Boys & Girls U8 - U16
Travel Team Tryouts

June 4 - 14, 2018
Attend our formal tryout sessions for a
Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019 Travel Team.
U8-U16 Tryouts will be held the first two weeks of June
at Huntley Meadows in Norwich VT.

NEW!!  U17-U19 (2000-2002) Travel Team Tryouts
for Spring 2019 teams will occur in November 2018.
Stay tuned for those tryout dates and location.


Tryout Instructions and Information:

All players should arrive 15-20 minutes PRIOR to the start time of your tryout session. This will allow enough time for players to check in, review and sign registration forms, be given a tryout number, take player photos, and complete uniform sizing. Tryout sessions will start on-time as scheduled, so it's in YOUR best interest to be punctual.

We expect players to have completed the on-site player check-in (sign required registration forms, receive a tryout number/bib, size uniforms for ‘18-19, take new player card photo) and be fully dressed and ready BEFORE the beginning of their assigned tryout session period (see times below), which will start promptly.
  Arrive early!!

Birth Year Age Matrix for Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
Birth Year and U-Age Group
U18* U19*
* U6 (2013) and U7 (2012) players are too young for travel teams. Please see our Advantage Programs.
* U17-U19 players (born 2000-2002) will have tryouts in November 2018 for the Spring 2019 competitive season.

Location: Huntley Meadows, Norwich, VT

Huntley Meadows

June 4

June 5

June 6

June 7

4:30 - 5:30pm

BOYS 2009-2011

BOYS 2009-2011

BOYS 2007

BOYS 2007

5:30 - 6:30pm



2007 & 2008

2007 & 2008

6:30 - 7:30pm

BOYS 2008

BOYS 2008

Huntley Meadows

June 11

June 12

June 13

June 14

4:30 - 5:30pm

BOYS 2006

BOYS 2003

BOYS 2003

5:30 - 6:30pm


2005 & 2006

6:30 - 7:30pm

BOYS 2004 & 2005
& 2006

BOYS 2004 & 2005

** Possible rain dates -- Friday June 8 and Friday June 15




ALL players who want to be on a travel team next year should attend tryouts.
It’s not just for the “new kids"!!
Attendance is important for returning players as well as new players. Team roster placements are not automatically renewed, so all returning players are strongly advised to attend at least one tryout session in their age group (attending 2 sessions is our preference). It is imperative that all returning players attend their tryout sessions to be assessed relative to ALL incoming players in their age group for the next soccer year (which includes players who were on a different LSC travel team last year and all new players). And remember as teams jump from 7v7 to 9v9 and 9v9 to 11v11, roster sizes will adjust dramatically and thus returning players should be prepared for adjustments in their team rosters for the coming year.
Each gender age group has two tryout sessions scheduled. We strongly urge all players to attend both (2) sessions for the best possible player evaluation.

2004 Birth Year Statement:
As most of you are aware, the US Soccer Federation announced in September 2015 the implementation changes to age groupings to birth year (vs. the previous Aug 1 to July 31 range), effective August 1, 2016. Accordingly, both USYSA (which governs the NH Soccer League) and US Club Soccer (which governs the New England Premiership League (NEP)), adopted U.S. Soccer Federation’s birth-year registration mandate in the 2016 Fall competitive season. This means that all youth competitions are now based on age group cut-offs of January 1 to December 31 (“birth year”) for each age group. This is an important issue for players born in 2004 this year!

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Required Online Registration:

Player tryout registration is done online through the GotSoccer online registration form (links to form are below). This online tryout registration MUST be completed PRIOR to the player's first tryout date. If you're not registered online, you will not be eligible to try out.


  • Submit/update player and parent information
  • Pay $100 Tryout Fee
  • Purchase raffle tickets (make a donation) to the Bobby Clark Scholarship Fund
  • Upload scanned Birth Certificate (for new players only)

  • LSC will print out the required forms from your registration submission.
    NOTE: A parent's signature will be required at tryouts on these forms. Accordingly, we need a parent for every child coming to tryouts.

NEW Player
Tryout Registration

"New Players" are defined as players who have never played for an LSC travel team or participated in another LSC program, such as a Street Soccer Camp or Advantage Program.
Tryout Registration

"Returning Players" are defined as those being previously enrolled LSC travel team players, Advantage participants, and Street Soccer Camp participants, and for whom LSC has already created a GotSoccer player account.

Scholarship Fund Raffle

Win Great Prizes ....

LSC will hold its second annual Scholarship Raffle during tryouts! All proceeds from the raffle will be allocated to the LSC Bobby Clark Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund provides financial assistance to eligible travel team players, based on financial need. Please help us reach our goal of raising $5,000 of our $10,000 annual scholarship funding goal during tryouts!
We need your support!

Tons of chances to win great prizes.
Sample Prizes: Team Fee waiver, Admiral Training Kit, local gourmet food and ice cream, private coaching soccer sessions, boat cruise on Lake Morey, local business gift cards, handmade sterling silver jewelry, etc.

Purchase raffle tickets two ways …..

1)  ONLINE -- Fast and Easy!! 
Pre-purchase raffle tickets when you register your player online for tryouts! 
(An option to purchase raffle tickets will be at the end of the online registration form.)

2)  AT TRYOUTS -- Purchase by Cash or check only
Purchase raffle tickets when you come to your tryout session!

$$$ Buy more for more chances to win!! $$$
* $10 buys 5 tickets
Free LSC Bag Tag with Raffle Ticket purchase of $20 or more!!

* $20 buys 12 tickets
* $30 buys 18 tickets
* $40 buys 25 tickets
* $50 buys 35 tickets
* $100 buys 75 tickets

Pre-purchased raffle tickets can be picked up during tryout registration. The raffle buckets will be available for viewing during the two-week tryout period, June 4-14, 2018. Drop your raffle tickets in the bucket(s) for your chance to win!

The winning tickets will be drawn on June 14th, or on the last day of tryouts.
You do not need to be present to win.
Donations received are tax deductible as LSC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Bag Tag BONUS!!
As an incentive to participate in our scholarship drive, LSC will supply customized Bag Tags to all players who purchase $20 or more of raffle tickets.
Bag Tags will feature the Lightning SC logo along with the player's name and jersey number. Attach to soccer back packs or bags for clear identification.
Bag Tags will be ready for you at check-in on our August 26th Fall season Jamboree Weekend.
  Scholarship donations must be received by July 1, 2018 to be eligible for a LSC Bag Tag.

What to Wear to Tryouts:

Players should come prepared with shin guards, a gray practice t-shirt and black or dark shorts, and plenty of water. For goalies, wear your goalie clothes and bring your gloves.
Please do not bring a ball – balls will be provided.

What to Bring to Tryouts:
ALL Players:  Please make sure you bring a parent with you to sign the required registration forms (provided to you at check-in). And make sure you are registered online in advance of your first tryout session.

Fall 2018 Season Roster Announcements:
Our goal is to email Fall 2018 roster announcements by June 29, 2018.

Announcements will be emailed to the email addresses that YOU provided and submitted on the GotSoccer online tryout registration form. At that point, we will provide instructions for accepting your roster position, completing the registration process and submitting payment, and uniform ordering instructions. Player fees will be finalized when rosters are announced and will include the team plan/program (league and tournaments).

Roster Acceptance and Payment for the Fall 2018 season will be due
by July 13, 2018.

Fall 2018 Team Acceptance Fees & Timing:
We require Fall 2018 team acceptance and fee payment in order to plan the season, which includes finalizing team rosters, confirming coaching assignments, and committing teams to Fall leagues (and divisions) and applying for tournaments; the deadlines for which start on July 31 – thus our need to require your player’s acceptance by July 13th. Without knowing which players are/are not committed to their team, it is almost impossible to finalize plans for the upcoming season. Accordingly, we ask you to accept your roster/team placement on time, otherwise late fees will be imposed on all late acceptances and fee payments.

  • A $25 late fee will be imposed on payments received after July 13, 2018
  • A $50 late fee will be imposed on payments received after July 27, 2018

Spring 2019 Season Roster Announcements:
Roster announcements for players ONLY playing on Spring 2019 U8-U16 teams will be announced by August 3, 2018. At that time, we will provide more team information.

Spring roster acceptances and a $200 deposit will be due by August 24, 2018.
Final Spring fee balances will be due in early December 2018.

2018-2019 Travel Team Fees:
Fees will be set when we announce rosters (by June 29th). We need to know the composition of each specific team before we can determine what league we will place it in, and what tournaments the team will attend, all of which impacts the fee.

The team fees for 2018-2019 will be similar to those in the 2017-2018 year. Fall fees will remain lower than the spring season fees. The fall season is a shorter season and does not incur indoor preseason training costs, and teams generally participate in just one tournament. (The fall season runs about 10 weeks.) The spring fee is higher because it is a much longer season, includes indoor team preseason training and in most cases, participation in multiple tournaments (2-4). (The spring season runs about 16-18 weeks.) Optional winter training (November-February) is included at no additional cost to all committed LSC travel team players.

We have been asked about occasional "jumps" in fees when players move up an age group. Yes, there are discernible increases in team fees at key age brackets due to the associated jumps at those age levels in the state association fees, league fees, referee fees, and tournament fees. These jumps usually occur every two years at U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17, and in particular as teams move from 7v7 to 9v9 and 9v9 to 11v11.

UNIFORMS – Game Kits & Travel Team Wear:
2018-2019 Game Uniforms will be the same Admiral uniforms as from the 2017-2018 soccer year. Only NEW players will be required to order/purchase new Admiral game uniform and training kits. (RETURNING players from a 2017-2018 travel team need only reorder a game kit and/or training kit if their old ones will be too small or they been misplaced or lost.)

Parents purchase Admiral uniforms and merchandise directly online.
(Lightning SC does not). Uniform ordering instructions and deadlines for doing so will be provided with team roster announcements.
NOTE: You cannot order a game uniform before we officially announce rosters and have loaded new 2018-2019 team rosters (player names & jersey #s) into Admiral's website.

However, orders for non-game uniform apparel and merchandise, like Travel Team wear, can happen at any time directly through the Admiral/Lightning online store.

Scholarship Requests:
The Bobby Clark Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance for eligible travel team players. In order to be considered for financial assistance, please complete and submit the Bobby Clark Scholarship Application before the application deadline (as funds may no longer be available after the application deadline.) Please see the Scholarship Application
page of our website for more information and application instructions.
NOTE: Please submit by the deadline. Late applicants will miss the disbursement cycle.

The application deadline for the Fall 2018 season is July 8, 2018.
The application deadline for the Spring 2019 season is December 1, 2018.

Team Expectations and Player Commitment:
The fall season begins in late August and ends in early November. During the season, teams will train 3 times per week. League games will be played on Saturdays and/or Sundays. All teams will participate in a tournament over Columbus Day weekend.

Winter Training, inclusive for fall and/or spring travel team players, begins in mid-November and ends in mid-February. Sessions are offered roughly once per week. Participation (however regular or infrequent) in winter training is strongly encouraged for travel team players, but not required.

The spring season begins in early March and ends in late June, with the possibility of some teams playing through to July for playoffs. During the season, teams aim to train 3 times per week (with possible adjustments for early season training and cancellations due to weather). League games will be played on Saturdays and/or Sundays.
Most teams will participate in a tournament over Memorial Day weekend as well as in 1-2 additional tournaments throughout the spring season (which is decided by the Director of Coaching, Boys & Girls Director and the team's head coach).

Should the player be assigned to a team, both the player and his/her family commit to make the team a priority, making every effort to attend all training sessions, matches, tournaments and other team commitments.

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