Programs – General
What is the difference between in-town and travel?
The primary difference is in the game opponent. For in-town, games are against other LUSC teams in Lexington (there may be occasional games against Arlington). For travel, games are against non-LUSC teams; half of the games are home in Lexington, and the other half are away in a nearby town. The second difference is that travel teams are grouped by skill level, so the travel team will tend to have players of similar skill and play against similarly composed teams. An in-town team may have a wider range of skills. The game format and the number of meetings a week is the same.
When does travel become an option?
Travel becomes an option in the spring of third grade, at the U9 level.
Does LUSC organize indoor teams during the winter?
While LUSC offers clinics and Sunday Street soccer during the winter, it does not organize any indoor teams (the exception is LPDA, which is a year-long commitment). On the other hand, various Lexington teams are formed and typically play at the Bedford Edge or Acton Teamworks. These teams are often organized by LUSC coaches, but can be organized by any interested parent, and need not be limited to players who are registered with LUSC. The team formation process is totally under the control of the organizing party.
Programs – U9/10
How old are the players on the team for U9 and U10?
For in-town teams, U9 and U10 are combined, so there will be some 3rd and some 4th graders. U9 travel teams are just 3rd graders, and U10 travel teams are just 4th graders. Precise age guidelines can be found here.
How many times a week do teams meet at U9 and above?
For in-town and travel it’s the same. There are typically three meetings a week: two practices and a game.
When do teams meet, and what is the format, for U9 and above?
The practices are usually at night and the game is usually on Saturday. There is a pro clinic where all teams within the division practice on the same field (similar to U6-U8 practices). There is also a second team practice that is scheduled by each team. An example schedule might be Pro Clinic (Mon 5:30-7:00), Team Practice (Thu 6:00-7:00), Game (Sat 10:30-12:00).
What are the changes to game format in moving from K-2 at Diamond, to U9?
There are several changes to the game format that move it closer to the adult game. Games are now 6v6 including a goalie. The soccer goal is a smaller version of the full-sized goal. Goal kicks, corner kicks, throw-ins, kickoffs, and substitutions are now run more like the adult version. Games consist of two 30-minute halves. A referee will enforce the rules of the game.
When and how are evaluations conducted for U9 spring travel?
There is a special evaluation for U9 players late in the fall in the October/November time frame (older players perform evaluations in the spring). Please have your child participate if they are considering spring travel. An objective panel of observers (i.e., not the coaches/parents) evaluates the players for placement on a travel team. Note that this is not a tryout; all players who register for travel will be placed on a team. The purpose of the evaluation is to make sure they are placed on an appropriate team. More information on team formation can be found here.
How do I know if my child is registered?
If you don’t remember if you registered, log-in online and bring up your account. If you forget your password, click on the “lost password” link and follow the steps. Use the email you registered with.
What team is my child on?
When are my child’s practices?
Does my child need to purchase a shirt?
If your child is on a travel team they will need to purchase a shirt through our website during registration. If they have a travel shirt from last season they do not need to buy a new one. In-town players grades 3-6 do not need to purchase a shirt. In-town players K-2 need to purchase a reversible mesh jersey during registration if they do not already have one.
How do I obtain the reversible jersey used for in-town play?
If you ordered this as part of the registration process your coach will distribute them at the first practice. If you need an additional shirt or need to replace a shirt please download a form and bring it to Tricon Sporting Goods on Waltham Street with your payment.
Can my child use baseball or softball cleats?
Where are the fields?
Go to our Fields page for directions to all the town’s fields.
How do I contact the Pro-Coach?
The pro-coach assignments and contact info will be listed on the Schedules page as soon as they are available.