Frequently Asked Questions
Understanding SPRING 2022 Travel Teams
What is the difference between Elite & Select?
Elite is our highest level of training & travel with 2-3 days a week of practice or playdays with more regional and national travel opportunities.
Select is a 1-2 day a week commitment with less travel travel options and more in state opportunities. The goal of select is to provide an introduction to a higher level of training and pace of the game. Also, it allows you to see the competitive travel level and decide if you'd like to commit to that level of training.
How will Ambush travel team programming help my young athlete develop?
Ambush has a structured development program that our coaches follow which focuses on specific individual and team tactical skills we want to see our Ambush athletes master. Attached here is a guide to the key Ambush focus areas and development goals based on age.
How are the teams structured?
Ambush OUTDOOR travel will return to our spring training. Our ELITE teams will train at Bessant Field and each age group (U14, U16, U19) will have two teams of 15-17 athletes and play 11v11 games.
Our SELECT teams (U10, U12, U14, U16, U19) will train at Bessant Field and with Ambush SOUTH at Elon Park. Each location will have two teams of 10 athletes and play 7v7 games.
Can I make teammate requests for Elite and Select?
No. We believe strongly in the family concept and pushing young athletes to learn how to make new friends and be outside of their comfort zone. These little challenges have proved for our athletes to be great benefits in life lessons and helping them create communities outside of their "standard" environments.
What if I tryout for ELITE and don't make it?
If you tryout for ELITE, you will be asked to also attend the SELECT tryouts the following weekend.
Can I indicate that I only want to play SELECT (less days and travel commitment)?
YES, during registration you will have the opportunity to indicate your level of commitment.
Is there an option for SELECT or ELITE training somewhere other than at Bessant Field?
ELITE is ONLY at Bessant Field. Bessant Field is a world-class turf field that Division I programs play on. Our Elite athletes need to be training on this surface.
SELECT trains at Bessant Field and has the option for our SOUTH location - at Elon Park or Matthews SportsPlex. You can indicate your preference during tryout registration.
What are the season for travel teams?
The seasons will be from end of March to end of May/early June depending on your team and their tournament schedule.
Are local playdays required?
We understand everyone has other commitments in their lives, but we ask that our members treat local playdays like regular season games. These are the competitive opportunities we have created internally for your athlete to test their skills and also learn how to compete. We typically also have visiting clubs coming to play us on these weekends - so everything on your schedule is considered required. We will obviously work with some conflicts, but you are asked as an ELITE & SELECT athlete to commit to the team and our select.
What if I play a school sport and cannot attend all practices?
We encourage multi-sport athletes and understand the lives of student-athletes are very busy. We ask that you commit to the Ambush team practices, but if you want to play a school sport, we will work with you to arrange makeups IF possible or excused absences for a school sport. Communication is the most important! Let us know your intentions early and your schedules as soon as you know them.
What are the age group deadlines for 2022:
U10 - 2012-2013.
U12 - 2010-2011.
U14 - 2008-2009.
U16 - 2006-2007.
U19 - 2003-2005.
When does Ambush travel as a team and when are parents required to take kids.
For the 2022 season, all events will be PARENT travel events. Ambush will not be chaperoning travel events this season.
What is NOT Included in my team fee?
- Required USFHA Membership - $80
- Elite teams only - Ambush Uniform - $160 - Orders will be taken during team registration
- Optional Spiritwear
- Travel, Hotel, Food & Incidentals for Travel Tournaments
- Additional Skills Sessions, private lessons, camps or clinics.
Are payment plans or scholarships available?
Payment Plans and Scholarships are available. Payment plans are an option during registration. For scholarship consideration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the tryouts for your season.
How does Ambush help with college recruiting?
- Seminars on how to get started with a checklist.
- Workshops with coaches prior to recruiting tournaments.
- Consulting with our staff throughout the process (please note, a lot of clubs charge $60-$100 per hour)
- Emails to all college coaches, from Ambush prior to large events
- Recommendations and conversations with college coaches when appropriate.