Travel Team Tryout Information for the 2016-17 Seasons

June 6 - 17, 2016

Required Online Registration, Tryout Forms and Payment
Players tryout registration is done online through a new GotSoccer online registration form (links to correct form are below). This online tryout registration MUST be completed PRIOR to the player's first tryout date.
  • Submit/update player and parent information
  • Pay $100 Tryout Deposit
  • Upload scanned Birth Certificate (for new players only)
  • Print US Club Soccer Form(bring to tryouts)
  • Print Registration Form (bring 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.

New Birth Year Age Matrix for Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
Birth Year and U-Age Group

Arrive Early at Tryouts
Please arrive 30 minutes PRIOR to the start time of your tryout session. This will allow enough time for players to check in, submit registration forms and payment, be given a tryout number, take player photos and complete uniform sizing.
NOTE: LSC players will use new uniforms starting in the Fall 2016 -- so be sure to come to the uniform ordering table for sample sizes.

We expect players to have completed the on-site registration (forms, numbers, uniforms, photos) and fully dressed and ready for the beginning of their assigned tryout session period (see times below), which will start promptly. Arrive early! Players should come prepared with shin guards, a gray practice t-shirt, and plenty of water.

LSC will hold its first annual Scholarship Raffle during this year's 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 for the Bobby Clark Scholarship Fund by participating in the raffle!

We have plenty of exciting prizes to raffle off! Raffle tickets will be sold in the LSC Office and at tryouts from May 31 to June 16. The drawing will be held at the end of tryouts on June 16. You do not need to be present at the drawing to win.

Week 1 Location: Dresden Fields, Norwich, VT
Dresden Fields

June 6
June 7
June 8
June 9
4:30 - 5:30pm
BOYS 2008, 2009
BOYS 2008, 2009
BOYS 2006
BOYS 2006
5:30 - 6:30pm
2007, 2008, 2009
2007, 2008, 2009
2005, 2006
2005, 2006
6:30 - 7:30pm
BOYS 2007
BOYS 2007 - Cancelled due to thunderstorm
Makeup day: Tues June 21 5:30-6:30pm, Huntley Meadows, Norwich, VT
BOYS 2005
BOYS 2005

Week 2 Location: Huntley Meadows, Norwich, VT
Huntley Meadows
June 13
June 14
June 15
June 16
4:30 - 5:30pmBOYS 2001, 2002
BOYS 2001, 2002
BOYS 2004
BOYS 2004
5:30 - 6:30pmGIRLS
1998 - 2002
1998 - 2002
2003, 2004
2003, 2004
6:30 - 7:30pmBOYS 1998 - 2000
BOYS 1998 - 2000
BOYS 2003
BOYS 2003
** Possible rain dates -- June 21 and June 22


With the implementation of USSF's new age groups, starting this Fall 2016, it is critical that ALL travel team player registrants attend tryouts. This birth year age change will essentially break apart all previous team rosters and cause new teams to be created based on the new birth year criteria. Accordingly, it is imperative that all players attend their appropriate tryout sessions (now based on birth year) to be accurately assessed for new team placement.
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.

Click here to view the letter from US Club Soccer
regarding the new birth-year mandate.

2002 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), will be adopting U.S. Soccer Federation’s birth-year registration mandate starting in the 2016 fall competitive season.

This means that all youth competitions beginning Aug. 1, 2016 will be based on age group cut-offs of January 1 to December 31 for each age group.
>> Click here to read more

Roster Announcements:
Fall 2016 roster announcements will be emailed to each team by July 1, 2016.
Announcements will be emailed to the email addresses that you provided on the online tryout registration form. At that point, we will provide instructions for accepting your roster position, completing the registration process and submitting payment. Player fees will be finalized when rosters are announced and will include the team plan/program (league and tournaments). All necessary paperwork and payment for the Fall season is due by July 15, 2016.

Late Fees:
A $25 late fee will be imposed on payments received after July 15, 2016.
A $50 late fee will be imposed on payments received after July 29, 2016.

2016-2017 Fees:

Fees for the 2016-2017 year will be set when we announce rosters (our goal is to announce by July 1st). We need to know the composition of a given team before we can determine what league we will place it in, and what tournaments the team will attend, all of which impact the fee.

The team fees for 2016-2017 will be similar to those in the 2015-2016 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 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.

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 Fund page of our website for more information and application instructions. The application deadline for the Fall 2016 season is July 8, 2016.

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 will train 3 times per week. League games will be played on Saturdays and/or Sundays.
All teams will participate in a tournament over Memorial Day weekend and most teams will participate 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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