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Travel Soccer FAQ

  1. What Is Travel Soccer?
  2. How Do You Get On A Travel Team?
  3. How Many Travel Teams Are There Per Age Group?
  4. What If My Child Does Not Make A Travel Team?
  5. How Much Does It Cost?
  6. What Kind Of Commitment Is Involved For GISC Travel Soccer?
  7. When Is The Season? How Many Games And Practices Are There Per Week?
  8. What Day Of The Week Are The Games Played?
  9. Where Do They Play?
  10. Are There Additional Tournaments?
  11. What Do Travel Players Wear?
  12. Do Travel Teams Play During The Winter?
  13. When Are The Fields Closed?

House Soccer FAQ

  1. What Is The House Philosophy?
  2. Where Can I Get Assistance?
  3. Is It OK If My Application Is Late?
  4. What Equipment Does My Child Need?
  5. Are There Any Additional Costs?
  6. Can My Child Play In An Older Age Group?
  7. When Will I Be Notified About The Start Of Season?
  8. Can My Child Be Placed On Coach Smith's Team?
  9. What Is The U5/U6/U7 Program?
  10. Where And When Are U8-U12 Games?
  11. How Often & Where Are The Practices?
  12. How Can I Volunteer To Help?
  13. When Are The Fields Closed?

Travel Soccer FAQ

WHAT IS TRAVEL SOCCER?
Travel Soccer teams play competitive games with teams from other towns in WNY. It is more competitive, scores and standings are recorded (but not the U-10 teams). Teams are gender specific.

 

HOW DO YOU GET ON A TRAVEL TEAM?
Travel team players are chosen at Try-outs in August/September - typically held on Saturday/Sundays, those respective weekends; usually (2) try-out sessions per age group. Note, you must attend at least one try-out to be considered for a Grand Island Travel team. However, you are encouraged to attend all try-out sessions.

 

HOW MANY TRAVEL TEAMS ARE THERE PER AGE GROUP?
The Grand Island Soccer Club tries to put together as many teams as appropriate - subject to what we have both coaches and competitive players available for – usually 1 (in some cases, 2) team per age group with similar skilled players together.

 

WHAT IF MY CHILD DOES NOT MAKE A TRAVEL TEAM?
Encourage your child to sign up for training programs offered by the Grand Island Soccer Club or other outside organizations (information under Programs), continue playing soccer in our House soccer program, and come to try-outs again the following year. Every child develops at a different pace. Also, two players are added to the roster each year through U12, as well as past travel players may decide not to try-out.

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The Registration fee will fluctuate from year to year, but you can assume at approximately $160 (+/-). Note - this is paid online during Online Registration or at the Try-Out Registration table prior to your try-out time. If you do not make the team, your money will be returned. Once placed on a roster, there will be NO refunds.

 

WHAT KIND OF COMMITMENT IS INVOLVED FOR GISC TRAVEL SOCCER
Players are expected to be at games and practices. If you have a soccer game and a baseball/lacrosse, etc. practice scheduled at the same time, you should be at your soccer game. Likewise, if you have a baseball/lacrosse game and a soccer practice scheduled at the same time, you should go to the game. Be sure to let your coaches know about the conflict.

 

WHEN IS THE SEASON? HOW MANY GAMES AND PRACTICES ARE THERE EACH WEEK?
Travel teams play their outdoor season from approximately the first week of May through first week of August. Note -- Each team plays one travel game a week. Practice days are at the coach’s discretion, but are usually twice a week starting in April as soon as weather permits. Additionally note that many travel teams/coaches may also offer training/practice through the Fall/Winter/Spring months – as well as potentially playing in different indoor league(s)/games. Please reach out to the club or specific travel coach/team to understand further details and plans for the respective season.

 

WHAT DAY OF THE WEEK ARE THE GAMES PLAYED? (Spring/Summer outdoor season)
Note that these are subject to change year to year; based upon the assumption of the Buffalo Western New York Junior Soccer League (http://bwnyjsl.org/index.php)

  • U9/U10 age group (boys and girls) -- typically play on Friday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm
  • U11/U12 age group (girls) -- typically play on Tuesday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm
  • U13/U14 age group (girls) -- typically play on Monday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm
  • U15/U16 age group (girls) -- typically play on Thursday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm
  • U17/U19 age group (girls) -- typically play on Wednesday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm
  • U11/U12 age group (boys) -- typically play on Monday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm
  • U13/U14 age group (boys) -- typically play on Tuesday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm
  • U15/U16 age group (boys) -- typically play on Tuesday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm
  • U17/U19 age group (boys) -- typically play on Wednesday evenings – with games starting at 6:45pm

Players are to be at the field at 6:15 pm for a 6:45 pm game.

 

WHERE DO THEY PLAY?
Half of the Summer Travel League games are played on Grand Island. The other games may be played at Niagara Falls, Lockport, North Tonawanda, Tonawanda, Amherst, Clarence, West Seneca, East Aurora, Lancaster or another town in the surrounding area, depending what teams are in your division.

 

ARE THERE ADDITIONAL TOURNAMENTS?
Tournaments are held on weekends. Most GISC travel teams compete in one or more tournament(s) per year. Note - The Tournaments page lists the most popular tournaments in our area.

 

WHAT DO TRAVEL PLAYERS WEAR?
Travel Teams wear Uniforms. This is not included in the registration fee. Every team wears the same Grand Island Soccer Club Travel uniform. The Club tries to keep the same uniform for a few years so that parents/players don’t have to buy a new uniform every year.

 

DO TRAVEL TEAMS PLAY DURING THE WINTER?
Most of our travel teams will play indoors during the winter at Sportsplex, Epic Center or Sahlen’s Soccer Center (or potentially at other indoor facilities in the area). This is determined by each GISC travel coach and their team. Note -- There may also be practices during the winter if the Club can get field time at the above mentioned facilities or the school gyms. Please refer to Field Locations for details and maps on these facilities.

 

WHEN ARE THE FIELDS CLOSED?
The Grand Island Town Recreation Department (773.9680) is responsible for the maintenance of the soccer fields. In the event a field is determined to be unsafe/unusable, the town will close the field. A closed field is designated by a red flag hanging in either of the goals. Generally when a field is closed by the town, the GI Soccer Club is notified and in turn will notify any affected travel coaches. An automated Veteran's Park Field Status update can be heard at 774.2743. Also note that, at game time, a referee has the authority to postpone or cancel a game due to unsafe field conditions or inclement weather. Cancelled travel games will be rescheduled following the league rescheduling process.

 


House Soccer FAQ

WHAT IS THE GRAND ISLAND HOUSE SOCCER PHILOSOPHY?
Grand Island House Soccer is dedicated to providing all children of Grand Island a place to play soccer. Our primary focus is on the kids having fun as well as learning a bit about the game of soccer - in a safe environment. Winning is not a primary objective of this league.

  • Player Development - Our goal is to teach the players how to play soccer to the best of their ability. To accomplish this all players are to be given equal playing time during games and attention during practice.
  • Having fun - The number one reason to play is to have fun! To promote fun we will encourage equal participation in practice and games, matching athletes ability to their challenges, and by helping to set performance goals, rather than outcome goals.
  • Safety - It is important to always make sure that a safe and age appropriate environment is set for games and practice.

WHERE CAN I GET ASSISTANCE?
This Grand Island Soccer Club website is a great resource for parents and coaches. It is updated regularly so it is a good suggestion to keep checking it for important updates. Check out the House Section which includes registration information and schedules depending upon the time of year. Also, FAQ, Resources, Programs and announcements on the Home page. If you want to talk with someone use the Contact Us Form or feel free to e-mail or call one of the contacts indicated on the site.

 

IS IT OK IF MY APPLICATION IS LATE?
Unfortunately we cannot accept applications after the late registration period ends on May 14th. The number of teams in each age group is determined by the number of coaches we have available. If the age group is full, it is not possible to simply accept one more player, because we are then put in the position of either: turning away players or adding too many players to teams, thus reducing playing times for all players. Also, we need to stick to the deadlines so we can rate the players and get organized for the draft.

Bottom-line, please register before the deadline to guarantee a playing spot.

 

WHAT EQUIPMENT DOES MY CHILD NEED?
Players must provide his/her own shin guards, soccer shoes or sneakers, and a ball - if they are not part of the U5/U6/U7 programs (see ball size chart below). Players must remove all jewelry before playing. Players will receive a team shirt, shorts and socks. Balls may be purchased through the club, for cost, on the registration form.

  • U5 & U6: Size 3 Soccer Ball (provided)
  • U7: Size 4 Soccer Ball (provided)
  • U8, U9, U10: Size 4 Soccer Ball
  • U12, U14, U15: typically a Size 5 Soccer Ball

 

ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL COSTS?
Grand Island Soccer Club does not cover the costs of individual/team photos or trophies, (other than the U5/U6/U7 program - provides trophies). The respective GISC coaches will provide parents with ordering information and costs (if/where appropriate). FYI - Picture packages range from $10/$15 and up.

 

CHILD PLAY IN AN OLDER AGE GROUP?
The House League soccer cutoff date is the same as the school cutoff date so that kids can play with their friends and classmates. As a general policy, we do not encourage kids to play up in an older age group, but it is permissible. Parents should carefully consider if it is in the player’s best interest to move up an age group before doing so. The most common reason for moving up an age group is for travel players who also want to play House.

 

WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED ABOUT THE START OF THE SEASON?
Please note that U5/U6/U7 players will receive a letter/e-mail from the age group coordinator in June time frame, explaining the program in further detail with specifics regarding the schedule.

U8-U15 age groups, note that players should expect notifications in the May/June time frame. Games typically begin in the early July time frame (and run through mid/end August, approximately).

 

CAN MY CHILD BE PLACED ON COACH SMITH'S TEAM?
Important to note that there are several hundred kids between 5 and 15 years old playing soccer in our town. Many requests are made to be on the same team as a sibling or a close friend. Such requests are not applicable re: the U5/U6/U7 age groups (as this program does not break the kids into different teams). But for U8 and up, it becomes much more difficult to honor requests and still draft balanced teams. Therefore requests for a particular coach or friend cannot be made for U8 and above.

The overriding concern must be to properly and fairly put teams together to reach the ultimate goal: the most fun for the most soccer players.

However, remember if you register your child for the correct age group, your child will be playing with friends and classmates at each game regardless if they are on the same team or not.

Also, we WILL guarantee requests to play with a sibling who qualifies for the same age group.

 

WHAT IS THE U5/U6/U7 SOCCER PROGRAM?
This is the GISC House program for U5/U6/U7 age players (per the GISC house soccer age group matrix).

This is a program where all players will have a ball at their feet for much of session(s), and will benefit from more “touches” on the ball.

There are no formal teams across these age groups, as players will rotate through the drills and several small-sided games with the help of facilitators.

This program offers an ideal blend of “fun” for the kids, as well as activities to begin teaching the basic fundamentals of the game. (with players typically separated by the U5 – U6 – U7 age groups).

This program typically scheduled to begin in the late June time frame.

 

WHERE AND WHEN ARE U8-U12 GAMES?
These groups play weekly on Saturdays. In August, these groups play twice a week, on Saturdays and one weeknight. Most games are at Veterans Park with some games at the High School/ Middle School. Weeknight games start at 6:30pm, but players are expected on the field ready to play by 6:15pm. The starting times of Saturday games range between 9:00am and 12:00/noon and again, players are expected on the field ready to play 15 minutes before game time.

 

HOW OFTEN & WHERE ARE THE PRACTICES?
Re: the U8 thru U12 age groups, important to note that house soccer is a fun/social experience priority first for the kids. There is not an “expectation” as to if/how many formal practices re: each team/each age group – however, players can anticipate that there may be some potential team practices, beyond the game schedules. (TBA)

 

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER TO HELP?
Your constructive comments are always welcome. Please contact any Board Member to discuss anything or to volunteer your ideas or time. The people involved are volunteers and are trying to do their very best to be fair and objective. They make decisions based on what’s best for the whole soccer club and the participants, THE KIDS!!! They do not try to make bad decisions on purpose. We strongly suggest getting involved to change what you think is wrong. You will be able to contact any one of use with your concerns through this website under About Us / Club Personnel!

 

WHEN ARE THE FIELDS CLOSED?
The Grand Island Town Recreation Department (773.9680) is responsible for the maintenance of the soccer fields. In the event a field is determined to be unsafe/unusable, the town will close the field. A closed field is designated by a red flag hanging in either of the goals. Generally when a field is closed by the town, the GI Soccer Club is notified and in turn will notify any affected house coaches. An automated Veteran's Park Field Status update can be heard at 774.2743. At game time a referee has the authority to postpone or cancel a game due to unsafe field conditions or inclement weather. Cancelled house games are NOT rescheduled.

 


For More Information About Grand Island Soccer Contact The President at president@gisoccerclub.org