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Travel Soccer Basics

The travel program is a opportunity to play competitive league soccer for the more committed and skilled soccer player. The travel program takes pride in the growth of club members as athletes,students and responsible young men and woman. We are always looking for new players to join our program. Teams usually play four home games and four away games on Sunday (usually in the afternoon).

  • Fall season: September to mid-November

  • Spring season: April to end of June.

There is also the opportunity to play winter indoor soccer in Scranton.

  • Session 1: November to mid-January

  • Session 2: Mid-January to end of March

For each season, spring, fall and winter we have tryouts that will be posted on the website. Travel teams usually have two practices a week for 90 minutes, except for in the winter there is one practice a week for two hours. Travel teams might also participate in tournaments, depending on the coach.


  • All prospective travel team players must attend the primary team’s tryouts to be considered eligible for an Eastern Pike Soccer Club travel team.

  • Two independent evaluators and the elected coach will be used during the tryout.

  • Evaluations will be based on small-sided matches of 3 vs. 3 or 4 vs. 4 on a small field with no goalkeepers. Each game should last 10 - 15 minutes and teams will switch to a new opponent for the next game. Each player should play up to 4 games. With a larger group, more games may be played.


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Discretionary Picks

For full-sided teams, generally the top 16 players are selected, although up to 18 can be selected.  For small-sided teams, generally the top 12 players are selected, although up to 14 can be selected.  The coach has two discretionary picks available to them. The coach can select a player that fell below the top 16 (full-sided) or top 12 (small-sided) to be on the roster.  If the coach makes use of one or both discretionary picks, then the bottom rated players would have to be dropped.  The travel team director must approve any other discretionary selections.


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Extra Players from Tryouts

If there are players left over from a try-out, additional teams may be formed (with board approval) based on the following priority:

  • An age-appropriate team may be formed if there are at least 11 age appropriate players (small-sided team) or 14 age appropriate players (full-sided team) left over after the first team is selected. No second tryout is necessary.

  • A divisional team may be formed if the number of players left over after the first team is selected cannot be met for an age-appropriate team. A second tryout would be conducted.


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Playing Up

A younger player may play up one age group but must finish in the top 50% of the final roster of the “A” team to be eligible to play for the older team. Players who are not of the appropriate age, but are grade appropriate, do not have to finish in the top 50%, but are considered “age appropriate” for the purposes of the tryout.


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Notification of Players

The players will be notified that they made or did not make the travel team within 2 weeks after the tryouts. When contacted by the coach the player should be prepared to answer yes or no to the offer to play. By that time you should know if this is a commitment your child and family are willing to make. Your decision could have impact on other players also waiting for a call as the spots on the team are limited. Players that refuse to play for their age-appropriate team, unless they are grade appropriate for the older team, cannot choose to play on another Eastern Pike Soccer Travel Team.


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Coaches Selection

The Eastern Pike Soccer board will approve all coaches. Coaches need to submit application in writing to the travel director by the 1st of May each year. An approved coaches term shall be one year, commencing with their selection. Three tryout dates will be set by the Travel Director, and all selected coaches need to attend.


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Team Registration

Registration will be done by the Travel Director. Paperwork will done in a training session after try-outs, fee’s will be collected, and I.D. photographs taken. All uniform orders will also be taken at that time. The Team Manager must attend to provide assistance in these matters. After this session, team coaches will be responsible for the collection of fees, I.D. photographs and other paperwork that has not been collected, and must submit it to the Travel Director by a specific date.


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Team Meeting

Soon after your team is established, it is recommended that coaches hold a meeting with the parents of players. This will be your opportunity to introduce yourself and to divide the responsibilities of the team between all of the parents. Topics to be discussed during the meeting include:

  • Team name (optional to let the players decide).

  • Roster: distribute a list of the player's names, their parent's names and contact information.

  • Team Philosophy: Playing time.

  • Conflicts with other activities.

  • Positioning.

  • Team Management: your role and the role of parent volunteers to help manage the team.

  • Practice schedule and expectations.

  • Health and safety - Always remember that your first responsibility is for the health and safety of our players. This trumps all other considerations.


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Game Day Checklist

Be sure the items on your checklist are on hand and ready to go including:

  • Player cards.

  • Two copies of roster, one for the Referee and one for the other coach.

  • Corner flags (home game).

  • Game ball.

  • Referee fee (Referee(s) must be paid in full prior to the beginning of each game. The referee and assistant referee fee(s) will be equally divided between both teams).

  • First aid kit and ice packs.


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Preparing for Gameday

At the beginning of the season, you will receive an e-mail to your team web page and schedule. Please put in your teams information. For home games you will receive a call from the referee to confirm the game and time.


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Tips for the Coach

  • Communication - Regular communication with players, parents will take you a long way. E-mail the practice and game schedule on a weekly basis. Speak with parents as often as is reasonably possible.

  • Be positive - Set the tone. Always be positive. Don’t criticize players. Compliment them on what they did well, and demonstrate how they can work to improve their game. Be a role model by working cooperatively with referees, administrators, other coaches and spectators.

  • Look like a coach - Dress the part and you immediately instill confidence in your players and parents.

  • Maintain a proper perspective - This is a competitive sport but winning should not override player development. Let the players experience different positions on the field.

  • Give all players fair playing time - Treat all players equally. Try to treat your own child equally; avoid favoring them, and don’t punish them by being harder on them than any other player.

  • Have fun - If your players see you enjoy the game, they will enjoy it as well.


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