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Young Champions vs U9 Travel + Playing Guidelines

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY U7 CHILD IS READY FOR THE U9 “TRAVEL” PROGRAM?

To help parents decide which level of play is most appropriate for their child, listed below are the characteristics of typical U7 players who would participate in the U9 Competitive (Travel) Program.  

If your child displays a majority of the characteristics listed they are probably more suited to the U9 “Travel” level of play.

  • Demonstrates sound technical skills (Dribbling, passing, receiving and shooting).
  • Physically stronger than most players within their age group.
  • Athletically quicker than most players within their age group.
  • High level of coordination and good agility.
  • During games, is aggressive in their attitude and approach to getting involved.
  • During games, tends to dominate the play.
  • Demonstrates a high level of focus and concentration during practices and games.
  • Soccer is a high priority.
  • Practices with a ball on their own time outside scheduled games & practices.

Below is a comparison between the Young Champion’s Program and the U9 Travel Program. 

Young Champions vs U9 Competitive (Travel) Soccer

Young Champions U9 Travel
Program Soccer development, competition within PSA Competitive soccer, focused skills development
Participants Boys & Girls Boys & Girls
Age Groups U7 & U8 U8 teams play at U9 level
Programs Fall, Winter skills, Summer Fall, Winter skills, Summer
Tryouts No Tryouts. Open registration Tryouts in July. $50 fee.
Coaches Parent Volunteers Parent Volunteers
Fall Games 5 +Jamboree 6 +potential Jamboree
Winter Games none none
Summer Games 8-10 League games + Jamboree 10-12 League games + Tournaments + potential Jamboree
Play Days - Fall Skills sessions on Mon/Wed, games on weekends Training Tue/Thu, games on weekends
Play Days - Winter Friday evenings Saturdays
Play Days - Summer Boys play Mon/Wed, Girls play Tue/Thu varies from Mon/Wed to Tue/Thu each year
Locations City of Plymouth primarily West metro
Cost - Summer $225 + $60 uniform $500-800 + $140 uniform