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Welcome to the Vestal Youth Soccer Association Website. We are a youth soccer organization dedicated to promoting the game of soccer through the establishment of an organized soccer program and to instruct and develop soccer skills for all eligible youths while maintaining the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship in the greater area of Vestal, New York. VYSA is a not-for-profit organization that currently rosters approximately 250-300 youth soccer players from Broome County and surrounding areas.

We are a travel soccer club that started in Vestal, NY in 1985 and we are still thriving in a community that has always been competitive in soccer. VYSA provides an array of professional and experienced soccer coaches and trainers for all age groups to teach kids the fundamentals and more advanced skills of the game. Click the links below to learn more about VYSA.

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The uniform store will open on the first of every month. The store will remain open for 1 week.

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We are the oldest and most stable youth travel soccer club in the area. One of the big reasons we have been able to maintain a successful organization is our ability to evolve as a club as the landscape of youth soccer changes. Many clubs have come and gone in this area, but VYSA has been here since the beginning!

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Youth Soccer Programs

VYSA currently offers several different programs in the area. Whether you are playing for fun or looking for a more competitive atmosphere, our club is able to accommodate the goals of most players. Our typical season begins in November and ends in June. We start with indoor soccer and move to the outdoor fields when the weather turns from winter to spring. Most of our teams participate in local and regional tournaments a couple of times per year. We also have several clinics and advanced training sessions with professional trainers throughout our season.

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Coaching and Training

VYSA is continually looking for outstanding coaches and trainers who can teach kids the game of soccer while having fun. During the year we run clinics and camps that focus on more advanced skills with trainers. If you are interested in becoming a coach or a trainer for VYSA, please fill out the contact us form on the site.

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Find the youth soccer program that fits your needs. Join one of our travel soccer teams, sign up for technical skills, or participate in one of our many camps and clinics. With VYSA, there are NO HIDDEN costs or fees.

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Important dates, announcements.

The OHTSL welcomes you to the travel season! Below you will find important information for the upcoming season.

  • OHTSL Website Password  - if you don't have or can't remember your OHTSL password please access the login page  and select "Forgot Login/Password" using the email address that was entered by your community rep when you were added as a coach.
  • Score Reporting - game scores must be entered within 24 hours of game by both teams. To enter socre login to the website and access: League->Enter Score. Your game schedule should display, click "edit" and enter the home and visitor score and then click "save".
  • Community Contacts - ensure your community contacts are updated for the spring 2023 season
  • Field Locations - ensure your fields are setup and active
  • Community Maintenance Instructions
  • Field Insurance - Certificate of Liability Insurance (8/2/22-7/31/23)
  • Fees: 11 & younger = $14 for one-year fall to spring
  • Fees: 12 & older = $16 for one-year fall to spring
  • Fees: Staff = $10 for one-year fall to spring

Game/Game Scheduling Information:

  • Game Rescheduling Limits:  OHTSL will allow each team to submit up to 3 game change requests per season. All requests must be received no later than 3 days prior to the original game, if not then no game change and forfeit fee of referee and ref assignor fees or $100 whichever is greater will be applied.
  • Game Rescheduling 7 Days : reschedule requests approved by both community reps must be submitted to OHTSL via the game change system no less than 6PM 7-day prior to the original game date. 
  • Game Rescheduling 3-7 Days : game schedule requests approved by both community reps must be submitted via email to [email protected]  with game number in the subject line between 3 to 7 days prior to the original game date. Please note the requesting community will be responsible for the ref and ref assignor fees for the game.
  • Make-up Game Scheduling : requests approved by both community reps must be submitted to OHTSL via the game change system no less than 7 day prior to the new game date.
  • Game Cancellations:  any games that are unable to be played or rescheduled within the 7-day deadline will result in a $100 forfeit fee billed to cancelling community and game score recording of 0-5 loss for cancelling community.
  • Game Score Reporting:  both team coaches/managers must enter game scores within 24 hours of the game at League->Enter Score

Travel Team Declarations:

  • Team Declaration Instructions
  • All teams must be declared by 7/09/23
  • Fees = $110 per team due by 7/16/23
  • Payment mailed to: OHTSL PO Box 39398 Solon, OH 44139
  • Birth Year Chart
  • Max Game Rosters: 7v7 = 14, 9v9 = 16, 11v11 = 18

A new policy has been established to prevent players from transferring community programs between the spring and fall season after spring teams have been declared with OHTSL. 

  • Players will not be permitted to transfer from one community program to another unless the request is submitted between 11/1-3/01 and the request does not put the community out of compliance with the 3 out of community player per team limit.
  • Please keep in mind that communities must identify if a new spring player has played for another OHTSL community program in the fall. If the answer is yes, the communities will need to make a request with the fall community to release the player card no later than 3/1.
  • Exceptions #1 - If a player moves out of their fall community area into a new OHTSL community area
  • Exception #2 - If both communities agree after the 3/1 deadline
  • Exception #3 - OHTSL board approval (parents/communities can appeal to the board for approval)

Performs Check-In:  any team appointed adult (coach, manager, etc)

Requied Documents for Team Players:  paper copy of the offical US Club Soccer team roster with a current photo (within last 2 years) for all players & all coaches.

Required Documents for Guest Players  (player from same community but not listed on the teams offical roster): digital or paper copy of players team offical US Club roster or players US Club passcard

Verifications:

  • Review required documents
  • Ensure guest player limitations ( gameday policy/procedures )
  • Ensure only 3 coaches
  • Ensure min/max players ( gameday policy/procedures )
  • 10-15 prior to game teams swap rosters and opposing team call off players
  • If team has eligible guest players review documents
  • Referee will verify player shin guards/jewelry/shoes/etc.
  • Note: late players need to check-in with opposing team prior to participating in game play

Noncompliance

  • Teams without the official US Club Soccer roster will forfeit (0-5) loss
  • Guest players without required documentation will not be permitted to play
  • Any coach using an ineligible player will be subject to a 4 game to 1-year suspension.

Noncompliance Reporting:

  • Google Form

Congratulations to the the following on their being selected as the 2023 OHTSL Scholarship recipients.  Each student has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship!

  • Mallary Kendrick - Brunswick
  • Katerina Tsarouhas - Akron
  • Paige Klingersmith - Stow
  • Gavin Tatarczuk - Avon
  • Stefan Lechintan - Geneva
  • Sheldon Coffman - Bay Village

The OHTSL and US Club are pleased to announce that the OHTSL will now be able to register Community Recreation Programs through US Club. For detailed information on the process please watch: GotSport Rec Registration Video .

  • Players & coaches must be entered/uploaded into GotSport and submitted to US Club Soccer for membership - Instructions
  • Note: Coaches are required to meet the standing US Club coaching requirements of Sideline Sports DOC and background screening
  • $10 per player
  • $5 per coach

The OHTSL Leadership Council led by our Director of Coaching, Marcie Schwartz and will be comprised of 20 7th and 8th grade players. This group was created to allow players an opportunity to enhance thier leadership skills and abilities within sports and life. The sessions will focus on leadership styles, learning styles, growing as a leader, chalanges and many other topics. 

Mandatory Meeting Schedule:

  • 8/20 Webinar 8:30PM-9:30PM
  • 9/17 Webinar 8:30PM-9:30PM
  • 10/15 Webinar 8:30PM-9:30PM
  • 11/12 Webinar 8:30PM-9:30PM
  • 1/21 Webinar 8:30PM-9:30PM
  • 2/18 Webinar 8:30PM-9:30PM
  • 3/10 Webinar 8:30PM-9:30PM
  • 4/21 Graduation Dinner 6PM @ TBD
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The OHTSL Community of Coaches will be a monthly roundtable discussion around topics that are relevant to YOU, the coaches. The OHTSL Director of Coaching, Marcie Schwartz, will facilitate the meetings but they will mainly include breakout discussions among fellow coaches about challenges, successes and overall experiences within topics discussed. As coaches, our why should be the same, so how can we help create an environment that is best for these players to develop, have fun and learn to or continue to love the game. You will register for each meeting and then be sent the zoom link prior.

Meeting Schedule/Links to Register:

  • 10/01 8:30PM - Sideline Behavior
  • 11/05 8:30PM - Player Management
  • 02/04 8:30PM - Parent Engagement
  • 03/03 8:30PM - Practice Planning
  • 04/07 8:30PM - Game Day Management
  • 05/05 8:30PM - Off Season Training

The home team pays the referee before the game, please place ref payment in an envelope. Please be aware referee fees have incresased for the fall 20023 by $5 per ref & $10 for the 1-man 11v11.

  • 7v7 (U09-U10) = $40
  • 9v9 (U11-U12 & U13-U15 9v9) = $45
  • 11v11 (U13-U15) 1 ref = $60
  • 11v11 (U13-U15) 2 ref = CR $50, AR1 $30
  • 11v11 (U13-U15) 3 ref = CR $50, AR1 $30, AR2 $30
  • D1-D2 11v11 games are required to utilize a 3-man referee system
  • D3-D5 11v11 it is the home community discretion on utilizing a 1-man or 3-man referee system
  • If a game is cancelled due to weather less than 24 hours prior to the game date/time AND the home community ref assignor is not notified by phone, the home community will be billed for the full referee fee

For information on coaching eduction please visit:

  • Upcoming US Soccer Licensing Courses
  • Coaching Lesson Plans
  • OHTSL Reimbusement for Coaching Education

Coaches Connection:

  • Kenston is looking to hire trainers
  • Medina is looking for coach to lead 2014 team, experience preferred but not necessary, room for growth in role possible (paid position)
  • Revere SC (Richfield OH) is looking for experienced and inexperienced, dependable coaches (paid positions)
  • Shaker is looking for experienced coaches to add to their staff
  • Solon Lightning is looking for trainers (paid positions)
  • Twinsburg is looking for a 2010 lead boys coach

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Ohio North is in great need of referees, please visit:  ohnrefs.org for information on upcoming referee courses.

Please send declaration/forfeit fee to:

  • PO Box 39398
  • Solon, OH 44139

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The TSC Travel soccer program provides a highly competitive training and playing environment for those players who have the necessary skills, athletic ability, and commitment to the game of soccer. It involves a substantial commitment of time, energy and money – from both the player and his/her family. Unlike intramural soccer where everyone gets to join a team regardless of playing ability, making the roster and staying on the roster of a travel team is totally dependent on the individual’s skills and athletic abilities.

For more information about the TSC travel soccer program, please contact our travel coordinator Dan Vaitis at [email protected] .

All interested players must tryout to join a travel team. TSC travel teams traditionally hold tryout sessions in the spring. Tryouts typically consist of 1 to 3 practice sessions to evaluate the child’s athletic ability, skills and interest. After tryouts, an offer may or may not be extended to the player. Register here to tryout.

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If the player is accepted on a team, the “formal” commitment is for one year. Most TSC teams operate on a 9-11 month per year program. This includes outdoor league play in the fall and spring, indoor play in the winter, as well as training camps and tournaments throughout the summer and fall. TSC encourages its travel players (especially its younger ones) to participate in other sports. But keep in mind that travel teams also expect their players to give preferential treatment to their games versus other sports.

Travel team participation can be expensive. Costs can include league and club fees, uniforms, shoes and other gear, travel and lodging costs to out-of-town tournaments. The costs can vary from team to team, ranging from $200 to well over $500. Many travel teams undertake fund-raising activities to help defray the costs.

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Program overview.

The McLean Youth Soccer professional technical staff is led by Technical Director Clyde Watson along with the technical leadership listed below. Please read more about our technical staff on their bio page.

Travel Program Contacts

The McLean Youth Soccer (MYS) travel program consists of Team Training, Individual Training Opportunities, and League and Tournament Play as well as other on and off field developmental events including college information sessions, specialized fitness training and special technical clinics.

Players try out each year to be considered for a team. Once selected, the player commits to one seasonal year (August - July) of participation with the team.

McLean Youth Soccer offers a range of teams for players based on level of play and commitment. Players should carefully review information about a team prior to trying out.

Team Training & Player Expectations:  Travel teams in MYS typically train 2-3 times/week throughout the fall and spring seasons. Higher-level teams may train year-round with more frequency.

League and Tournament Games:  McLean Youth Soccer travel teams participate in a number of leagues. Placement in these leagues is determined by the technical staff and reflects the team's level of play and level of commitment.

  • ECNL:  The Elite Clubs National League is the highest level of youth soccer competition available for boys and girls, ages 13-19. Travel and time commitments are extensive.
  • ECNL RL: The ECNL Regional League is operated and managed by Virginia Premier Soccer League (VPSL).This league facilitates more club connectivity between levels of play and provides a path for more players within each Member Club to reach their fullest potential.
  • NCSL:  The National Capital Soccer League is the primary travel league for the DC Metropolitan area. Most age groups have 4-6 different divisions catering towards the varying needs of travel level teams.
  • There are other competitions/leagues that some teams may enter based on level of play and commitment, such as EDP and the US Youth Soccer Region I Premier League. Please check each team information sheet for specific information.

The recommended number of tournaments will be determined by age and ability level. The head coach will inform the team as to the approximate number of tournaments they will participate in throughout each season. The Technical Director (TD), Assistant Technical Director, and Age Group Managers (AGMs) will determine which tournaments the club will participate in. The objective will be to have all of MYS teams attend the same tournaments if practical. As a general guide U9-U12 teams participate in 4-6 tournaments per year. U13-U19 teams participate in 4-8 tournaments per year.

Attendance at all team games and tournaments is mandatory. Discuss any/all conflicts that arise with your coach that may prevent a player from participating.

Coach Assignments:  Please refer to this assignment chart for details.

International Opportunities:  McLean Youth Soccer provides opportunities for teams to travel internationally over spring break and summer for the U13 and U16 age groups. These are excellent opportunities to expand the player's cultural and developmental horizons. Please visit the  International Travel page  for more details, including news and photos from recent trips.

Communication:  MYS encourages open channels of communication available to any player or parent. We do ask that a 24-hour waiting period be respected before reaching out to discuss a game issue. The club policy is below:

Travel Program Communication Policy

The McLean Youth Soccer Travel Program has a network of staff to support its members. A chain of communication has been established to help address member's issues or concerns. In the event that a parent, player or member has a technical or administrative issue or concern, please follow the process below. If a resolution is not identified, please move to the next level of escalation. Please allow for a reasonable response time.

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The Pros and Cons of Youth Travel Teams

A travel team is a youth sports team that plays at an elite level. These teams travel, often long distances and out of state, to games, competitions, and/or tournaments (hence the name). Usually, these teams are part of a private or club sports program, not a recreational league or one affiliated with a school.

There is almost always a try-out or audition process to join the team. And there is no guarantee of playing time (unlike in recreational leagues where all kids will usually get a chance to play regardless of ability). Travel teams are also sometimes called elite teams, select teams, club teams , or tournament teams.

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Enhances family bonding

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Reduces boredom

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Young athletes can reach a point where they are bored with rec league play. A travel team may be the best way for them to learn new skills, meet expert coaches, progress in their sport, and have fun in the process. Kids need to be challenged so they can grow. On a competitive travel team, players gain great experience in team play and sportsmanship .

They also need to learn more about taking care of their body to keep it strong and healthy through conditioning, nutrition, and good sleep habits. And, of course, traveling can be a great way for both families and teams to bond through shared experiences, like meals or just swimming in the hotel pool. Kids are exposed to new cities and sometimes get a chance to play tourist.

Joining a travel team is definitely demanding, and not just for your kid. There are significant costs (thousands of dollars per season is common). There is a big time commitment: practices; games; travel; and parent volunteer hours all add up. It’s also likely that kids will need to miss school for team commitments. And with more practice and play time, the risk of injury and burnout goes up, too.

How to Make the Decision

It’s wonderful that your child wants to play at a higher level, but you need to be sure they understand what all you’re signing up for if they make the team.

When children are interested in a particular elite team, it's important to find out in advance what their expectations are. Have a frank family conversation about these sacrifices and whether you are willing to make them.

Be sure to consider these questions. It's really helpful to talk with other parents a few years ahead of you on the path—those who have experience with the same club or league you're looking at. Find out:

  • Do you know the coach or coaches? Can you observe some practices or games before you commit? In many instances, the coaching staff can make or break a child’s experience with a team or sport. Look for positive, fair-minded coaching. Toughness is OK (even necessary for some kids and teams), but hostility isn’t.
  • Does your child have the discipline, maturity, and attention span required to succeed? Even a child with exceptional innate talent still needs to be a good team player.
  • How dedicated is your child? Do they want to try out for the travel team just because friends are doing it, or because it seems like the next step? Or are they truly passionate about the sport?
  • How will they respond if they don't get selected for a team, or if they get selected but then don't see a lot of playing time? Do they understand that they'll have to compete for it?
  • What is the financial commitment? It's not just what you'll spend on equipment and fees, which can be significant, but extras such as travel costs and required apparel purchases (like a team jacket or bag). And remember that there will be fundraising responsibilities, too.
  • What is the time commitment? Lots of practice time is great for your player's development, but it definitely affects what other extracurricular activities they are able to do. And it cuts into homework time as well. Parents also will also have to give their own free time to volunteer.

Travel team play isn't right for every child, but it can be a lot of fun if you make the right match between child, sport, and team. The goal should always be for kids to have fun, be active, and keep learning, no matter what sport or team they choose.

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2024 travel soccer season.

Tryouts for the 2024 Season

Boys (2012 - 2016 Birth Years) : Monday, August 7th - Casey Park Boys (2006 - 2011 Birth Years) : Monday, August 7th - Kent Park 

Girls (2012-2016 Birth Years) : Tuesday, August 8th - Casey Park Girls (2006-2011 Birth Years): Tuesday, August 8th - Kent Park

Player Check-In/Field Assignments : 6pm

Tryouts : 6:15-7:45

Coach Expectations (parents and players): 7:45-8:00

Registration required for Tryouts : Registration is now Open! 

For complete season details please read on below. MANY of your questions can be answered there.

If you have a player born in 2006-2016 that's interested in playing, or you have additional questions, please contact Jason Howard or Sarah Frick to check on team availability.

WAYNE UNITED YOUTH SOCCER Overview

The Wayne United Travel Soccer program offers programs for 8 - 19 year old boys and girls. Travel soccer differs from recreational soccer in several ways and is a great stepping stone to competitive soccer. Any players considering making the jump to a traveling team should be made aware of the following:

  • Travel soccer can be more expensive than recreational soccer. Club tuition covers things like insurance, field rental, league fees, referee fees. There may also be costs associated with uniforms, equipment, and additional tournaments. For more details, see below.
  • Travel soccer is more competitive than recreational soccer, but the focus is still on player development and cultivating core soccer skills and a love for the game. Under League rules, the 9U and 10U teams are considered non-competitive and scores and team records are not kept during the games. For the older age groups, scores, team records and standings within the league divisions are recorded. 
  • Players are required to try-out and are placed on a team according to ability and availability. That said, Wayne United makes every effort to maximize playing opportunities for as many players as possible. In the non-competitive age groups, playing time is evenly divided by league rule. In the older, competitive age groups playing time may vary, although coaches generally try to play most players. 
  • Travel Soccer rules are generally more closely related to high school and college soccer than many recreational leagues. 
  • Transportation is not provided to and from practices or games in a travel soccer league. Wayne United home games and outdoor practices are typically held on the Wayne Central Schools campus ( 2023 and 2024 seasons are different due to the school capital improvment project ) . Indoor practices currently utilize the Premier Sports facility in Webster and the field house at Casey Park in Ontario. Away games are played at the opposing clubs home facility, most of which are in the Greater Rochester Area. However, the league currently has clubs as far south as Canandaigua, Bloomfield and Livonia and as far west as Bergen, Kendall and Batavia. For a complete list of opposing clubs, check here .

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Rochester District Youth Soccer League

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The Wayne United Youth Soccer Club is a member of the Rochester District Youth Soccer League (RDYSL) and all regular season league games are played against other RDYSL teams.  RDYSL is comprised of 37 clubs with approximately 550 teams and 9000 players from the Rochester District in Western New York. This includes the counties of Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne. Teams are grouped by age and gender and there are multiple divisions within each group. Division level is generally determined by the team coach, but must meet guidelines from the league.  The RDYSL is affiliated with New York State West Youth Soccer Association, which is in Region I of the United States Youth Soccer Association and FIFA. 

Season Snapshot

The following is a general time frame for a typical Wayne United Travel Soccer season. As more specific dates and times are released, we will update the specific season timeline.

Travel soccer requires a higher level of commitment and dedication to attend the majority of practices and games. Acceptance of a roster position is acceptance of this commitment level.

AGE appropriate play

Where possible teams are comprised of age-appropriate players in accordance with the US Soccer Federation age matrix supporting the USSF Player Development Initiative. Where numbers require combining age groups, teams are placed in league divisions which Wayne United feel will provide a positive experience and maximize player development.

When the coaching staff feels that a player may benefit from "playing up", a determination will be made on a case by case basis after evaluation by the Director of Coaching and the age-appropriate and upper level team coaches, as well as consultation with the player and parents.

2023-2024 Season Age Matrix

NOTE: For the RDYSL league, the U8/U9 division is always combined. As such, our U8/U9 players will be on a combined team as well. 

Costs, Requirements & Equipment

  • There will be no tryout fees for this year. The $20 tryout fee that covers the insurance has been rolled into the Season Membership Fee

This following information was for the 2022-2023 season, costs for the 2023-2024 season have not been finalized yet, but are not expected to have major changes.

SEASON MEMBERSHIP FEES

  • This INCLUDES the previously separate Tryout Fee
  • Registration is required by September 15, 2022 to reserve team position
  • Payment in Full  (Upon Registration)
  • 3 payments (Upon Registration, Nov 1, Dec 15)
  • Season Fees include all practices and regular season league play fees (plus the Wayne United Indoor Tournament for U8-U14 teams if it occurs)
  • Additional tournament play is determined by the coach and varies for each team. Proceeds of the Wayne United indoor tournament are distributed to teams to offset the cost of tournament play. However, proceeds vary as do the tournament fees each year. Additional tournament fees are the responsibility of the team players and will be communicated to the parents by the coaches. 

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENT

The Wayne United Youth Soccer Club is an organization that is completely run and supported by volunteers. As such, a volunteer requirement must be satisfied EACH SEASON for EACH PLAYER. This means that every parent/guardian is required to choose from one of several available opportunities to satisfy this requirement. If you have multiple children playing in the club, then you are required to meet the volunteer obligation for EACH CHILD. Note that ANY ADULT may volunteer to satisfy this requirement, but it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to ensure that the requirement is met. Examples of volunteer opportunities include:

  • Volunteering as a board member for the club
  • Volunteering for non-board club positions (such as tournament committee members, uniform coordinator, equipment coordinator,  registrar, field coordinator, etc.)
  • Volunteering as a coach, assistant coach or team manager
  • Volunteering for a time block during the annual indoor tournament

NOTE: Due to the increased level of time commitment, if you have multiple children in the club, volunteering as a Board member, Coordinator, Coach, or Assistant Coach will satisfy the requirement for ALL CHILDREN.

If you are unable or unwilling to volunteer (or arrange for someone to volunteer on your behalf), you may elect to buyout of the volunteer requirement at the time of registration at a cost of $100 per child for the season. 

Players who have not met the volunteer requirement prior to the start of regular season league play WILL NOT be issued a player pass until the requirement is satisfied (if opportunities are still available) or they pay a $150 late buyout penalty.

UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT

  • Includes shorts, primary jersey, alternate jersey, 1 pair of socks
  • Uniforms are changed/redesigned no more frequently than every 2 seasons and were last redesigned for the 2022 season.
  • 2024 WILL BE a total redesign of the uniform ALL players will need to purchase a new uniform kit.
  • Additional apparel (warm-ups, backpacks, socks, etc) are optional and available for order at an additional cost.
  • Shin Guards and appropriate footwear are REQUIRED and are the responsibility of each player. Cleats are not allowed to be worn on indoor practice fields.  Only soft (non-metal) cleats are allowed on outdoor fields. 
  • While team coaches are allotted some balls for the team, each player should have a ball that can be used for practices and practices at home. Ball size varies depending on age. 

2023 Active Teams

For the 2023 season, the Wayne United had15 active teams, including 7 girls teams (U9/U10/U11/U12/U14/U15/U17) and 8 boys teams (U9/U10/U11/U12/U13/U14/U15/U17). Each year the teams are formed based on the tryout results and the number of athletes at each age level. Every effort is made to accommodate as many athletes as possible while ensuring that team formation is age appropriate. While some age groups may be combined when absolutely necessary due to the number of players, "playing up" is generally discouraged unless necessary to complete a team. 

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10 things to know about travel soccer

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When it comes to travel soccer there are some things every parent should know .  First, don’t think you have to do what everyone else is doing.  Too many people jump on the bandwagon and think for success, their kid has to play in a certain league.  Your family is different from every family on earth, so make sure you know these important tips before diving into travel soccer. 

If your kid loves the sport and will put in the work, travel soccer is usually the best option. 

You can find a team that travels less than others, if you desire less travel.  Depending on the league and the coach, you could travel out of state 10-15 times each season.

Just remember, do what’s best for your family ! 

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What is travel soccer?

Travel soccer is more competitive than recreation soccer by far.  Some use the terms club or select soccer, but club/select soccer can stay local, where “travel soccer” is literally where you will usually travel for multiple out-of-state competitions. 

Depending on the city/state you’re from, depends on how much travel you will do.  

Depending on where you live makes a big difference.  The big soccer cities have tons of choices for youth soccer, where the smaller soccer cities and states have way less options. 

More than anything it depends on the league your team qualifies for. 

The top leagues require more travel for league games, plus there are regional and national tournaments to qualify for.  

Player commitment for club soccer

The commitment is pretty high. 

Most travel soccer coaches want you at the majority of the practices and games .  Players who miss either one on the regular will not be expected to play. 

Again you need to find a team that fits your style.  It more depends on the coach more than the actual club.

Some coaches will expect you to play tournament over holidays like Thanksgiving and Memorial Day.  If traveling out of town or chilling with family and friends is important to you on holiday, make sure you ask the coach their tournament plans on during these holiday weeks. 

Club /travel soccer kids sign a ‘contract’ each year.  Often times the teams have a “signing party” at a players house.  It’s really a big deal to the kids. In this contract the player commits to play with the team for the season and they can’t leave until the contract is up. 

Sometimes players will ask for a “release” and most of the time the coach won’t give it. 

Remember, all coaches and clubs are different.  Find the one that fits your style.

Cost for travel soccer

When considering the cost you have to know that there are club fees which help pay the coaches.

Another big piece of the pie is paying for the league fees .  For the higher level “classic” leagues, which by the way they just added a 4th div classic league.  Why? Money, that’s why.  Many parents want “classic or the best”.  So the leagues give it to them and charge for it. 

The price for these leagues run between $3,500 – $5,000 per team .  So about $250 per player . 

Then uniform cost is separate and some teams only have to pay for these every 2 years.  Some pay for new uniforms every year.   

On top of this some teams travel several out of state 3-12 times per year.  Many of these trips are via airplane, so add in airfare and hotel .  If not by plane then you can add up the gasoline for your car. 

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Travel commitments for travel soccer

Some of the kids I train play on teams that flew to Las Vegas , Florida and California in 12 months time. 

These kids were 10 years old!  I think that’s crazy, but others don’t.  I’d say 70% of them have no problem paying for this, while the other 30% have a harder time. 

If this is what you want do it, but please don’t think you have to.  It’s not going to help your child develop any more.  Really all it does is get you to experience another state and play different teams.  

You have to find a team/coach that fits your commitment level .  Some coaches enter for tournaments or friendly games where you travel 2-4 hours for 1-2 games.  Other coaches only do the local leagues with 1 or 2 tournaments out of town/state. 

If you live in a big soccer city there’s not as much need to travel out of state, compared to a state like Louisiana or Oklahoma who don’t have the best soccer, but do have a few good teams. 

Competitive youth tournament locations

Here’s a list of 15 of the biggest & best youth soccer tournaments in the America   via ‘the 18.com’. 

These tournaments are held in Maryland , Florida , Texas , California , Minnesota , Virginia , New York and Las Vegas . 

Teams are from all across the country at these national tournaments. 

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Tournaments vs leagues [options for your teams]

I grew up 5 hours from Dallas, TX and even further from other soccer cities. 

So we had 3 options … 

  •  Travel on the highway every week or two to play in 1-2 league games .
  • Play only local lower level teams. (Not an option after age 12).
  • Go to tournaments instead of playing in a league and then play some other competitive friendly games against teams 2-3 hours away. 

Most of my high school years we did option #3 and I think it was best!  No reason to drive 5 hours every week or two plus tournaments promised us 3 games, 5 if we got to the finals. 

The other good travel/club team did option #1.  My last year in high school our coach moved to Florida, so we all had to play for the other club.  I had lots of fun traveling with buddies and their parents carpooling, but I sure am glad that only was for 1 year. 

I share this story because if you live far away from the big soccer cities, these are some choices you can make. 

To me it doesn’t make sense to drive that long year round and then the kids don’t even play college soccer.  But hey, that’s my opinion.  Some of my buddies who didn’t play college, probably would have done it all over again.  We did have a great time together.  We all had and have different goals, so again, do what’s best for you. 

Ages for travel soccer

Again, location plays a big role when it comes to ages for travel soccer. 

The larger cities have more opportunity. 

Some kids as young as 7 years old start traveling to play competitive soccer.  I would guess that most kids who end up playing for the best clubs by ages 14-16 start playing competitively by age 8 .  Travel soccer goes all the way up to age 17-18 years old. 

The gamble starting so young is, what if your child gets burned out by age 13 ?  I think if you’re going to start them playing travel soccer at age 8, make sure they really enjoy it and will put in the work. 

One thing I bring up a lot is the kids I know who started playing club/select/travel soccer at age 10 and ended up playing college soccer.  There are tons of soccer parents who would think I’m crazy for saying age 10 because the kids would be so far behind.  True they would be behind, but that’s what catching up is for. 

Alex Morgan started club at age 13.  Taylor Twellman was a multisport athlete, so he didn’t commit to soccer full out at a young age.  Both of these players ended up on the US national team and made great money. 

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Are there any financial scholarships offered?

Most of your big clubs offer scholarships to 1-2 players per team .  This is usually the coaches choice and often comes out of their pocket.  Coaches usually get paid per player, so if a coach picks 2 players who need scholarship that is less money compared to having 100% of the players paying full price. 

Now of course the players who get scholarship are going to have to produce.  I don’t see a coach picking many players who will sit the bench and get free dues. 

How is the coach chosen? 

Hey, for the most part club soccer is a business . 

So the biggest clubs have a mix of good coaches and not so good coaches. 

The bigger the club, the more players they have which means the higher demand for coaches. 

Some of the top clubs in America will literally ask parents to coach.  I ask parents and coaches the question, “are the dues less in this case”?  The answer is no.  But hey you get to where the fancy jersey and socks:) 

In short, coaches find clubs and clubs find coaches. 

Some of the clubs require their coaches to have a D license.  Most don’t. 

If you look at the websites, very few hold the A or B license which is the highest and it goes down to a C, D, E and F.  A, B and C are rare, while most club coaches either have D, E or F.  The ‘F’ and ‘E’ only require you to take a 2-3 hour in-person course locally. The A license is a 10 day course usually held in California.  

Youth soccer coaches move around from club to club as much as the players.  Sometimes it’s because of choice and other times they get forced out.  It could be another club offering a couple hundred more dollars per month, per team.  With 3-5 teams this could mean $12,000 more per year. 

How to improve soccer skills at home

Kids who train even a little bit on their own give themselves a BIG advantage.  Especially the ones who practice the right skills! 

You can go out and spend 2 hours kicking a ball into the goal, but are you striking the ball properly ?  Are you getting enough reps. 

Kicking the ball against a wall or rebounder is better than into a goal.  The reason is because with a wall the ball comes right back to you.  This helps you develop your first touch and kicking.  Shooting into the goal doesn’t help with 1st touch. 

Now let’s talk about controlling the ball and developing better footskills/dribbling.  Go to YouTube and the YouTubers will have you brainwashed to believe that getting 1,000 touches is what the pros do.  Well it’s not.  Pros don’t work much on this all.  Also youth players shouldn’t train like the pros in many aspects.  

Youth players need to develop better form when dribbling and bringing the ball out of the air. 

You don’t need thousands of touches to do this. 

Instead you need to teach your muscle memory to do it correctly.  On top of this players need to learn how to control the ball with different parts of the feet and be smooth between touches. 

If you’ll spend just 20-30 mins per week on your own – get my online ball control courses . 

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What is Travel Soccer? A Parent’s Guide

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If your child is interested in playing soccer at a more competitive level, you may have heard about travel soccer.

Travel soccer is a step up from recreational soccer and is designed for players who want to take their skills to the next level .

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Is travel soccer worth it? Is it a good fit for your kid, or should they play rec instead? In this article, we’ll explore what travel soccer is, how it differs from recreational soccer, and what you can expect if your child decides to join a travel soccer team.

Understanding Travel Soccer

If you are looking for a more competitive level of youth soccer , then travel might be the right choice for your child! Teams are made up of players who have tried out and been selected based on their skills and abilities. With this said, there may be instances where a child could not make the team.

Travel soccer is different from recreational soccer in that it requires a bigger time commitment and costs more. Players are expected to attend practices and games regularly and may need to travel to games and tournaments that are more regional than local. So, instead of playing in your town every Saturday morning, you may have to travel 45 min. to compete against another town in your state.

Teams are typically more competitive than recreational teams and may participate in higher-level leagues or tournaments. This can be a great way for players to challenge themselves and improve their game.

It is important to note that travel soccer is not for everyone. It requires a significant time, energy, and financial commitment from both the player and their family. Before deciding to join a travel soccer team, it is important to consider your goals, abilities, and personal circumstances to determine if it is the right choice for you.

Benefits of Travel Soccer

If you’re considering travel soccer for your child, you may be wondering what benefits it can offer. Here are some of the advantages of playing travel:

Skill Development

One of the main benefits of competitive soccer is that it provides players with the opportunity to develop their skills more often.

Not always but many travel teams have more experienced coaches who can help players improve their technique, tactics, and physical fitness. Coaches are still volunteers (not paid) but take it more seriously than a rec program.

Players are also exposed to a higher level of competition, which can help them develop their skills more quickly.

Exposure and Opportunities

Travel soccer can provide players with exposure to club soccer coaches and directors.

Players who perform well in these situations may be invited to participate in elite camps or tournaments, which can further enhance their skills and increase their chances of playing at the next tier in U.S. soccer which is playing for a local club team .

Teamwork and Social Skills

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Sports, in general, can help players develop valuable social and teamwork skills. Players must work together to achieve their goals and learn to communicate effectively with their teammates. This can help them develop leadership skills, build confidence, and learn how to work well with others.

In addition, travel soccer often involves traveling to different cities for games and tournaments. This can provide players with the opportunity to meet new people, hang out with their buddies outside of soccer, and develop a sense of independence and responsibility.

Requirements for Travel Soccer

There are certain requirements for travel soccer and we’ll explore them in this section.

Age and Skill Level

Most teams are organized by age group, with teams ranging from U9 to U19. The age group that you will play in will depend on your birth year. Please note that travel soccer tends to be more popular in the younger age groups where there are more opportunities. When you get to U14 and older, there are school teams (middle school and high school) thrown into the mix.

Commitment and Dedication

Travel requires more commitment of time and effort than a rec program. Players are usually expected to attend multiple practices per week, as well as weekend games and tournaments.

Additionally, players are expected to maintain a certain level of fitness and conditioning outside of practice. If you are considering joining a team, it is important to be prepared to make this level of commitment.

Financial Considerations

Travel soccer can also be more expensive than recreational soccer. In addition to the cost of equipment and uniforms, players may be required to pay for tournament fees, travel expenses, and other expenses related to the team. It is important to consider these costs before trying out for atravel soccer team .

In our town, the rec program is $65 whereas the travel program is $250. This is still much lower than a soccer club which could be more than $5,000 when all is said and done.

How to Get Started in Travel Soccer

If you’re interested in joining a team, there are a few key steps you need to take to get started. Here are some things to consider:

Finding a Local Team

Most towns will have a rec and travel program that are associated with each other. Go to your local youth sports website and dig into the information provided.

For the upcoming season, tryouts usually happen in the spring. If you want to play in the fall of 2024, tryouts is probably spring or early summer of 2024. You should not wait until the summer to start figuring it out.

If your local town does not have a travel team, check neighboring towns to join. In most cases, you don’t need to be from that town to play on their team.

Tryouts and Selection Process

Most teams hold tryouts to select players for their teams. As I mentioned, these tryouts are typically held months before, and they give coaches a chance to evaluate players’ skills and abilities.

They’ll be evaluating your technical skills, tactical abilities, physical fitness, and mental toughness. If you’re selected for a travel team, congratulations! You’ll have the opportunity to play against some of the best local teams in your area, and to develop your skills as a player.

Potential Challenges of Travel Soccer

Here are some potential challenges that you should consider before signing up for a travel soccer team.

Time Commitment

Travel soccer requires a significant time commitment. You will likely have to attend several practices a week, as well as games on weekends.

If you play flag football, tackle football, or any other fall sport, it could be tough juggling it all. I would reach out to the soccer director and figure out if it’s doable to play another sport. If not, travel soccer should keep you busy!

Travel Demands

As the name suggests, travel soccer involves a lot of travel. You may have to travel to other cities or even other states for games and tournaments.

This can be expensive and time-consuming, especially for larger families or families who are already strapped for time.

But, since it’s a local team, carpooling is always recommended for practices and games.

Balancing School and Soccer

If a child hasn’t played a competitive sport before, it could be challenging to balance soccer and school . Most practices are in the evening so it’s important they do any homework in the small window they have after school. This will make your and their life so much easier.

To Conclude – JUST HAVE FUN

For players (and parents), it’s important to remember that soccer is a game and supposed to be fun. Try your best and have fun. It’s easy to do both!

It’s also essential to prioritize development over wins and losses. Have a long-term mindset when it comes to getting better. Very little happens in a week but a lot can happen in six months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Travel soccer is usually more expensive than recreational soccer due to additional expenses such as travel, leagues, and tournament fees. However, the benefits of playing travel soccer include a higher level of competition and more opportunities for skill development. Ultimately, whether travel soccer is worth the extra cost depends on the player’s goals and priorities.

Travel soccer is a type of club soccer that emphasizes competitive play and requires travel to games and tournaments usually within state borders. On the other hand, club soccer is the next tier up and usually has paid coaches and more travel requirements. For this reason, club soccer costs much more than travel soccer.

The travel soccer season typically starts in the fall and spring. However, some clubs may have different schedules or offer year-round play. It’s important to check with your local club for specific season dates.

You can find travel soccer teams near you by searching for your local youth sports organization. Typically, they will have important dates and a registration form for tryouts. You can also get recommendations from other parents and coaches in the community.

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Youth club soccer provides so much more than just high level competition. Its offers young athletes an environment to create close friendships, build camaraderie, and endless opportunities to develop their character.

Here at Lucid Travel , we value sports travel. Here are some tips for making team travel more effective and enjoyable.

1. Budgeting

Budgeting is most effective when its done before the season starts. This helps to minimize unexpected costs, so everything that’s needed doesn’t have to be compromised later.

The way you budget varies not only between different sports, but different teams within the same sport. Things like athletic administration budgets, and if the coach is paid or unpaid, will affect the budget.

When planning, important factors to consider are fees for coaching, facilities, and tournaments. Uniforms, supplies, hotel prices, meals, and gas will also play a large role.

Fundraising is the best way to offset these costs but it’s not always easy. Have a parent volunteer to lead this effort and organize the team to take advantage of simple ways to raise.

With Lucid Travel, teams have the option to fundraise with very little effort. Each team can simply sign up and the players can share with their friends and family for the next time they book travel. Every time the team page is used, it will generate up to 7% in proceeds for the team. No more car washes or bake sales.

To learn more about team fundraising with Lucid Travel, click here .

2. Communication

Communication is key on and off the field. It inevitably leads to honesty and willingness to work together. Coaches can share their budget plan with the players and their parents, and come up with reasonable payment plans. This will help the parents will understand the costs, and important details won’t be left to the responsibility of the players

A good way to improve your team’s communication is to use one of the many great team apps that are available – TeamApp, TeamSnap and LeagueApps are a few very popular ones.

3. Time Management

Nothing is more stressful than waiting to the last minute but just like with creating a budget early, planning ahead will help make everything go as smoothly as possible. Communication will make time management effective, by keeping everyone updated and notified about important deadlines.

Notice the best time to book a hotel is one month (30 days) in advance. This will actually save you more money than booking further in advance or closer to your checkin date. For more tips and insights about the best time to book travel and save money, visit our blog post .

The biggest tips for time management aren’t specific to team travel, but time management in general. Create schedules and prioritize and don’t forget to plan for down time. Free time and rest time are critical for everyone’s well being.

4. Organization

Organization coincides with time management and communication. The team can create itineraries, directions to and from the event, and packing lists so nothing gets left behind. In addition to helping everything go smoothly, practicing organization will also teach the players about being disciplined and working together.

5. Experience

Traveling for sports shouldn’t just be about the tournament. You should also make sure to take advantage of the experience of it. Besides rest time and free time, plan for something fun and interesting to do in the area. It can be a famous landmark, an amusement park, or even a nice restaurant one night. You can create a poll before the trip for the players to vote on what they’d like to do.

This will give them more to look forward to, and something to remember besides the tournament. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate or expensive, just something fun that will make the trip more memorable and help the team bond.

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Travel Program

The Travel (Competitive Club Program) is for competitive and advanced level players, between the ages of 8 and 15, who demonstrate the desire and ability to learn and play soccer at the next level. We offer a more challenging and competitive playing environment than is typically provided by local recreational leagues.  

The primary goal for our competitive team program is to help each player reach his or her maximum potential with regards to soccer, as well as to give our players the best possible resources to develop successful teams.  

Competitive teams are formed in the spring or fall of each year through open tryouts and evaluations. Players are accepted to their team for a one - year (12-month) commitment beginning July 1 to June 30th the following year.  Competitive first teams practice 1 times per week (with the option of a 2nd training per week) during the fall and spring seasons as well as train weekly during the winter.

If you have any questions about the Competitive Program or would like additional information please contact  us at [email protected]

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Spring 2024 Tryouts

Alba FC invites all eligible, Spring 2024, U-8  through U-13 boys to join us at open tryouts! Our tryouts will be held every Thursday & Friday from 4:30 - 6:00 pm @ Ferry Point Park Turf Field. Address: 299 Hutchinson River Pkwy, Bronx NY, 10465 (next to Whitestone Bridge exit. 18). We are looking for advanced, skillful players with at least 1 season experience in travel youth soccer.

If your child seems to be a dominate player in his town or rec program, this is the challenging program he needs to be a part of. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to play at their best and be part of a club that supports and encourages each and every player to strive to reach maximum potential both as a competitor and a person.

The tryouts are run in an open session and your child will have the opportunity to train with our teams and trainers. There is NO FEE for tryouts. Here at Alba FC, we're not just a soccer Club, we're a family. We understand that the choice to join a new club can be filled with many questions and concerns and we welcome the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have with our directors and staff.

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Travel Methods of Coaching

Using small sided games to teach

The use of small sided games creates the right environment for player development by allowing players to develop creatively by allowing them to respond to the problems presented by the game.

The game is the best teacher

The best teacher is the game. Our coaches who create a game – like environment during their training sessions have found the key to success.

What is player development

The concept of player development is essential to long term growth and improvement of the player. Player development demands that “the player is central” to all decisions made regarding training and competition.

Practice organization

The game will tell our coaches what the team needs to practice. We say that the game and training have a reciprocal effect. The game indicates what we need to train for and in training we prepare for the game.

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Program Details

Starting Date:

Program includes:

Day of the week:

Each session includes:

Training Location:

Game Location: 

Uniforms Home &

Program Cost:

April 7, 2024

9 - 10 games &  training sessions

One game & one training session per week

It is based on age group

Warm Up, Individual activities, Small group activities,   Large group activities and /or team activities, Cool down

Ferry Point Park

10 Hutchinson River Parkway Bronx New York 10465

Lehman High School

3000 East Tremont Avenue Bronx New York 10461

$480  per player per season fall or spring

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TRAVEL REGISTRATION FORM

Admission for Travel Program is $496.00

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TRAVEL SOCCER

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WHAT IS TRAVEL SOCCER:

HUNTER SC's Travel soccer is a competitive youth soccer program. The program is designed for advanced players who have a high level of skill and strong commitment to the sport. Travel Teams have two practices per week and league games on weekends.  The practices provide an opportunity for players to develop their skills and refine their techniques, while the league games allow them to showcase their abilities and compete against other teams from various clubs in our area. This level of competition helps players to grow and improve as players, and to experience the excitement and camaraderie of being part of a team. Practices start Mid-August and the league begins early September. While there might be a little break or less activities during the winter months, most teams usually continue to play in spring. The travel games are usually within a 20 to 30 minute radius.

REGISTRATION FEES:

The per-player fee charged at online registration is as follows:

U9-U10 $460

U11-U18 $420

We are happy to announce that we have worked hard to keep our travel costs per player the same as last year while adding more uniform training for our Travel goalkeepers for all age groups.  While other general club costs per player have ticked up (this includes insurance, fall league fees, fall league referee fees, portable fall lights, township permits, field maintenance, equipment, spring cups, administrative costs, etc.) we felt compelled to keep our costs flat in further support of our soccer families.  Hunter Travel soccer is offering a top-quality soccer experience at a very affordable price comparatively. 

FAMILY DISCOUNT: For families with more than 1 player participating in the HSC travel program, each additional child will receive a discount of $50. Parents must register using the Family Registration feature in our gotsoccer registration system in order to take advantage of the new discount.

TRAVEL UNIFORMS:

All players new to Hunter will order their player uniforms online with our supplier Capelli. The uniform fee is $115 for royal blue socks, royal blue shorts, a home hoops jersey, and a pink away hoops jersey top. Uniforms will be shipped directly to the player's mailing address. The decision to add an away top results from leagues and tournaments requiring that all club teams maintain a secondary kit in case of uniform color conflicts with opponents. The cost of the uniform kit is not included in the registration costs.

ORDER KIT HERE :  HUNTER SC - MANDATORY KIT - Capelli Sport - U

TRYOUTS: The following birth years will try out on the weekend of 3/23-3/24/24:

2016 (Under-9)

2015 (Under-10)

2014 (Under-11)

2013 (Under-12)

2012 (Under-13)

Please note that HSC travel teams at these age groups are 'age pure', meaning underage players are not permitted to play up a year (unless, at the discretion of the travel committee, it is necessary to field a team). This is consistent with changes mandated in 2016 by the US Soccer Federation. The club does not field U8 travel teams, therefore gifted U8 players may be allowed to play on U9 teams. Such cases must be approved by the Director of Travel Soccer. The tryout for these age groups on 3/23-3/24 will take place on our new turf field between 8 am and 2 pm. Complete details along with the tryout times will be communicated two weeks prior. 

TRYOUT LOCATION:

Saturday 3/23 & Sunday 3/24

Upper Penbryn Turf

Penbryn Park, 220 Houston Rd, Glenside, PA 19038

TRYOUTS U14 AND OLDER:

Tryouts for teams U14 and above will be scheduled by individual teams and announced on our official tryout schedule when dates/locations are confirmed with the club.

REFUND POLICY: Complete details of our refund policy are located at the bottom of this page. QUESTIONS: Please contact Hunter's travel soccer program customer service at [email protected]

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Hunter offers travel opportunities from U9 thru U18

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Refund Policy for 2024-25 Travel Registration Fees

Refund of the 2024 travel soccer registration fee will be granted as follows. There are no other exceptions:

If your child withdraws before attending the tryout - $395 (U11-U18)/$435 (U9-U10) refund ($25 tryout fee is deducted from registration fee)

If your child withdraws during the tryout - $395 (U11-U18)/$435 (U9-U10) refund ($25 tryout fee is deducted from registration fee)

If your child skips the tryout- $395 (U11-U18)/$435 (U9-U10) refund ($25 tryout fee is deducted from registration fee). You must request refund in writing by March 18th, 2024.

If your child is offered a roster spot and you DECLINE at the time offered - $395 (U11-U18)/$435 (U9-U10) refund ($25 tryout fee is deducted from registration fee). A parent must make a decision when offered a roster spot on a HSC travel team. "I'm not sure", "Need to think about it," etc. will be treated as a Decline.

If you accept a roster spot and then subsequently decline, there is NO REFUND.

If your child joins a HSC travel team and subsequently leaves the team during the 2024-25 cycle, there is NO REFUND.  

HSC's refund policy takes several key considerations into account. First, we seek to attract players whose first choice is Hunter Soccer. Second, HSC will make every effort to provide a travel soccer experience to anyone who attends and passes a tryout. The club will typically form new teams to make this happen (as long as a volunteer coach is available). The club builds these new teams based on the premise that players will accept a roster spot when offered.

Hunter Travel Soccer Contacts

Travel Soccer Member Services: Franziskus ('Fifi') Bertl

Email:  [email protected]

Thunder Youth Travel Teams

Thunder Soccer Club offers competitive travel soccer in the U8 thru U19 age groups.  Players are primarily in the local travel leagues (National League/EDP/NCSL/CMSSL) and have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge of the game through the Club’s excellent youth development program. Players enjoy the benefits of expert training and coaching to play premier travel soccer. Thunder Soccer Club provides a fun, positive and committed environment for our young players to learn and enjoy soccer year-round from some of the best coaches available.

Our impressive coaching staff consists of MANY current and former ODP coaches, professional coaches, college coaches, high school coaches, professional players, and national team players!  

Travel Program . For motivated and committed players wanting to play on U8-U18 travel teams.

  • Players attend tryouts in May/June and are placed on tiered teams.
  • We form 2-3 levels of travel teams in each age group for boys and girls.
  • The program is specific for the age and developmental level of the players.
  • Players attend training 2-3 times per week with their coach &/or trainer in a program directed by the Director of Coaching.
  • There is also additional opportunity for technical & speed/agility training (academy style), goalkeeper training and summer camps.

Travel Program Goals .

As players move through the travel program, the following technical, tactical, physical and psychological areas are covered:

Technical  – individual skills under the pressure of time, space, and an opponent

Tactical  – principles of attacking and defending, team and individual tactics of the game

Physical  – fitness with and without the ball

Psychological  - foster a desire to play, encourage decision-making, creativity, increase demands, discipline.

Games/Tournaments .

  • Teams are given a schedule appropriate to their level of play.
  • League games will be ½ or more in Howard Co, ½ at various clubs in the league (MD, VA, & PA).
  • Teams will participate in tournaments play depending on the level of the team.

Travel Team Tryouts.

  • Tryouts run over 2-3 days the end of May/early June.
  • Players need to attend as many days as possible.
  • Registration for tryouts opens May 1 each year.
  • Players need to register for tryouts (no charge).
  • The tryout process includes evaluation of individual skills, small-sided to regulation games, understanding of the game, fitness and effort/attitude.
  • At tryouts, parents are provided with a list of plans for each travel team in the age group including coach information, proposed league play and proposed tournament play.

Cost Fees  are set each year by the program and club.

Please contact the office for a fee schedule.

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What is Travel Soccer

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The question comes up frequently, What is travel soccer? Well, there's a lot more to it than the obvious element of traveling. Travel soccer involves more on several levels.

You're probably wondering exactly what is involved, is travel soccer worth it, and what age does travel soccer start. Let's start with an overview.

Generally speaking, travel soccer is a more competitive level of youth soccer where kids have to try out to be selected to play on a travel soccer team. Travel to games and tournaments is more regional than local. Travel soccer has a bigger time commitment and costs more than recreational soccer.

what age does travel soccer start

When to start travel soccer depends on several factors. Deciding to play or not is not just about the age, ability and soccer maturity of your child. It's also about the added time commitment (and money) that comes along when you want to enroll your child in a travel soccer league.

Generally, travel teams start with 9 year olds, but some leagues provide an opportunity for 7 years olds to play travel soccer. Many child development experts agree that kids are not yet ready emotionally to play travel soccer until they're 8 years old or older.

rec soccer vs. travel soccer benefits

Both travel soccer and recreational soccer give benefits to children. See the illustration below.

Participation in travel soccer or recreational soccer builds a foundation for success in many aspects of our kids' futures. One potential downside with travel soccer is reduced playing time for marginally skilled players. In recreational soccer kids tend to get equal playing time during the soccer matches.

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travel soccer vs. recreational soccer comparison

The following tables highlights the main difference between not-too-serious recreational soccer and more competitive travel soccer.

is travel soccer worth it

Travel soccer is worth it if you and your child know what's involved. It can be both fun and rewarding. You will get both physical and emotional benefits by participating in travel soccer. Soccer is the number 1 sport in the world for many reasons.

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Just do your due diligence and find out the competitive level of the travel soccer league you're researching. Talk to a few parents who have kids participate in the travel league already. There you'll get a realistic idea of the time and money involved.

The most important thing is to find out if your child really wants to play soccer in a league where the intensity is a bit higher than the average "in-house" recreational soccer league. Some kids naturally gravitate toward enjoy a highly competitive environment. Other kids really just enjoy the social aspect and are more interested in just having a good time playing.

how much does travel soccer cost. 

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Travel soccer cost can vary quite a bit. Travel soccer leagues may use high level coaches that get paid for their coaching skills.

Participation in soccer tournaments adds cost of the basic price of small town type of youth soccer. It varies widely by area of the country as well as the age of the players and the level of play.

Youth soccer registrations are as low as $170 and as high as $900 for a season of travel soccer. You also may have soccer uniform costs. Additionally, a big part of the expense with youth travel soccer can be your accommodations if you're traveling a significant distance from home and staying in a hotel.

10 local descriptions  of what travel soccer is

You should understand that there's a lot more to it than just how far you drive to get your child to the game. Usually, there are several things than come along with participating in a travel league for soccer. You'll see these differences in rec soccer and travel soccer if you look at these 10 descriptions taken directly from youth soccer league websites in a variety of states, all over the country.

Read the descriptions of travel soccer below and you'll see it a totally different level of competitiveness and commitment by players, parents, and coaches.

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NJ TRAVEL SOCCER . Washington Township travel soccer provides the opportunity for teams from our club to compete against similarly skilled teams from other clubs in the South Jersey area.  https://wtsoccer.net/travel/

TEXAS YOUTH SOCCER. Co mpetitive (Select or Travel) soccer is for U11+ players seeking the highest level of competition and coaching, and who are willing to make the required time and financial commitment.  https://www.colleyvillesoccer.org/evofaqlist

COLORADO. The Rush Competitive division is for the player who is ready to take their development in this sport to the next level. Led by a highly experienced, professional Rush coaching staff, your player will experience an increased volume of soccer in a focused, goal-oriented, competitive environment. Our competitive teams train regularly to further develop their technical skills and tactical understanding of the Rush style of play.  https://www.coloradorush.com/

VIRGINIA SOCCER. Shenandoah County Soccer (SCSL)Travel is a competitive program for players with above average skills and a strong drive to develop their soccer abilities and love of the game. Boys and girls that are ready to play competitive soccer, want to learn new skills, are ready to make the necessary commitment to play travel soccer and are ready to be coached by licensed coaching staff will benefit from playing travel soccer.

ILLINOIS YOUTH SOCCER. Travel soccer is a competitive program. All players are welcome to attend tryouts, but not all will be asked to join a team. Once asked to join, playing time is not guaranteed. Additionally, once on a team, players will continue to have to try-out every June to keep their roster spot.  https://www.westloopsoccerclub.com/what-is-travel-soccer/

MASSACHUSETTS TRAVEL SOCCER.  The travel program has a competitive focus and requires a commitment by players and parents. Although, the program also emphasizes fun, skills development, and continued learning of the game.  https://foxborosoccer.org/travel-soccer

TRAVEL SOCCER IN MARYLAND . Towsontowne travel soccer is targeted at players whose skills and inclinations suggest participation in a more competitive environment. Payers must try out for and make a travel team, whereas, subject to space limitations, all players who sign up for recreation soccer participate.  https://clubs.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=190456

ALABAMA. The BUSA-South Competitive Program is dedicated to offering players the chance to compete at the highest level, both regionally and nationally; providing a platform to give players the highest quality of training and competition; and encouraging players to participate on state, regional and national teams.  https://www.birminghamunited.com/busa-south/#competitive

CALIFORNIA . Travel soccer team play not only requires that your son or daughter be capable of playing at a high level relative to the rest of their age group, but also involves a substantial commitment in time, energy, and money from both the player and their families.  https://www.sycva.com/page/show/477110-a-parents-guide-to-travel-soccer

INDIANA. The Indiana Fire Juniors Travel Soccer program is geared toward players that have a desire to develop their skills at a competitive level especially for those who would like to play at the high school or collegiate level. The Travel soccer program is designed to advance the development of our players, enhancing individual and team skills. Travel players receive soccer technique and tactics training each week from a licensed youth soccer coach, under the supervision of the Indiana Fire Directors of Coaching.  https://www.indianafirejuniors.com/travel

Clearly, the term travel soccer is interpreted as a level above rec (recreational) soccer, but there are no specific rules or universal guidelines that define exactly what constitutes travel soccer. For additional insights into other soccer lingo like travel soccer, you may enjoy this post on other soccer words .

how serious is travel soccer

A more appropriate way to describe the higher level of play in travel soccer is to call it "Competitive Soccer." Competitive soccer is known as club soccer in some states and known as travel soccer in others. These more competitive teams are for kids to aspire to play for an extended number of years, perhaps at the college level or above.

Girls playing recreational soccer

Not all travel soccer is super competitive. It really varies by location. This was the situation for my kids when they played "travel soccer" in southern New Jersey.

In my own small town of about 9,000 people all the kids over the age of 7 travel to other towns for their youth soccer matches. The area in South Jersey is full of similar small towns that have their own soccer organization. Most of them offer the recreational style of kids soccer for only the youngest age groups.

Kids over 7 years old travel for their soccer games because there aren't enough kids in each town to have an in-house recreational league in the older age groups.

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final thoughts on travel soccer

We all want what's best for our kids, no doubt, and we can too easily assume that means playing competitive soccer for a travel team. A true barometer of their passion to play the sport is to watch the expressions they make with their faces and their body language.

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If you see passion, excitement, and self-directed effort at a high level of effort, your child will likely love to participate in travel soccer. If the kids get stressed or burned out, then recreational soccer might be the better road to take.

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Should your kids play on a travel team? A guide for sports parents

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We are settling into a new year at work and school. For sports parents, it’s also a fresh time to think about goals to help our kids have the best possible experience with a team.

Whether your child is in grade school or high school, he or she is likely playing on a travel team, or you are at least considering it. What does a “travel” team mean?

My older son’s first travel baseball coach (who now coaches my younger son) once described our 9-year-old team as embarking on a figurative trip.  While we weren’t going to play in any overnight tournaments yet, the “travel” clarifier was meant to describe the journey we were undertaking.

It’s a journey, all right. Your child is likely to spend hours per week with their teammates, and you will see of lot of their parents. And yes, you will likely go to a games and tournaments a fair distance from your local area and sometimes stay overnight.

Travel sports, in some cases known as “club” sports, can be fulfilling and lead to a kid’s overall enjoyment and development. They can be springboard to high school and college athletics.

Sometimes, though, they can be a toxic experience where a coach plays favorites, certain players get disproportionately more playing time than others and team parents in the bleachers yell at the referees or umpires .

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There may not be an ideal situation for your kid’s travel team but, whether your child is casual or super serious about a sport, you can usually find a good fit.

If you are thinking about trying out travel sports, or if your child has been doing them for a while and is looking for a new team, here are some important factors to consider from youth through high school.

The youth ages: You may not need a travel team

Don’t fall into the trap. Travel ball for pre-middle school kids is not a make-or-break step for a kid achieving success at a sport in high school and beyond.

Travel teams at these ages are often more about affirmation of kids’ “unique” abilities for their parents. Travel sports, and really sports at any level, should be about the kids, not the parents.

If your son or daughter expresses their own interest (not just your interest) in trying out for a travel team at a young age, go for it. However, keep a few thoughts in mind:

  • Don’t play on a team that meets every day or requires you to play only that sport : It’s too early for this much intensity. Medical and athletic training experts agree that exposing kids to a variety of sports at an early age and allowing them adequate rest time in between promotes strong physical and mental health.
  • Don’t be discouraged if you are cut from a travel team : It means little. In fact, it might motivate your child to try and get better on his or her own.
  • You don’t have to be on the “best” team: What your child ultimately needs is reps.

You’ll find there are travel coaches and teams that overemphasize winning, even from the youngest of ages. But balancing winning with skills development is a more productive way to go for keeping a kid playing a sport.

No one wants to lose all the time. It’s demoralizing, as is driving your kids an hour each way to games where their team consistently loses. You want to find a team that wins some, but, more importantly, gives them the playing time and experience they need to get better.

No players should consistently be sitting on the bench, and no one should be restricted to one position. You want your child to develop confidence in a variety of roles.

Playing in recreational leagues, such at Little League, often give your kids the same benefits as travel teams at these ages. Rec leagues generally cost much less (maybe a couple hundred dollars as opposed to a couple thousand or more per season) and you can supplement them by working with your kid on your own. (That's a a terrific way to bond with your child, by the way). You might also find a relatively low-cost clinic run by a high school or college coach or former professional athlete that emphasizes skill development balanced with fun.

Whatever you are doing, if your kid isn’t having fun , it’s not worth your time.

The intermediate ages: Follow your kids' enthusiasm (and their growth spurts) to find a travel team

Travel teams at the middle school ages are generally made up of kids who want to play that sport in high school.

Your son or daughter should find a team where they get mostly equal playing time with the other players. These teammates, and your opponents, should be at a similar skill level. However, playing competitive games with and against kids a little more skilled than yours will only make them better.

Game exposure – taking a lead off first base with the pitcher watching you, sensing the guard coming from behind you to try and steal the ball or the boards looming next to you when you’re skating toward the puck – brings out a player’s competitiveness. You’ll know during this stage how serious your kid is about a sport.

Improvement can move at light speed at these ages as kids grow and are motivated to get better when they see progression. Like with a musical instrument, the amount of practice your child puts in away from official practices will ultimately determine how much he or she improves. Yes, there will still be kids who are naturally talented, but you’ll be amazed at who starts passing whom when kids’ true passion for and ability at a sport kicks in.

Still, don’t play this sport year round. Try a different one for fun during the offseason to rest, avoid burnout and promote overall athleticism. (High school and college coaches love athletic players.) Perhaps you play a sport like baseball or soccer that competes in the fall and spring and has once-a-week winter weight training session. You can supplement that training by playing an indoor sport like basketball.

Finally, know what you are getting into and heed the cost. Travel teams can occupy several weeknights with practice and eat up most of your weekends with games.

If your child isn’t serious about playing a sport in high school but still loves it, play in a recreational league. You also might find a lower-key (and hopefully less expensive) travel team.

If cost is an issue, however, and your kid is highly motivated to play travel, a team might be able to work with you at reducing the fee. It never hurts to ask.

The high school ages: Self-motivation drives success on travel teams

This is the proving ground. Travel players at the high school level are usually serious about playing in college. (And there are generally no parent-coaches around to coddle you.)

Travel teams should not conflict with the high school season. You want them to be an accompaniment to a high school team to get the most out of your young athlete. My older son, for example, plays for his travel baseball team in the summer and fall and his high school baseball team in the spring.

High school-level travel teams are generally geared toward getting kids into college programs. If your child makes one of these travel teams, expect him or her to get similar playing time to the other kids so they can showcase their abilities to college coaches. If your kid isn't playing regularly, it's not worth your time. 

Teams that represent high schools, however, are generally geared toward winning. Your child will have to earn his or spot and playing time on the team. The goal is to beat the neighborhood or district rival, and high school coaches play the best players most of the time to try and achieve it. Don’t expect equitable playing time.

You need to be realistic with yourself and your kid at this stage. If he or she is not self-motivated to practice, condition and strength and weight train (high schools can provide programs), they aren't likely to get much playing time on a high school team. Similarly, if you see little or no self-motivation in your child to work extra at a sport, you don’t want to spend your money on a travel team.

Rec teams, however, still exist at the high school level, and they can help maintain fitness and a love for a sport. If you have that love, you might even consider coaching a youth rec team when you’re in high school.

A note on bad coaches: You have the power to choose a better one

The coach can make or break the experience. Make a firm assessment before you kid begins playing for his or her travel team.

I found when my sons reached middle school, they responded and related better to younger coaches who played the sport in high school and/or college than to me and other parent coaches.

Regardless of age, look for a coach who is transparent with parents but also discourages them from getting too heavily involved in the inner workings of the team. You also want a coach who doesn't permit spectators to “coach” their own kids from the stands during games.

Ask the coach about his or her policy on parent interference. At the very least, doing so will alert the coach to think about how to deal with meddlesome parents. You may even prompt the coach to call a preseason parent meeting to nip the issue in the bud. 

COACH STEVE: Three steps to deal with a problematic coach

Once the season starts, look for potential warning signs about the coach’s own conduct and encourage your kids to talk to you about what they see. One parent in Northern Virginia told me her daughter has a youth soccer travel coach who has spoken to players in what the mother describes as a "borderline verbally abusive manner." The coach has even told players they shouldn’t tell their moms and dads what he is telling them.

The woman knows about the coach’s behavior because her daughter told her about it. The daughter learned, her mother said, that some adults make poor choices and that she needs to speak up for herself or tell her parents when something seems off.

This girl wasn’t one of the players who was singled out, though. The parents of those players apparently haven't spoken up out of fear the coach will take it out on their kids.

If you are proactive about choosing your child’s travel coach and team, though, you can avoid being in a situation like this one.

Steve Borelli, aka Coach Steve, has been an editor and writer with USA TODAY since 1999. He spent 10 years coaching his two sons’ baseball and basketball teams. He and his wife, Colleen, are now loving life as sports parents for a high schooler and middle schooler. For his past columns, click  here .

Got a question for Coach Steve you want answered in a future column? Email him at  [email protected] .

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Pelham Travel Soccer Club

Frequently asked questions.

What is the Philosophy of Pelham Travel Soccer?

​The mission and goal of Pelham Travel Soccer is to develop skillful and ultimately competitive youth teams by providing youths the opportunity to excel at soccer and to build positive character and promote principles of fair play by providing an enjoyable, fair and high quality soccer program.

Our partnership with New York Red Bulls provides professional teaching methods that aim to emphasize player development for better players in the future over immediate ‘winning tactics’. This partnership also reinforces the Club’s goal of a healthy parent involvement in youth sports.

What league does Pelham Travel Soccer participate in?

​Pelham Travel Soccer (or “PTS”) participates in the Westchester Youth Soccer League (or “ WYSL ”).

WYSL is now one of the largest leagues in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association. The league is responsible for organizing the games, setting rules of play, providing insurance, and much more.

When are tryouts held by Pelham Soccer?

​PTS holds general tryouts for all existing teams at the end of each spring season, usually in early June. Players are assigned to teams for the following fall/spring season based on their ability to play the game. If players have improved sufficiently over the season there is the chance that they can be moved up to the next level of play. Teams are arranged in an effort to optimally group players for their development.

What is the time commitment required to play Travel Soccer?

Teams hold two 90 minute practices per week and games are played on Sundays.

When are practice sessions?

​Practice sessions are scheduled after school during the week. They are played on fields all over Pelham and due to the field constraints they are not held at the same time or in the same place each season. When scheduling practices, PTS does try to take into account the normal conflicts for each age group (for example, middle school aged players will not have practices scheduled immediately after school so that conflicts with modified sports practices can be reduced). Practice schedules are usually available just prior to the beginning of the season.

What are the registration fees?

​There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee that is collected each spring at the time a player is signed up for tryouts. The total fee to play on a team is $1100, which covers both the fall ($550) and spring ($550) seasons. PTS allows for the full amount to be paid at once or spread out over two payments. All U9 Players are provided with a uniform and all other age groups are responsible for purchasing their own.

Are there scholarships available?

​PTS believes that all interested players should have the opportunity to participate in the program and therefore offers scholarships to any player who would otherwise be unable to participate. These scholarships can cover in full or in part the registration fee and the training fees for each season. SEE APPLICATION HERE>>

When are games held?

Games are held each Sunday during the season unless there is a holiday. There are usually 10 games/season. The time of the games changes weekly but generally games for the younger teams do not start until early afternoon and games for the older teams can begin as early as 9:00am. Players are expected to attend games, and, in this respect, Sunday routines will need to accommodate this change for first‐time travel parents. Game schedules are available on the WYSL site just prior to the beginning of the season and are subject to change.

Where are games held?

​Games are played both at home and away. The league tries to balance the number of home and away games by team. However, due to Pelham’s lack of field space PTS teams can sometimes play more away games in a given season. PTS competes against teams all over Westchester and in some instances in New York City as well.

Does Pelham Travel Soccer participate in tournaments?

​Teams are responsible for coordination and payment of their own tournaments, should they wish to participate in any.

Who is responsible for training the players?

​PTS has contracted with New York Red Bulls, an American professional soccer club based in Harrison, New Jersey. The Red Bulls compete as a member of the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer.​

What are the roles of the parent volunteers?

 Each PTS team has a Head Coach and an Assistant Coach, both of whom are parent volunteers. These volunteers are put in place to support the New York Red Bulls professional trainer in an administrative capacity. The parent coach will take primary responsibility for all communication with families. Such as, notices of game/practice changes and assisting with game rescheduling. The parent coach will also be responsible for confirming weekly games with the opposing team. The parent volunteers must be available to substitute for the professional trainer on game days. In the event a team's assigned trainer cannot attend a scheduled game the Parent Coach will be given instruction on the game day line up and pregame warm up exercises. The relationship between the Parent Volunteer and the New York Red Bulls Trainer is extremely important. There must be open lines of communication and the understanding that the Professional Trainer is the lead coach for the team. All Coaches must take a WYSL training course and complete a background check through US Soccer.

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Discover the Top 10 Travel Soccer Clubs in Michigan: A Parent’s Guide to Finding the Perfect Fit [2021 Statistics and Insider Tips]

What is travel soccer clubs in Michigan?

Travel soccer clubs in Michigan is a program that offers competitive youth soccer teams for players who are looking to advance their skills and compete at a higher level. These club teams often require tryouts and have more intense practices and game schedules compared to recreational leagues. They also provide opportunities for young players to showcase their talents at regional tournaments and college recruitment events.

  • Travel soccer clubs in Michigan offer advanced coaching techniques from experienced trainers, which can enhance overall player development.
  • In addition to regular season games, these clubs may participate in various tournaments throughout the state or even nationally.
  • The cost of joining a travel soccer club in Michigan varies depending on the club, but it typically includes team fees, tournament fees, uniform costs, and other expenses associated with traveling during the season.

Step-by-Step Guide: Joining a Travel Soccer Club in Michigan

If you’re a young soccer player in Michigan looking to take your game to the next level, joining a travel soccer club may be just what you need. Travel teams compete at a higher level than recreational leagues and provide more opportunities for development and exposure to college coaches.

But how does one go about joining a travel team ? Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Research different clubs There are many travel soccer clubs in Michigan, each with their own philosophy, coaching staff and commitment requirements. Start by doing some online research on various clubs within reasonable driving distance from where you live . Look at the club’s mission statement, coach bios, age group offerings and training methodology. Also look into fees associated with playing for that specific club.

Step 2: Attend tryouts Most travel clubs require potential players attend tryout sessions held during specific times of year (usually May/ June or Winter). Parents/Guardians select appropriate dates/times based off confirmed schedules/factors such as location & timing of other camps/events.& register online via Club websites Registration link

Don’t be intimidated by these tryouts— they can be nerve-wracking but it’s also an opportunity to show off skills and see which team would best fit with your ability.

Players should wear comfortable athletic clothing that allows freedom of movement; cleats if outdoors, indoor shoes if indoors(court/glazed floor), bring water bottle etc., Be prepared for registration paperwork on arrival.Applicants” attendance must happen pre-confirmation day(if possible) OR communicate unavailability via email/call to respective membership reps ahead of time.

Step 3 : Make yourself standout – Evaluate coaches & Environment

Once attended,you will participate in drills geared towards skill assessment such as dribbling , shooting ,passing accuracy etc.Good energy,focus &interacting with new teammates enhances experience.Try taking control when given chance,making effort voices heard somewhere shows proactiveness.Brings your individual skill level and passion out during tryouts for interested individuals. Responding to soccer coaches requests with can-do attitude will demonstrate maturity,Eagerness to learn ,willingness working cohesively in a team.

Observe coach/ other member representatives while on field &judge their feedback, behavior, Input. Look at how coaches react whether addressing problems immediately or encourage positive reinforcement among the players.Do You like Club Location ? Environment? What motivates you?

Step 4 : The club culture Once selected,you are expected to strictly follow clubs practice schedule,dress code,discipline codes& philosophy.This also entails attending all games/tournaments scheduled per program outline.Failure to commit is unacceptable through travel teams because it disrupts entire team strategy hence possibly lead dismissal from class/kicked off squad.

Travel teams expect one hundred percent commitment both ON& OFF pitch.Extra-curriculum schedules jostling with program constraints maybe quite challenging,but remaining on train affords lots of opportunities including playing against some best local/sate/national opponents,frequent traveling around different terrains(e.g., summer camps)honing diversified cultural experiences,&eventually landing opportunity Scouts discovery which opens up endless scholarship prospects

Step 5: Maintaining Physical fitness Soccer requires an optimal health condition recommended by Michigan Youth Soccer( MYSL).Participants must undergo annual physical exams/certification testing prior participation during inception year available via league’s website.Typically associated physician offices have easy access across various parts within MI state.To maintain this fitness levels require sound diet,knees strength building exercises,guided stretching regimes & hydration

Overall joining a Travel Soccer Clubs has always been the dream of almost Every Young player.It offers great benefits;including exposure,professional Coaching as extra something Extra into Preparing yourself Early for Something Great indeed!! But ensuring you currently put right foot forward is very important.Understanding above steps helps greatly separates potential candidates apart offers the chance to shine brighter than ever before.The decision to join a travel soccer club can be tough. But with some careful research, preparation of skills & right mindset you are sure going down A path Of greatness!

Top 5 Facts You Need to Know About Travel Soccer Clubs in Michigan

When it comes to soccer, Michigan is one of the most vibrant states in America. There are plenty of local and regional clubs offering everything from recreational to competitive play for players of all ages. However, for the serious soccer enthusiast, travel soccer clubs are definitely worth considering. Here are the top five things you should know about them.

1. Travel Soccer Clubs Offer a Higher Level of Competition

If your child shows serious promise as a skilled player with aspirations to go pro or earn a college scholarship, then they need high-level competition on a regular basis. That’s where travel teams come into play. These teams compete at state and regional levels against other elite athletes who share similar goals.

2. Experience Takes Precedence Over Wins

While winning games is an important part of youth sports (and life), when it comes to travel soccer clubs, developing players is the priority over getting victories – No coach wants their team labelled “win at all costs”. Of course every club WANTS to win but rather focusing more on individual skill development and teamwork rather than gaudy win-loss ratios – coaches put emphasis on creating better young adults through sportsmanship & progression above everything else.

3.The Financial Commitment can be High

Joining a travel team requires time commitment (training sessions, weekend tournaments) but also financial investment — including equipment such as cleats/boots kits/uniforms etc., travelling expenses – think gas/mileage/hotels/tolls.. even private coaching/training session fees which might present itself as additional add-ons You don’t want attend these events without financially weighing heavy risks until both parents/stakeholders agree this decision works best for everyone With that being said there’s always resources available in case family needs great advise or any assistance navigating tuition options .

4.A Strong Support System Makes All The Difference

If you decide joining travel team benefits you It’s important seek support from parents/team members throughout entire process — from considering a club to training/ tournaments / post-game sessions. Surrounding your young athlete with positive role models and reinforcement at home can go a long way toward keeping them motivated even during most challenging of times..

5.Finding the Right Travel Club Comes Down To Research

Not every travel soccer program is the same, but rest assured there are plenty options when it comes to finding clubs in Michigan . Do some internet research, browse reviews or testimonials from other parents and seek coach recommendations based on knowledge & results. After browsing websites/schedulea , doing phone interviews you might have narrowed things down, finally check out their tryout process details see if they provide any arrangements/field directions so you’re certain this club will fit both family goals and schedule-wise..

In conclusion, Travel soccer clubs offer high-level competition that address serious players/future prospects, provides individual skill development emphasizing teamwork above all, requires financial/time commitments often performing better within supporting framework created by fellow teammates/coaches – Lastly due diligence cannot be overlooked for families seeking best matches suitable with budgets/personal requirements etc., through programs catered specifically towards athletes/families ready for higher level soccer playing opportunities goaltending attending major showcase games earning collegiate scholarships as well just having fun while learning new skills!

FAQs About Travel Soccer Clubs in Michigan Answered

If you are a parent looking to get your child into soccer, it’s natural that you would have many questions about travel soccer clubs. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what is the best course of action when trying to find the right club for your little athlete . To begin with, traveling teams offer children an opportunity to experience competitive play while providing them with advanced skills training needed for professional development in this sport.

In Michigan alone, there are numerous options available and selecting one can be challenging if you do not know where or how to start. Here are some common FAQs about Travel Soccer Clubs in Michigan answered:

What age should my child join a travel soccer team?

The ideal time for children aged 10-12 years old since at this point they have likely learned enough fundamental skills required for success on the field.

How long does each season last?

Soccer seasons usually run from fall until spring; however, private leagues can vary their schedules depending on themselves or whichever backup plan works best during certain weather extremes – i.e., indoor games when outdoors is unbearable during winter.

Can referees also help improve my child’s skillset as well as ensure fairness during matches?

As always having certified, impartial refereeing helps players learn and grow by hearing calls from experienced officials who understand correct application rules important aspects behind taking advantage of corner kicks, crossing attempts or everything else happening along the process without interrupting much depth.

Is it mandatory for parents’ involvement in a child’s practices/games?

As every organization might differ but most groups would appreciate small contribution efforts like carpooling other teammates using social media groups/ chat apps (like Discord) besides simply showing interest promptly watching their kid perform. Plus volunteering snacks/drinks etcetera provided helps towards overall team morale building exercises vital toward group bonding over winning divides scenario .

Are all Levels represented equally within Travel Soccer Club programs here n Michigan alike?

This varies depending upon factors such as: coaching staff, competitive level of recruitment efforts regionally or nationally etc.

What is the process for a coach to identify their players?

Depending on roster size/considerations overall, typically one person takes responsibility among coaches reviewing game footage as well tracking stats/opponents in scouting prospects seeking recruits with credentials able contribute positively overall.

With these frequently asked questions answered it’s important that parents also take into account extra details like what sets each club apart from another and annual fees needed upfront – being clear provide security toward making right decisions getting started off preparation adequately. By learning all essential factors ahead then expecting specific goals given time limit will better adjust accordingly while enjoying benefits desired improvements promised earlier.

Finally ensure Quality Time Spent not just Wins-Alone Priority While victory feels great achieving ideal satisfaction plays role toward maximum potential playing ability together teammates besides winning alone priority constantly put forth repetitively by organizers/coach type figures mistakenly affecting many attributes connected toward healthy reputation much-needed over longer term perspective . It’s vital maintaining balance between demands set within athletic nature versus taking neglectful angle altogether allowing enjoyment become lost along way lacking relevance/resource to keep fostering stronger bonds through challenges faced pushing kids toward greater heights later phases inevitable no doubt .

Benefits of Joining a Travel Soccer Club in Michigan

As we all know, soccer is one of the most popular and beloved sports in the world – dominating everything from local parks to World Cups. And while playing recreational soccer can be great fun for kids of all ages, there comes a time when players begin to want something more. Something that challenges them both physically and mentally, pushes their skills to greater heights, and puts them up against teams with equal talent levels.

That’s where travel soccer clubs come in – particularly those found here in Michigan, which are known nationwide for being some of the best around. There are many reasons why joining one of these clubs can benefit young soccer players immensely:

1) A serious level of competition: While recreational leagues tend to focus on having fun and providing structure or experience rather than actual competitiveness—travel soccer clubs exist precisely because they offer top-tier competitive opportunities ranging from district level play clear through regional championships competitions.

2) Greater opportunity for player development: The professional coaching staffs at high-level youth travel soccer teams typically consist of experienced players who have competed internationally themselves – coaches whose insights help develop better passes 30 yards down field, perfecting ball control techniques that become key game-changers during matches that could make all the difference between winning or losing.

3) Increased exposure as an athlete on national platforms: Travel club ‘s also serve as a gateway showcase platform for talented athletes who aim higher with hopes getting picked-up by varsity college programs! By continuously showcasing individual abilities amongst peers & peers within their same sport-players will have essential data points available around performance metrics tailored specifically towards scouts so they understand progress over time..

4) Proven strategies give way-to-household names: Such organizations engage industry norms such scaling mode,based-on frequent surveys conducted among fellow members about how services associated were delivered plus ways consistent value was offered before reaching out into new markets-accessibility metric hence like-minded people endorse this approachable outlet bringing them back again year after year.

In addition to these benefits, travel soccer clubs also offer a tighter-knit community of players and parents who share a common interest in the sport. This builds strong friendships between families and more exposure for all!

It’s clear that joining a travel soccer club in Michigan is an excellent choice for both young athletes looking to take their skills to the next level as well as dedicated sports-enthusiasts looking for an opportunity to build professional camaraderie development amidst others with like-minded interests-expectations-values towards top-level representation on National stages!

What to Look for When Choosing a Travel Soccer Club in Michigan

When it comes to choosing the right travel soccer club in Michigan for your child, there are a few key things that you should consider. From coaching philosophies and team culture to transportation schedules and tournament opportunities, selecting the perfect club can be an overwhelming process.

Before diving into the selection process, it’s essential to understand what exactly a travel soccer club is. Travel soccer teams consist of players who are typically more skilled than recreational counterparts and compete at a higher level of intensity on both local and national stages. These programs often involve practices two or three times per week in addition to games or tournaments on weekends.

So let’s dive into what you should look for when choosing a travel soccer club in Michigan:

1) Coaching Philosophy: The first thing you’ll want to take into consideration is the coaching philosophy of potential clubs. Some coaches may focus heavily on winning while others prioritize player development, sportsmanship, teamwork or technical skills mastery over victories alone. Parents will need to evaluate which approach aligns with their goals for their children.

2) Reputation: When searching for a travel soccer club in Michigan always check its reputation by talking with current or former members before joining. You could also watch some matches played by them in prior seasons as this can give valuable insight into how seriously they take training sessions along with their match preparation techniques.

3) Team Culture: A positive team culture promotes strong bonds between teammates leading up transfer these connections off-field such as sleep-ins during overnight away games etc… Members learn from each other – develop trust among themselves making best effort during gameplay due diligence putting forth more care despite adverse conditions forging confident individuals coming out securely through disappointed moments without harm done towards Spirit

4) Transportation Schedules & Location proximity : If traveling far distance think about availability timing frames being suitable enough add convenience ensuring timely arrival game location reducing anxiety carrying energy performing better

5) Tournament Opportunities: Clubs may some offer various annual tournaments throughout Michigan with exceptional value that provide significant exposure for players. This is a chance for high-quality competition, along with the opportunity to showcase your skills in front of national coaches and recruiters.

In conclusion, choosing a travel soccer club should involve careful consideration of multiple factors like location proximity or team culture, transportation schedules as well as coaching philosophies. It can be overwhelming but by researching properly you will easily find what’s best for your child helping him/her achieve goals !

Success Stories: How Travel Soccer Clubs in Michigan Have Impacted Young Players’ Lives

For many young soccer players in Michigan, joining a travel club can be the ticket to taking their game to the next level. These clubs offer intensive training programs, competitive games and tournaments, and exposure to college scouts – all key components for aspiring athletes.

But beyond just honing their skills on the field, travel soccer clubs have a profound impact on young players’ lives outside of sports too.

Many kids who join these clubs develop strong bonds with teammates from diverse backgrounds. They learn valuable life skills such as communication, teamwork, and resilience while striving towards common goals.

Additionally, playing at an elite level teaches youngsters about dedication and hard work – qualities that will serve them not just on the field but also in their personal endeavors later on in life.

To see firsthand how travel soccer has transformed lives across generations within Michigan’s thriving soccer culture – one needs look no further than numerous success stories like Bailey Brouwer’s heartwarming tale.

Bailey was like most kids growing up in Dearborn Heights – he enjoyed playing pickup games with his friends but hadn’t given much thought to pursuing soccer seriously beyond recreation until he was invited to try out for Dynamics Soccer Club by a friend of his mother’s almost ten years ago now!

From thereonin Bailey developed into an outstanding player under Dynamic’s coach Steve Hiscock tutelage accumulating accolades such as MVP at 2013 MRL Qualifiers; full-ride scholarship recipient & All-American player at Division II Ashland University where he led men’s team scoring every year (Twice GLIAC Player Of The Year) before going pro domestically followed-by successful stints plying his trade overseas including appearances alongside Football Legend Didier Drogba consistently standing out among highly skilled opponents wherever he went!

Like so many talented youngsters dreaming big dreams post-high school graduation searching through colleges’ athletic departments looking for scholarship opportunities otherwise unavailable researching optimal opportunities available locally could truly mean all-the-difference which was not lost on Bailey, “The Dynamics gave me that chance to play at the highest level and get exposure to colleges. There’s no way I’d be where I am today without them.”

Similar stories of life-changing opportunities abound throughout Michigan soccer: Emilie Dithurbide found her love for coaching through Legacy Soccer Club; Andra Gutierrez went from a shy child struggling in school into confidence-building MVP thanks to Bloomfield Hills Force’s supportive environment.

These journeys may differ in their specifics, but one thing is clear: Travel soccer clubs have changed countless young lives across Michigan. Whether players go pro or simply develop character and relationships that will serve them well beyond the sport, these programs offer invaluable experiences – making it easy to see why they remain so popular year after year!

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As a long-time coach and advocate for youth soccer, I can attest that travel soccer clubs are crucial to developing talented players in Michigan. These clubs offer more opportunities for serious young athletes to hone their skills and compete at higher levels, leading to better chances of playing at the collegiate level or professionally later on. With so many options available in Michigan, it’s important for parents and players alike to research the different teams and programs before committing to ensure they find the best fit for their needs and goals.

Historical fact:

The first organized travel soccer club in Michigan was the Livonia Soccer Club, founded in 1967.

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2024 fee schedule for travel soccer.

For all registrants outside of Stratford there is a $25 out-of-town fee that we will assess in addition to the registration below by doing a direct interac email request.

Stratford Youth Soccer  is offering a payment plan option for 2023 registration fees.

U8 - U12 Age Group

Total cost of season: $550 - payable in one lump sum OR 3 payments with first payment of  $150 due at time of registration,  2nd payment due 29th February 2024 and final payment due 31st March 2024.

Registration cost for this program increases to $600 for registrations completed after January 1st 2024, payable either in one lump sum or $200 at date of registration, second payment due 29th February 2024 and final payment due 31st March 2024.

Scott Herman

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Total cost of season: $650 - payable in one lump sum OR 3 payments with first payment of  $250 due at time of registration,  2nd payment due 29th February 2024 and final payment due 31st March 2024.

Registration cost for this program increases to $700 for registrations completed after January 1st 2024, payable either in one lump sum or $300 at date of registration, second payment due 29th February 2024 and final payment due 31st March 2024.

Tony Benton

Head of Travel - U13 - U21

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Please note - Stratford Youth Soccer will honor refunds within the following parameters:

  • $50 fee will be charged for refund requests until jersey fitting has taken place.
  • After this date, refunds will include a $200 charge which will be held to cover admin and uniform costs from the first installment - applicable until March 31st.
  • No refunds will be processed after 31st March.

For Inquiries, please contact Trina Herman

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The Illinois Youth Soccer (IYSA ) Travel Permit allows a currently registered IYSA Member League Team or Tournament Team to participate in a US Youth Soccer (USYS) State Association sanctioned tournament providing that the Team consists of  only   IYSA  currently registered players and coaches who have a valid IYSA Member League or IYSA Tournament Team pass.

Questions please contact Katie at  [email protected]   

*Please note: ONLY Notifications to Travel completed through the below link are valid

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If you do not have a Tournament Center account, you will need to create one. That can be done here under the register section:  https://htgsports.net/tournamentcenter.aspx

International Travel

To travel to an international youth match or tournament, any Illinois Youth Soccer affiliated youth team must obtain permission from Illinois Youth Soccer and US Soccer.

1. First (at least 45 days prior to the game or first match of the international tournament) please submit the following to Illinois Youth Soccer:

  • Completed and signed US Soccer Federation Application for Foreign Travel
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  • $50 Fee (Check or Credit Card made payable to Illinois Youth Soccer)

2. Second (at least 30 days prior to the game or first match of the international tournament) please submit the following to US Soccer:

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  • Completed and Signed Ted Stevens Act
  • Support documentation (official confirmed registration form or invitation letter
  • $50 Fee (Check or US Soccer Credit Card Authorization Form made payable to US Soccer)

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January 26, 2024

The Shenandoah men’s and women’s soccer programs will host a one-day youth camp at Shenandoah University’s Shentel Stadium on Monday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m.-noon. The camp is open to boys and girls in grades 1-5. Participants will need to bring a soccer ball, water bottle, shin guards and cleats, and dress appropriately for the weather. Reserve a spot today using this Google Form .  Camp cost is $40. Cash or checks can be brought to camp; checks should be made payable to Brandon Kates Soccer Academy.

Participants will be coached by the men’s and women’s soccer coaching staffs, and will interact with student-athletes from both teams. For more information, contact Shenandoah University head men’s soccer coach Brandon Kates at [email protected] .

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Mayor claims drone intercepted near Moscow

Russian air defense units allegedly intercepted a drone over the city of Elektrostal in Moscow Oblast, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin reported in a Telegram post on Nov. 19.

Sobyanin claims the drone was heading towards central Moscow.

The Mayor also said emergency services were at work at the crash site but no casualties or damage to infrastructure have been reported.

The Kyiv Independent could not independently verify the reports.

Since the launch of Russia's full-scale invasion, Ukrainian forces have targeted Russian military, logistics, and infrastructure sites in the occupied territories and within Russia.

Today's drone report comes just hours after Ukraine's alleged drone attack was intercepted over the Bogorodskoye municipal district in Moscow Oblast.

While claims of Ukrainian attacks within Russian territory have increased since summer 2023, Kyiv rarely comments on these reports.

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Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, November 24, 2023

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Christina Harward, Riley Bailey, Angelica Evans, Nicole Wolkov, Karolina Hird, and Frederick W. Kagan

November 24, 2023, 7:30pm ET  

Click here to see ISW’s interactive map of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This map is updated daily alongside the static maps present in this report.

Click here to see ISW’s 3D control of terrain topographic map of Ukraine. Use of a computer (not a mobile device) is strongly recommended for using this data-heavy tool.

Click here to access ISW’s archive of interactive time-lapse maps of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. These maps complement the static control-of-terrain map that ISW produces daily by showing a dynamic frontline. ISW will update this time-lapse map archive monthly.

Note: The data cut-off for this product was 2:30pm ET on November 24, and covers both November 23 and November 24 due to the fact that ISW did not publish a Campaign Assessment on November 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. ISW will cover subsequent reports in the November 25 Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment.

Ukrainian officials reported that Russian forces began a renewed offensive effort towards Avdiivka on November 22, although likely with weaker mechanized capabilities than in the previous offensive waves that occurred in October.  Ukrainian Tavriisk Group of Forces Commander Brigadier General Oleksandr Tarnavskyi reported on November 23 that Russian forces launched a “third wave” of assaults as part of the Russia offensive operation in the Avdiivka direction, and Tavriisk Group of Forces Spokesperson Colonel Oleksandr Shtupun stated that this “third wave” began on November 22.[1] Shtupun reported a 25 to 30 percent increase in Russian ground attacks near Avdiivka on November 22 and stated that Ukrainian forces repelled several Russian columns of roughly a dozen armored vehicles in total during assaults.[2] The Ukrainian General Staff reported that Ukrainian forces repelled at least 50 Russian assaults in the Avdiivka direction on November 23 and 24.[3] Russian sources claimed that Russian forces continued offensive operations on Avdiivka’s northern and southern flanks but did not characterize any Russian assaults as heavily mechanized.[4] Russian sources claimed that Russian forces continued to advance north of Avdiivka and made further gains in the industrial zone southeast of Avdiivka but did not make any territorial claims consistent with a successful renewed large-scale Russian offensive push.[5]

Shtupun stated that Ukrainian forces destroyed three Russian tanks and seven armored fighting vehicles on November 22, suggesting that Russian forces are currently conducting a smaller set of mechanized assaults than in October.[6] Ukrainian officials reported that Russian forces lost 50 tanks and 100 armored vehicles in renewed assaults on Avdiivka on October 19 and 15 tanks and 33 armored vehicles during the initial large, mechanized assaults on October 10.[7] Russian forces have lost a confirmed 197 damaged and destroyed vehicles in offensive operations near Avdiivka since October 9, and the Russian military appeared to spend the end of October and all of November preparing for a wave of highly attritional infantry-led ground assaults to compensate for these heavy-equipment losses.[8] Large infantry-led ground assaults will likely pose a significant threat to Ukrainian forces defending in the Avdiivka direction but will not lead to a rapid Russian advance in the area.

High-ranking Russian officials may be engaged in a wider scheme of forcibly adopting deported Ukrainian children.  BBC Panorama  and Russian opposition outlet  Vazhnye Istorii  published investigations on November 23 detailing how Just Russia Party leader Sergei Mironov adopted a 10-month-old Ukrainian girl whom Russian authorities forcibly deported from a Kherson City orphanage in autumn of 2022 alongside over 40 other children.[9] The investigations found that Mironov's new wife, Inna Varlamova, traveled to occupied Kherson Oblast, where occupation authorities issued her a power of attorney to deport two children—a 10-month-old girl and a two-year-old boy.[10] Both  BBC  and  Vazhnye Istorii  noted that Varlamova falsely introduced herself to the leadership of the children's home as the "head of children's affairs from Moscow," a position which she does not hold and that still would not legitimize the deportations of the children under international law.[11] Russian court documents show that Mironov and Varlamova then adopted the girl in November 2022, changed her name from her Ukrainian birth name to a new Russian name and the surname Mironova, and officially changed her place of birth from Kherson City to Podolsk, Russia.[12] Neither investigation could confirm the whereabouts of the two-year-old boy. Mironov notably responded to the investigation and called it a "fake from Ukrainian special services and their Western curators" meant to discredit him.[13]

Mironov and his wife, who reportedly holds a low-level unspecified position in the Russian Duma, follow in the footsteps of Russian Commissioner on Children's Rights Maria Lvova-Belova, who has also adopted at least one Ukrainian child from occupied Mariupol.[14] While ISW can only confirm that these two Russian officials have forcibly adopted deported Ukrainian children at this time, the adoptions may be indicative of a wider pattern in which Russian officials adopt deported children in order to legitimize the practice in the eyes of the Russian public. Russian politicians may be adopting deported Ukrainian children to set administrative and cultural precedents for wider adoptions of Ukrainian children to further escalate Russia's campaign to deport Ukrainians to Russia. ISW continues to assess that the forced deportation and adoption of Ukrainian children likely amounts to a violation of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.[15]

Ukraine’s Western allies declared their commitment to further develop Ukrainian air defense capabilities during the 17th Ramstein Group virtual meeting on November 22.  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that Germany and France will lead a coalition of 20 countries to further develop Ukraine’s air defenses, and Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov added that the coalition will help Ukraine further develop its ground-based air defense systems.[16] Zelensky noted on November 23 that improved Ukrainian air defenses will save lives and resources, allow Ukrainian citizens to return from abroad, and deprive Russia of the ability to terrorize Ukraine.[17] Ramstein Group members also agreed on issues such as additional equipment and weapons for Ukraine during the winter of 2023–24, mine trawling and other security measures in the Black Sea, Ukraine’s NATO Interoperability Roadmap, and additional security assistance packages from the US, Germany, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Finland, the Netherlands, and Estonia.[18]

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s (CSTO) Collective Security Council session in Minsk, Belarus on November 23 against the background of Armenia’s continued absence from recent CSTO events and exercises.  Putin attended the session alongside Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, and the CSTO’s Secretary General Imangali Tasmagambetov.[19] The summit marked the end of Belarus’ chairmanship of the CSTO, and Lukashenko stated that Kazakhstan will hold the chairmanship beginning December 31, 2023. Putin thanked the session’s attendees for contributing to the regional defense structure and highlighted expanding military-technical cooperation between CSTO member states. Putin stated during his bilateral meeting with Rahmon that Russia will deliver two air defense battalions equipped with S-300 air defense systems to Tajikistan as part of the CSTO’s unified air defense system.[20] [Correction Note: The previous sentence incorrectly referenced two air defense divisions equipped with S-300s. It has been corrected to read two air defense "battalions."]

Russian sources widely noted Armenia’s absence from the CSTO summit on November 23.[21] Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan also did not attend the CSTO’s summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on October 13 after Armenian forces refrained from participating in the CSTO “Indestructible Brotherhood-2023" exercises in early October.[22] Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitri Peskov stated on November 23 that the Kremlin regretted Armenia’s absence in Minsk but stated that Armenia remains “an ally and strategic partner” to Russia.[23] The Kremlin has previously attempted to dispel concerns about the deterioration of Russian-Armenian relations.[24] Kremlin newswire  TASS  reported that Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Mnatsakan Safaryan reiterated that Armenia is not considering leaving the CSTO or asking Russia to withdraw its forces from Russia’s 102nd Military Base in Gyumri, Armenia.[25]

Chinese businesses, including a prominent state-owned Chinese construction firm, are reportedly working with Russian businessmen to plan the construction of an underwater tunnel that would connect Russia with occupied Crimea.  The  Washington Post  reported on November 24 that it corroborated information in emails provided by Ukrainian intelligence services that detail the formation of a Russian-Chinese business consortium that aims to build an underwater tunnel along the Kerch Strait connecting Russia to occupied Crimea.[26] Vladimir Kalyuzhny, identified by the emails as the general director of the consortium, reportedly messaged the Crimean occupation representative to the Russian President, Georgy Muradov, and stated that he has a letter from Chinese business partners attesting to the Chinese Railway Construction Corporation’s (CRCC) readiness to participate as a general contractor for the tunnel project.[27] The CRCC is under the supervision of China’s state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission and is one of China’s largest construction firms.[28] The emails reportedly indicate that the CRCC stipulated that its involvement would occur through an unaffiliated legal entity and that an unnamed Chinese bank was willing to convert dollar funds into rubles to fund the consortium's projects.[29] Kalyuzhny, Crimean occupation head Sergei Aksyonov, and Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitri Peskov denied the  Washington Post ’s reporting.[30] The reported Russian interest in the tunnel project, which would likely take years to complete, is an additional indicator of deep Russian concern about the vulnerability of ground lines of communication (GLOCs) between Russia and occupied Crimea along the Kerch Strait Bridge.

European states are responding to Russia's continued orchestration of an artificially created migrant crisis on its northwestern borders.  The Finnish government announced on November 22 that Finland will close three more checkpoints on the Finnish-Russian border from November 23 to December 23, leaving only the northernmost checkpoint open.[31] Norwegian Prime Minister Johan Gahr Store stated on November 22 that Norway would also close its border to Russia “if necessary.“[32] Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur stated on November 23 that an increased number of migrants have also arrived at the Estonian-Russian border and that Russia is organizing the arrivals as part of an effort to “weaponize illegal immigration.”[33]  Reuters  reported on November 23 that the Estonian Interior Ministry stated   that Estonia has undertaken preparations to close its border crossings with Russia if “the migration pressure from Russia escalates.”[34] Latvian Prime Minister Evika Silina stated on November 24 that Latvia has experienced a similar influx of migrants on its border with Russia, and Silina and Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo stated that these are Russian and Belarusian “hybrid attacks.”[35] Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Maria Zakharova accused Finland on November 22 of “stirring up Russophobic sentiments” and interrupting border services that were an integral part of Russian–Finnish cooperation.[36] ISW previously assessed that Russia is employing a known hybrid warfare tactic similar to Russia’s and Belarus’s creation of a migrant crisis on the Polish border in 2021 that is likely similarly aimed at destabilizing NATO.[37]

The Russian Strelkov (Igor Girkin) Movement (RDS) called prior Russian regional elections and the upcoming Russian presidential election illegitimate, likely in an effort to establish Girkin’s inevitable presidential election loss as a long-standing grievance. [38] The RDS Congress issued a resolution on November 24 in which it claimed that unspecified actors are doing everything possible to preserve the existing system of power in Russia regardless of the political situation or Russian citizens’ will.[39] The RDS Congressional resolution issued a list of demands for Russian election reform and claimed that the RDS would not recognize any future elections as legitimate if the Russian government does not meet these demands.[40]

Russian law enforcement reportedly detained about 700 migrants at a warehouse in Moscow Oblast and issued some military summonses, likely as part of an ongoing effort to coerce migrants into Russian military service. [41] Russian sources reported on November 24 that Russian police and Rosgvardia raided a Wildberries (Russia’s largest online retailer) warehouse in Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast looking for migrants who had recently acquired Russian citizenship.[42] Russian law enforcement reportedly took about 135 detained migrants with Russian citizenship and transferred them to military registration and enlistment offices.[43] An unspecified Russian law enforcement official told Russian news outlet  Interfax  that Russian law enforcement conducted the raid as part of “Operation Migrant,” which aims to ensure that all naturalized citizens are registered for military service and issue them military summonses.[44] A Russian source claimed that Russian law enforcement also conducted a raid near the Wildberries warehouse on November 23, fined 16 migrants for violating migration protocols, and deported three.[45] The Wildberries press service stated this mass detention of migrants interrupted company’s shipments and put billions of dollars at risk.[46]

The Kremlin is reportedly renewing attempts to control all video surveillance systems in Russia, likely as part of ongoing efforts to intensify its tools of digital authoritarianism to increase domestic repressions.  The Russian Ministry of Digital Development proposed an initiative to create a unified platform for storing and processing footage from all video surveillance systems in Russia, which would reportedly cost 12 billion rubles (about $134 million).[47]  Kommersant  reported that there are about 1.2 million surveillance cameras in Russia, about half of which are currently accessible to the Russian government.[48] The Russian Ministry of Digital Development reportedly plans to increase the number of surveillance cameras across Russia to five million by 2030 and integrate all of them with facial and image recognition software.[49]  Kommersant  also noted that the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations attempted a similar initiative in 2020 to 2022 as part of the Hardware and Software Complex “Safe City” project aimed at standardizing and installing surveillance systems with artificial intelligence software in Russian regions but faced criticism from the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs and Russian Ministry of Economy.[50]

Key Takeaways:

  • Ukrainian officials reported that Russian forces began a renewed offensive effort towards Avdiivka on November 22, although likely with weaker mechanized capabilities than in the previous offensive waves that occurred in October.
  • High-ranking Russian officials may be engaged in a wider scheme of forcibly adopting deported Ukrainian children.
  • Ukraine’s Western allies declared their commitment to further develop Ukrainian air defense capabilities during the 17th Ramstein Group virtual meeting on November 22.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s (CSTO) Collective Security Council session in Minsk, Belarus on November 23 against the background of Armenia’s continued absence from recent CSTO events and exercises.
  • Chinese businesses, including a prominent state-owned Chinese construction firm, are reportedly working with Russian businessmen to plan the construction of an underwater tunnel that would connect Russia with occupied Crimea.
  • European states are responding to Russia's continued orchestration of an artificially created migrant crisis on its northwestern borders.
  • The Russian Strelkov (Igor Girkin) Movement (RDS) called prior Russian regional elections and the upcoming Russian presidential election illegitimate, likely in an effort to establish Girkin’s inevitable presidential election loss as a long-standing grievance.
  • Russian law enforcement reportedly detained about 700 migrants at a warehouse in Moscow Oblast and issued some military summonses, likely as part of an ongoing effort to coerce migrants into Russian military service.
  • The Kremlin is reportedly renewing attempts to control all video surveillance systems in Russia, likely as part of ongoing efforts to intensify its tools of digital authoritarianism to increase domestic repressions.
  • Russian forces conducted ground attacks along the Svatove-Kreminna line, near Bakhmut, near Avdiivka, west and southwest of Donetsk City, in the Donetsk-Zaporizhia Oblast border area, and in western Zaporizhia Oblast and marginally advanced in some areas.
  • The Russian aviation industry is likely under significant constraints due to international sanctions and demands from the Russian defense industrial base (DIB).
  • The Russian occupation authorities continue efforts to indoctrinate Ukrainian children in occupied Ukraine into Russian national and cultural identities.

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We do not report in detail on Russian war crimes because these activities are well-covered in Western media and do not directly affect the military operations we are assessing and forecasting. We will continue to evaluate and report on the effects of these criminal activities on the Ukrainian military and the Ukrainian population and specifically on combat in Ukrainian urban areas. We utterly condemn Russian violations of the laws of armed conflict and the Geneva Conventions and crimes against humanity even though we do not describe them in these reports.

  • Russian Main Effort – Eastern Ukraine (comprised of two subordinate main efforts)
  • Russian Subordinate Main Effort #1 – Capture the remainder of Luhansk Oblast and push westward into eastern Kharkiv Oblast and encircle northern Donetsk Oblast
  • Russian Subordinate Main Effort #2 – Capture the entirety of Donetsk Oblast
  • Russian Supporting Effort – Southern Axis
  • Russian Mobilization and Force Generation Efforts
  • Russian Technological Adaptations
  • Activities in Russian-occupied areas

Russian Information Operations and Narratives

Russian Main Effort – Eastern Ukraine

Russian Subordinate Main Effort #1 – Luhansk Oblast  (Russian objective: Capture the remainder of Luhansk Oblast and push westward into eastern Kharkiv Oblast and northern Donetsk Oblast)

Russian forces continued offensive operations along the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line on November 23 and 24 but did not make any confirmed advances. The Ukrainian General Staff reported that Russian forces unsuccessfully attacked in the Kupyansk direction northeast of Petropavlivka (7km east of Kupyansk) and near Synkivka (8km northeast of Kupyansk), Ivanivka (20km southeast of Kupyansk), and Stelmakhivka (25km northwest of Svatove) but did not conduct any offensive operations in the Lyman direction.[51] A Russian milblogger claimed on November 23 that Russian forces marginally advanced east of Petropavlivka.[52] A prominent Russian milblogger claimed that Russian forces conducted unsuccessful offensive operations from Orlyanka (22km east of Kupyansk) and near Petropavlivka.[53] Another Russian milblogger claimed on November 24 that Russian forces are having widespread issues with electronic warfare (EW) systems along the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line, causing unnecessary casualties due to otherwise preventable drone strikes.[54] Ukrainian military observer Kostyantyn Mashovets stated on November 23 that Russian forces transferred an unspecified battalion of the Russian 380th Motorized Rifle Regiment (47th Tank Division, 1st Guards Tank Army, Western Military District) from Kursk Oblast to positions near Raihorodka (12km west of Svatove).[55] Chechen Republic Head Ramzan Kadyrov claimed that the “Amura” detachment of Chechen “Akhmat” Spetsnaz are operating in the Serebryanske forest area (10km southwest of Kreminna).[56]

Ukrainian forces continued offensive operations along the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line on November 23 and 24 and reportedly advanced on an unspecified date. The Ukrainian State Border Guards published footage on November 24 showing Ukrainian forces advancing and capturing Russian positions in an unspecified area of the Svatove direction on an unspecified date.[57] The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) claimed on November 23 and 24 that Russian forces repelled Ukrainian attacks near Vilshana (15km northeast of Kupyansk) and Hryhorivka (10km south of Kreminna).[58] Russian milbloggers claimed that Ukrainian forces counterattacked along the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line and that fighting continues near Torske (15km west of Kreminna) and the Serebryanske forest area.[59]

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Russian Subordinate Main Effort #2 – Donetsk Oblast  (Russian objective: Capture the entirety of Donetsk Oblast, the claimed territory of Russia’s proxies in Donbas)

The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) claimed that Ukrainian forces unsuccessfully attacked in the Bakhmut area near Klishchiivka (7km southwest of Bakhmut) on November 23.[60]

Russian forces conducted offensive operations near Bakhmut on November 23 and 24 and made confirmed advances. Geolocated footage published on November 22 and 23 indicates that Russian forces advanced north of Klishchiivka.[61] Russian sources claimed that Russian forces advanced near Bohdanivka (6km northwest of Bakhmut), the Berkhivka reservoir (about 2km northwest of Bakhmut), Klishchiivka, and the railway near Andriivka (10km southwest of Bakhmut).[62] The Ukrainian General Staff reported that Russian forces unsuccessfully attacked near Bohdanivka, Ivanivske (6km west of Bakhmut), Klishchiivka, and Andriivka.[63] Russian milbloggers claimed that fighting continued near the railway north of Klishchiivka and the heights west of the settlement, which a Russian source claimed that Ukrainian forces continued to control as of November 23.[64] One Russian source claimed on November 23 that Klishchiivka is a contested “gray zone.”[65] Ukrainian military sources stated on November 23 and 24 that Russian forces in the Bakhmut direction are focusing on small tactical gains, probing the frontline, and conducting drone strikes at night.[66] A Ukrainian sergeant operating in the Bakhmut direction characterized fighting in his sector of the front on November 24 as "static, trench warfare."[67] The Russian MoD reported that elements of the Russian 106th Airborne (VDV) Division are operating in the Bakhmut direction.[68] Russian sources claimed that elements of the 58th Separate Spetsnaz Battalion (1st Donetsk People’s Republic [DNR] Corps) are also operating in the Bakhmut direction.[69]

Russian sources claimed that Ukrainian forces conducted offensive operations northwest of Horlivka (20km south of Bakhmut) but did not make any claimed or confirmed advances on November 23 or 24. A Russian milblogger claimed on November 23 that Ukrainian forces unsuccessfully attacked near Mayorske (6km northwest of Horlivka).[70] Another Russian milblogger claimed on November 24 that there are meeting engagements near the waste heap northwest of Horlivka.[71]

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A Russian milblogger claimed on November 23 that Ukrainian forces unsuccessfully counterattacked near Avdiivka southwest and west of Krasnohorivka (5km northeast of Avdiivka).[72]

Russian forces conducted offensive operations near Avdiivka but did not make any confirmed gains on November 23 and 24. Russian sources claimed that Russian forces advanced south of the Avdiivka Coke Plant northwest of Avdiivka; near the railways north and northwest of Krasnohorivka; in and near the industrial zone southeast of Avdiivka; near Novobakhmutivka (12km northwest of Avdiivka), Novokalynove (13km northeast of Avdiivka), Stepove (3km northwest of Avdiivka), Sieverne (6km west of Avdiivka), and Tonenke (5km west of Avdiivka); and in the direction of Keramik (14km northwest of Avdiivka), Berdychi (5km northwest of Avdiivka), and the “Tsarska Okhota” restaurant south of Avdiivka.[73] Russian sources also claimed that Russian forces attacked northwest of Avdiivka near Novobakhmutivka, Novokalynove, Stepove, Krasnohorivka, and the coke plant; south and southwest of Avdiivka near Pervomaiske (10km southwest of Avdiivka), Vodyane (7km southwest of Avdiivka), and Optyne (4km south of Avdiivka); and southeast of Avdiivka near the industrial zone.[74] Russian milbloggers claimed on November 23 that Russian forces conducted reconnaissance-in-force near Stepove, Vodyane, and Sieverne.[75] A Russian milblogger claimed on November 23 that Russian forces advanced 150-200 meters in the direction of Novokalynove and Ocheretyne (15km northwest of Avdiivka), but ISW has not observed visual evidence of this claim.[76] A Russian source claimed on November 22 that Russian forces control 80 percent of the industrial zone southeast of Avdiivka, and later claimed on November 24 that Russian forces control 95 percent of the area.[77] Another Russian source claimed on November 24 that Russian forces control the entire industrial zone but acknowledged that this claim is based on unconfirmed preliminary information.[78] A Russian milblogger claimed on November 23 that Russian forces are pushing Ukrainian forces out of Stepove but that Ukrainian forces still control a part of the settlement.[79] The Ukrainian General Staff reported on November 23 and 24 that Russian forces unsuccessfully attacked east of Novokalynove and Novobakhmutivka; north of Lastochkyne (5km west of Avdiivka); and near Stepove, Pervomaiske, Sieverne, Avdiivka.[80] A Russian milblogger claimed on November 24 that Russian helicopters have to fly at very low altitudes to avoid Ukrainian air defense systems near Avdiivka.[81] Ukrainian Avdiivka Military Administration Head Vitaliy Barabash stated that Russian forces are struggling to use a large amount of military equipment due to weather conditions.[82]

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Ukrainian forces did not conduct any claimed or confirmed offensive operations west and southwest of Donetsk City on November 23 and 24.

Russian forces conducted offensive operations west and southwest of Donetsk City but did not make any claimed or confirmed advances on November 23 and 24. The Ukrainian General Staff reported that Russian forces unsuccessfully attacked near Marinka (on the western outskirts of Donetsk City) and Novomykhailivka (10km southwest of Donetsk City).[83] A Russian milblogger claimed on November 23 that Russian forces conducted offensive operations in Marinka but did not specify an outcome.[84]

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Russian Supporting Effort – Southern Axis  (Russian objective: Maintain frontline positions and secure rear areas against Ukrainian strikes)

Russian sources continued offensive operations in the Donetsk-Zaporizhia Oblast border area on November 23 and 24 but did not make any claimed or confirmed advances. The Ukrainian General Staff reported unsuccessful Russian assaults near and southwest of Staromayorske (10km south of Velyka Novosilka) on November 23 and 24.[85] The Russian Vostok Battalion, which is operating in the Donetsk-Zaporizhia Oblast border area, claimed on November 24 that Russian forces currently have an advantage in terms of fire power in this direction.[86] Russian sources additionally claimed that Russian forces attacked near Staromayorske and Urozhaine (10km south of Velyka Novosilka) on the evening of November 22 and throughout November 23, and northwest of Staromayorske on November 24.[87] Geolocated footage posted on November 23 shows elements of the 336th Naval Infantry Brigade (Baltic Fleet) operating a Lancet drone against Ukrainian positions near Vesele (33km southwest of Velyka Novosilka).[88]

Russian sources claimed that Ukrainian forces conducted limited and unsuccessful counterattacks in the Donetsk-Zaporizhia Oblast border area on November 23 and 24. The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) reported on November 23 and 24 that Ukrainian forces unsuccessfully attacked near Pryyutne (15km southwest of Velyka Novosilka) and elsewhere in the overall southern Donetsk Oblast direction.[89] A Russian milblogger claimed on November 23 that Ukrainian forces are trying to activate north of Pryytune and north of Novomayorske (18km southeast of Velyka Novosilka) but emphasized that Ukrainian forces are largely on the defensive on this sector of the front.[90]

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Russian forces continued offensive operations in western Zaporizhia Oblast on November 23 and 24 and made confirmed advances. Geolocated footage published on November 24 shows that Russian forces have marginally advanced southwest of Novopokrovka, about 9km northeast of Robotyne.[91] A Russian airborne (VDV) affiliated milblogger claimed on November 24 that elements of the 7th VDV Division, including the 108th Air Assault Regiment, recaptured positions north of Verbove (10km east of Robotyne and 5km south of Novopokrovka), which generally coincides with confirmation of Russian advances in the area southwest of Novopokrovka.[92] The Ukrainian General Staff reported that Russian forces unsuccessfully attempted to improve their positions near Robotyne on November 23 and conducted unsuccessful assaults near Robotyne, Novopokrovka, and west of Verbove on November 24.[93]

Ukrainian forces continued counteroffensive operations in western Zaporizhia Oblast on November 23 and 24 and made confirmed advances. Geolocated footage published on November 22 shows that Ukrainian forces have recaptured the westernmost trench in a series of three trenches that lie about 1km southwest of Robotyne, and other geolocated footage published on November 23 shows that Ukrainian forces have also made advances further west of the westernmost trench.[94] Additional geolocated footage posted on November 22 and 23 indicates that Ukrainian forces have marginally advanced near the T0408 Orikhiv-Tokmak highway north of Novoprokopivka (just south of Robotyne), between the outskirts of the aforementioned trench system and the northern outskirts of Novoprokopivka.[95] Russian milbloggers widely claimed on November 23 and 24 that Ukrainian forces launched a renewed attack on Russian positions along the Robotyne-Verbove line with up to 100 personnel, five armored vehicles, and one Western-provided tank.[96] The Russian MoD claimed that Russian forces repelled Ukrainian attacks near Robotyne and Verbove on November 24, and the Ukrainian General Staff reported that Ukrainian forces continued offensive operations in the Melitopol (western Zaporizhia Oblast) direction on November 23 and 24.[97]

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Ukrainian forces continued combat operations on the (east) left bank of the Dnipro River on November 23 and 24, and both Ukrainian and Russian forces have made confirmed gains in Krynky (30km northeast of Kherson City and 2km from the Dnipro River). Russian milbloggers claimed that Ukrainian forces intensified attacks on the forest area near Krynky on November 23, and then claimed on November 24 that elements of the Russian 810th Naval Infantry Brigade (Black Sea Fleet) and 144th Motorized Rifle Brigade (of the 40th Army Corps of the newly formed 18th Combined Arms Army) counterattacked and knocked Ukrainian forces out of positions in the forest areas near Krynky.[98] Geolocated footage published on November 23 confirms that both Russian and Ukrainian forces have advanced within Krynky, suggesting that intense fighting is ongoing in the settlement and positions are frequently changing hands.[99] Russian sources claimed that elements of the 188th and 144th brigades are facing extremely poor conditions and a lack of resources while trying to defend the Krynky area.[100] Ukrainian military officials confirmed that Ukrainian forces maintain positions on the east bank of Kherson Oblast.[101]

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Russian sources claimed that Ukrainian forces launched a large-scale drone strike against occupied Crimea on the night of November 23 to 24. A prominent Russian milblogger claimed that Ukrainian forces launched a total of 13 drones in three waves from Kherson Oblast towards railway and military infrastructure in occupied Crimea.[102] Kherson Oblast occupation head Vladimir Saldo claimed that this was one of the largest Ukrainian air attacks on occupied Crimea since the beginning of the war.[103] The Russian MoD claimed that Russian air defense shot down all 13 drones over Crimea, and that Black Sea Fleet naval aviation also hit 12 unmanned aerial boats traveling towards Crimea.[104]

Russian Mobilization and Force Generation Efforts  (Russian objective: Expand combat power without conducting general mobilization)

The Russian aviation industry is likely facing significant constraints due to international sanctions and demands from the Russian defense industrial base (DIB). The Ukrainian Main Military Intelligence Directorate (GUR) reported on November 23 that it obtained many documents from the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) detailing widespread issues within the Russian aviation industry.[105] The GUR reported that the documents show that there were 185 civil aviation accidents and 150 cases of technical malfunctions in the first nine months of 2023.[106] The GUR reported that the Russian aviation industry is transferring large portions of aircraft maintenance assets to Iran, where repairs occur without certification, due to a lack of repair capacity and specialists in Russia.[107] Russian aviation enterprises are reportedly increasingly using existing planes for component for new production.[108] The Russian United Aircraft Corporation announced on November 22 that it transferred a new batch of Su-34 frontline bombers manufactured at the Novosibirsk Aviation Plant to the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD).[109] Widespread constraints on the civil aviation industry are likely also impacting defense aviation enterprises in Russia, but Russian officials are likely prioritizing military aviation production over the maintenance and production of civil aircraft.

Russian courts have reportedly considered over 4,000 criminal cases against Russian personnel for the unauthorized abandonment of their units since the start of partial mobilization. Russian opposition outlet  Mediazona  reported on November 24 that Russian courts considered 4,121 criminal cases for the unauthorized abandonment of a military unit and ruled in 3,740 cases as of November 21.[110]  Mediazona  reported that Russian courts have delivered sentences to roughly 100 Russian personnel a week on average since June 2023.[111]

Russian personnel from Russian federal subjects (regions) in Siberia and the Far East continue to represent a disproportionate number of Russian casualties in Ukraine. The  BBC  reported on November 24 that confirmed Russian military deaths per 10,000 males aged 16 to 61 in federal subjects of Russia show that the highest proportions of death happen in Siberian and Far Eastern regions.[112] The five highest proportions of military deaths occurred in the Tuva Republic (48.6 deaths), Republic of Buryatia (36.7 deaths), Nenets Autonomous Okrug (30 deaths), Altai Republic (26.5 deaths), and Transbaikal Krai (26.2 deaths).[113] St. Petersburg and Moscow have the lowest proportion of confirmed deaths with 2.5 and 1 per 10,000, respectively.[114]

Russian authorities continue to prevent the relatives of mobilized personnel from holding rallies calling for the demobilization of their relatives. Russian independent investigative outlet  Verstka  reported on November 23 that Russian authorities denied five applications for rallies by relatives of mobilized personnel in Moscow, Chelyabinsk, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, and Krasnoyarsk.[115] Russian opposition outlet  SOTA  reported that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin denied an appeal to his office’s decision to refuse permits for a rally in support of demobilization by citing COVID-19 public health restrictions.[116] Russian opposition outlet  Mobilization News  reported that officials in Novosibirsk Oblast accepted demands from relatives of mobilized personnel that would cap mobilization periods at a year with rotations no less than every three months.[117] ISW cannot confirm that any Russian officials have accepted conditions from relatives to set forth terms for mobilization.

Russian Technological Adaptations  (Russian objective: Introduce technological innovations to optimize systems for use in Ukraine)

Russian state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec debuted its new “Chistyulya” portable anti-drone system on November 24.[118] The device reportedly weighs eight kilograms (about 18 pounds) and can suppress drones within a one-kilometer radius.[119] Russian opposition outlet  Vazhnye Istorii  ( iStories)  reported that Chinese online retail service AliExpress sells a similar product with almost the same specifications.[120]

Activities in Russian-occupied areas  (Russian objective: Consolidate administrative control of annexed areas; forcibly integrate Ukrainian citizens into Russian sociocultural, economic, military, and governance systems)

The Russian occupation authorities continue efforts to indoctrinate Ukrainian children into Russian national and cultural identities. The Ukrainian Resistance Center reported on November 23 that the Kremlin instructed occupation authorities to ensure that 70 percent of Ukrainian students in occupied areas participate in educational exchange programs in Russia.[121] The Ukrainian Resistance Center reported that Russian occupation schools have started efforts aimed at indoctrinating as early as first grade.[122] The Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) Militia claimed on November 24 that 248 children from occupied Luhansk Oblast returned from a trip to Moscow City that the Kremlin-funded pseudo-volunteer “Movement of the First” youth organization planned.[123] Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) Head Denis Pushilin claimed on November 23 that over 60 students from occupied Donetsk Oblast are currently studying at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), an institute of higher education subordinate to the Russian Foreign Ministry.[124] Ukrainian Mariupol City Advisor Petro Andryushchenko published footage on November 23 showing Russian military personnel teaching children from occupied Zaporizhia Oblast basic military skills at an event in occupied Sevastopol, Crimea.[125]

Nothing significant to report.

Significant activity in Belarus  (Russian efforts to increase its military presence in Belarus and further integrate Belarus into Russian-favorable frameworks and Wagner Group activity in Belarus)

Belarusian military leadership reportedly hopes to increase the combat capabilities of Belarusian forces by equipping them with new drones and armored personnel carriers. Ukrainian military observer Kostyantyn Mashovets stated on November 24 that Belarus’ military leadership will equip Belarusian artillery brigades with Russian-produced “Supercam” S350 drones in early 2024.[126] Mashovets stated that Belarusian artillery brigades are currently equipped with quadcopter drones that do not provide adequate fire control and adjustment and that the Russian-produced drones have an increased range. Mashovets added that Belarusian forces are also testing the Belarusian-produced Volat V2 armored personnel carrier at the 227th Combined Arms Training Ground in Borisov, Belarus.

Note: ISW does not receive any classified material from any source, uses only publicly available information, and draws extensively on Russian, Ukrainian, and Western reporting and social media as well as commercially available satellite imagery and other geospatial data as the basis for these reports. References to all sources used are provided in the endnotes of each update.

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[18]  https://t.me/SJTF_Odes/3015 ; https://t.me/spravdi/34838 ; https://t.me/rustem_umerov_mo/324?single

[19]  http://kremlin dot ru/events/president/news/72800

[20]  https://t.me/rybar/54424 ; https://www.rbc dot ru/politics/22/11/2023/655de2d29a794726821e31cf

[21]  io/news/2023/11/23/v-minske-proshel-sammit-odkb-na-kotorom-ne-bylo-armenii-v-kremle-skazali-chto-sozhaleyut-ob-etom ;  https://tass dot ru/politika/19364435

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[26]  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2023/11/24/russia-crimea-tunnel-china/ ; https://archive.ph/14Cs9

[27]  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2023/11/24/russia-crimea-tunnel-china/

[28]  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2023/11/24/russia-crimea-tunnel-china/ ;  https://www1.hkexnews dot hk/listedco/listconews/sehk/2008/0229/01186_295219/c118.pdf

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[32]  https://www.tv2 dot no/nyheter/innenriks/store-apner-for-a-stenge-grensen-til-russland/16241924/

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[37]  https://isw.pub/UkrWar112023

[38]  https://t.me/RDS_Official_channel/323

[39]  https://t.me/RDS_Official_channel/323

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[41]  https://t.me/readovkanews/69861 ; https://meduza dot io/news/2023/11/24/politsiya-ustroila-reyd-na-sklade-wildberries-v-podmoskovie-rabotayuschim-tam-migrantam-vydali-povestki-v-voenkomat

[42]  https://t.me/bazabazon/23176

[43]  https://t.me/bazabazon/23176 ; https://t.me/bazabazon/23168

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[45]  https://t.me/breakingmash/49613

[46]  https://www.interfax dot ru/russia/933030

[47]  https://www.kommersant dot ru/doc/6352767

[48]  https://www.kommersant dot ru/doc/6352767

[49]  https://www.kommersant dot ru/doc/6352767

[50]  https://www.kommersant dot ru/doc/6352767

[51]  https://www.facebook.com/GeneralStaff.ua/posts/pfbid02HKTPFWmgq4q16wKZqE...

[52]  https://t.me/voenkorKotenok/52312

[53]  https://t.me/wargonzo/16616

[54]  https://t.me/notes_veterans/13679

[55]  https://t.me/zvizdecmanhustu/1422

[56]  https://t.me/RKadyrov_95/4189

[57]  https://t.me/luhanskaVTSA/15319 ; https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=885352229454340

[58]  https://t.me/mod_russia/32771 ; https://t.me/mod_russia/32783 ; http...

[59]  https://t.me/voenkorKotenok/52312 ; https://t.me/negumanitarnaya_pomos... https://t.me/wargonzo/16616 ;  https://t.me/negumanitarnaya_pomosch_Z/12527

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[61] https://twitter.com/moklasen/status/1727431258094096727; https://twitte...

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https://www.facebook.com/GeneralStaff.ua/posts/pfbid02HKTPFWmgq4q16wKZqE...

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[65]  https://t.me/voenkorKotenok/52312

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[68]  https://t.me/mod_russia/32799

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[85]  https://www.facebook.com/GeneralStaff.ua/posts/pfbid036KfemUabt3tVEWTuzf...

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[88]  https://t.me/voin_dv/6052

[89]  https://t.me/mod_russia/32769; https://t.me/mod_russia/32804

[90]  https://t.me/voenkorKotenok/52312

[91]  https://t.me/WarArchive_ua/7773

[92]  https://t.me/DnevnikDesantnika/4965; https://t.me/DnevnikDesantnika/4970

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[101]  https://www.facebook.com/GeneralStaff.ua/posts/pfbid0MHnF4AQYCC2nz5uW938...

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‘My future is taken away from me’: Russians flee to escape consequences of Moscow’s war

Growing numbers of Russians are leaving the country, fearful of possible martial law and the war’s consequences

Alexei Trubetskoy knew he had to get out the moment he woke up and looked at his phone on the morning of Russia’s invasion into Ukraine .

“I got up, checked the news in disbelief and realized I had to leave as soon as I can,” he said. Trubetskoy, who runs an English language school in Moscow, bought a ticket to Sri Lanka on the same day.

“It was clear to me that the horrible invasion will change Russia forever.”

A growing number of Russians have decided to leave their country following Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine, fearing the economic and political consequences the move will have.

“I hope to return to the country I love, but it is completely unclear what will happen next. My future is taken away from me, the country won’t be the same,” Trubetskoy said.

Russia has already seen a major crackdown on those opposing the invasion .

More than 7,500 people have so far been detained at anti-war protests across the country, according to the independent monitoring site OVD-Info. A number of the country’s independent news outlets have also been forced to shut down.

But those who leave are also fearful of the economic uncertainties that the country now faces: the Russian rouble and financial markets crashed this week after the West implemented crippling sanctions , and Moscow has also seen a mass exodus of western companies, including Ikea, Apple and Nike.

'No to war!': Russian protesters defy Putin – video report

Google analytics showed that the word “emigration” saw a spike in searches over the last week while countless Telegram channels have been set up in which worried Russians are discussing ways to leave the country.

Andrei Kolesnikov, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment, said it was expected that the country would see an exodus of its “quality working force” who will sense there is “no future” for them in Russia.

“This exodus will mean the degradation of the nation. The country doesn’t have a very large pool of talented people. Without them, Russia can’t develop itself,” Kolesnikov said

The exodus has been fuelled by rumours that authorities could declare martial law as soon as Friday , when the federation council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, is due to hold an unscheduled meeting.

Such a move would be unprecedented in modern Russian history and could involve mass mobilization of the male population as well as the closure of borders, according to an official document describing the law.

“I got my family together after a friend at the ‘top’ called me about this martial law thing. We booked the first plane available on Tuesday and flew to a random country I have never been before,” said Anton, a senior manager at a major Russian oil and gas firm. “I am not planning to fight in this war that wasn’t my decision to begin with.”

Tatyana Stanovaya, a prominent Russian political analyst and founder of R.Politik, on Wednesday evening tweeted that introducing a martial law could be a “logical scenario”.

“The proclamation of martial law will allow the authorities to introduce military censorship, to increase the secrecy of the state’s activities and the actions of local bodies.”

Russian pensioner 'who survived siege of Leningrad' arrested for protest against Ukraine war – video

The last time the federation council called an unscheduled meeting was February 22, when the body approved Vladimir Putin’s request to use military force outside the country, two days before the invasion of Ukraine. The federation council said it will officially meet to discuss a package of anti-crisis measures in response to western sanctions.

In a briefing with reporters on Thursday, the Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, dismissed speculation about the introduction of martial law. A senior source working at one of the three major airports in Moscow also said he believed it was “unlikely” that the borders would close.

“We haven’t been informed about anything. I think it is unlikely. At the same time we are in a war, so let’s see,” the source said.

But as speculation mounted, a feverish mood was felt in Moscow on Thursday.

Those seeking to leave faced a severe lack of available flights after western countries closed their airspace to Russian airlines. Moscow has also closed its airspace to much of the west in response.

Flights to Yerevan, Istanbul and Belgrade were completely sold out for the coming days while a one-way ticket to Dubai was priced at over £3,000 ($4,006) – compared with £250 ($334) in ordinary times – according to the flight aggregator Skyscanner. Train tickets from St Petersburg to Helsinki were also sold out on Thursday and Friday.

Some men who left earlier this week said they were extensively questioned at the Russian border.

Andrei, a Moscow-based cinema director, said he was held at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport before boarding a flight to Baku.

His luggage was searched, and an official went through his private chats on different messaging apps.

“He took my phone and spent a good hour scrolling through everything. Luckily, I deleted all chats discussing my opposition to the war on Telegram and Signal,” Andrei said.

“I was asked if I ‘truly’ loved my country and if I was against the war. He asked me why I wanted to ‘flee’ and why I was reading independent outlets like Meduza.

“It was one of the scariest moments in my life,” said Andrei, who eventually was allowed to board his flight.

‘Ukrainians are our friends’: the young Russian anti-war protesters defying Putin – video

Amid growing uncertainty, the head of the central bank, Elvira Nabiullina, urged her fellow Russians to stay calm.

“We will definitely pull through this…Friends, let’s remember, a lot is dependent on us, we need to leave behind any disputes and just help our colleagues,” Nabiullina said in a rare public statement aired on Russian state television. Russia earlier this week also introduced new laws to stimulate the country’s IT sector. Many Russians working in tech will likely be eyeing to leave the country given that their skills will be valued abroad.

But despite efforts by officials to convey a sense of stability, some at the very top of the Russian government have themselves evacuated their loved ones.

“Our whole family flew to a country south of Russia earlier this week. We were advised to leave as soon as possible,” said the daughter of a top Russian official who has met Putin on multiple occasions. “We will weather the storm here.”

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