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