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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Recreational soccer and Travel Soccer?

Recreational soccer is where kids of all ages begin playing soccer. All kids are welcome to play.Children are placed on teams where ability is not a factor. Coaching duties usually are provided by parent volunteers. All practices and games are in Oneonta.

Travel Soccer is a competitive soccer program for those kids and families that want to take soccer playing to the next level. Teams will typically play indoor soccer in the winter, outdoor spring league, and may participate in tournaments around the area. The training for travel soccer is usually with more experienced coaches who have obtained coaching licenses or are in the process of obtaining certifications.

Should my child play travel soccer?

Does your child enjoy playing soccer? Are they interested in learning more about the game? Are they competitive? Is there a higher level of interest to learn the game? If you answered “Yes" to any of these questions, then travel soccer is the next logical step. Keep in mind that playing travel soccer requires a higher commitment level for participation at practices and games. The cost is usually slightly more expensive than recreational programs. However, the memories will last a lifetime.

How much travelling is involved in travel soccer?

During the winter months most of our teams play in leagues at indoor facilities in Binghamton or Albany. During the outdoor leagues, most of our teams compete in the Broome County Association Leagues. Travel is usually within 1 to 2 hours away. Some of the more competitive teams participate in higher level leagues that require more travel time.

Teams will usually participate in 2-3 tournaments a year that will require some additional travel.

How competitive are the Travel teams?

At the Under 8 and 10 levels, scores and standings are NOT kept. Emphasis remains on player development and appreciation for the game. A higher level of commitment, than expected for the recreational leagues, to practices and games is assumed.

Beginning at the U12 level, scores and standings are kept. Player development is still emphasized but as the age increases more emphasis begins to be placed on specific goals.

OSC teams tend to be above average to those participating in the Broome County Soccer Association Leagues.

At times, teams develop beyond the competition level available in the Broome County Soccer Association. For those teams which reach that level of competitiveness (we refer to those teams as Premier), they may enroll in alternative leagues.

Is there a Code of Conduct?

In order to maintain a positive and encouraging atmosphere for our youth, the Oneonta Soccer Club BOD had adopted a Sideline Behavior Policy. The behavior policy may be found here. Parents must agree to this policy during the online registration process.

How can I become involved?

Players interested in joining the club should review the Programs Page to determine which program is best for them.

The club is run by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, see the volunteer section of the About Page.

What are the Registration fees used for?

The OSC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which relies on a volunteer board of directors and coaches. Collected fees are used for player registration (with US Youth Soccer or SAY), insurance, facility usage fees, referees, training and game equipment, coaching education, supplemental training and administration.

I don’t think I can afford to have my child participate in travel soccer, is there any assistance available?

Financial assistance for the registration fee is available through the Pete Moore Scholarship. This annual award is based on financial need. Those families who think they may qualify are encouraged to apply by submitting the scholarship form. Carpooling to away games is always an option and encouraged to reduce costs.

The coach of my child’s team says I need to submit a medical release form, what is that and where do I get one?

The OSC Medical Release form, is a document that coaches keep with them at all times when they are coaching your child. It can be invaluable in times of an emergency when parents may not be immediately available. The form may be found here..

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