Travel Program FAQs

Warrington Soccer Club Travel Program FAQs

When evaluating a soccer club and its travel program, it is common to have questions. Below is a list of the questions other parents have asked us in the past. If you have additional questions, we would be happy to speak with you via phone (215-343-7470) or email (travel@warringtonsoccerpa.org).

 

Q. How do you register for travel tryouts and is there a fee involved?
A. All players are asked to register for travel tryouts via our on-line registration process. The registration process will be open from February through the entire tryout process. There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee that includes evaluation by a paid independent evaluator, a travel tryout t-shirt, and club insurance. This tryout fee does not get applied toward your Travel team registration fee.

Visit the Registration Page to register your son or daughter.

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Q. How are the travel teams selected?
A. Players will be evaluated based on how they perform using the following criteria: technical ability, tactical awareness, character, speed, attitude, decision making, athletic ability, work ethic, and the ability to play under limited time and space. The best combination of players will be selected to fill the Red (“A”) team in each age group. Then players will be selected to the White (“B”) team in each age group according to ability. If player quality and quantity dictate, additional teams will be added/included in an age group. No player is guaranteed a position on the team from one year to the next and therefore, each player must continue to develop and earn a position on the team.

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Q. How old must a player be to tryout for a travel team?
A. Players are offered the opportunity to participate on a travel team beginning at U9 (usually 3rd grade) through U19 (usually 12th grade).

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Q. Who attends travel tryouts?
A. Players, including current Warrington Soccer Club players, must attend tryouts in order to be eligible for selection to a team. All players are expected to attend at least two tryouts. Each age group will hold a minimum of 3 tryouts. Additional tryouts may be held if coaches in that age group feel it is warranted.

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Q. How many tryouts do I need to attend?
A. All players are expected to make at least two tryouts, if they wish to be selected for a team. Attending all tryouts provides coaches more opportunity to evaluate your player.

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Q. What happens if a tryout is cancelled?
A. In event of inclement weather and a tryout cancellation, an additional tryout date will be added. All players will be given three tryout dates. Parents should check the club website before attending all tryouts. Parents can also sign up, prior to tryouts, for our free texting notification system.

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Q. Does the club have any Premier Level teams?
A. The premier level at WSC has been designed to accommodate the teams and players that are chasing the game. Each premier team provides individual players with the best playing experience at the highest level with your child’s development as the most important ingredient. We are a club that helps develop each coach to train your child and their team at the highest level.

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Q. How does the club handle Play Up Requests?
A. To be eligible to “play up” an age group, a player is required to do the following:

  • They will be required to try out for their own age group, as well as the age group that they wish to play‐up in.
  • For Travel Competitive teams, the player must rank in the top 1/3rd of potentially rostered players in the next age group.
    • For example, if a team is offering 12 roster spots, a player wishing to “play up” needs to be one of the top four players in the upper age group.
  • For FC Warrington teams the “top 1/3” ranking requirement does not apply. A player seeking to play up must only earn an available spot on the roster based on their ability and evaluation at the Premier team tryout.
  • A player unsuccessful in their bid to “play up” an age group as a primary player is still eligible to “play‐up” if the coach decides to name the player as a secondary roster player should roster space permit.
  • All players wanting to “play up” will register for their correct pure age group and then contact Paul Centofanti, Warrington Soccer Club's Director of Coaching, at doc@warringtonsoccerpa.org for further tryout registration instructions.
  • The Director of Coaching will make all final decisions on play up requests.

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Q. What is the level of commitment required for Warrington Soccer Club Travel Soccer?
A. All players and parents should be aware of the commitment required as a member of Warrington Soccer Club. Our team’s train and compete year-round team and will alternate between training two to three times a week as well as playing games on the weekend and various winter training commitments. The number of practices and the requirement for attendance at practices and games will necessitate a high degree of dedication on the part of all team players and their parents.

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Q. Does Warrington Soccer Club offer financial assistance or scholarships?
A. Yes. The Warrington Soccer Club will continue to support families in need through our financial assistance program. All Warrington Soccer Club travel team players are eligible to apply. Funds for this program are limited, both full and partial scholarships are awarded. Qualification will be based on the completed application. For those families who do not meet the family income threshold, other factors such as unemployment or other financial hardships will be considered and must be outlined in detail on the financial assistance application.

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Q. How far will I have to travel for league games?
A. The distance you will travel for league games vary each week and are dependent upon the league in which your age group and team participate. Generally, teams that participate in the ICSL (Inter County Soccer League) will travel approximately 15-45 minutes for away games. With other divisions and leagues, the radius can be as much as 90 miles from the Warrington area.

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Q. How will I be notified if I make the team?
A. Following tryouts, the head coach of the A team will extend an invitation to join the team. You can expect that notification within 72 hours after the last tryout has been completed. A registration e-mail will then be sent to you. You will then have 72 hours to respond to the offer, and as acceptance, make non-refundable deposit payment towards the Travel Team registration fee to secure your spot on the team.

For Academy teams, the acceptance payment will equal the 1st installment payment of $200. The 2nd payment will be due one month after the 1st payment.  
For U11 & up teams (travel competitive and premier), $200 is required as acceptance. The next payment for the U11 & up teams will be due 1 month after the 1st payment.
 
NOTE: If payment is not received (or arrangements made for payment) within 72 hours from receipt of the the registration e-mail, the invitation to join the team may be rescinded and/or extended to another player, as per coaches discretion.

After the A team roster has been filled, the B team head coach will then have 72 hours to invite players to join the team with the parents then having 72 hours to respond. In total it takes as little as 2-3 days for both teams to be notified and as long as 2 weeks for both teams to be formed. If your child is not selected for a team, you will receive notification either via email or phone to inform you of the decision. If you have not heard from one of the coaches within the times frame mentioned above, please contact our Travel Directors at travel@warringtonsoccerpa.org.

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Q. My child has been offered a place on a team. What happens now?
A. Your team will hold a meeting for the parents of players offered a place on the team. At that meeting team expectations and plans will be discussed. You will be sent an email from Warrington Soccer Club with an invitation to register and pay club fees. This will serve as confirmation of your child’s commitment to the club, their team, and coach.

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Q. Which leagues do Warrington Soccer Club participate in?
A. Warrington Soccer Club travel teams compete in one of three leagues: ICSL (Inter County Soccer League), PAGS (Philadelphia Area Girls Soccer), Delco Soccer Club (Elite or Premier Divisions), and the Rock Spring League. Additionally, many teams participate in winter leagues at SMG Sports Complex in Warrington, YSC Hatboro, and Bux-Mont Indoor.

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Q. When will the travel teams begin to practice?
A. For most teams, summer pre-season training starts in July/August (some teams may, however, begin training in June).

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Q. Who should I contact with additional questions?
A. Please contact the culb offica via email at travel@warringtonsoccerpa.org. You can also call the club at 215-343-7470.

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