Frequent Questions

NCEP provides an opportunity for players who want a more competitive football experience and who are willing to make a commitment to improving their football skills and knowledge of the game. Frequently asked questions are listed below

  • Should my child play travel 7on7 Football?

    The travel program seeks players who want a more competitive off season football environment and who will make a commitment to improve their skills and knowledge of tactics and strategy.  Players are chosen on the basis of their current skills, general athletic ability, and willingness to commit to a more demanding program.  Players with good skills or good general athletic ability and with dedicated and supportive parents are encouraged to try out for positions with NCEP travel teams.

  • How much does it cost?

  • What if I can’t afford the fees?

    NCEP would like every athlete to have an opportunity to play. Please contact us. All information will be held strictly confidential. Vestibulum id ligula porta felis euismod semper. Donec id elit non mi porta gravida at eget metus. Etiam porta sem malesuada magna mollis euismod. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Integer posuere erat a ante venenatis dapibus posuere velit aliquet.

  • Can my child play travel in the summer, fall or only in the spring?

    No. Travel football teams play in the winter and spring seasons. When your child accepts a position on a travel team, he is making a commitment to that team for the winter and spring. NCEP does not violate any North Carolina High School Athletic Association eligibility rules.

  • Is my child good enough to make a team?

    Teams are fairly large – usually 15-20 players for players in grades 8-11. Our club fields teams based on ability, so all teams will find an appropriate level of play.

  • How do tryouts work?

    Try-outs are held each winter. Those trying out are evaluated on their ability to perform a series of football skills and then grouped for 7v7 scrimmages. Players are ranked by a combination of outside evaluators and the travel team coaches. Cras mattis consectetur purus sit amet fermentum. Aenean eu leo quam. Pellentesque ornare sem lacinia quam venenatis vestibulum. Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in, egestas eget quam. Nulla vitae elit libero, a pharetra augue. Aenean lacinia bibendum nulla sed consectetur. Duis mollis, est non commodo luctus, nisi erat porttitor ligula, eget lacinia odio sem nec elit. Nulla vitae elit libero, a pharetra augue. Morbi leo risus, porta ac consectetur ac, vestibulum at eros. Integer posuere erat a ante venenatis dapibus posuere velit aliquet. Cras mattis consectetur purus sit amet fermentum. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus.

  • Who chooses the players (Team Selection)?

    The NCEP Executive Team, with the assistance of the travel tryout committee determines who will be on the team roster based on a combination of the results of the tryouts and a pre-evaluation by the team coach of the players that they are familiar with. The team head coach chooses the number of players that will be on the team. All players that advance shall be notified with 7 days of the tryout, that they will be invited back for an additional workout or have made the team. Players who are not selected to the National/Select Travel Teams will still be asked to be part of the club. This includes: training, participation in local tournaments, and open invitations to train and play with other regional organizations with our National/Select teams. No one is turned away.

  • Who chooses the team coach (es)?

    Team Head Coaches are selected by the NCEP Executive Team. Assistant coaches are chosen by each teams’ Head Coach.

  • Where do NCEP teams practice and play?

    Practices are held at indoor and outdoor venues. Tournaments are held at various locations across the United States. Tournaments are selected based upon convenience, cost, player participation, and team success.

  • How long is the season?

    In the winter, practices begin in February and games can run from February through early June. Most teams attend up to 4 tournaments each season. During the seasons, teams are also given three hours of practice time each week (on Sundays). All travel players are expected to participate in weekly practices.

  • What time commitment is involved?

    Teams usually have up to 4 (four), 3 hours practices per month during the season. Players are expected to attend all practices and tournaments. Failure to communicate multiple absences can result in dismissal from the team without refund.

  • What about playing time?

    Playing time is not guaranteed; it depends on many factors including the age level of the team, the game situation, and the ability level of the players on the team. The ultimate decisions about individual playing time and team playing time policy are made by each team’s head coach.

  • How far do you have to travel to play games?

    Tournament travel depends on selected tournaments and team qualifying events. Travel by, car, bus, train or plane is to be expected based upon the distance of the tournament.

  • How can I help the team?

    Teams need more than coaches to survive and thrive. Every team needs a Manager, who is the team’s chief administrative officer. The Manager prepares tournament registration materials; and ensures that information is disseminated to players and parents. The team also needs an assistant Treasurer to ensure that fees are paid, and coordinate team fundraisers. Teams also need a photographer to take photos at scheduled tournaments. NCEP also seeks sponsorship opportunities with individuals or companies that share its mission.