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 Travel Divisions (Ages 8-19)

The Travel program is intended for players who wish to continue playing in soccer.  Travel soccer offers several different competition levels.  Playing Travel soccer typically means a commitment (for some teams year round) from all members of the family.  Selection to a Travel team is determined by a tryout that is conducted and coordinated by the SCNM Board and a professional trainer staff and held typically in early June for fall teams.  Vacancies in the roster for the Spring season are only filled as needed. Invitations to tryout for open spots on a team roster will be advertised on the club website. 

The club will form as many teams as there are players registered to play and makes no guarantee that there will be a team in every age group or at every competition level (A, B, C).  If there is only one team in an age bracket it will be placed in the competition level appropriate for the successful development of the majority of the players on the team.

Travel teams hold a minimum of two practice sessions each week, sometimes three, and they play their league games on Saturday and Sundays. Fifty percent of the games will be played in New Milford and the rest will be played in surrounding towns in the Northwest portion of the state.  Travel teams will participate in at least one tournament per season but some compete in two to four tournaments annually throughout the region or even out of state.   In addition, Travel teams in the U11 and up age groups are expected to participate in the single elimination Connecticut Cup Competition on Saturdays, which requires travel throughout the state.   The club covers the cost for registering teams participating in Connecticut Cup Competition. 

Parents should also be aware that Travel team coaches are appointed by the club and some are paid professional coaches under the direction of the SCNM Director of Coaching. The players’ families pay an additional fee to cover the costs of the team coach, travel registration and all tournaments other than the Connecticut Cup.

A note on playing time: While the Travel program is selective and requires a higher intensity level of the players and coaches, the focus should be on the development of all the players involved. 

  • U9/U10 – Girls and Boys play in separate leagues.  Players are required to play 50%* of the game.  Games are 8v8 (8 players vs 8 players).  The focus at this age is the development of the competitive player.  SCNM will field multiple teams for all players interested in competing at this level. Teams will be placed in A, B and C brackets as appropriate to match the skill level of the team.
     
  • U11 – Girls and Boys play in separate leagues.  Players are required to play 25%* of the game.  Games are 8v8 (8 players vs 8 players).  The focus at this age is the development of the competitive player.  SCNM will field multiple teams for all players interested in competing at this level. Teams will be placed in A, B and C brackets as appropriate to match the skill level of the team.
  • U12/U13/U14 – Girls and Boys play in separate leagues.  Players are to receive a minimum of 25%* playing time during games.  Games are 11v11 and on the full size field. SCNM will determine the number of teams that will be formed at each age bracket.
  • U16/U19 – Girls and Boys play in separate leagues.  Players are to receive a minimum of 25%* playing time during games.  Games are 11v11. SCNM will determine the number of teams that will be formed at each age bracket. 
  • Premier – From time to time the club will field teams that play in premier leagues.   Girls and Boys play in separate leagues.  The is no minimum playing time during games.  
     
* - These are SCNM Minimum playing times, our teams play in various leagues and districts, if those leagues or districts have playing times requirements that are higher than the SCNM minimum our coaches will abide by the league or district rules but if the league or district has a lower or no requirement our coach will be expected to use these standards.   The one exception to playing time rules will be CT Cup or State Cup games which will have no SCNM minimum playing time requirement.