The Port Washington Soccer Club has a dynamic and extensive travel soccer program. As with other clubs, this program is intended for competitive and committed soccer players looking to take their game to the next level. We typically field 30+ teams across boys and girls age groups from U9-U19, and participate in various leagues, cup tournaments, friendly tournaments, scrimmages, and other competitions. In many age groups, we have multiple teams, offering options for various levels of competition, with the goal of enabling both our most competitive as well as our developing teams with the opportunity to compete against similar-level teams.
All teams are assigned a dedicated professional trainer, and either the primary trainer or a substitute professional trainer (in the event of a conflict) will attend all practices and games. Teams also have 1-3 volunteer parent managers that assist in both organizational duties, and also help the professional trainers on the sidelines - however, the club's model is such that our professional training staff make the primary determinations on the field, regarding all soccer-related items (lineups, substitutions, tactics, etc.).
The travel program is a tryout-based program, with tryouts occurring in May/June for the following school year. During the outdoor fall and spring seasons, teams typically practice twice per week for 90 minutes per practice, and have league games on the weekends. Teams also participate in various tournaments, and the club provides regular clinics for players to further develop their skills.
Since this is a tryout-based program, the club's expectation is that players accepting positions on teams will commit to their team for the entire school year. Costs vary based on age group and specific teams (depending on the number of tournaments they intend to participate in and the nature of their winter program). Many teams do provide indoor winter training, and also participate in indoor soccer or futsal leagues.
Parent should understand that while the club's goals are to keep teams intact for the full school year, and to also field at least one boys and girls team in every age group, the numbers that turn out and commit within each age group from season to season will dictate whether or not that will be possible. When that is not possible, the club's board members and Director of Coaching will work on alternate solutions for the players in the impacted age groups.
Further to that point, playing "up" to an older age group is only permitted with the permission of the Director of Coaching and the board, and any such determinations will be made based on a variety of factors, including ability, team rosters in the applicable age groups, and other variables that may come into play.
Finally, due to the structure of our program, there are opportunities for players to occasionally play with other teams in the club, either in their own age group or in an older age group (players cannot play "down" to a younger age group under any circumstances, due to travel league and sanctioning bodies' rules). There are no additional costs to such opportunities, and players are often able to get in some "bonus" soccer as a result of such flexibility and needs of other teams from week to week.
The Port Washington Soccer Club endeavors to provide scholarships for players that are unable to afford the entire cost of travel soccer - our goal is to keep our programs open to all players. For those able to do so, a donation to the club makes it possible for the club to continue to offer scholarships where needed, so that all youth soccer players in our community have the opportunity to experience soccer.
For more information on our travel program or for information on available scholarships, please contact our Director of Coaching at email@example.com.
Our annual travel soccer registration fee ($1375 for the 2022-23 soccer year), which already covered all registration fees, insurance and training fees for the spring and fall league seasons, has had some amazing additions over the past few years:
For 2021-22, the fee also included a FULL ADIDAS UNIFORM KIT and a PWSC Branded Soccer Ball. This is over a $150 value, on top of what was already an extremely reasonable cost for a full year of soccer that includes approximately over forty (40) 90-minute practices and over fifteen (15) league games, ALL with professional trainers in attendance. Virtually all other clubs and programs require uniform kits to be purchased separately, sometimes for hundreds of dollars - not PWSC! Further, even players receiving scholarships now receive the uniform kit as part of their registration.
All players will received a soccer ball again this year, and for 2022-23, new kits will be included for all NEW travel players. The club will re-outfit all players for the 2023-24 season that received kits last year. For existing players missing kits or in need of new items from the kit, those will be available for purchase on the MyUniform site (check with your team manager for a link).
Also NEW for 2022-23:
- Winter training will be included for ALL travel players, either as teams or in age-based clinics (approx. 8 sessions, times and logistics TBD). Additional winter leagues and tourneys will be extra, as in the past.
- All players will receive a subscription to an at-home training app - Techne. This is a new app that provides a great platform for at-home training on off-days, and encourages players to compete with other teammates and club members to log the most training time on the app. The individual subscription to Techne would be over $100 per year, yet it will be provided at no additional cost to our players through a club subscription.
- The club will be utilizing Veo cameras to record some games for teams (not all games will be recorded, but goal is to get at least 1-2 games per season recorded).
In addition to all of the above, don't forget that we also have the best training staff in the region (provided by Jigs Soccer Academy), as well as a club-based style and curriculum that makes movement between teams (either on a permanent or week-to-week basis) seamless within our club.
NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO JOIN THE PWSC FAMILY!