Player Development and Fun! - "We Play for the Fun of It!"
The Advanced program offers children and young adults the opportunity to participate in soccer and experience team play at an intermediate level from ages U9-U19. The Advanced program serves many players throughout their youth soccer careers. It can also be utilized as a springboard to the Club’s travel program or Junior Academy Program (the club’s highest levels of play). We encourage all players interested in advancing in their soccer knowledge and skill to try out for the Advanced program, especially any players that are excelling beyond the recreation level.
Sandwiched between the Club’s Recreation program at the grassroots level and the Club’s Travel program at the highest level, the Advanced-Recreation (or “Advanced”) Program serves an important intermediate role in the total club structure. The Advanced program offers many of the benefits of the Travel program while maintaining a Recreational emphasis and a volunteer coaching basis in order to keep costs low. “We play for the fun of it” is still the guiding principle, with the added benefit of a more competitive league and a higher level of player development.
In order to ensure a higher level of play, all players must try out to be selected for a team at the Advanced level. In line with the club’s philosophy of providing an appropriate place for all children, the club works hard to ensure the right fit for all players. Our Club’s Advanced Teams play against teams from other organizations throughout Hampton Roads in a more competitive league called TASL, as compared to our Club’s Recreation teams, which play in our in-house league against other Recreation teams in the club. Each age group in TASL is divided into divisions to provide for even competition. Teams are placed in the appropriate division based upon their level of play with Division A being the top division. More info on the league including other participating organizations and a typical schedule for an Advanced team can be found at www.tasli.org. Home games are played at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex, located at 2276 Recreation Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23456. Over the course of a typical 10 game season, most Advanced teams will play 4-6 of them at home. Away games are located within Hampton Roads, so travel is limited.