The SUSC travel
program is designed to be a competitive soccer program with teams playing other
competitive teams throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as more far reaching.
Most SUSC teams play in tournaments throughout the year, primarily in the Pennsylvania,
New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia areas, but some teams periodically
travel to more distant venues. Teams are formed by selecting players at public
tryouts each spring. The players on travel teams range in age from 8 to 18. The
SUSC travel program currently supports about 400 players on 25 teams.
Travel soccer teams involve a FULL YEAR commitment with the primary season in
the fall. Teams practice and play throughout the summer, fall and spring, with
teams practicing indoors during the winter. Weekend tournaments, outdoor and indoor,
are part of team and player development - the hallmark of SUSC. All SUSC teams
participate in the Spirit Kick-Off
Classic, as well as other tournaments up and down the east coast throughout
the year selected by the coach and Club. We have had teams travel abroad for tournaments.
Teams have gone to England, Germany and Holland over the years. Parents generally
accompany their children to tournaments, so tournament competition becomes a family
event. In the fall, the boys teams play in the Delco
Soccer League (Delco) and girls teams play in the Philadelphia
Area Girls Soccer league (PAGS), with games primarily in the Chester,
Montgomery and Delaware County area.
Travel team tryouts
typically begin in April. The initial tryout dates for all boys team and for all
girls teams are typically set by the Club. Additional tryouts are scheduled by
the respective coaches. The dates, times and locations of the initial tryouts
are posted on this web site annually when they are finalized. Although players
may chose to tryout at age groups above theirs, SUSC encourages players to tryout
for their age appropriate team (see Age
The following provides additional information on the
travel team tryout process.
• All players trying out for SUSC are required
to register. This registration includes vital information such as player name,
parents' names, birth date, address, phone number and e-mail address.
should come to tryouts properly attired for the weather with shinguards, soccer
shoes, a ball and water bottle.
• The coaches who will be coaching the teams
in each age group have control of the player selections for their teams.
• Additional coaches or other qualified individuals may serve as evaluators to
assist the team coaches. Every effort is made to avoid any conflicts of interest
the evaluators may have with the group of players trying out. While no evaluation
system is perfect, SUSC believes this is the best way to objectively select teams
for the club. The coaches have been carefully selected, and the coach's assessment
of players is what SUSC relies on for player selection. These coaches are looking
for the best players to create teams exhibiting solid skills and teamwork.
• SUSC intends to sponsor at least two (2) teams at each gender age group provided
the pool of players in a given age group supports it. Both teams in an age group
will be assigned a highly qualified coach reviewed by the Coaches Committee and
approved by the Board of Directors.
• In addition, teams in an age group
will have access to specialized coaching sessions (e.g., team training, technical
training, coaches training, goalkeeper training, etc.), play in the most competitive
league(s) available, and participate in the Spirit Kick-Off Classic.
• Teams (and coaches) in an age group will work together, where possible,
for the betterment of the players in that age group.
• At the conclusion
of the tryout process, each player will be contacted letting him/her know whether
they have been selected to one of the teams in that age group. For those not selected,
information on playing options should be discussed with the coach.
IMPORTANT: Upon selection for an SUSC travel team, each
team will conduct a team parents meeting. At or before this meeting each player
selected must deliver a non-refundable registration fee made payable to "SUSC"
to secure the player's spot on the team. Failure to pay the required registration
fee in a timely manner will result in the player being removed from the team,
unless satisfactory alternative arrangements are made with the Club, coach and/or
At this team meeting the coach and team manager will discuss
plans for the team and its administration. At this meeting player fees and other
issues will be discussed. All players and a parent must attend this team meeting
or contact the coach/team manager if they will not be there. The following items
should be brought to this meeting:
• The player's social security number
• A 1" X 1" head shot picture of the player. The picture must be recent
and not the same as on the previous player pass, if applicable. The Eastern Pennsylvania
Youth Soccer Association (EPYSA) player passes only have room for a 1" X
1" picture. Please cut the picture if it is too large.
• The prior year's
player pass, if available, issued by SUSC or previous travel club.
• If not
on a registered travel soccer team in the previous year or the player pass is
missing, bring one of the following:
i. A copy
of the player's original State issued birth certificate.
U. S. passport
iii. Military ID card
information (to complete the medical release form)
Player's doctor's name, address and phone number
Medical insurance information (e.g., carrier and policy number)
Copies of the front and back of the player's insurance card
Information of the player's allergies or noteworthy medical conditions
Emergency contact names and telephone numbers.
• Uniforms, if appropriate
are typically ordered at this meeting. Every effort is made to provide each team
with uniform samples for sizing purposes
Player fees are derived from a budget
prepared for each team. The annual estimated budget for each team should be distributed
at this initial parents meeting. Teams may have different costs due to tournament
play, league fees and the like. Therefore, player costs can differ from team to
team depending on the age group, number of players on the team, number of tournaments,
and team fund raising. Player fees are minimized by Club sponsored fund raising
activities such as the Spirit Kick-Off Classic, the primary fund raising event
of the Club.
Volunteering is part of belonging to SUSC. Plan now to become
involved on the committees established by the Board of Directors, with periodic
field maintenance, with the Spirit Kick-Off Classic and/or functional roles in
the administrative management (e.g., travel coordinator, financial manager, team
manager, team Club contact, etc.) of the team on which your child has been selected.