The boys have two options if they want to continue to play soccer with the Wildcats in the fall (and we hope they do!):
- The boys can try out for one of our three existing 2007 Travel teams, or
- The boys can continue to play Intramural soccer, which we call “Senior Intramurals”, yet the teams actually play against other local towns in an informal “inter-town” league.
1. The Travel Soccer Option:
You may have heard that there are Travel Tryouts this week and next for players born in 2008 since we are forming those Fall U10 travel teams for the first time. 2007 boys are not appropriate for these tryouts, but since there are so many 2007 players in Intramurals this season, we also want to offer the boys the opportunity to join a structured tryout for a travel team as well. Since our three existing 2007 teams all need to expand their rosters to accommodate the shift from 7v7 to 9v9 in the fall when they move to U11, the timing is opportune for the current U10 Intramural players to tryout if they decide that Travel Soccer is in their interest. For brevity’s sake, I won’t explain the Travel Soccer experience here, but the commitment of both time and money is more significant. Players are grouped based on their level of development, and the teams play in a division appropriate for their level (we have a Champions Division team, a Division 3 team, and a Division 4 team).
We will host a tryout for 2007 players on Tuesday, June 13th from 5-6:30pm. There are a limited number of spots available, so not everyone is guaranteed placement on a team, but we’d love to have a nice turnout. If you would like to know more, please email myself or Kieran Griffin to discuss your options. And please write me to let me know if your son plans to try out.
2. Senior Intramurals / Inter-Town:
There are no tryouts required for Senior Intramurals. The experience is similar to U10 Intramurals in terms of commitment and cost, except that the teams actually play against other towns on either Saturdays or Sundays and the game start times vary. Players still have the option of paying a bit extra to train with SUSA during the week, and the teams tend to practice 1-2x per week. Registration for the Fall season will open in the coming weeks, and you can register as you would normally. Please note, however, that these teams fill *very* fast, and we inevitably have to turn players away who register late. We turned away 11 boys and girls last season, unfortunately, because the teams were maxed at 18 and we just couldn’t take any more without the deteriorating the experience for all. So, you must act very quickly once registration opens if this is your chosen option. It is not like Intramurals where we just continue to expand to accommodate all.
Hopefully this is helpful. Please note that the options aren’t mutually exclusive — by this I mean that if a boy would prefer the Travel option, he can try out. If he doesn’t get a spot, he can always register for the Senior Intramural option.
If you have questions or would like to discuss your son’s situation, I’d be happy to talk. You can also reach out to Kieran Griffin, our Travel Commissioner, to discuss the options.