Q. What age does travel soccer start?
A. Travel soccer begins at U9, for the 2021-2022 season U9s will be born in 2013. There are some exceptions to the rule allowing younger players to participate at the discretion of the Director of Coaching.
Q. Can you participate in other sports if you play travel soccer?
A. Yes you can. At times it can be a challenge but it is possible to participate in multiple sports.
Q. How long is the travel season?
A. The travel season is approximately 10 months long. It generally begins in Mid-August and concludes by Mid-June, with a month and half break from the middle of November through the new year. Teams will practice 2-3 times a week from mid-August to mid-November, 1-2 times a week during January and February, and then start 2-3 times a week again in March through the end of the spring season.
Q. Where do travel teams practice?
A. In the fall our travel teams typically practice at Sandburg MS, Mount Vernon HS, or Bryant HS. Over the winter our younger teams normally have 1 practice a week indoor at a local elementary school. With COVID none of our teams practiced inside this past season, we will have to wait and see if we will practice indoor over the winter in 2021-22. Older teams practice outdoor during the winter, weather permitting. In the spring our teams will normally practice at Mount Vernon HS or Bryant HS.
Q. Is overnight travel required in the travel soccer program?
A. Teams will not have any overnight travel for league games. Our teams generally do one tournament a year in Richmond, Virginia Beach, etc. with most families staying at the same hotel. This is a great bonding experience for the players, and something the parents usually really enjoy as well.
Q. Who is responsible for the costs associated with overnight stays?
A. Individual families are responsible for their overnight travel. A team manager generally assists in reserving a block of rooms.
Q. How much travel is generally involved with the travel program?
A. In most cases away matches are thirty minutes to an hour away. There are only 4-5 away games in the fall and 4-5 in the spring. The remaining 4-5 games each season will be at one of our home fields, Grist Mill Park, Mount Vernon HS, Bryant HS, and Carl Sandburg MS.
Q. Can I play on both a recreation team and a travel team?
A. Yes for one season, after that you will need to choose between recreation or travel. The exception would be if your recreation team participates in SFL and in that case there are very specific rules denying crossover participation.
Q. I was my child's coach in recreation. Is it possible for me to coach at the travel level?
A. If you are interested in continuing to coach at the travel level please contact the Vice President to discuss further.
Q. What credentials do the travel coaches have?
A. Most of our professional coaches have at least a USSF D license or equivalent.
Q. How much does it cost to participate in travel soccer?
A. The fee for travel soccer is set in May each year. For 2021-22 the fee is $1795 for U9-U10 and $1895 for U11 and older. This fee was payable via a lump sum or in multiple payments. There are also scholarships and financial aid assistance available if needed.
Q. Are there any other expenses in addition to the player fee?
A. Gunston's player fee is all inclusive of most items but does not cover tournaments. Tournament fees will be split among players and paid as team fees which are normally $175-$250 per year depending on the teams age. The player fee also does not cover uniform costs which are typically about $130 for required items, uniforms are used for 2 full years.