Tournament weekends make for unforgettable lifelong memories. Throughout the year, Supra participates in a select list of local and travel tournaments. These tournaments are difficult to coordinate without the continuous engagement and support of our academy players and families. As such, we want to ensure that going forward, we are able to secure participation of players in these tournaments as early as possible for the following reasons:
It is expected that if your child chooses to be on a tournament team or selected to a travel team, you will be committing to this team for the season (fall/Winter or spring/summer). If your child has additional commitments in those seasons, the expectation is that the tournament/travel team will take priority. We understand unforeseen events may require players to miss a game or the tournament, to remain on the team, it will be critical to communicate unavailability with the team coordinator immediately. Commitment and availability are crucial for roster creation to ensure that each roster is fully committed.
There will be a variety of costs associated with these teams such as tournament entry fees, coaching fees, training camp fees (if required), apparel, travel costs, and accommodations etc. Please be aware that many of these fees need to be paid up front. Expenses paid for tournament/travel teams are non-refundable. Parents are required to complete payment by the tournament(s) registration deadline to secure roster position.
As an organization, we emphasize performance based opportunity, as such, playing time will not be equal on these teams. It is important that this is taken into consideration prior to confirming commitment.
Travel tournaments allow players to play against the very best players and teams around the world. From a development perspective, it exposes players to higher level competition and provides the opportunity for our players to showcase themselves to professional teams.
As expected, the time and financial commitments are much more demanding than a standard tournament team. A travel team’s schedule will vary depending on the selection of travel tournaments planned for their respective age group(s). These teams typically play 3-4 travel tournaments during the year. The exact number of tournaments/games and schedule is determined by the Academy with family feedback.
With advance notice, it is expected that vacations during this time will be planned around the team’s schedule. Team commitments will also include training camp activities, athletic/strength training, exhibition games and video analysis sessions. External (player’s outside Supra Academy) that make a travel team are not required to be registered at the Academy. Keep in mind that the travel team costs will likely be anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 based on quantity and location of tournaments.
Existing Supra Players:
For registered Supra players, selection will be done based on evaluations provided by coaching staff throughout the year (practices, games, and overall ability) This information is again specifically designed to eliminate ambiguity and allow us to field the best possible team for competition. As always, players have access to all this information via Supra Player app throughout the year. The advantage for our existing members is that the players are not to be evaluated solely on a few hour tryout. As players are always evaluated throughout the year, players can be added or removed from the travel team before the tournament training camp. No spot is guaranteed before the tournament.
For ages 8-14, the team selection involves a 3-day tryout that involves assessment from your child’s travel tournament coach. This initial tryout will be scheduled during our regular academy training nights. Prospective candidates will be required to attend the one week trial (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday). After this initial assessment, players will be notified if they are a fit for the travel team. If selected, players will be required to attend a minimum of 5 additional sessions before the tournament training camp. These sessions will allow the player to familiarize with the coach, team, and players before the training camp.
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