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STM Soccer Club

Travel

The St. Thomas More Soccer Club has a travel soccer program for boys and girls ranging in age from 8 to 18.  Travel soccer focuses on player development, with our teams playing at the highest level of competition appropriate for each team.  Additionally, St. Thomas More Soccer Club encourages participation in tournaments and indoor soccer to provide opportunities for enhanced competition.

The majority of our travel teams play in leagues comprised of teams in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Monroe, and Bucks counties.  Prior to ninth grade, the STM Travel teams participate in both fall and spring seasons.  Typically, players are selected for travel soccer via try-outs held in April, May or June of each year.

Traditionally, STMSC has fielded boys and girls travel teams in most age groups. We expect to field teams as follows, though not all age groups may have teams, depending on the number of players who register for a particular program:

Travel teams are managed by individuals with qualifications substantiated by NSCAA and USSF coaching education courses required by Club and travel league standards.  Also, St. Thomas More Soccer Club encourages use of coaching staff from our local high schools and colleges to elevate the level of training for our players.  A portion of the registration fees paid to the Club is allocated for training and tournaments.

Players on travel teams from U9 to U15 (pre-high school) will be expected to participate in the travel program both during the fall soccer season as well as the spring soccer season.  Re-registration for the spring season is not required, as the registration fees for the travel program paid in the fall include the fees required for the spring programs. 

The determination as to which soccer league or division a particular travel team will play in is not dictated by the St. Thomas More Soccer Club but is left to the discretion of the particular coach and the Travel Program Coordinator, based on the coaches assessment of level of competitiveness of the different leagues, the travel distance to games, and possibly, but not necessarily, parental input.

Besides league play, most travel coaches typically opt to enroll their teams in a number of weekend soccer tournaments throughout the fall and spring seasons.  The decision as to which tournaments a team plays in, and the number of tournaments, is also left to the discretion of the travel coach.  In addition, some coaches may also wish to field an indoor soccer team during the winter months.  While players are encouraged to participate, participation in winter indoor soccer is not required by the club.

The St. Thomas More Soccer Club allocates a certain amount of funds that the coach can use toward the cost of tournaments, trainers, and indoor soccer leagues.  Depending on the coach, it is possible that the costs will exceed the amounts allocated to a team.  In this situation, the additional costs are generally passed on to the players’ parents.  In some cases, a team may choose to institute a fundraiser in order to defray these extra costs.
It is the Club’s position, however, that the inability to pay for a team’s fees should not be a reason for a player not to participate on an STM team.  In some cases where a family does not feel that they can afford to pay the costs associated with membership on a team, parents can privately request financial assistance from the soccer program. 

 

Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Age Group Chart