What is the difference between the Goffstown United Soccer Club program and Tri-Town Recreational Soccer Program?
Goffstown United Soccer club is a more competitive travel program than the Tri-Town Soccer recreational program. The GUSC involves a higher degree of commitment, with players selected through tryouts, attending two practices per week, with both home games in Goffstown and away games in NH. The Tri-Town recreation program focuses on providing an opportunity for all kids to play team soccer, where players are assigned a team with typically one practice per week, and all games are played in Goffstown. The GUSC travel program focuses on the development of skills while stressing teamwork and sportsmanship. Our coaches, though volunteers, have all attained applicable coaching certifications in order to coach travel soccer. GUSC has teams in both the fall and spring seasons, while the Tri-Town recreation program is only during the fall season. They are two completely different organizations, each with their own Board of Directors.
When are the fall and spring seasons?
The fall season begins in late August and runs through the first weekend of November, while the spring season runs from mid-April through mid-June (depending on weather and field conditions). Tournaments and playoffs may be available prior, during and following the regular season.
How far away are the games?
Home games are played at Sarette Field in Pinardville during the fall, and either Lions Field or Mountain View Middle School in Goffstown during the spring. Away games vary from season to season, depending on the brackets. Each team would play 4 away games with the common locations being in towns such as: Amherst, Bedford, Candia, Derry, Henniker, Hudson, Londonderry, Nashua, Bedford, Pelham, Rochester, Salem. Occasionally we will have away games in Keene, Belmont, Gilford, Holderness, or Hanover. It is your responsibility to get your child to the games, no transportation from the club is provided.
What if I missed tryouts for the season?
Each June we have tryouts for the following fall and each November for the following spring seasons. If you did not try out, you may contact the head coach of that team, Director of Coaching, or the President to find out if there is any additional room on that squad. If so, the coach may request an impromptu tryout to evaluate the player.
Why is GUSC now following a birth-year registration calendar instead of school year?
Effective fall 2016, US Youth Soccer and the New Hampshire Soccer League have mandated that all clubs are required to adhere to the new birth-year registration calendar. This means that instead of the previous August 1st - July 31st cut off, it will now be January 1st - December 31st.
Can my 5 or 6 year old child try out?
Children as young as 6 can try out for the U8 team. Children under the age of 6 are not able to play Goffstown United SC's Travel soccer, however Tri-Town Soccer's recreational program has playing opportunities for children as young as 4.
Is it possible to see a competitive travel soccer game in advance of tryouts?
Yes, games are open to the public and schedules for both fall and spring seasons can be found on our website under the corresponding season tab.
I'd like to help out with my child's team, who should I contact?
We are always in need of new volunteers! As we are a 100% volunteer run organization, and each year we have players and volunteers age out and need new volunteers to take up their responsibilities. We are always in need of volunteer coaches, team managers, Board members, and assistance with field maintenance. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the President or any member of the Board of Directors.