Travel is our highest level of soccer. CVU Travel is quite competitive, with most accepted players having past soccer experience. We offer opportunities at the Premier and Classic levels of play. CVU Premier teams are a part of the CCL Championship West Division. Our Classic teams are members of the Skyline League.
The Travel experience is available for U11 to U18/U19 players. A season for U11 to U15 players includes both the Fall and Spring, while U16 and older players only have a Fall season. Tryouts are required for those interested in joining one of our travel teams.
All of our coaches are licensed professionals who work with our CVU Technical Staff to implement the club curriculum and encourage player development. Teams typically practice twice a week at the CVU Complex. Travel games are typically scheduled for the weekends.
The Fall season kicks off with CVU's Preseason Travel Camp scheduled for late July. All accepted players are encouraged to sign up for the camp as it offers a great introduction back into the soccer season. CVU players are also encouraged to continue their soccer training in the off season by participating in camps and other available programs in the area.
Tryouts for the Fall season occur around mid- to late May. All players are asked to register online and pay the tryout fee before attending a session. This includes new and returning players. Players will be grouped by age for the tryouts.
Tryout participants are evaluated by CVU coaches and technical directors. Placement of players is based on tryout evaluations which includes player skill, commitment level, and attitude. Historical performance may also be considered for returning players. Families and players are notified by email if they have been invited to join a CVU Premier White Team or a CVU Classic Red team. The amount of teams and players accepted in a given season depends upon quantity of coaches and the amount of quality players that attend tryouts.
To fill any open spaces, CVU sometimes offers supplemental tryouts in the Spring. These tryouts typically occur around February and are only to fill needed positions in our U11 to U15 teams.
The following are CVU Travel Player Fees for the 2019-2020 season. Our Board of Directors reviews player fees before the beginning of each season.
U16 - U18/U19 Premier Teams | $805
(Includes CVU Labor Day Tournament, CCL Adidas Festival, VA Beach Columbus tournament, and CCL Winter Showcase)
U11 - U15 Premier Teams | $1,120
(Includes CVU Labor Day Tournament, CCL Adidas Festival, VA Beach Columbus tournament,and generally 1-2 tournaments in the Spring)
U16 - U18/U19 Classic Teams | $520
(Includes CVU Labor Day Tournament and CCL Winter Showcase)
U11 - U15 Classic Teams | $820
(Includes CVU Labor Day Tournament, option of Valley FC's Fall Kickoff, and possible tournament in the Spring)
The Fall Season begins with CVU's Battle of the 7 Hills Labor Day Tournament and runs through early to mid-November. Players are encouraged to attend the Preseason Travel Camp in July to prepare for the start of Fall training.
The Spring Season starts mid-February and ends by Memorial Day in May. U11 to U15 teams have both a Fall and Spring season. Training schedules are released via email and will also be uploaded to this page.
Seasons may be extended slightly due to the possibility of weather related cancellations and rescheduled games. Some tournaments and/or showcases may take place outside of regular season times.
Players are expected to attend all training sessions. Teams meet twice a week for practice at the CVU Complex. Each player is required to bring their own ball and water to training. Shinguards, cleats, and soccer socks are required. No jewelry is permitted on players during training.
Coaches put significant time and energy into planning training sessions therefore, as a matter of respect to our coaches and players, any absence or tardiness should be reported to coaches at least 24 hours in advance of a session. Please be aware that absences and tardiness from training are a valid cause for limiting game day playing time - at coach's discretion. Parents are not permitted to be involved in training sessions or to communicate to their children unless there is an urgent need.
Games are scheduled to take place over the weekend - home games are played at the CVU Complex while away games take place at other club complexes throughout the state.
Tournaments are a fun and challenging part of the travel soccer experience. The number and type of tournaments that players participate in will depend on their team and play level. All CVU Travel teams participate in the CVU Battle of the 7 Hills Labor Day Tournament. Our Premier Teams typically participate in at least one additional tournament for the season. Classic Teams have additional opportunities to participate in tournaments on a team-by-team basis.
Tournament entries are made at the discretion of the CVU Executive Director Raymond Ford with input from the team coach. Depending on the event location and schedule, tournaments may require overnight stays in hotels. Your registration fee covers the entry fee for certain tournaments - see registration costs above- however, each family is responsible for their own accommodation costs and means of transportation.
Showcase opportunities may be available for our older, U16 and up teams. Showcases give players the chance to play in front of various college soccer coaches in an effort to be recruited upon their high school graduation.