If ever there was an enterprise rife with mystery and misconceptions, it is Travel Soccer. We will try to offer parents some insights here about what to expect in a “Travel Club Experience”. Also, please feel free to contact one of our myth-busting officials directly with questions.
The first and most prevalent myth about playing Travel soccer is the COST.
Many Travel Clubs have a pricey “buy-in” fee due when you join. The XFC does not and I’ll explain why. The Clubs that charge such fees do so to help establish who is committed to the program financially, When you’ve paid for the full year’s program, you tend to stick with it after all. However, this practice also keeps kids whose parents are not ready or able to commit from participating at all. The XFC is explicitly here to improve access for players. Our registration fee covers the cost of the player’s insurance and some modest administrative costs. We have done all we can to remove unnecessary costs and let parents commit to what they are able, without pressure or judgment. In the Tri-State and Pikeville regions, we have many young players who will take what they can get, and the XFC accommodates this as a part of who we are.
The costs vary somewhat year to year and event to event but below is a typical set of costs for participating. Again, the costs are born as we move through time, as the events occur. The costs are largely developed by the cost of the event, divided by the number of players participating. We do not have an upfront “buy-in”. This allows parents to manage their costs.
Below are costs averaged from last season, presented in the order they would be encountered starting with a typical November season kick off:
November – Club Registration $42, Practice Jersey $10-20, Monthly training fee $40, if you plan to do tournaments the official jersey is $110-120
December – Monthly training fee $20-40, if an indoor tournament is attended $30-50 for tournament fees
January – Monthly training fee $20-40, if an indoor tournament is attended $30-50 for tournament fees
February – Monthly training fee $20-40, if an indoor tournament is attended $30-50 for tournament fees
March – Monthly training fee $40, if an outdoor tournament is attended $70-90 for tournament fees
April – Monthly training fee $40, if an outdoor tournament is attended $70-90 for tournament fees
May – Monthly training fee $40, if an outdoor tournament is attended $70-90 for tournament fees
NOTE: Some teams elect to do extra venues, to join leagues, or attend additional tournaments. Participants would share those costs as well. The above represents a typical season for Club-wide activities.
The next big misconception surrounds questions about HOW TO GET STARTED.
Many kids who love this game, are children of parents who are unsure how to start, or wonder about what’s behind the curtain so to speak. An expectation may exist that someday a chance meeting or connection will propel parent and player into the competitive soccer world. Many wait for this epiphany to occur. Then there’s the concept of the tryout which sometimes contributes to the waiting. When facing “the tryout” parent and player are seemingly compelled to make a final decision; will we DO THIS and face the prospect of rejection should the tryout go badly? What if I’m not good enough…asks parent and player.
The XFC has a better solution. Instead ask your player whether they are interested in playing competitively. If the answer is yes, we recommend you contact us and find out when is the next training session. Have your player put on some shorts and shin guards. With a ball under their arm come see how you like it before any firm decisions are made. Competitive soccer is a commitment, and a strong want will have to be there, but how can you know without trying it out? Some players enjoy soccer, but aren’t inclined to WORK toward development. Most do, but its best to know before decisions are made. So let’s take the mystery out of the equation. Come to a training and see how it feels first. Talk to some travel parents while you child trains. Then you will have what you need to make a decision.