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Pre-Travel Program Overview (U7-U8)


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Our Pre-Travel soccer teams are for players in the U7-U8 age groups looking for a fun, competitive, and comprehensive soccer environment. Our Pre-Travel program is designed for players who are looking to progress from recreational soccer to travel soccer. 


The length of the season is 10 months, August - June (Fall, Winter, Spring). Our U7-U8 Pre-Travel teams will play in the EDP Futures league and train once a week during fall and spring. During the winter season the teams will train once a week indoors and participate in the Alexandria Futsal League. 


Lastly, all of our Pre-Travel coaches are professionally licensed, CPR certified, and background checked.


Eligibility:

  • Boys and Girls U7-U8

  • Click here to determine your appropriate age group.

 

Training and Home Game Location:

  • Elizabeth Seton HS

  • PG County Sports and Learning Complex 

  • Other fields in close proximity to DeMatha Catholic High School


Register with Confidence Policy:

We recognize there is still a lot of uncertainty with the 2020-2021 season. Therefore, we have created our Register with Confidence Policy. Our Register with Confidence Policy will ensure an account’s player fee will be prorated to reflect different scenarios that may evolve over the summer and fall. These scenarios and their costs are outlined below in the Fees section. 


Additionally, our Register with Confidence Policy ensures that an account will not be billed, less a $100 commitment fee, until we have confirmation from federal, state, and local government officials that it is safe and permissible to provide modified or full in-person programming.


Lastly, if we are not permitted to provide modified or full in-person programming we will provide virtual resources for our players. These resources include:

  • Access to the Techne Futbol Training application 

  • Access to the Teambuildr online strength and conditioning application 

  • Access to the DeMatha Soccer Academy player resource digital library 


2020/2021 Player Fees:


Team

Full cost

Modified Fall cost

Only Winter/Spring cost

2006

2250

1910

1575

2007

2000

1870

1540

2008

1975

1680

1384

2009

1800

1530

1260

2010

1800

1530

1260

2011

1750

1490

1225

2012

1750

1490

1225

2013

1000

750

500


2020/2012 Payment Plans 

Accounts will have the option to enroll in payment plans. 


Payment plan billing will not occur until we have confirmation we are allowed to play. You will not be billed during a period of time where we are not permitted to play or practice. 


Payment plans are outlined below:


  • Pay in full, 3 month plan, or 6 month plan.

  • Payment plans will be debited on the 15th of each month. 

  • Billing will begin on the 15th of the first month we are able to start practicing.


What’s Included:

  • 1 x practices per week (Fall/Spring)

  • 1 x practice per week (Winter)

  • Fall and Spring League (EDP Futures)

  • Winter Futsal League (Alexandria Soccer Association) 

  • Referee fees

  • Facilities fee (Outdoor, indoor, and lights)

  • MSYSA fees

  • USYSA fees 

  • Insurance fees

  • Coaching fees


What’s Not Included:

  • Uniforms 

    • Required items: 

      • Home white kit (jersey, short, socks)

      • Away royal kit (jersey, short, socks)

      • Training red kit (top, short, socks)

    • Optional items:

      • Warm-up suit (jacket and pants)

      • Backpack 

  • Player/family travel, food, and boarding

  • Club outings and events 

  • Optional Summer and winter camps

  • Optional Personal training


Winter/Spring Training Calendar:

  • Fall Season: 

    • Mid-August- mid-November

      • Training 1x times a week (outdoor)

      • Game on weekend (outdoor)

  • Winter Season:

    • January- early March

      • Training 1 x time a week (indoor)

      • Game on weekend (indoor) 

  • Spring Season 

    • Mid-March-mid June 

      • Training 1x times a week (outdoor)

      • Game on weekend (outdoor)


FAQs

What is Pre-Travel soccer?

Our Pre-Travel soccer teams are for players in the U7-U8 age groups looking for a fun, competitive, and comprehensive soccer environment. Our Pre-Travel program is designed for players who are looking to progress from recreational soccer to travel soccer. All coaches are professionally licensed and background checked. 


What is the time commitment?

Our Pre-Travel soccer teams play in 3 seasons per year. The fall season is from mid-August to mid-November. The winter season goes from January through early-March. The spring season is from mid-March to mid-June. Teams typically play 6-8 games per season. Most games are played on Saturdays, with some Sunday games. Practices take place once a week. Pre-travel players are expected to attend all team practices and games.


How far might we travel?

EDP Futures games for our U7/U8 age groups will all be played at the Fields at RFK campus in Washington, D.C.. 


How do I determine the right age group for my child?

Please reference the US Soccer Birth Year Matrix.


Will I get to choose my uniform number?

Uniform numbers will be assigned to the player by the club. We do this to ensure each player has their own unique number. This allows us to move players up and allow them to play with other teams in our club.


How do I order my uniform?

We are in the final process of designing our uniforms for next season and will send a link to all registered players once completed. We use a third party vendor to manage our uniforms.


Do you offer scholarships or financial assistance?

Yes, we do offer financial based support to those in need. Please visit our website for additional details and the application.


Important Club Policies

While we do expect all parents and players to review our complete DMSA handbook, we have highlighted a few policies for you below. 


Commitment Policy 

When a family accepts an invitation to join a DeMatha Soccer Academy team, they are making a commitment to the DMSA program for the 12-month soccer year, from August 1 through July 31 of the following year. The commitment is for this entire one-year period and not for a specific soccer season (Fall, Spring) or training period (Summer, Winter).


This year's long commitment is important for two reasons. Each year, DMSA incurs expenses and makes resource commitments based on the total number of players who commit to the 12-month soccer year. Financial and resource commitments are made based on the number of families who accept the yearlong program commitment and many expenses are incurred in advance.


Payment Plan Policy:

For those families that find it difficult to make one full travel team fee payment in one payment by the commitment date, DMSA offers payment plans. When you accept your player's team placement, you will be asked to either pay the seasonal fee in one full payment, or in installments with a Payment Plan. The Payment Plan divides the fee into 3, 6, or 10 installments: the first payment and bond fee are due by the initial commitment deadline, the remaining balance of the fee is broken into installments. After your initial payment, your credit card will be automatically charged for the remaining installments.


If you are have issues processing your credit card payment, please email [email protected] and we will direct you to our website host’s customer service contact. 


Scholarship Policy:

DeMatha Soccer Academy (DMSA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 community-based soccer organization. The DMSA leadership is committed to making the DMSA experience broadly available to qualified, committed soccer players who wish to participate. The DMSA leadership fundraises and collects donations for our Scholarship Fund, which enables the Scholarship Committee to review applications and grant awards. Because the Scholarship Committee receives many requests and has limited funding available, scholarships are granted to the most qualified applicants based on financial need and the player’s commitment to DMSA.


In order to be considered for financial assistance, players must have accepted their invitation to join the team, paid their bond fee, and enrolled in a payment plan.


Player Fee Refund Policy:

The success of our teams is dependent on the players who make up each team - and their commitment to the program. After teams have been formed and player commitments have been signed, DMSA will then proceed on behalf of each team to assign coaches, assign practice fields and times, complete all player registrations, purchase training/medical equipment, as well as complete all state, league, and tournament registrations. Accordingly, we expect that all players and parents will follow through with their commitment to the program by completing all required paperwork and paying all fees in a timely manner.


Consequently, our refund policy regarding our teams is stringent and non-negotiable. After players have committed to the team requests for refunds will be treated as follows:


  • Any player withdrawal request made after a player has commitment to the club for the seasonal year will result in no refund of the player fee.

  • Player dismissal due to a violation of any of DMSA Expectations and Guidelines or Club Policies as outline in the Club Handbook will result in no refund of the player fee.

  • There will be no refunds granted for cancellations due to weather, acts of God, or forfeits.

  • Player withdrawal due to a certified medical reason will result in a partial credit towards future DMSA player registration fees or camps.  A written statement from a non-parent medical professional must be provided.

  • DMSA will not refund player fees for any other reasons.