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Twin Valley Soccer Club

About the TVSC Travel Program


1.  What are the expectations of players and parents for Travel Teams?
Travel players are required to travel to away games within the league their coach is registered.  All RBJSL league games will be located within Berks County; all LANCO League games are located within Lancaster County; and all PAGS/DELCO League games are located within Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery Counties and Delaware State.  All home games will be played at Zack Saint Memorial Fields on Mill Rd.  Players are expected to commit to the practices and game schedule requirements from their coach (usually 2 practices per week and one game per weekend).  Parents are expected to support their team and players; and to help the coach in any way they can.  Rosters, schedules and communications are managed through a team page on the club's TeamSnap team management application.

 

2.  Why are there evaluations for Travel Teams?

The Twin Valley Soccer Club requires evaluations to ensure players are playing at the level of competitiveness that is appropriate for their individual skill level; and to provide them with opportunities to learn and become better soccer players.  We want to ensure that teams are placed at the right level of competition to ensure a balance between success and motivation to improve for both the TV teams and other teams in the division.  By requiring player evaluations, we can help determine the best fit for each player on the team and/or coach that will be best suited for their skill level.  Above all, we want every soccer player to have a good team experience and enjoy soccer.  The evaluations are organized by the TVSC Coach and Player Development Committee.

 

3.  How are the Travel Teams formed?

The teams are formed based on the number of players registered within an age group, the number of players required on a team, and the skill level from the evaluations.  Our Level I travel players are the most competitive, followed by the Level II and III travel teams.  We want all players to be able to learn new skills at an appropriate level of competition. 

 

4.  What are the important dates regarding Travel Teams?

Check the website for specific dates.  However, the general calendar is as follows: 

  • March + April:       
    • Registration for Fall Season
    • Spring Season Begins

  • May:  Player Evaluations: Evaluations will be the first two weeks in May. All u9-u12 players must attend.

  • June: Fall teams are announced

  • July/August: 
    • Team Soccer Camps
    • Fall season team practice begins

  • September: Fall season begins

  • November: Fall season ends

  • December Travel Program Awards Night

5.  What are the coach requirements for Travel Teams?

The TVSC supports and pays for any coach education and licensing courses.  We expect all coaches at the Travel level to be licensed and/or have some soccer coaching experience.  The Coach and Player Development Committee develops and provides regular opportunities for coach and player development to improve the level of abilities of both players and their coaches.
 

6.  What uniform is required for Travel soccer?

The TVSC designated uniform includes a Adidas white/home jersey, black/away jersey, black shorts, and socks.  These can be ordered and purchased through the club.  All players are required to wear shin guards, covered by socks, and to wear appropriate cleats at all practices and games.  All players should bring the appropriate size ball and a water bottle to practices and games.

 

7.  How can I help the Twin Valley Soccer Club?

The club is comprised 100% of volunteers.  We have meetings for parents and coaches every month, which are open for anyone to attend.  We discuss the finances and general responsibilities of the club; and issues and programs currently impacting players, coaches, and parents of the club.  Our Board of Directors is comprised of six primary members with additional at large members identified on an "as needed" basis.  Please consider getting involved with the club, asking your coach if they need assistance, or helping with one of our volunteer opportunities.  We always need help with team management, soliciting sponsors, managing club activities such as picnics, outings and our annual award ceremony.  Soccer experience is not required, just a desire to contribute to our community and the players the club serves.


8.  What is my role as a parent for my child’s soccer team? 

  • Parents are critical to the success of the team and club.  Parents volunteer for the roles of coach, officer, photographer, manager or committee member.  There are many things a parent can do to make the soccer experience a pleasant one for both their child and themselves.  

  • Please be prompt in delivery and pickup of your child to practice and games. Please stay and watch practices and games. It means a lot to your child to show an interest in what they do.  

  • Please check in with your child’s coach periodically to see if there is any information that you need. If you will be missing a practice or a game, please let your coach know as soon as possible. All of our coaches are more than happy to address your concerns or questions. After practice is an ideal time to do this.  

  • Be available to kick the ball around with your child at home. The more touches a child has on the soccer ball, the better his/her skills will become. Have them teach you what they learn in practice. Avoid material rewards such as paying for goals or treats for a good job on the field. Try to instill an attitude that reflects the importance of team play and the joy of the game as the reward.  

  • Avoid coaching from the sidelines. Players get confused if mom and dad are telling him/her to do one thing when the coach is telling him/her something else.   

  • Be a positive spectator and respect both teams and the referee. Practice good sportsmanship. After the game whether they win or especially if they lose, don’t critique or instruct your child. Positive reinforcement works best. Saying, “Great effort” and “Did you have fun” de-emphasize the final score, but rather focus on the fun of the game. Avoid blaming others too. Make your child feel important and let him/her know that he is contributing to a team effort. Allow your child to be a child and enjoy the game without pressure from you to perform.

  • Most of all, enjoy watching your child and the other children play soccer.  

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