TRAVEL TEAM SCHEDULES (2012)
Are a great way to improve skills and knowledge of the game
Players from the Coast are as good as anywhere else! The Coast league has produced many championship soccer teams and players. Among the soccer alumni is Kelly Albin, who played on Coast, Ukiah, and Santa Rosa soccer travel teams from ages 10-18. She switched to Lacrosse at UC Davis. In 2004 she became NCAA Woman of the Year and 'Top VIII' Athlete. Many soccer players from Fort Bragg have played Olympic Development and later played at the college level. Some are now coaches of teams from youth to college.
SHOULD YOUR CHILD PLAY ON A TRAVEL TEAM?
Your child should play competitively if he/she is at least 9 yrs. old and plays above average in the recreational league. The traveling teams are a mixture of the very best players from Mendocino and Fort Bragg, and this is the only chance your child will have to play on the same team with all good players (good players are divided up onto different recreational teams). Competitive teams play real 11 v 11 soccer, some go to tournaments, including our own Skunk Classic, and all will play at home at least 6-8 games. Most competitive teams only go out of town 2-3 weekends per season, and expenses are minimal, as sponsors and fundraising helps the team! Practices are split between Fort Bragg and Mendocino.
A player on a traveling team will learn a much higher level of play, where at the recreational level they will seldom improve beyond the basics. Regardless of their team’s win/loss record, experienced competitive players perform extremely well on their high school teams. Girls from Fort Bragg are particularly under-represented. Why not try out? Why not coach?!
Seasonal tryouts are in April or May and announced in the annual registration newsletter, or call the soccer hotline: 964-8676. If you are interested in coaching a travel team, please call this number at least a month before tryouts. The soccer board will assist you in learning how it's done.
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The Fort Bragg High School girls soccer teams participate in the
Skunk II Spookfest every year.