RRSC Rec-Plus (Travel League)
Cost: $85.00 For U8 up to U14 and includes Jersey, cost for U19 is $100.00 and includes Jersey.
Common Misconception About Rec-Plus Travel:
One of the biggest misconceptions about our Rec-Plus Travel Program is that a lot of parents think they will be traveling long distances like Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, South Bend or towns in Northern IL. The truth is, our Travel teams only travel to surrounding communities such as Lowell, Crown Point, Demotte, Lakes of the Four Seasons, Dyer, Schererville, Highland, Hobart, Valparaiso and other nearby communities. They may, at times, travel to towns like Michigan City, Hammond, or Munster, depending if those towns have teams in your player's division. These are all still considered to be local communities. Keep in mind that it is only an 8 game season. Half of the games will be played at home, the other half will be played at our opponents home field. So the amount of travel time is at a minimum.
The Rest of the 411:
Our In-House Instructional League is meant to focus on individual players. Letting them play in any of the positions they want and letting them each develop at their own pace. We take our time and try to teach each player the basic fundamentals of Soccer. However, for those that are ready for a bit more of a challenge, Travel is the next step.
While it is not always the case, Travel is typically for those players that excel in our In-House program and either need, or would like more of a challenge. And, while all of our coaches are volunteers, Travel coaches typically have more experience. Travel is for players that like the challenge of playing head-to-head against their opponent. It is a more team orientated League where coaches try to get the players to work together as a team and try to run certain plays and use a little more strategy and control as they move the ball up and down the field. Coaches will try and develop their skills even further. It is a competitive league, so scores and standings are kept.
Travel teams have a better possibility of staying together as a team throughout multiple seasons, instead of having new teams each season. However, this placement can be affected by numerous factors:
a.) In the Fall, which is the official start of our Soccer year, teams are typically selected based on a combination of evaluation scores and coaches input at the Travel draft. Teams are selected from the top division down, whether the top division is Gold, Silver, etc.
b.) The age of a player as of July 31st of the Fall season year (i.e. Fall of 2004 would use 7/31/04 and then so would the Spring season) decides which division ( U8, U10, U12, U14, U19) they have to play in.
c.) The Spring season is a carryover of our Fall season. Existing teams usually stay together and openings are filled as needed at the next draft.
d.) The upper division teams generally have the right to pull players up from the lower division teams to fill their rosters. These players are usually the more experienced players from the lower division. This then could lead to the lower division team being a Co-ed team.
e.) And of coarse, the number of sign-ups each season affects the formation of teams.
The Rensselaer Regional Soccer Club (RRSC) Rec-Plus Travel Program plays in the North West Indiana Soccer League (NWISL), which is affiliated with the State of Indiana Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) and the Soccer Association for Youth (SAY). RRSC must follow NWISL guidelines and policies in order to play. RRSC has limited input when it comes to those policies. Our goal is to still offer a fun season of Soccer, but in a competition type environment.
***Please make sure when registering your child that you upload a headshot picture, meaning from the neck up. Please no full body pictures! Your child's picture is required for their Player I.D. Card, which they will need to be able to play. Player I.D. cards are required by NWISL and SAY.***
***If you have any further questions, please contact our Travel Coordinator, Amy Felton, at [email protected]***