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Frequently Asked Questions about Travel

What is travel soccer?
BWSA’s travel soccer teams play in a competitive league where BWSA teams play games both at home and away against teams from other soccer clubs in the region. Travel games occur on Sundays. Players typically try-out for and are selected for a travel team. Some players may be cut due to limits on the number of players allowed on each team’s roster. BWSA competes under the PA West Soccer travel rules. BWSA belongs to District 4 and teams play in Divisions 6 (least competitive), 5, and 4 (most competitive) based on the level of play and previous season's performance.

How old do you have to be to play travel?
BWSA currently fields travel teams starting at U-9 for girls and boys. For the 2016-2017 season players born in 2007 and earlier are eligible to play travel soccer. The chart below shows the 2016-2017 age brackets.

How are the teams formed?
BWSA teams are determined based on the number of players who regsiter and attend tryout sessions in each age group. Tryouts are held when necessary. While every attempt is made to place all players on a team, cuts may occur. Teams are made up after the tryouts, and these teams play for the Fall and Spring season. If you register for travel soccer, you will be notified of the tryout dates. The travel coordinator normally runs the tryouts and selects the teams.

When are the games?

Travel games are scheduled from about Noon through 5:00 PM on Sundays. Classic league games typically occur on Saturdays.

Where are the games played?
Most of the games are played within an hour of Baldwin Whitehall, with occasional trips South and West to West Virginia or Ohio. The older teams have had to travel as far as north as Erie, PA.

When are the practices?
BWSA travel practices are scheduled Monday through Friday, one or two days a week, at the discretion of the coach and based on the age of the players.

What if one of the players can't make the night that I picked for practice?
Depending on the  age group, this may or may not be an issue. Some players play on multiple teams (travel and club). Those players will practice with their "highest level" team first and attend other practices as they are able. If the conflict is serious, contact the travel coordinator for assistance.

What qualifications do BWSA travel coaches hold?
All BWSA coaches are required to complete the Pennsylvania background screening process. All BWSA travel head coaches are volunteers who hold at least a National “E” license which required them to perform pre-course work and then complete an 18-hour certification course on elementary principles of coaching in preparation for earning their National “D” license. The requirements of the “E” license course are established by the U.S. Soccer Association and the courses are administered by the state associations. To learn more about the components of the course, visit

Where can I find out more about BWSA travel soccer?
If you need additional information, please contact Jeff Beardsley at

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