What Is Travel Soccer?
Answers to Some Common Questions About The Travel Soccer Program
You may have heard about “Travel Soccer”, but you might not know what it’s all about. Blackstone Millville Youth Soccer Organization (BMYSO) would like to help parents of Blackstone & Millville Soccer players understand the issues and commitments around children playing travel soccer.
BMYSO is a member of MAYS (Midland Area Youth Soccer). The MAYS website is https://www.sportsmanager.us/orgmanager/maysl.htm. MAYS is a collection of soccer playing towns in the Blackstone Valley Area.
MAYS is made of teams based on grade. U10 is grades 3 and 4, U12 is grades 5 and 6. Older teams (U14 through U18) generally do not play in MAYS in the fall due to school soccer, but these teams are often created for the spring season.
BMYSO conducts tryouts in May/June for teams that will be together for the upcoming fall and following spring seasons. All children must tryout for fall travel, even those currently on a travel team. Players will be evaluated during a tryout process. Tryouts are designed to be as fair and unbiased as possible. Unfortunately, not all children that tryout for travel soccer teams are selected to play on a team, although BMYSO tries to place as many children as possible. Children that are not selected to play on a travel team are able to play in-town soccer provided they are the appropriate ages. Children that do make travel teams are on the team for the fall and are automatically qualified to play on the team in the spring. Some teams have openings in the spring due to children that choose to play other sports.
Travel teams play 8 games a season. 4 games are played at home, 4 games are played away. Games are played on Saturdays. U10 teams play 7v7 soccer, U12 play 9v9, U14 and above teams play 11v11 soccer.
Levels Of Competition
MAYS teams are divided into 3 divisions, with Division 1 being the most competitive and advanced, and Division 3 being the least competitive.
Travel soccer offers a competitive soccer-playing alternative for players once in 3rd grade. It offers an excellent training opportunity for children wishing to play soccer in the Middle School, High School or beyond.
This information is also listed in our Handbook; if you have any questions please e-mail [email protected]