Welcome to FAQ page of the Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club (SWSC). We designed this page to answer some of the more frequent questions parents have.
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 at the Chaz Dake Memorial Field. 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.
Q | How do I determine the right age group for my child?
The “magical date” for determining a player’s age group is August 1 (during the year of the tryout).
The Capital District Youth Soccer Association has a matrix for determining which team your child will play on http://www.cdysl.org/agematrix.asp
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 two sessions or seasons per year. The Fall season lasts about 12 weeks from mid August to mid -November. The Spring season lasts about 13 weeks from March to mid- June. Teams typically play 8-10 games per season. Most games are played on Sundays, but you should expect at least 1 or 2 Saturday games per season. Teams usually play one or more pre-season scrimmages and 2-4 tournaments per season, depending upon the age group and competitive level of the team. Teams begin practicing 3 or 4 weeks before the start of each season. Practices are from 1½ to 2 hours per session and take place at least twice a week. Travel players are expected to attend all team practices and games.