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TRAVEL - COMPETITIVE PROGRAM

Q. What is travel soccer?

A. Travel soccer means that we do not play all of our games in Kendall Hammocks. Our regular season is generally made up of 12 to 14 games. Normally, half of those games are played at home and half are played away. This would mean that if we had to play away, we would have to travel to that city for the game.

Q. How far do we have to travel to play an away game?

A. That would depend on which cities have teams in your respective age group. The farthest you would have to travel could range from the Keys to Port St. Lucie to Fort Myers. Most long distance games will allow time to travel to and from at a reasonable hour.

Q. Does this mean that I have to travel to those places during the week?

A. No. 99% of your travel games will take place on the weekends.

Q. Are all games as far away as Ft. Myers?

A. No. Most teams are in the Dade/Broward county area. Some examples are:         
Coral Springs, Davie, Hollywood, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Margate, Miramar, Plantation, Sunrise, Weston, & West Pines. Some examples of teams in Miami-Dade County are: Keys, Miami Beach , Miami Lakes, & South Kendall.
In Palm Beach County, there are teams from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Jupiter,& Wellington.

Q. Do we travel to all of these places?

A. Keep in mind that approximately half of our travel games are at home. This could mean that those long distance teams might travel here and we may have to travel to
 Davie or Hollywood instead of Naples or Homestead. You may not even have a long distance team in your age group.

Q. Are you saying we don't have to travel all that way?

A. No. If you have a game that is a long distance, then you still need to travel to that
game to play. If the team forfeits, it suffers a stiff fine. However, keep in mind that approximately half of the games are home and approximately half are traveling games. The league schedulers will determine where you travel.

Q. Isn't the schedule made by Kendall Hammocks Optimist?

A. No, the Optimist Club has no control over the schedule. The leagues we are affiliated with create the schedules.

Q. What leagues do we belong to?

A. Our teams play in the South Florida United (SFU)and(DYS) league. Our girl's teams play in the Florida United Girls Soccer Association (FLUGSA). ALL leagues have their own rules, but they generally follow the guidelines set forth by the Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA). The guidelines are carried down from the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), which has made its modifications from the world governing body Federation of International Futbol Association , (FIFA).

Q. Will my child be playing against other kids his/her age and of the same caliber of play?

A. Our travel program is  a Division  II IIIor B C program because we do not have the facilities to play soccer all year round. What this means is that the leagues we play in are made up of two or three divisions and those we generally play in the second or B division. As far as the ages are concerned, FYSA has mandated that if a child is too old for an age division, he/she must play in their appropriate age level. Basically, all age divisions are made up for children that are under the respective age as of August 1 st . A 10-year-old boy cannot play in a 9 year old division unless he turns 10 after August 1 st . Some of our teams may be made up of younger children playing in an older age division, but certainly not an older child playing down an age division.

Q. When does the travel season begin and end?

A. There is actually more than one travel season. The older (high school age) teams' play in an early season, which begins in August and ends at the beginning of November. The regular travel season, which most of our teams play, begins in November and plays through February. League Playoffs are the weekend following the end of the season. The Regional tournaments, which both early and regular season teams participate in, run through the end of March. Many teams remain together and continue to play in tournaments through the Memorial Day weekend.

Q. Will I be able to play other sports during that time?

A. Travel soccer is a commitment. We expect that players who tryout attend all practices, games, etc. However, seasons will overlap. If you think you will be playing another sport during the soccer seasons, please make this known to the head coach during travel soccer tryouts. If you are playing in a sport prior to the soccer season, we expect that you would attend all of those practices, games, playoffs, etc. just as we would expect you to fulfill your commitment at the end of the soccer season before moving on. It is against the Kendall Hammocks Optimist Club's rules to play two sports at the same time. However, we do recognize overlaps in the travel sports seasons. Please check with the soccer commissioner, if you feel there could be a problem in your child's participation. It would be unfair for the players of a sport, to be put in difficult situations because of another player being over-extended. This works both ways.

Q. Does this mean I cannot play or sign up for another Optimist sport during the travel soccer season?

A. No. It means that you cannot play or sign up for another Optimist sport that runs concurrent with the travel soccer season. If you are currently signed up for cheerleading, then you need to complete you commitment for cheerleading, before you are obligated to complete you soccer commitments. If you want to play softball after travel soccer, we expect you to finish soccer before you start softball. We recognize the overlaps and will try not to interfere with the other sports. Please let your coach know that there may be a problem in scheduling. We may be able to work it out.

Q. How much does it cost for travel soccer?

A. The cost for the 2008-2009 season is $300.00

Q. What do I get for my money?

A. Each player will receive Three complete sets of uniforms (shirt, short, and socks), a practice shirt,soccer ball and a bag (sports bag or backpack style).  All referee fees, team fees, and league fees are NOT included in the registration fee.

Q. Are there any other hidden fees such as fundraising, training fees, monthly dues, etc.?

A. No other money is required to play the single travel, early or regular, season is required. Many teams do however optionally play in pay to enter league sanctioned tournaments.

Q. What about sponsorships and fundraising?

A. Sponsorships and fundraising events for teams is encouraged but not required. If your team collects sponsorship or fund raises money, it must be turned into the Optimist Club but will stay with your team. A financial record is kept for each team's money. Your team can use this money for tournaments, celebrations, etc. If you team collects no money, then obviously, you will have no extra money to spend.

Q. What else would we spend money on?

A. Optional tournament fees run anywhere from $300 to $750. This depends on the tournament your team elects to enter. There are also other costs that can be deferred from your sponsorship account, like passes, transportation, and room and board for a weekend tournament in Disney World. There are many tournaments that a team can participate in. Collecting money can make some tournaments very affordable.

Q. When will I know if my child made the team?

A. If a coach does not approach you at or shortly after the tryouts about making a team, then you should contact the soccer commissioner and inquire. Chances are that the coach has either lost your information or has not decided yet. Coaches should contact you even if your child is not selected for his/her team.

Q. How do I tell my child if they did not make the team?

A. If your child does not make the team, it doesn't mean that he/she is a bad player or person. Most of the time the coach has a certain direction he/she wants to take his/her team. Sometimes this decision is made by a group of coaches. The team may already have a player in the position you feel your child should play at or they feel that their mix of players is just not right. No matter what the decision, you should always positively reinforce and encourage your child's development. Not being selected for a travel soccer team is not the end of the world. There are other coaches, other tryouts, and other programs.

Q. What is the real difference between travel and recreational soccer?

A. Soccer is a game. Travel players tend to play this game for both recreation and competition. Most travel soccer players have a burning desire to be competitive. Winning or losing games are really not the issue. It is the desire for competition and being competitive that fuels most travel players. Recreational players tend to play soccer for the enjoyment of playing sports and being with friends. It tends to be more of a social event rather than a competitive event. This is not to say that recreational soccer players do not get competitive or that travel soccer players do not play for fun. Soccer is a game and everyone plays games differently.

Q. How can you become a Travel Soccer Coach ?

A. We sure could use you help. If you have that love for the game and desire to coach, or help someone else coach, contact one of our soccer directors.