Travel

Intertown program for Grades 3 to 8.

Our Travel program is designed to offer players with competitive opportunities to develop the necessary abilities to play at the next highest level. We recognize that many coaches, players, and parents value competitive play, however, to assure proper player development our Travel coaches follow the developmental philosophy and methodologies set forth by US Soccer. No matter the level of competition, we promote development by challenging players to think independently and play good soccer.

The program's main goal is to field teams to compete in various divisions within the Essex County Youth Soccer Association (ECYSA). Grade 4 divisions are strictly recreational with no playoff system, but these teams may participate in a friendly jamboree each spring. Grade 6 and Grade 8 divisions do have a playoff system in the spring where winning does mean something, but our coaches are expected to reinforce player development no matter what the outcome of the game.

We ask that you review our Travel Policy adopted to assure fairness, transparency and continuity with this program. We hope you will also take a moment to review the Player Development Initiatives to learn more about the development philosophy and playing standards set forth by US Soccer for the 7v7 and 9v9 playing formats used in this program.


Seasons

Travel seasons consist of a combined eight games played in the fall and another eight games played in the spring. Fall games are scheduled from September to November with a break for Columbus Day. Spring games are scheduled from April to June with a break for Memorial Day. The start and end of each season is set by ECYSA.

Spring 2019: Start of season has been set for April 13th.


Grade Groups

Travel teams are formed by gender and dual grade as set by ECYSA.

Fall 2018/Spring 2019

Grade 4: 4th Grade or Lower AND Born On or After 1/1/2008

Grade 6: 5th Grade or Lower AND Born On or After 1/1/2006

Grade 8: 8th Grade or Lower AND Born On or After 1/1/2004

Please refer to ECYSA Operational Rules for details of exceptions.


Schedule

Travel games are scheduled by ECYSA and can be found on its website.