How do I know when to make the transition, and how do the programs differ?
These are common questions that many soccer families inevitably face, and the fear of the unknown (traveling) can be daunting.
Here are the facts and a few tips to help you determine if your player, and your family, are ready to move from Rec to Traveling:
Just the facts:
Which to play? It depends…
The summer Rec program is aimed at offering an experience that includes lots of game play, with light instruction, during the months of June and July, at a very reasonable cost. It’s a good introduction to the sport for the younger players and offers soccer in a concentrated, fun and casual playing environment. Our Rec coaches are parent/volunteer so it also gives the member families and alumni players a chance to get directly involved in sharing their love of the game with a new generation. Some of our older Rec players also enjoy being able to play the game they love with friends, on a set schedule, in a single neighborhood location (Pearl Park), which leaves more time for other summer activities with friends. MU Rec players do have additional training opportunities by way of the MU summer camps, as well as select winter Rec programs for younger players.
Now, if your young player is looking for a more competitive and structured soccer environment to advance their skills, or if your child takes their soccer ball everywhere and just can’t seem to get enough soccer, at home, at the relatives’, on vacation, in the car, etc., that’s a good sign they’re ready to transition to our traveling program. The program involves a short Fall season and a Spring/Summer season with a winter training program in between. Accordingly, the cost of participating in the traveling program is greater, due in-part to the committed team of professional MU coaches and trainers assigned to guide your traveling player through their development. The locations for games and training will vary depending on the team assignment, and can include the greater metro area. This, along with the increased cost comprises the greatest difference between the two programs. There is a much greater emphasis on technical skills development in traveling, which best translates into later opportunities to play competitive soccer in high school and beyond.
If you wish to learn more about these MU programs, to further aid in the decision making process, please feel free to contact us via the club website. And be it Rec or Traveling, we hope to see you on the pitch this summer!
Dear Minneapolis United Family,
On 6/16/17 MU lost John Sylvester after a long struggle with ALS. John, “Sly” to his friends, was appointed as the club’s first Girls Director of Coaching in 2008 and continued to coach until last year. John worked with MU kids for more than 14 years.
To compound this tragedy, at the time of John’s death his wife, Tessie, mother of his 5 and 6-year old sons Gus and Freddy, was diagnosed with a very serious form of cancer. Tessie is 36 years old. Please consider donating to John’s family and sharing the link below with your social network and faith community.
John was a fundamental building block of the club. He loved the game and all the kids whose lives he touched as a director, trainer, and coach. From him, we learned how to be better athletes…and better human beings. We will miss you, friend.