Travel Program Overview
The LSC travel team program is a year-round program that runs from late August through early July, with four distinct seasons: fall, winter, spring and summer.
Fall: Fall is a competitive season for U8-U15 travel teams. Fall travel teams typically begin training during the last week in August and compete in their first league game during the 2nd weekend in September. All fall travel teams attend a tournament over the Columbus Day weekend. The fall season concludes following teams’ last league game, which is usually played during the last weekend in October or the first weekend in November.
Winter: Winter training begins in mid-November and concludes in mid-February. All winter training sessions are held at Kimball Union Academy’s indoor facility, known as “the Barn.” Sessions are coached by Charles Mhlauri, Director of Coaching, and other Lightning coaching staff.
Spring: Spring is a competitive season for U8-U19 travel teams. Spring travel teams begin preseason training inside one to two times per week in late February until they are able to train outside. League games begin in April. All spring travel teams attend a tournament over the Memorial Day weekend. Premier teams compete in the NEP State Cup Tournament in May. Most travel teams attend another tournament in mid-June. The spring season concludes following teams’ last league game or last tournament.
Summer: Select teams may attend college showcase tournaments during late June or early July. This is for U16, U17, and U18 premier teams only.
Club Travel Teams (Boys and Girls U8-U18): Club travel teams compete at the state level in the New Hampshire Soccer League (NHSL). During the season, club teams train three times per week.
Premier Travel Teams (Boys and Girls U9-U18): Premier travel teams are highly competitive travel teams that compete at the regional level in the New England Premiership (NEP) league. During the season, premier teams train three times per week. In addition to other tournaments, premier teams compete in the NEP State Cup tournament in May. Participation on a premier team requires a higher level of commitment from the players and their families; players are expected to be fully committed to their teams and there is more travel required for games and tournaments.
Full, Alternate, and Player Pool Positions: If a player is not offered a full roster position on a travel team there are three possible options: 1) the player may be offered an Alternate Position, 2) the player may be offered a Player Pool position, 3) the player may be informed there is not a position available on the team for him/her at this time.
Alternate Position: Alternate positions are offered on some travel teams for qualified players. Alternates participate in training and may be called up to compete in games, solely at the discretion of the head coach. Alternate players pay a reduced fee.
Player Pool Position: Player pool is a training-only option offered on some travel teams to motivated players who wish to improve their skills to compete at the travel level. Pool players participate in training, but do not compete in games. Player pool players pay a reduced fee.