A Checklist for Finding the Right Fit With Your Travel Team
Have you ever wondered if you were on the right travel team? Have you ever wondered what you should look for when choosing a travel team? Not all travel and club teams are built the same.
We’ve built a checklist for you, but you first have to decide what you are looking for. What do you want to get out of thetravel and club experience?
What Are Your Goals?
Do you want to play just to have fun?
Do you want to play in college?
Do you want to play to improve as an athlete?
Do you want to play just to have something to do?
Do you want to play for the social aspect?
Any or all of the questions above could be your goals and all would be acceptable. You have to decide what you’re looking for. There is nothing wrong with just wanting something to do for the summer or playing just to have fun.
However, if your goal is to play college sports, the questions asked now become a little more directed, and the decisions about which team to play for become a little more important.
Mistakes Others Have Made
Plenty of mistakes have been made picking travel teams. Here are several mistakes former high school travel team members have described:
Join the club that is closest in proximity to where you live.
Join the cheapest travel team.
Join the most expensive or luxurious team.
Join without knowing the background of the coaching staff.
Join without having your parents first talk to the coaches.
Join without meeting the potential teammates.
Join solely because someone else had a good experience.
Before assuming anything, look at your needs. Hypothetically, the cheapest option may not care about you as an individual, or the most luxurious travel team won’t take you to the exposure tournaments you need in order to be seen by college coaches. What’s more, the closest team in proximity might not play you enough. These are all things you need to know before signing off to play.