NorthStorm Travel Teams

TRYOUTS – Thank You for attending Tryouts for 2019-2020.

If you missed this years Tryouts and are interested in joining North Storm, please contact us to learn more at admin@tbays.org.

Program Overview

North Storm Program Information

TBAYS North Storm is a travel soccer program offering both Select and Premier levels of the game.  North Storm is dedicated to training and developing the best soccer players, as both athlete’s and as young adults.

Player Development

North Storm players receive the following benefits and opportunities to develop their skills and talents as premium soccer players.

  • Additional practice opportunities within the club’s team structure.  FREE
  • Goalkeeper training from a licensed staff.  FREE
  • Finishing/ Skill development. FREE
  • College advising. FREE
  • Indoor training.  FREE
  • Summer Camp/Winter Camps.  (extra)

League Play

Our teams play in one of the leagues offered within the state of Michigan

  • NMSA – Northern Michigan Soccer Alliance 
    • Home Games are played at Keystone Park.
    • Away Games are typically played on one date per scheduled weekend and are typically played as double headers
    • Away Games may be played in Cadillac; Gaylord; Petoskey; Alpena; etc.
  • MMYSL – Mid-Michigan Youth Soccer League
    • Home Games are played at the Midland Soccer Complex.
    • Away Games are typically played on one date per scheduled weekend and are typically played as double headers
    • Away Games are may be played in Lansing; Midland; Flint area; Mt. Pleasant; etc.
  • MSPSP – Michigan State Premier Soccer Program
    • Home Games are played at Keystone Park.
    • Away Games are typically scheduled on a Saturday then Sunday game in one weekend trip to help save on travel and expenses.  Coaches aim to play all away league games within 2 or 3 weekends each season.
    • Away Games may be played anywhere in the State; with most games being played in the metro-Detroit area.

*Leagues are selected based on the ability of each team.

High School aged teams are expected to attend college showcase tournaments as early as U14.

Step 1:  Register by clicking the Registration Link.

Step 2:  Watch for emails the week prior to Tryouts that contain important Tryout Forms & other pertinent Information.

Step 3:  Complete Forms attached to Tryout email and bring those completed forms to Tryouts.  (Forms also available in the above “Forms” tab.)

Step 4:  Check In at the Barn for Tryouts 30-45 minutes before your scheduled start time.  Forms need to turned in; a picture of each player needs to be taken for player ID cards and you will want to try on uniforms for the upcoming year.

Step 5:  Players head out to fields for practice while parents remain in the parking lot area for a quick explanation of the program and teams we aim to form with a brief Q & A from one of our Directors.

NEW PLAYERS

A Copy of each New Players Birth Certificate should be brought with them to the Tryout in addition to the above Forms.

2019-2020 North Storm Registration Fees

Depending upon the age and playing level of a team, teams may also have separate Team Expenses based on the activity choices made for and by that team (which are items not covered by Club Registration Fees). Those items may be: Additional Tournament Registration Fees or any other special events your team may want to participate in; such as: showcase tournaments; futsal tournaments; winter leagues or tournaments; etc.  Your Coach or Team Manager will provide information to you about any team expenses for your child’s team and will collect those fees separately.  Additionally, during the season the club provides fundraising opportunities to club families to help offset these team expenses.

ANNUAL CLUB REGISTRATION FEES:  TBA for 2019/2020  (Estimated between $600 – $1250 per player depending on team; single vs double season; and level of play)

Additional fees for the season include but are not limited to: additional tournaments, uniforms and travel expenses.

REGISTRATION PROCESS – COMMITMENT FEE DEPOSIT & ONLINE REGISTRATION:

Online Registration – Online registration is through Got Soccer.  That system will give you the ability to register your child(ren) and provide yours & their information.  We will also have the ability to accept credit cards, debit cards and e-checks online for each of the payment due dates outlined below.

UNIFORMS:  Uniform Size samples are available at the TBAYS office and will be available at tryouts for your player(s) to try on prior to ordering.  Check them out so you are ready to order.  Uniforms are ordered through our partner’s website, Gazelle Sports.   A link to ordering our NEW 2019 Uniforms will be active coming in Late June.

ALL PLAYERS:  In 2019 the North Storm teams will be wearing a NEW Uniform for the coming 2019 – 2021 Seasons.  The cost of the full kit is about $150-$300 depending on mix of sizes purchased.

Mandatory uniform items include:  2 jersey’s, 2 game shorts, 2 game socks, 1 practice performance shirt.  ($150 – $250)

Optional Team Items suggested:  warm-up jacket and warm-up pants, soccer back pack

Fan Wear & Additional Items:  The North Storm Store will have all things North Storm available all year round with updated items each year.  Parents, Fans, & Players may buy additional items like: cleats; balls; extra socks (less laundry); training shirts; fleece 1/4 zips; rain wear; winter wear; etc. etc. with the North Storm logo branded and/or whatever other personalization you may like.  VIEW ONLINE STORE HERE

Goalkeepers:  There are GK jersey’s available in the online uniform store.  Alternate Adidas Sport shirts may also be used in place of a GK jersey (you’ll need to communicate printing numbers and logo’s onto whatever Adidas shirt you decide to order for your GK Jersey).

PAYMENT OPTIONS & DUE DATES:

Once a coach offers a roster position to a player during tryouts and the player has accepted the position it will not be locked into a roster until a $200 non-refundable commitment fee is paid June 21st, 2019.

The Entire Balance may be paid in full upon team acceptance OR a monthly payment plan may be set up for the remaining balance with the $200 deposit acting as your first installment.

To set-up AUTO PAY; you must communicate with the office at admin@tbays.org or at the welcome meeting.

Payments may be handled through gotsoccer.com or mailed/delivered to us at the TBAYS office.

Extended Payment Plans:  For those families that need a more extended payment plan than what is offered above, North Storm offers Extended Payment Plans.  Submit your request for an extended payment plan by emailing admin@tbays.org  Once the extended plan is approved, your payment amounts & due dates will be modified in your child’s Got Soccer account and you will receive a confirmation email.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Scholarship Grant Applications:  There are also limited opportunities to be considered for financial-need based scholarship grants for families that cannot make it work with an Extended Payment Plan.  The first page of the Scholarship Application Form provides more detailed information about the program.  The deadline for Scholarship Applications is 6/15/19.  All applications with supporting documentation must be received by then to be considered by the Scholarship Committee.  Please confidentially email your packet to admin@tbays.org; mail it to TBAYS, PO Box 5034, Traverse City, MI 49696 OR bring with you to Tryouts.  Your information will be kept in strict confidence!!

Scholarship_Application

Premier/Travel Team Forms

FORMS REQUIRED FOR ALL PLAYERS

HeadsUpConcussion

USYS Medical Release Form 2016-2017 – NEW FORM- MUST INCLUDE COPY OF INSURANCE CARD

MMYSL Player Registration

NEW PLAYERS

A Copy of each New Players Birth Certificate should be brought with them to the Tryout in addition to the above Forms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any player who is enthusiastic about the game of soccer, has a willingness and desire for continuing individual and team development. Additionally, players with a combination of excellent athletic ability, high caliber soccer skills based on their age group, positive attitude, size and speed, and an intense desire to compete at the highest level.

Is extensive travel required?

Travel depends on the league the team is playing in as well as the teams selected for the division.  Typically most teams play half their games at Keystone Park with half their games being played as far away as the suburban Detroit area.  In most instances our coaches and teams try their best to schedule their 4 away games over the course of 2 weekends by playing a game Saturday afternoon/evening down state with a second Away game that Sunday morning.  This helps alleviate additional travel time and hotel costs.

Some of our teams however, are required to travel for every game.  This depends on the league they are participating within.  Again, coaches work to package games together within the same weekend to again save travel time and fees.

Does playing North Storm soccer mean my child will not be able to participate in other activities?

While your commitment to the North Storm program is year round, players may compete in other sports.  Players are expected to attend practices and games.  It should be noted that there are some fees associated with participation that are required, regardless of a players participation or not; e.g. indoor winter training. 

Can my child play up to an older age group?

Talented and committed players may sometimes play on older teams because it is best for their individual development.  During the seasonal year, the Coaching Directors in consultation with the coaching staff, may recommend the use of club pass systems and dual carding players on two rosters to give those top players on a team the chance to experience play at a higher level.

Those players wishing to play up should contact our Coaching Directors prior to tryouts in June.   Players playing up MUST be able to start for the older age group to be rostered on that team.

Who are the Coaches?

We use licensed coaches who are positive role models and focus on player development in order to develop the team and club.

What is the time commitment for travel soccer?

Players selected for travel soccer are committing themselves to both the Fall and Spring seasons, unless they are of the high school age groups. Typically teams practice three times a week, with practices typically running for an hour and a half. During the season, it can be expected that teams will play at least one game per weekend, maybe two depending on the schedule arranged by the coach. Teams can also expect to participate in at least two tournaments per season.

Teams will also participate in winter training sessions once or twice a week typically from the beginning of December through March.

Is North Storm Soccer about “winning at all cost”?

The complete opposite is true in this case of North Storm. The club’s philosophy is to focus on the development of individual players and age groups. Player development can take years and expecting immediate results is unrealistic. The long-term development of our players is our goal and our curriculum follows age appropriate guidelines on not only technical, tactical and physical development but social, psychological and what we call training focus for each age group.

How do Tryouts work?

Some general information about North Storm tryouts:

  • Our tryouts are crafted to evaluate technical and tactical proficiency through our activities which push players to make different decisions and display different skill sets as the tryouts progresses.  Players should attend both Mock tryouts and tryouts. Players are not penalized for only attending one session but failure to show up to both eliminates the ability for our staff to fully evaluate that player in all categories.
  • There is no fee for trying out. Player registration fees, uniform fees, and tournament fees are all collected after a player has been offered a roster spot.

What are the costs associated with North Storm teams?

The annual fees for North Storm teams / age groups can be found on our Registration Fees Page

Currently, the required fees for North Storm cover the following: administration fees, field usage and maintenance, player registration, state and league fees, Cherry Capital Cup and Autumn Classic tournament registrations, indoor winter training, and coaches’ fees. 

What other costs are families responsible for?

Uniforms (every 2 years), travel to and from away games, and lodging at tournaments. Referee Fees for League play.  Additional fees may be required if teams decides to play additional indoor sessions or tournaments.

North Storm Coach Bios

TBAYS North Storm is a travel soccer program that offers Select & Premier levels of the game.  North Storm is dedicated to training
and developing best soccer players, as both athletes and as young adults.