Travel soccer is a competitive program for players who want to advance their individual soccer skills and compete at higher team levels. It benefits from high volume of training sessions, as well as league and tournament competitions against other teams of the same level locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Playing on a competitive soccer team requires a high level of commitment from players and their families even though no amount of playing time is guaranteed for any player. Playing time is based on performance, attendance, and observations made by the coach during practices and games.
Players are expected to attend all practices and games during the season. The length of the season will vary, depending upon age groups and the level of the team.
Tryouts are required for all travel teams U8-U15. Tryouts details and schedule are posted on the website. Team assignments depend heavily on the tryout results. Tryouts are typically held at the end of the Spring season, months of May and June, in preparation for the following Fall/Spring season. All players will be evaluated by their individual skills, understanding of the game and positions, athletic fitness, effort, attitude, and how well they fit within the team.
The club continuously evaluates players outside of the tryout period. Players not part of our travel team may request an assessment to be considered for the travel team. Coaches will also monitor performance of players with the Cosmo Stars Soccer Club recreational and travel teams to offer possibilities of advancement to higher-level competitive teams.
As for tryouts, evaluation will consist of individual skills, small-sided to regulation games, understanding of the game, fitness, and effort as well as attitude.
If you are interested to become part of our travel team, please contact us to arrange a time for an assessment or register to practice with our travel teams over the summer or during the regular season, and have the possibility to join our team.
Our club follows traditional youth soccer seasons. Soccer season is divided into Fall and Spring. Our spring season goes from early/mid March through late May/early June, whereas our Fall season goes from early/mid September through late October/early November.
The current dates for the Fall'23-Spring'24 soccer seasonal year are, as follow:
Winter season goes from Dec. 4, 2023 through March 1, 2024 (No training for two weeks during the holidays). Specific dates will be provided by coach and club director at the end of the Fall season. (*New schedule for winter is now released)
It is highly recommended for travel teams to attend and take advantage of the summer program as part of pre-season training. It is a critical component of launching a successful season. Players benefit from intensive training in the technical, tactical, mental, and physical components of the game. In addition, pre-season training provides an invaluable opportunity for teammates to bond with one another and their coach.
Summer'23 season will be divided into 3 4-week training sessions:
June 5-June 30, July 10-Aug 4, and Aug 7-Sept 1
**Players are welcome throughout the year.
# weeks/season: 10-11 weeks (Fall, Winter, Spring)
Practice duration: one hour and 15 minutes
Practice Frequency: twice per week (Fall/Spring) and once per week (Winter)
All practice details will be determined by the coach of that team based on his/her availability as well as on the fields that are available and convenient to him/her. Any schedule changes will be discussed and agreed to with parents.
Practices over the winter season will be released at the end of the Fall season based on coach and field's availability.
Games/Leagues/Tournaments will be played on the weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, or both. Leagues typically end at the end of the fall and spring seasons.
Scrimmages may be scheduled against other clubs. No amount of playing time is guaranteed for any player in the travel team. Coaches will manage substitutions accordingly to performance, attitude, and effort during practices and games.
The cost for travel teams can be found under Club Fees. Payment plans will also be available at the moment of registration.
Travel fees DO NOT INCLUDE uniforms, which must be purchased by the player. The uniforms are home and away kits and practice jerseys. These can be purchased in our online store (coming soon!!!).
*In the event uniforms are provided by the sponsors, players will be notified. These uniforms must be returned to the team at the end of the season or upon separation of the team.
**Participation in a minimum of two tournaments may be agreed to with parents over the winter. Costing for tournaments will be divided into number of players interested in tournament participation.
Each player is expected to bring their appropriate ball size, water bottle with their name printed on a label or a drink of their preference, shin guards and soccer cleats.
Spectators/parents may sit the side of the field or the bleachers during the games and practices.
Spectators/parents may not stand or sit behind the goals or on the end lines, or in the field areas assigned for coaches and players.
Any criticism of players, coaches, or referees is prohibited.
Please refrain from coaching from the sidelines as kids will be distracted during games and/or practices. Positive cheering is encouraged. Examples of positive cheering are “Good job!” or "Good Safe" or "Amazing Goal". “Stay back on defense!” "Attack" are examples of coaching from the sidelines.
No pets allowed. If a person brings a pet to the field, it should be taken back home or stay at least 50 yards away from the field for the safety of the players or other people at the field.
If a player cannot come to practice due to sickness, the player will be allowed to participate with a different group as agreed to with the coach. There will be two (2) makeups scheduled at the end of the season for any practices cancelled due to Inclement weather. Some practices could be extended to make up for cancelled practices. Notifications will be provided to parents in advance of the practice. Under some circumstances, decisions will be made on the field prior to or during the practice. The Club will follow the US Soccer recommendations. Coaches will use their own judgement for holding, shortening, or cancelling practices.