U8 Travel Program

U8 Travel Team Evaluations (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

The Great Neck Soccer Club, one of Long Island’s premier soccer programs, has been showcasing competitive boys and girls travel soccer teams since 2000.  As part of the Club’s development program, we will be fielding new U8 boys and U8 girls travel team(s) to participate in the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Travel Soccer Seasons. 

 U8 TRAVEL TEAM ELIGIBILITY

Travel Soccer Teams are broken up by age group (ex: U8), which are based on a player’s birth year (ex: 2010, 2011, etc.).  Birth Years that are eligible for the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 Boys and Girls U8 travel soccer season are as follows: 

  • Boys born in either 2010 or 2011.  

  • Girls born in either 2010 or 2011.  

 EVALUATION DATES/TIMES/LOCATIONS

The dates and times for both the Boys and Girls evaluations are as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 13th: 6:00pm to 7:30pm @ Great Neck North Middle School Baseball/Football Field (54 Polo Road, Great Neck, NY)

  • Thursday, June 15th: 6:00pm to 7:30pm @ Great Neck North Middle School Baseball/Football Field (54 Polo Road, Great Neck, NY)

 EVALUATION METHODOLOGY

The Club seeks to provide a healthy environment for any child in the community demonstrating the ability, interest and commitment to developing their soccer skills.  The evaluation format for the creation of all Club teams is created and run by professional soccer trainers.  All players will be ranked based on their ability, attitude and coach-ability.  Upon completion of this process, a team roster will be formed comprising the highest ranked players.  Team rosters will be set based on a maximum and minimum number of players as follows: 12 players maximum and 9 players minimum for each U8 Pre-Travel Team.

All teams must have at least (2) volunteer team managers, whose primary responsibility will be to act as the team’s liaisons for registration, practice schedules, game coverage, etc.  No team will be allowed to register for the season without at least (2) volunteers.  With this in mind, please contact jmaze@gnsoccer.com to let us know ASAP if you have an interest in becoming a Team Manager.


THE EVALUATIONS WILL BE HELD RAIN OR SHINE, AND ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND AT LEAST (2) EVALUATION SESSIONS.  REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN A MINIMUM OF 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE START TIME.  

Your child must bring the following with him/her in order to participate in the evaluations: 

  •  A check for $20 made payable to “Great Neck Soccer Club.”

  • A copy his/her Birth Certificate or passport (to be used as proof of date of birth).

  • Soccer cleats, shin guards, soccer socks.

  • A size #4 soccer ball with your child’s name or an identifying mark on it.

  • Enough to drink for 1.5 hours.

  • A big smile and lots of energy! 

TRAVEL TEAM PROGRAM COMMITMENT
The final makeup of the team will rest with each individual family’s willingness to commit to full participation in the program as outlined below:

Summer Training Camp Participation

  • Training Camp - All players must attend the Club’s (3) day summer training camp, which is run by a Professional Trainer assigned to each team. Training sessions will run (3) hours per day, and will take place the week of August 21st.

 Fall 2017 Season Participation

  • Practices - All players will participate in (2) weekly 75-minute training session, which will be held the week after Labor Day and continue through mid-November. All practices are run by a Professional Trainer assigned to each team.

  • Games – All players will participate in at least (8) games versus teams from towns across Long Island.  All games are run by a Professional Trainer assigned to each team. Games begin in early-September and continue through mid-November, and are played on Saturdays and Sundays at various Long Island and Queens locations (typically between the hours of 9AM and 6PM).  All players are required to arrive 45 minutes prior to all games for an adequate warm-up session, and are responsible for their own transportation (carpooling is common). 

 Spring 2018 Season Participation

  • Practices - All players will participate in (2) weekly 75-minute training session, which will be held in mid-March, and will continue through mid-June. All practices are run by a Professional Trainer assigned to each team.

  • Games - All players will participate in at least (8) games versus teams from towns across Long Island.  Games begin in mid-March and continue through mid-June, and are played in similar locations/time frames as the Fall. All games are run by a Professional Trainer assigned to each team. 

 TRAVEL TEAM PLAYER COSTS

The cost of participation in the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 U8 Travel Program is completely dependent on the number of players registering for a given team. Based on previous experience, we estimate the cost per player to run between $1,000 to $1,400.  This cost includes a professional trainer for each team at all practices/games, league costs, tournament registration fees, insurance, etc.  While funding is provided solely through participating families, no child will be refused entry to the program for reasons of need. Payment schedules as well as financial support is available.
 

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