Q | What is Travel Soccer and what are the benefits?
The Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club (SWSC) travel program is for soccer players who are looking for a more competitive soccer environment than recreational soccer. Boys and girls with a strong drive to develop their soccer abilities and a passion for the game are ready to make the commitment to play travel soccer.
Q | How will my son or daughter be picked for a team?
The SWSC holds tryouts each June and at the end of the summer for boys and girls, usually at the Chaz Dake Memorial Field, Gavin Park, Wilton. We view the tryout as a team placement. Our goal is to place every prospective player on a team with athletes of similar age and ability.
All players are evaluated during these tryouts by the clubs coaches and placed on appropriate teams by the coaching staff. Situations do exist where there are not enough players to create a team. The Club will search the community or other clubs to fill a roster. In the event a team cannot be created, players will be placed on a waiting list until a position becomes available. Please see our club home page for any currently announced tryout dates.
Q | How do I determine the right age group for my child?
Q | How good does a player need to be to play travel soccer?
No soccer experience is necessary. We serve all interested players and families. We will teach the skills necessary to enjoy and succeed in the game of soccer. Most age groups have A and B teams, allowing for appropriate environments based upon age, talent, and motivation. A number of players come to the Club from recreation leagues, and especially at the younger ages some participate in both recreation and Club soccer. Older players often participate with their school teams and the Club simultaneously.
Q | How much time commitment is required?
Travel soccer teams play in the spring CDYSL league, some indoor or futsal leagues during the winter, and participate in tournaments throughout the year but mostly during winter and spring. The schedule varies by team but most play in 1-2 indoor sessions and 2-4 tournaments per season in addition to the CDYSL schedule during spring, depending upon the age group and competitive level of the team.
Practices are from 1½ to 2 hours per session and take place at least twice a week, again depending on age and skill level. Travel players are expected to commit-to all team practices and games.