The prospect of joining a travel team can be a daunting one for both parents and players, whether they are taking a step up from a recreational program or making the difficult decision to switch clubs.
Having lived through these decisions as parents, we recognize that, assuming the level is play is right, the two most important components in that decision are:
- The player's comfort with his/her new coach and teammates
- The parents' comfort with the new coach and other parents
In addition to the typical questions parents ask about a travel program, Methacton United offers a number of ways for potential new players to become more familiar with our coaches, players, and training staff.
Every Spring, our professional training staff offers an affordable 8-week training program for current and prospective travel players. The curriculum continues the progression of skills and tactics that were taught through the summer, fall, and winter. The Spring Academy offers the opportunity to train alongside potential new teammates with the same professional staff that will guide your player's development throughout the season. Sessions begin in late March and run through the end of May.
Spring Travel Leagues
All of our travel teams play in a spring league, typically with loose rosters and guest players, either from other teams in the club or prospective players trying out a new team. Spring leagues present an excellent opportunity for new or simply interested players to play a game (or a season) and learn about new teammates, a new coach, and new parents to cheer them on.
Team Training Sessions
Most of our travel teams will conduct their own training sessions at various times throughout the spring. Those sessions are open to new players and will be posted in the table of 2016-17 travel team.
Players interested in participating in the Spring Academy can register using the registration link in the top navigation menu of this web page or at https://methactonunited.demosphere-secure.com/_registration.
Players interested in playing with a particular team in the spring or attending a team's training sessions should contact the head coach directly. Information on our 2016-17 travel teams can be found here.