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Travel Program

Travel Team Evaluations (Fall 2021-Spring 2022)

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.  Starting the week of June 3rd, the Club will be holding evaluations for our Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Girls and Boys Travel Soccer Teams.  The Club's intention with these evaluations is to add travel ready players to our Girls and Boys Travel Teams.  

EVALUATION REGISTRATION

Any player NOT on a current GNSC Travel Team roster, who wishes to be evaluated for a GNSC Travel Team, must be registered on or before June 6, 2021 in order to participate in the evaluations.   All registration must be done online by clicking on the REGISTER TODAY banner on www.gnsoccer.com, entering the requested information, and paying the $10 registration fee.

TRAVEL TEAM ELIGIBILITY
Travel Soccer Teams are broken up by age groups (ex: U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, etc.), which are based on a player’s birth year (ex: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, etc.).  Determining the age group your son/daughter would qualify to play in this Fall is simple:  Year Season Ends – Player’s Birth Year = Eligible Age Group.  For example, if your son/daughter is born in 2013 he/she would qualify to play on a U9 team this Fall:  2022 (Year Season Ends) – 2013 (Player’s Birth Year) = U9 Age Group.   

Based on the current needs of our Girls Teams, here are the Fall 2021-Spring 2022 Girls’ Age Groups eligible for evaluation:

  • U8/U9 Girls Age Group (NEW TEAMS):  Girls born in 2014 & 2013

  • U10/U11 Girls Age Group (Lady Lightning):  Girls born in 2012 & 2011

  • U13/U14 Girls Age Group (White Storm):  Girls born in 2009 & 2008

Based on the current needs of our Boys Teams, here are the Fall 2021-Spring 2022 Boys’ Age Groups eligible for evaluation

  • U8/U9 Boys Age Group (NEW TEAMS):  Boys born in 2014 & 2013 

  • U10 Boys Age Group (Sharks):  Boys born in 2012  

  • U11 Boys Age Group (LFC & Blazers):  Boys born in 2011

  • U12 Boys Age Group (Bearcats & Tigers):  Boys born in 2010

  • U13 Boys Age Group (Green Rockets & Panthers):  Boys born in 2009 

  • U14 Boys Age Group (Warriors & Volcanoes):  Boys born in 2008 

EVALUATION DATES/TIMES/LOCATIONS
Eligible U8/U9 players MUST MAKE AT LEAST TWO EVALUATION SESSIONS to be considered for a team.  Below are the evaluation session options for our Girls’ Teams and Boys’ Teams.   

GIRLS EVALUATION SESSIONS 

U8/U9 Girls (2014/2013 Birth Year):  Please ask for Mike Mordocco (doc@gnsoccer.com) when you arrive at the field.

  • June 7th, 10th & 14th:  4:15pm-5:30pm @ JFK Elementary School (1A Grassfield Road, Great Neck, NY 11024)

U10/U11 Girls (2012/2011 Birth Year):  Please ask for Steven Khadavi (skhadavi@gmail.com) or Scott Braun when you arrive at the field. 

  • June 7th, 9th & 14th:  5:30pm - 7:00pm @ JFK Elementary School (1A Grassfield Road, Great Neck, NY 11024)

U13/U14 Girls (2009/2008 Birth Year):  Please ask for Danny Sakol (sakold@gmail.com) or Val Hirschbein when you arrive at the field 

  • June 7th, 9th & 14th:  6:00pm - 7:30pm @ JFK Elementary School (1A Grassfield Road, Great Neck, NY 11024)

BOYS EVALUATION SESSIONS 

U8/U9 Boys (2014 & 2013 Birth Year):  Please ask for Jon Bloom (jsbloom7@gmail.com) or Dan Rad when you arrive at the field.

  • June 7th, 10th & 14th:  4:15pm-5:30pm @ JFK Elementary School (1A Grassfield Road, Great Neck, NY 11024)

U10 Boys (2012 Birth Year):  Please ask for Russ Bailey (rbailey@needhamco.com) when you arrive at the field.

U11 Boys (2011 Birth Year):  Please ask for Nava Gohari (navagohari@gmail.com) or Rishi Bhatia when you arrive at the field

  • June 7th & 10th:  5:30pm – 7:00pm @ Allenwood Park (130 Allenwood Road, Great Neck)  

U12 Boys (2010 Birth Year):  Please ask for Wei Zhong (weizhong777@gmail.com) or Jon Bloom when you arrive at the field.

U13 Boys (2009 Birth Year):  Please ask for Tom Tehrani (tom.tehrani@gmail.com) or Scott Braun when you arrive at the field.

U14 Boys (2008 Birth Year):  Please ask for Russ Bailey (rbailey@needhamco.com) or Gerry Mihalatos when you arrive at the field.

  • June 7th & 10th: 6:15pm - 7:45pm  @ Allenwood Park (130 Allenwood Road, Great Neck)  

DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

EVALUATION METHODOLOGY
All evaluations will be conducted by the Club’s Professional Trainers, who will assess players on a scale of 1 (Struggled) to 5 (Excelled), versus their peers, based on the following attributes: Coachability - A player’s ability to absorb and execute instructions; 1v1 Skills - A player’s ability to attack/defend in a match-up against another player; 3v3 Skills - A player’s ability to attack/defend in a small-sided game environment.  Players will be notified by the Club, NO LATER than June 23rd, regarding their status for a given Age Group/Team. 

TRAVEL TEAM PROGRAM COMMITMENT
All selected Travel program players are expected to commit to full participation in the Travel program as outlined below:  

Pre-Season Training Camp

  • August 2021 Camp:  All players must attend the Club’s summer training camp, which will be held the last week of August.  Training sessions run (3) hours per day, are held at various fields in and around Great Neck and are run by a Professional Trainer assigned to the team. 

 In-Season Training 

  • Fall:  All teams participate in (2) 90-minute outdoor training sessions each week.  All sessions commence in early September and continue through mid-November and are run by a Professional Trainer assigned to the team.  

  • Winter:  All teams participate in (1) 90-minute indoor training session each week at various Great Neck School District indoor gym facilities.  All sessions commence in January, run through mid-March, and are run by a Professional Trainer assigned to the team. 

  • Spring:  All teams participate in (2) 90-minute outdoor training sessions each week. All sessions commence in mid-March and continue through mid-June.  All training is conducted by a Professional Trainer assigned to the team. 

 Games

  • Fall:  Games begin in early-September and continue through mid-November.  Teams typically compete in (8) League Games, a Cup Competition, a Labor Day Tournament and a Columbus Day tournament.  All games are run by a Professional Trainer assigned to the team.

  • Winter:  Some teams choose to participate in various Winter Soccer Leagues on Long Island.  However, this is an optional activity and funded separately by each team.  

  • Spring:  Games begin in mid-March and continue through mid-June.  Teams typically compete in (8) League Games, a Cup Competition and a Memorial Day tournament.  All games are run by a Professional Trainer assigned to the team. 

 TRAVEL PROGRAM COSTS 

The cost of participation in the Travel Program is completely dependent on the number of players registered for a given team.  Based on experience the cost per player typically runs between $1,000 and $1,500, which covers the team’s Professional Trainer, the team’s League Fees, the team’s Tournament/Cup Fees, the team’s Insurance Costs, the Team’s Field/Gym use, etc.  In addition, each player is responsible for acquiring a Team Kit (Green Adidas Jersey, White Adidas Jersey, Green Adidas Shorts and two pairs of Green Adidas Socks), which runs between $120 and $130.   

While funding is provided solely through participating families, no child will be refused entry to the Club’s Travel Program for reasons of need.  As such, payment schedules as well as financial support is available to those who qualify.

QUESTIONS 

For more information on the Club’s Travel Team evaluations go to www.gnsoccer.com or contact our Director of Coaching, Mike Mordocco doc@gnsoccer.com.

COVID19 Return to Play Protocols

The Club has put in place specific COVID-19 protocols that ALL Trainers, Players and Parents MUST FOLLOW before being allowed to participate in any training sessions this season.  These protocols start with the active monitoring of each player’s health in order to help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.  Thus, in order to attend a session this season ALL Players, Training Staff and Training Supervisors MUST formally report on their health prior to coming to the field (no earlier than 24 hours before their team’s practice/game, and no later than 1 hour before the start of the session).

Our Parent Managers will be actively tracking survey results and will NOT allow any Player (or Trainer) onto the field if (A) the survey is not filled out before the Player/Trainer gets to the field or (B) the survey indicates that a Player/Trainer has potentially been exposed to COVID-19 and poses a risk to the session participants.

In the event that a Player/Trainer has tested either positive or has confirmed potential exposure, here are the steps the Club will be requiring before that Player/Trainer is allowed to return to the field:

  • For individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19: Written confirmation of COVID-19 negative status and/or clearance from their physician following the most up-to-date CDC guidelines to participate and return to activities.

  • For individuals who have experienced known COVID-19 exposure in the past 14 days: Written confirmation of COVID-19 clearance from their physician following the most up-to-date CDC guidelines.

Mask/Distancing Requirements for Players

Once a player leaves their car they MUST wear their face mask until they reach their sessions designated “player station”, which is effectively a cone/pinnie (spaced six feet apart on the field) where each player will leave their water bottles, bags, etc. and return during water breaks.  At the end of practice players must wear their masks until they enter their car.

Players must brings their own soccer bag, water bottle(s), soccer ball, face mask and hand sanitizer/alcohol wipes to EVERY session.   In addition, we will be requiring that each player brings their own pinnie, which you will be responsible for washing and putting back in their bag for the next practice/game. 

Mask/Distancing Requirements for Trainer(s)

Once a Field Supervisor/Trainer leaves their car they are required to wear a face mask for the duration of the training sessions.  When not actively coaching/instructing, they must maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from players.

Parent/Sibling Attendance

Parents/Siblings are asked to stay in their vehicle when picking up/dropping off to reduce exposure.  If they do need to leave your vehicle to drop-off or pick-up their son/daughter, they must wear a face mask and must remain at the location designated by the Club for non-Players. 

 

 

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