Frequently Asked Questions
All of your travel soccer questions answered.
Coaches generally contact the parents within two weeks of tryouts. If selected, the parents will also be contacted by the team manager regarding details about the initial team meeting and the necessary requirements needed for registration.
If the other sport prevents attendance at travel soccer practices or weekend games, your child should not agree to play travel soccer.
The initials you may be seeing and hearing reference the leagues and associations Winchester United belongs to.
WYSC – Winchester Youth Soccer Club
ODSL – Old Dominion Soccer League
NCSL – National Capital Soccer League
VYSA – Virginia youth Soccer Association
The commitment expected for travel soccer is very different from recreational soccer.
Expectations for this elite team of players is very high. Practices are ninety minutes, 2 days per week and it is expected that your player attends all practices all weeks.
Off season practices may be scheduled and players are expected to work on their soccer skills (footwork drills or juggling) at home in addition to practice.
When your player is selected for a Winchester United team, it is a one-year commitment for both the Fall and Spring seasons. Tryouts for the following year are generally held in May.
Unlike in recreational leagues where playtime is evenly distributed, Winchester United travel soccer offers no guarantee of playing time. Your player’s attendance and performance in practices and games determines playing time.
There are generally 8 games each season beginning in March/ April and August/ September. Four of these games are home (primarily at Sherando) and four are away. Away games are generally a 40– 120 minute drive. Game schedules are announced about a week prior to the beginning of each season and can be either Saturday or Sunday. Most are on Sundays and are anywhere from 9 AM to 6 PM.
Most Winchester United travel teams commit to 1-3 tournaments each season and these may be over a holiday weekend. Tournaments may be local or may be out of town and require an overnight hotel stay.
Playing with and against higher skilled players, your child will quickly show advancements in soccer and strategy skills. A player’s game will improve tremendously.
The fees for each individual season can be expected to be around $600 and are generally collected in 3 installments due on the 25th of June, July and Aug for the Fall season and Jan, Feb, March for the Spring season.
Fees are inclusive of all local, regional and state league fees, training, and field development fees. Included in the seasonal fees are activity and/or tournament costs and equipment.
New players will be responsible for purchasing a team uniform that costs approximately $105. This will be in addition to the seasonal fees.
The initial transition from recreational leagues to travel soccer is tough on both the players and the parents. Many parents express “adjustment shock” because their child may have been one of the top players of their recreational teams. They now will have teammates who ALL have superior abilities and adjusting to being somewhat “average” is very humbling for both players and their parents.
Please prepare your player in advance with positive encouragement so they come prepared with realistic expectations of the level of play.
For many players, the first few weeks and the first few games are very overwhelming in an elite travel soccer environment. Play is very fast and skill levels of both teammates and opposing players are so much higher than ever before experienced.