Travel Team Tryouts for 2017-2018
For U9 - U19 Players
We hold competitive travel team tryouts for a 2 week period in early June of each year, for both the coming Fall and Spring seasons. If you missed our June tryouts and are interested in playing on a travel team, it's not too late -- you can still tryout!!

Some travel teams may have room on their roster and some may be full, and some teams may only have alternate or player pool spots still open. With the knowledge that your player is coming into the year late (after our June tryouts), we recommend contacting us ASAP to discuss the various options that might be still available.

If you want to schedule a tryout, you must contact the LSC office and register for a tryout:
1) CONTACT US: Either call the LSC office at 802-649-7096 or email us:
2) REGISTER: Register online for a tryout and pay the $100 tryout fee
(the link is below)
After you submit a completed tryout registration form, we will work with you to schedule a tryout during a team's practice either in the Fall season or at an indoor Winter Training session. No player is placed onto a roster without a tryout, so be sure to contact us early to initiate the process. Roster spots are limited, so we advise to not delay.

Birth Year Age Matrix for Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Teams
Birth Year and U-Age Group

2003 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 2003 this year!

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Player tryout registration is done online through the GotSoccer online registration form (links to correct form are below). This online tryout registration MUST be completed PRIOR to the player's tryout date.


  • Submit/update player and parent information
  • Pay $100 Tryout Fee
  • Upload scanned Birth Certificate (for new players only)
  • Print USClub Registration FormNEW travel team players only (*bring to tryouts)
  • Print Printable Registration FormALL players (*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.

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 the Printable Registration Form, reviewed and signed. This form should be printed when you register online. If you did not do this, you can still access this form after the fact from your player’s GotSoccer account.
>> Follow these instructions to print the form
NEW Players: Players who have not been on a LSC travel team before MUST print out BOTH the Printable Registration Form and the USClub Registration Form.
Follow the instructions listed above for printing/accessing this form.

After your Tryout:

After a tryout, each player will be placed based on their tryout evaluation. LSC will email you a roster announcement and you will be asked to accept the player's team placement and pay a $200 roster deposit online. Final Spring fee balances will be due December 8, 2017. If you are a new player to LSC, you will also be required to purchase a game uniform kit and a practice kit, see below. If you are returning player from last year, you will can wear last spring's uniform (if it still fits, of course!!)
NOTE: If you tryout after December 8, 2017, then LSC will adjust your team fee payment date accordingly.

General Information on 2017-2018 Travel Team Fees:
Tryout fees are non-refundable* and are not applied to seasonal team fees.
*Exceptions are made only per the guidelines in our Refund Policy.

Fees for the 2017-2018 year will be set when we announce rosters (our goal is to announce by June 30th). 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 2017-2018 will be similar to those in the 2016-2017 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 (December-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:

2017-2018 Game Uniforms will be the same Admiral uniforms as from the 2016-2017 soccer year. Only NEW players will be required to order/purchase a new Admiral game uniform kit. (Returning players from a 2016-2017 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
(LSC does not).
Uniform ordering instructions and deadlines for doing so will be provided with team roster announcements. (You cannot order a game uniform before we officially announce rosters and have loaded new 2017-2018 team rosters (player names and jersey numbers) into the Admiral 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.
The application deadline for the Fall 2017 season is July 7, 2017.
The application deadline for the Spring 2018 season is December 1, 2017.

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 early December 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.

Most teams will participate in a tournament over Memorial Day weekend and many 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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