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Travel Soccer FAQ

Travel soccer is the next level of soccer above the MASA Inhouse program. Teams are comprised of players from a single community/school district and play teams from other communities/school districts. Players are required to try out for the team. Teams practice twice per week and play games on Sundays between 12pm and 5pm. Teams play 4 away games that are typically less than 30 minutes but can be up to 2 1/2 hours away. The registration fee is the same as the Inhouse program, but players are required to purchase a team uniform as well (Note that more information on new uniforms for Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 will be coming soon).


Q1: What age groups are eligible for travel soccer in the 2020-2021 season?
A: Players born before 12/31/2012.

Q2: How does travel soccer differ from in house?
A: Travel is generally more competitive and requires a higher level of skill and more practice time.
Q3: Do players need to be invited to try out?
A: No. Tryouts are open for all MASA players.
Q4: What will players do at the tryouts?
A: Players will perform drills in three skill areas: dribbling, passing, and shooting. Then they will have the opportunity to play small sided games in a variety of field positions that will be observed by our evaluators.
Q5: How will players be evaluated at tryouts?
A: 3-5+ evaluators will rate the players in four categories: 1. Dribbling. 2. Passing. 3. Shooting. 4. Game play (worth 2X). A semi-quantitative score is assigned to each player for all four categories and any supporting comments are recorded on the tryout sheets. The tryout sheets are collected at the end of tryout by the travel coordinator, scanned and sent to MASA's Executive Board for review (not available to parents). The evaluator scores are subsequently transcribed to a spreadsheet, averaged, tallied and sorted in descending order by the Travel Coordinator. The tryout spreadsheet is then sent to the MASA Executive Board for review. 

Goalkeepers will be evaluated for 1) shot stopping technique, 2) goal/box positioning, 3) kicking and 4) Game Play 

Note: Evaluators are selected based on past playing and coaching experience.

Q6: How are Head Coaches assigned to a Travel Team?
A. Head Coaches are assigned to a travel team by the Travel Coordinator and MASA Executive Board. The head coach will be selected based on: 1) Availability - Two practices per week plus games over a 10 week period (Both Fall and Spring), 2) Demonstrated commitment to MASA organization and values 3) Coaching experience, methods and temperament. 

The assigned Head Coach reviews the team roster and notifies in writing to the MASA's Executive Board of any proposed changes (must include basis/rationale) prior to notifying any players. MASA's Executive Board will review any proposed changes to the roster and provide a written response to the Head Coach. The Head Coach will subsequently contact players who attended the tryout as to whether the player made the travel team.

Q7: Will parents be evaluating their own child?
A: No. Parents may be at tryouts to help run drills, but no parents may evaluate the age group in which their child participates.
Q8: Will players be cut?
A: Unfortunately, that is a possibility. It is MASA's goal to include as many players in the travel program as possible. However, there are limits on roster sizes (see answer below).
Q9: If players are cut, does that mean they are done playing soccer? 
A: No. MASA frequently has in house programs available to players in the U13 and above age group. It is our goal to provide every child an opportunity to play and have fun.
Q10: Can I see my child's scores from tryouts?
A. No. These scores are kept private and only seen by MASA board members.
Q11: Will all age groups have a team?
A: Not necessarily. To field a team, there must be enough interested players and qualified coaches.
Q12: Can there be more than one team per age group?
A: Yes, as long as the following criteria are met: 1. Enough players trying out to form two teams. 2. Qualified coaches for both teams.
Q13: If there are two teams in one age group, how will those teams be separated?
A: Two teams will be created based on the player scores at tryouts. Teams will practice on the same nights (if possible) and play in different divisions. Note that travel Division 4 (See PA West Division 4) is the most competitive soccer followed by Division 5 and Division 6 (PA West Division 5 & 6). 
Q14: If my child makes the travel team, does that mean he/she will be on the team every year?
A: No. There are new tryouts every year, usually near the end of May.
Q15: If my child makes the team, what will the time commitment be?
A: It is a two-season commitment (fall and spring). Most teams practice twice a week. All games are on Sunday.
Q16: When will travel play games?
A: Sundays. Make up games may be played during the week and on Saturdays, however.
Q17: How far will we have to travel for games?
A: The will vary greatly depending on division, age group, and luck of the draw. Games could be as close as Montour or South Fayette and as far as Fairmont, WV or Altoona. However, most games are in the Pittsburgh area.
Q18: Can my child try out for an older age group and "play up"?
A: No. Teams will be created strictly according to birth year. The only exception to this would be if cut players could be used to help an older group field a team. Otherwise, players will play according to birth year.
Q19: Is there an extra fee for playing travel? 
A: No. There is one fee for both in house and travel players. However, travel players do have to pay for uniforms.
Q20: Can players play both in house and travel?
A: Yes and with no extra costs. In fact, MASA encourages players to play both. You will need a token from the registrar to get the discount.
Q21: Can players play both travel and club/cup?
A: Yes.

Q22: Is there a U9 Travel Team?
A: There is U9 Travel Introduction training for players who are interested in playing U10 travel soccer. The U9 Travel Introduction includes an additional training session per week during the soccer season . The training is run MASA coaches with support from soccer club staff . There is a nominal additional cost per player that is paid during registration.  The primary focus is training, station style training and a specific theme for every session. 

Eligible age range for U9 Fall 2021/Spring 2022 tryouts:  1/1/2013 - 12/31/2013.

Q23: Is there Goalkeeper Training?

MASA Academy Goalie Training has a program . The training is currently for older players U9+ and runs at the same time/location as the field player training described above. A additional fee is charged during registration for the goal keeper training. The program is developed specifically for travel players interested in becoming a goalkeeper. Travel goal keepers should attend this training.      

Q24: What are the maximum roster sizes for travel teams?
A: U10 is 12 players;
U11/U12 is 16 players;
U13+ is 18 players.

Q25: Can Travel Teams play in the Classic Leagues (Divisions 1 - 3)?
Travel teams can play in Divisions 1-3 however players cannot play in both Divisions 1-3 (Club) and Divisions 4-6 (Travel). Travel teams do not have to win Division 4 to play in Divisions 1-3 (previously limited to classic teams). Club players cannot play for travel teams in Division 1-3. Coaches need to have advanced coaching licenses.

This option may be taken by more advanced teams that have played in Division 4 and wish to continue playing at a higher level, keeping a team together under MASA and paying a much lower overall cost.

Q26: Can Travel Teams play in leagues outside of PAWest or just Tournaments?
Registered teams have to play in a PAWest OR PAWest affiliated league such as the Greater Lakes Associations (GLA). PAWest Spring season opens at the beginning of late September/ beginning of October to enable Middle and High School players to play in Winter and Spring tournaments (using Spring Player Cards). However, the team must play in the Spring league to be eligible. PAWest does not permit tournament teams only. PAWest can provide Travel permits to registered teams.

Q27: Do Travel Teams have to play a minimum of one (1) tournament per year?
A. Yes. MASA expects each travel team to play one (1) tournament per year. For a list of local tournaments see link below.

Note that MASA provides a 50% subsidy for Travel teams to attend one (1) PAWest sanctioned Tournament per year. For example, a travel team may attend Plum in the Fall season or Edinboro in the Spring season.  A Travel team may attend multiple tournaments in a year however, MASA will only subsidized one (1) PAWest tournament.   

Q28: Do i have to Purchase Travel Team Uniforms from
A. Yes. MASA expects each travel team to wear the same soccer kits. MASA Travel Soccer team kits are available at Select your team and child's first name last initial and then click on the button "Get Uniform Package". Shirts and Shorts with assigned player numbers are pre-loaded into by the registrar. 

The Travel soccer uniforms are standardized across all of MASA for 2019 to the end of spring 2021. In fall of 2021, there will be new uniforms selected, and those will be valid through the spring of 2022

Q29: What if I have a question that is not answered here?
A: Email Nate Muhanna or Geoff Hatton with any other questions. 

Also Click Here to read PAWest Rules

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