A Parents Guide to Competitive Soccer at North Manatee Mutiny
This guide was developed to assist you in answering some of the more common questions concerning Competitive soccer. Competitive soccer team play requires that your son or daughter be capable of playing at a higher level relative to the rest of their age group and involves a substantial commitment in time, energy, and money from both the player and their families. If you are receiving this packet, it means your child has been selected for a tryout for one of our teams based on a recommendation from their Coach or our Professional Coaching staff.
What is Competitive soccer?
Competitive soccer is a sponsored program of North Manatee Soccer. The program is organized by age and gender. It provides a highly competitive training and playing environment for those players (and their families). They have the required athletic ability, soccer skills, commitment and meet the other demands placed upon them.
How does travel soccer differ from the regular house or recreation soccer league?
Mutiny soccer teams are competitive. Therefore, making the team, and staying on the roster, must be earned based on the team member’s commitment. All players are placed on a team roster in house or in a recreational soccer league regardless of playing ability. Recreational soccer also has unique requirements to encourage participation by all players, such as all players must get equal playtime.
How do I get on a competitive team?
You must try out to join a travel team. NMSC requires all travel teams to have a tryout each year, generally in May. Some groups, however, may have tryouts at other times during the year.
How old must my child be to play competitive soccer?
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When and where are tryouts?
NMSC requires all its soccer teams to hold open tryouts generally in May/June after the spring season ends. Tryouts typically consist of 1-3 or more practice sessions to evaluate your child’s athletic ability, skills, and interest. After the tryouts, an offer may or may not be extended to your child. Alternatively, after the first tryout, the coach may ask your child to return for additional tryouts or suggest that the team is not a good fit for your child.
Occasionally, teams may pick up a player or two between the fall and spring seasons. However, once seasonal league play begins, rosters are fixed, and no additional players may be added unless there are extenuating circumstances.
What type of training is provided?
Most travel soccer teams either have a professional coach or a USSF Licensed parent coach. All Mutiny Coaches are overseen by professional training and the Director of Coaching, a nationally USSF A Licensed Coach and trainer. If a team uses an outside trainer, understand what the trainer’s role and responsibilities are. The trainer is an assistant to the coach. The coach continues to decide what skills are worked on in practice, how the practice is run, how the games are run, and, perhaps most importantly, the team’s priorities and tone and tenor.
When do travel soccer teams play their games?
Most Mutiny Soccer travel games are held on Saturdays, but there are some Sunday games. It is not uncommon to play games on both a Saturday and Sunday of the same weekend IF your team is playing in a tournament. Occasionally, there may be a game on a weeknight based on weather cancellations at the end of the season. Most teams also participate in tournaments. Tournaments consist of 3-5 games during a weekend. Generally, tournaments are held several weeks before the season begins or after the season. We encourage teams to do 2-4 Tournaments per season.
I have heard competitive soccer referred to as “Travel Soccer” what does this mean?
At North Manatee Mutiny, there is not typically OVERNIGHT TRAVEL unless team parents are interested in a particular tournament. All-League Games and Tournaments we select are day trips within our regions. Younger age groups will generally play in the Greater Tampa Bay (Can be from North Port to South Tampa)
What volunteer positions are needed to support a team.
Teams organize in several different ways. Generally, there is a team manager who is the go-between the parents and the coach. The team manager typically handles many of the administrative details of the team, such as league matters, applying to tournaments, communication, etc. The team manager position is the most time-consuming job on the team besides the coach.
What is the player’s time commitment?
Mutiny teams operate a 9/10 month per year program, including league play in the fall and tournament play at various times throughout the year. Most Mutiny teams train twice a week for 1 ½ -2 hours per session. Occasionally, some teams may practice three times per week. Including tournaments, most Mutiny teams play approximately 15-20 games each season.