel Soccer. The combination of better training and better competition results in travel players developing at a much faster pace. By the time players reach high school the difference between travel players and recreational players is amazing.
4. How much does it cost?
To help support the Program, the Travel Teams host the Chesapeake Cup Tournament each Spring and the Fall Blast just before Thanksgiving. Costs are dependent on team fundraisers, the number of tournaments a team attends and sponsors. Typical costs are between $75 and $150, to get exact costs for a particular teams contact the team coach or manager.
5. How do I get information about a particular team?
Team contact information can be found here.
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