The St. Mary’s Soccer Travel program provides an environment for youth to play competitive soccer for those who are interested in a higher level of play. Coaches for these teams focus on skill development in the early years and tactical abilities in the later years. SMS aims to develop each player so that they improve from year to year and encourages them to strive for their true potential. Players are expected to work hard, be coachable, and demonstrate commitment to themselves, their team, and SMS.
SMS has fielded many very successful teams winning State Cup Championships and playing in top, invitation-only tournaments around the nation. Many players in our program play in the Maryland Olympic Development Program, have successfully entered college soccer programs and earned athletic scholarships.
Annual evaluations occur in the May-June timeframe for all teams with players at the age of U9 through U19. Supplemental evaluations will be held during other times of the year based on need at the coach’s discretion.
What to Expect
Fees and Registration
The exact amount of player fees is determined cooperatively among the team coach, team manager, and team parents as part of the process of forming the team’s annual budget. Fees vary among teams and are determined by numerous factors. The normal expenses covered typically include club admin fees, registration fees, coach license level, league fees, and tournament fees. Additional costs for private turf rental, referee fees, special training events, equipment and team administrative costs are other expenses that can also influence your team’s fees.
Registration for SMS Travel players is by invitation only. St. Mary's Soccer will communicate to selected players via email to register with both the club (SMS) and Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) registration.
Travel teams can hold fundraising activities to help offset team expenses.
SMS Travel uniforms cost approximately $130 which includes home and and away kits (jersey, shorts and socks). Please click here for additional information.
Need-based financial aid is available through our Scholarship Program.
While participating on an SMS Travel team requires a greater commitment, it is achievable and can be extremely rewarding!
For questions, contact the SMS Travel Vice President at vp_stmaryssoccer.org.