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USA Viewing Party: Tuesday, 1 July

Monday, 30 June 2014

I'd like to welcome and thank, Tammy Flannery, for volunteering to be Team Manager. Running a youth soccer team takes a lot of behind the scene work and I welcome having her help in the coming year. Tammy will be hosting a USA viewing party for the boys at her house tomorrow, Tuesday, 1 July at 2:45pm. The USA will play Belgium for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup. Please RSVP: timtammy10 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

We will be resuming team practices after the Rocky Point Soccer Club Camp (21-24 July). The first practice will likely be on the 29th of July. We will finalize that schedule once we have the field use permits, but the plan is to have two 90 minute practices per week.

If we can get enough players, we could possibly play in tournaments during the weekends of 9-10 August and 11-12 October. Both tournament would be in Suffolk County. We will decide which tournaments will be best for our team, but what we need to know now is whether you are available and willing to play. Please let Tammy know if you can play, she'll be keeping the list of available players.

For your convenience, I keep our team calendar updated with all the team activities. If you want to know what is happening, you should consult the calendar for up to date information.

Team Parent Meeting: Wednesday, 25 June

Sunday, 22 June 2014

We will have the Team Parent Meeting from 7 to 8 pm on Wednesday, 25 June at my (Coach D's) house, 4 Tamarack Road in Rocky Point. I will send out an agenda by email on Monday. Also, I can help anyone complete the registration process if you haven't done so by then. See you soon!

Team Registration due Wednesday, 25 June

Friday, 20 June 2014

Registration for the Fall 2014 season is due next Wednesday. Please go to the club's registration web site and sign up.

The following names are the players selected for the 2014 - 2015 U12 Strikers:

Amalfilano*
Asparro*
Bisiani
Bolen
Ciralli*
Clements*
Flannery*
Gansle
Giardelli
Grief
Hall
Haviland
Maltez
McKenna*
Ohanian*
Paez
Saladino

If there is an asterisk (*) by your name, then you need to give me a copy of your birth certificate. (If I've accidentally misspelled your last name, let me know. Thanks.)

If you can, let's meet at the FJC field on Saturday morning at 10 am until 11 am, 21 June for a fun kick around. Parents are welcome to participate, so bring some soccer boots. I'll collect birth certificates then. Hope to see most of you there.

Tryouts: Wednesday, 18 June

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

We will be holding tryouts on from 5 to 6:30pm on Wednesday 18 June at Frank J Carasiti Elementary School. All players must attend the tryouts. If you are unable to attend, but are still interested in trying out, inform me (Coach D) and we can make special arrangements.

Saturday's Match

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Saturday's match will be played AWAY in Southampton. The kick-off is at 12:10 pm, so let's arrive by 11:30 am for warm-ups and check-in. We'll wear out GOLD jerseys.

Southampton plays their matches at Downs Family Park (same field we've played at in the past) on Flying Point Road. Here's a link to a Google map.

The Southampton coach said if you enter "131 Flying Point Road" into your GPS that will get you close (evidently that a nearby residence).

Saturday's Match

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

We will play the Commack Fire AWAY on Saturday the 31st at 10:30am on Burr field 4. Please arrive at the field by 9:50am for warm-ups and check-in. We will be wearing our GOLD uniforms.

The field address is 204 Burr Road, Commack, NY 11725. Additional parking is just opposite 223 Burr Road.

REMINDER: Wednesday's practice at FJC will END at 6:00pm. Thursday's practice at JAE will run the normal time, 5 to 6:30pm. Goalkeepers will train on Friday at FJC from 5 to 6pm.

Thursday Practice

Thursday, 22 May 2014

At the moment, it's not raining, so I am planning to head to the JAE field to conduct today's training. If it starts pouring between now and then, we'll make a decision at the field. Use your judgement.

Cosmos striker, Diomar Diaz did arrive last night, but about a half hour later than expected. I'll have the ticket information soon, about our June 8th trip to Shuart Stadium to see the Cosmos take on Ottawa.

Cosmos Player at Wednesday Practice

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

A player from the New York Cosmos will be at our practice today.

Strikers play AWAY against Manorville

Saturday, 10 May 2014

We kick-off at 2 pm at Dayton Ave Elementary School located at 151 Dayton Ave in Manorville. Please arrive at the Dayton Ave field (just left of the traffic circle) by 1:20 pm. Wear your GOLD jersey.

Cosmos Player to Visit FJC on Wednesday, 6:30pm

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

If you can stick around for a few minutes after practice tomorrow, Cosmos defender Hunter Gorskie will be visiting FJC to answer questions and sign autographs.

Hunter is in his second season with the NASL Champion Cosmos and is the starting right side defender. He's from New Jersey and played for Stanford University before going pro.

Friday Training Session

Friday, 2 May 2014

The club just sent out an email about the cancellation of goalkeeping practice. All this means is that the ETA trainer will not be at the field. I will continue with the Friday training as scheduled.

Wednesday Practice Cancelled

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

The club has cancelled all practices scheduled for today because of the rain. Stay dry. Stay warm. See you tomorrow!

Week 4 Schedule

Monday, 28 April 2014

We will be hosting the Center Moriches Express this coming Saturday at 1pm. We will play at our HOME field at FJC.

Because of the strong possibility of rain on both Wednesday and Thursday, I would like to offer an extra training session on Tuesday, 29 April at JAE from 5 to 6pm. If we have to cancel Wednesday or Thursday practice, I will post a notice here. Also, I will be available to work with field players who would like to get some extra improvement on Friday at FJC from 5 to 6pm while the goalkeepers are doing their training with the ETA trainer.

This week's training theme is dribbling and understanding how to recognize and make use of space. Here's something you can watch to show you the kinds of things we'll be working on.

Address for West Babylon Pumas

Thursday, 24 April 2014

We will be playing our match AWAY in West Babylon on Saturday. The address for the field is

Van Bourgandien Park
600 Albin Ave.
West Babylon NY. 11704

And remember that today, immediately following practice at the JAE field, the Stony Brook men's soccer team will be conducting a clinic for our club's travel teams. The clinic lasts until 7:30pm. All our players are encouraged to participate.

Regular Practice Schedule This Week

Monday, 21 April 2014

I hope everyone enjoyed their Spring Break and are ready to get back to training. We are traveling to play AWAY at the West Babylon Pumas this Saturday, 26 April 2014. The kick-off is at 11:20 am. Players should arrive at the West Babylon field by 10:40 for warm-ups and check-in. We will be wearing our GOLD kit.

Also, don't forget that the Stony Brook soccer team is doing a special clinic for our club's travel players immediately following the Thursday practice. The special clinic ends at 7:30pm.

Goalkeepers will have training at FJC on Friday from 5 to 6pm with the ETA trainer.

No Spring Break Practice

Monday, 14 April 2014

Coach Camarda has asked that all the travel players participate in the ETA-run Spring Break Camp this week. Hence, there will be no independent team practice this week. All the players who are here in town this week are encouraged to participate in the camp.

Extra Practice at FJC, Friday from 5 to 6

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The players who are interested in goalkeeping should attend the goalkeeper training this Friday at FJC. ETA is providing a trainer who will work with the goalkeepers from 5 until 6pm.

I will also be at the FJC field on Friday from 5 to 6pm. I understand a few of you have scheduling conflicts with either the Wednesday or Thursday practice. If you can come to the FJC field on Friday, from 5 to 6, I will conduct an extra "foot skills" practice for any of the boys that are not doing the goalkeeping training.

Parking at FJC

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

The club has asked that we do not park our cars in the district administration lot. We are to use the big lot just south of the HS turf field.

LIJ Week 3 at Home v. Sag Harbor

Monday, 31 March 2014

Our next match will be played at home, at FJC, at 2:10pm on Saturday, 5 April. We will wear our SILVER jerseys.

We will have our regular practice schedule this week (weather permitting). And note too that goalkeepers should come to the goalkeeping training on Fridays from 5pm to 6pm at FJC. I will be present at FJC that evening also.

As you noticed, Coach Camarda announced that ETA will also be hosting a Spring Break training camp beginning on Monday, 14 April and running 4 days through Thursday. The camp is from 4:30 to 6:30pm each evening at FJC. The cost for the camp is $75 dollars. I've converted the form to pdf for those of you who are having trouble with the one that was sent.

I would like to know who is planning on doing the ETA camp. Since the camp overlaps with our two scheduled practices that week, I'd like to know who will be attending so I can make a decision about whether to continue with our team practice.

Just to remind you that EESA is also doing a training camp in the morning during Spring Break. I recommend that you participate in the EESA camp also.

EESA Spring Break Camp 2014
Dates: April 14 - 18, 2014
Time: 9 - 1pm
Location: Medford Sports Complex, Horseblock Road, Medford.

LIJ Week 2 at Home v. Bay Shore

Saturday, 29 March 2014

This match is still scheduled to be played today. The match has been moved back to the grass field behind FJC. Will not be using the turf field for this match. Be prepared to play even in the rain. Dress appropriately. See y'all at 1:30pm.

Wednesday Practice CANCELLED

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Apologies for the late notice, but Coach Camarda and the Director of Coaching have asked the coaches to cancel today's practices because of the high winds and low temperatures.

See y'all on Thursday at JAE.

LIJ Week 2 at Home v. Bay Shore

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Our next match will be played at home, at FJC, at 2:10pm on Saturday, 29 March. We will wear our SILVER jerseys.

And we will continue with the same practice schedule. FJC on Wednesday. JAE on Thursday. 5 to 6:30pm both days.

Also, starting April 4th, an ETA trainer will be available to work with goalkeepers. I would like for the players in our goalkeeping rotation to attend this special practice each week. Let me know if you have a scheduling problem.

EESA Spring Break Camp 2014
Dates: April 14 - 18, 2014
Time: 9 - 1pm
Location: Medford Sports Complex, Horseblock Road, Medford.

LI Cup Round 1: Field Change

Friday, 21 March 2014

The coach of the Carle Place Terminators informed me just now that the field we will be playing on is located on the north side of the Carle Place High School. This facility is adjacent to Rushmore Avenue School, so this is not a big change. According to Google maps, the address for the Carle Place High School is

168 Cherry Ln
Carle Place, NY 11514

Please try to arrive at the field by 2:00pm. Give yourself some time. The map software is saying that it will take an hour to get from Rocky Point to Carle Place.

Uniforms and Bags Are In

Thursday, 20 March 2014

I'll be handing out new uniforms and bags at today's practice. 5pm at JAE.

LI Cup Round 1 & Practices

Monday, 17 March 2014

We will begin practicing this week. Our first practice will be Wednesday at FJC beginning at 5pm and running until 6:30pm. Our second practice will be on Thursday at JAE, also from 5pm to 6:30pm. The reason for the different practice locations has to do with the club's field use permits. We are no longer allowed to use the JAE fields on MWFs.

We will play our LI Cup match this coming Saturday March 22nd @ 2:40 PM. We are playing AWAY at the Rushmore Avenue School in Carle Place. The field address is as follows:

Rushmore Avenue School
251 Rushmore Avenue
Carle Place, NY 11514

We will wear our GOLD jerseys.

If you have not yet paid for your new uniform or you bag, I will need to collect the money at Wednesday's practice. I will be picking up the uniforms Wednesday evening at the Coaches Meeting and distributing them at Thursday's practice. If I don't have the money, then the club will not release the uniform to me.

LI Cup Round 1 Moved to 22 March

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Our LI Cup match has been rescheduled for Saturday 3/22 @ 2:40 PM. We are playing AWAY at the Rushmore Avenue School in Carle Place. The field address is as follows:

Rushmore Avenue School
251 Rushmore Avenue
Carle Place, NY 11514

We will wear our GOLD jerseys.

Our fields are still muddy and slippery, so it's not looking like we will be able to begin official practices this week. I will monitor the field conditions and announce a practice as soon as we can get approval from the club to use the fields.

LI Cup and LIJ Schedule

Monday, 10 March 2014

We are presently scheduled to play Carle Place Terminators on Saturday, -- March at 2:40pm on "field 2". We will find out either today or tomorrow if the Carle Place fields are usable. If their fields are unusable, the match date will be shifted to 22 March. I will update this information as soon as I have heard from the Carle Place coach.

I've posted our LIJ schedule. All of our match dates and practice times are on the team calendar. The team calendar is a "Google calendar" and so you should be able to subscribe to the calendar and have it automatically populate the calendar app on your smart phone. (This works seamlessly for iPhone and Android powered phones). I recommend you subscribe, so that you don't miss anything.

The club has informed the coaches that the outdoor fields are not in a good condition for practicing on. We will start our outdoor practice schedule as soon as Coach Camarda gives us the go ahead.

Practice on Sunday

Friday, 28 February 2014

We will continue our indoor practices at the RP HS gym on Sunday the 2nd of March. Practice begins at 3:30pm and ends at 4:30pm.

Our last indoor practice will be on the 9th of March. After that we will be having practice outdoors. It appears that we will be practicing at FJC. Tentatively, we will be practicing with our trainer on Wednesdays at 5pm. We will work with the train for one hour and then we'll have a half hour to work with the coaches. We will have one other practice, most likely Thursdays from 5 to 6:30pm.

We don't have our official schedule yet, but our season begins on Saturday, March 15th. We will be playing AWAY, that day in a Long Island Cup match. The regular season begins on the 22nd. We will play our matches on Saturdays. League play continues through June 14th. If you know you will be away for any Saturday match, please let Coach D know.

Futsal but NO Practice on Sunday

Friday, 21 February 2014

Our next Futsal match is on Sunday the 23rd at 10am at Dawnwood MS in Centereach. We'll wear GOLD jerseys.

Remember there is NO practice today because of the school holiday.

Sunday's Futsal Match: CANCELLED

Saturday, 15 February 2014

The Long Island Youth Futsal League has CANCELLED all matches this weekend. We will NOT be playing at Dawnwood MS in Centereach on Sunday.

At this time, our regular team practice at the RP HS gym is still on. If that changes, I will post an alert here.

Futsal & Practice

Friday, 7 February 2014

Our next Futsal match is on Sunday the 9th at 10am at Dawnwood MS in Centereach. We'll wear SILVER jerseys. Practice for the entire team is at 3:30pm at the RP HS gym. Practice ends at 4:30pm.

Individual Training

Monday, 27 January 2014

At practice yesterday, I spoke with the boys about the importance of regular contact with the soccer ball. The one practice period we have each week alone will not be enough to maintain or advance their skill with the ball. I would like the boys to spend ten to twenty minutes a day with the ball at their feet. I've described some exercises on the training page that can be done at home.

If you have any questions about individual training, feel free to email or call me (Coach D).

We could still use a few more players on our Futsal squad. If you are interested in playing Futsal, please contact me. Our next Futsal match is on Sunday the 2nd of February at 10am at Dawnwood MS in Centereach. We'll wear GOLD jerseys. Practice for the entire team is at 3:30pm at the RP HS gym. Practice ends at 4:30pm.

Futsal & Practice

Friday, 24 January 2014

Our next Futsal match is on Sunday the 26th at 10am at Dawnwood MS in Centereach. We'll wear SILVER jerseys. Practice for the entire team is at 3:30pm at the RP HS gym. Practice ends at 4:30pm.

Uniforms, Futsal, Practice Resumes

Monday, 13 January 2014

All new players who need uniforms need to either (1) contact me (Coach D) with your shirt and shorts size preference, or (2) show up at the HS Gym on at 7:45pm on Thursday (16th) for sizing. New players get their first uniform from the club at no cost. All subsequent uniforms will need to be purchased for $60 a set. If you only need shorts, I can enquire about extras the club may have, but all uniforms are ordered as sets. Also, I need all bag orders. (I'm still waiting to find out the price of the bags. They were $50 in the past.) Money is due on Thursday. Checks should be made out to RPYSC.

Our futsal season continues this coming Sunday the 19th. The match starts at 10am at Dawnwood MS in Centereach. We'll be playing our friends from Longwood. Let's wear our GOLD jerseys this week.

Practice resumes on Sunday also. This practice is for all players, not just those participating in futsal. We will practice indoors at the Rocky Point HS Gym. We have one hour on the court, 3:30 to 4:30 pm. There is a team practicing before us. We will meet in the hallway outside the HS Gym, then go in as a group when the other team is done. We will finish promptly at 4:30pm.

Second Fustal Match

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Our next match is Sunday, Jan 12th, at 2 pm at Dawnwood Middle School (10 43rd St, Centereach, NY) in Centereach (the same location as last year). Please wear your SILVER Jersey (again). Bring both. Remember that you should wear flat bottom shoes, not cleats. Shin guards are required. Bring water.

First Fustal Match

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Our first match is Sunday, Jan 5th, at 2 pm at Dawnwood Middle School (10 43rd St, Centereach, NY) in Centereach (the same location as last year). Please wear your SILVER Jersey. Bring both. Remember that you should wear flat bottom shoes, not cleats. Shin guards are required. Bring water.

Winter Practice Schedule

Friday, 22 November 2013

We will begin our winter practices outdoors on the HS turf field on Saturday, December 7th. The practice will begin at 11:30am and end at 12:30pm.

Last Match! At Home

Friday, 15 November 2013

Tomorrow we will kick-off against Southampton Titans at 3pm. Please arrive at the field by 2:20 for warmups. Wear your SILVER jersey.

Winter Training

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The early registration window for the Red Bull Training Camp at F-14 in Calverton is 15 November. They are offering a "ball mastery" class at that location. Training starts on Dec 5.

Tuesday Street Soccer: Canceled

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Unless there is a dramatic improvement in the weather, we will not being playing street soccer today.

Registration, Finances, & Futsal

Monday, 11 November 2013

With the end of the fall season drawing to a close, it's time to take care of some necessary business so that we are ready for the spring season which begins on March 15th. You should go ahead and register for the spring season. We will be filling any open spots during the winter break, so don't delay. Also, if you know that you will be unable to play in the spring, please let me know as soon as possible.

We also need to pay the balance of what we owe to Evolution Training Academy for our team training and game day coaching. I estimate (based on the records I've kept) that each player should have paid $225 for our ETA costs. So if you are paying the ETA cost on installment, your last payment (due this week) is $25.

Also, I need to know who will definitely be playing futsal with us this winter. Please let me know this week.

Next Match AWAY in Mt Sinai

Friday, 8 November 2013

We will play Mt Sinai Bandits at 1pm at Mt Sinai Elementary (same field as last fall). Please arrive by 12:20pm wearing your GOLD jersey.

Rain Day! Practice Canceled

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Because of the inclement weather, practice has been canceled. We will see you on Saturday at 12:20 pm for our AWAY match at Mount Sinai.

Goal Setting

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

I've asked the boys to write down three things (soccer related) that they would like to work on over the winter to become better soccer players. I've asked them to hand these goals in at practice. We will revisit these goals when outdoor practice resumes in the spring to see how the boys have progressed.

Long Island Futsal League

Monday, 4 November 2013

It's time to register the Strikers for winter play in the Long Island Futsal League. I would like to know who is interested in playing futsal (indoor) during the winter. We need at least 7 players willing to commit to playing eight matches (50 minutes) on Sunday mornings beginning on January 5th, 2014. Please send me a text or an email if you are interested.

If you are not interested in playing futsal, I can recommend another indoor training opportunity. Just ask.

Schedule Changes

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Because of the time change and the loss of late sunlight, we will begin our training sessions at 4pm. We'll practice till it is too dark to continue. (Probably no later than 5:30 realistically.)

Schedule Changes

Monday, 28 October 2013

The practice schedule will be changing this week to accommodate the absence of our ETA trainers. If you are unable to make these practices times, that's fine (but we will miss you). If you can make it, we have plenty of things to work on to prepare for Saturday's upcoming match.

Both Tuesday and Wednesday practice will start at 4:30pm at JAE and end at 6pm. There will be NO practice on Thursday. (Happy Halloween!)

Next Match: Away at HBC Soccer Park

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

We will be kicking off against HBC Outlaws at 10am. Please arrive by 9:20am. Wear your GOLD jersey.

HBC Soccer Park is located at Half Hollow Rd & Old South Path, Huntington Station, NY 11746.

Today's Practice

Thursday, 10 October 2013

The weather appears to be cooperating so practice will continue as scheduled. Practice with the trainer begins at 6pm.

The Next Match & Taking Responsibility

Friday, 4 October 2013

We will play our next match at home (JAE) tomorrow (Saturday) at 4:10pm. Players should arrive at the field by 3:30pm. Wear your SILVER jersey.

Last night's training could have gone much better if the boys would stop goofing around and take practice a little more seriously. Coach David said, "I see that you guys have a lot of potential, but you aren't focused and you aren't showing that you are willing to work hard. You can either come to practice willing to give it everything you've got for an hour, or we can just play around. If you just want to play around, that's fine, but you won't get any better than you are right now." Wise words. This morning, LIJSL sent an interesting article out that touched on similar issues. Here's a quote:

Some athletes take responsibility for their own goals and actions, embrace learning and challenge, and accept personal accountability for their destiny. On the other hand, some athletes create the cause of their own failure by blaming others for shortcomings, making excuses for setbacks, and refusing responsibility for their destiny. –from Players: Be Your Own Driving Force by Christian Lavers

Wining and losing are part of the game. The only thing we have control over is how hard we work and how much effort we put into becoming better.

Practice Schedule Changes

Monday, 30 September 2013

This week only we will have a special practice from 6 to 7pm on Tuesday at JAE. Afterwards, Coach Rafael will meet with the parents to answer questions. We will still do Street Soccer from 5 to 6 on Tuesday.

Wednesday training will end at 6pm going forward. We will train from 5-6pm on Wednesday from now on.

Thursday training remains the same.

Strikers AWAY at Kings Park

Friday, 27 September 2013

The Strikers will play away at Kings Park at their Tiffany Fields just off St Johnland Rd near the entrance of Nissequogue River State Park (see the field map). Tiffany Field 3 is near a large (former) King Park hospital building. If you approach the field from 25A (after Smithtown) continue on St. Johnland Rd where 25A takes a turn to the east (which is the intersection of St Johnland, E Main St, and Rose). St Johnland crosses Kings Park Blvd, then take a left turn into the Tiffany Fields complex.

Please arrive by 9:40am. The kick-off is at 10:20am. Wear your GOLD jersey and blue Striker socks.

Next Thursday's Training at FJC

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Because of a match being played on the JAE field on Thursday, 19 September 2013, our practices scheduled for that day will be moved to FJC for that day only. Both Goalkeeping Training from 5pm to 6pm and Field Training from 6pm to 7pm will be held at FJC.

Cosmos Players at Port Jeff Sports

Friday, 6 September 2013

Tonight from 5-7 PM two players from the NY Cosmos will be at Port Jefferson Sports. Jemal Johnson - #27 – NY Cosmos Forward & Korey Veeder - #21 – NY Cosmos Defender.

Address for Thundercatz' Home Field

Friday, 6 September 2013

Van Bourgandien complex is located at:
600 Albin Avenue (corner of Arnold Ave)
West Babylon, NY 11704
Field 5A is Bantam field in middle of complex.

Arrive at 10:40am. Wear SILVER jersey.

UPDATE: Revised Practice Schedule

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

We will practice today at JAE from 5 to 6 with Coach Rafael. From 6 to 6:30pm we will play a scrimmage. Tomorrow, goal keeping practice starts at 5pm at JAE followed by a training session with Coach Rafael which will end at 7pm, not at 7:30pm as previously advertised. Only a one hour session with Coach Rafael on Thursdays. Also, any player who would like to work on foot skills and who does not wish to do goal keeping training is welcome to come at 5 on Thursdays. Coach Bill will lead the foot skills training while Coach D does the goal keeping training.

Bear in mind that as the sun starts going down earlier, we will likely revise these practice times as needed since the field is not lit.

Revised Practice Schedule

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Coach Rafael has informed us that he will begin training the team on Wednesday, 4 September. Henceforth, we will be training with Coach Rafael on Wednesdays from 5 to 6:30pm and on Thursdays from 6 to 7 pm. All practices will be held at JAE.

We will still have our scheduled practice today at 5pm at JAE.

Fall Schedule Posted

Thursday, 29 August 2013

We will play 8 league matches this fall in LIJ Division S2. The schedule table is available on this web site.

IMPORTANT: We are already scheduled to play a Long Island Cup match on Saturday, 12 April 2014. When you are making your vacation plans, please do not plan to leave until AFTER the match. We need every player. If we can't field a team will will have to forfeit that match.

Strikers to Play in Division 2

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

The Strikers have been slated to play in Division 2 for the Fall half of the season. Here's a list of the other teams in our division:

  1. Kings Park Explosion
  2. Sachem Snipers
  3. Lindenhurst Bianco-Verde
  4. Mastic Cobras
  5. Mount Sinai Bandits
  6. West Babylon Thundercatz
  7. HBC Outlaws
  8. Southampton Clash

You'll notice a few familiar teams. The Bandits were in our division last Fall. We've played the Cobras several times in the past. We will play Bianco-Verde in the East End Soccer Tournament this weekend.

Practice & East End Soccer Tournament: Update

Monday, 5 August 2013

Practice resumes this week. We'll begin with our regular Tuesday & Thursday practice schedule. Practice will run from 5pm to 6:30pm at JAE.

Here is our schedule for the East End Tournament:

Home TeamScoreAway TeamDateTimeField
Sound Beach Tornado -  vs. - Rocky Point Strikers10 Aug3 pm#12
Rocky Point Strikers -  vs. - Smithtown United10 Aug5:20 pm#13
Lindenhurst Bianco-Verde -  vs. - Rocky Point Strikers11 Aug1:50 pm#12
Rocky Point Strikers -  vs. - INTERNATIONAL SA IA REAL 0211 Aug4:10 pm#13
Long Island Rough Riders -  vs. - Rocky Point Strikers11 Aug6:30 pm#9

The notarized Medical Waiver for the East End Soccer Tournament must be handed in at Thursday's practice. Parking, field maps, and directions are available from the East End Soccer Tournament web site.

iSoccer Training Program

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Last season we experimented with incorporating the iSoccer training program into our team skills development practices. The training exercises and metrics worked well to gauge player progress. Also, many players enjoyed working with the system and probably practiced more on their own as a result.

We will continue with the program this year on an elective basis. If you would like to continue your iSoccer training our new team code is 224154. Just log into your iSoccer.org account and make sure that you are on the Strikers U11 team. I moved everyone over to the new team already, so you shouldn't have to do anything. If you experience any difficulties, let me know.

Also, don't forget, we'll have a fun "kick-around" tonight at JAE starting at 6pm and ending by 7pm. See you soon!

FYI. Regular weekly practices resume on the 6th of August.

East End Soccer Tournament

Friday, 12 July 2013

Make sure that you mark your calendars for the East End Soccer Tournament, 10 - 11 August. That's just a month away. If you are unable to play in the tournament that weekend, please let Coach D know soon. We will play 4 or 5 matches over 2 days so we'll need everyone. Don't forget that we'll be playing 9 on field this year. More playing time means that we all need better fitness.

Also the week leading up to the tournament, we will have practices on Tuesday and Thursday to prepare.

Fun Practice Next Week at JAE

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

I'd like to invite all the players to come to a fun practice next Tuesday evening at JAE (16 July 2013) from 6pm to 7pm. We'll play some games and then have a scrimmage.

We will resume our team practice schedule in August. I hope you are taking advantage of the summer training offered by ETA, EESA, and / or KK. Many of the boys are training this week at the ETA "Speed & Agility" camp. EESA is hosting a full day camp the week of 22 - 26 July. A few spots are still available. Information about the EESA camps can be found on the East End Soccer Academy website.

IMPORTANT: I sent an email to all the team parents asking for a response concerning professional training and coaching for the fall half of the LIJ season. Please respond to that. If you didn't see the email, let me (Coach D) know. Thanks!

Register Now

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

We've just received a request from Coach Camarda asking all the players and coaches to complete the registration process by Saturday, 22 June 2013. Register online via Sports-Signup. If you have difficulties, just contact me (Coach D) and I'll try to help.

Team Meeting Thursday at 6pm JAE

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Some have requested the opportunity to have a team meeting. To accommodate that request, I (Coach D) will be available at the JAE field at 6pm on Thursday to answer questions and listen to what ideas and suggestions you might have. Coach Camarda has indicated that he will be available at that time as well.

Strikers U11 Roster

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Below you'll find a table listing the players who have been selected to play for the 2013-2014 U11 Strikers. Congratulations to all the boys! And a special thanks to everyone for coming to tryout for the team. (Note: If your name is not on the list below and you tried out for the Strikers, you have received an offer to play for a new Rocky Point team. Coach Costa is in the process of assembling the roster for that new team and he either already has or will contact you.)

If you have any questions (about the Strikers or the new team), I (Coach D) will be happy to provide answers. If anyone would like to meet with me in person to discuss issues concerning the Strikers (either privately or in a group), let me know (send an email or text).

Practices will resume in July, after the Independence Day holidays. I will post a schedule soon.

I recommend that all the boys attend the ETA "Speed & Agility, Ball Skills and Finishing Clinic" which will be held from July 8 to 11 in Mt Sinai. The camp runs from 9am to 11:15am. Our trainer, Coach Rafael, will be working with the team that week at the camp. You can register online at the Mt Sinai Soccer Club web site.

PlayerNumber
Stevenson6
Salerno11
Farruggio10
Corbett1
Bernhard43
Hall9
El Gendi22
Eye14
Giardelli16
Gansle4
Leiva8

Tryout Results Available Wednesday

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

We will be sending out an email tomorrow informing everyone of the 2013-2014 U11 Strikers roster. Several people have inquired about the possible formation of a second team. All we know at the moment is that Coach Camarda has scheduled tryouts for a new U12 team. Those tryouts are scheduled for today (Tuesday) 18 June at 5pm at JAE. I (Coach D) will be at the JAE field to assist with those tryouts. Our objective is to make sure that every child who wants to play soccer with our club will have a team to play on. If you have an interest in this new U12 team, or have questions, you can contact me or Coach Camarda, or stop by the JAE field today during the 5pm to 6pm time slot.

Tryout Results TBA Next Week

Friday, 14 June 2013

We'd like to thank everyone who came to the tryouts, especially those who braved the cold and damp yesterday. We hope you had a good time. Coach Bill and I need to go over the notes we collected at the tryouts and consult with the Club President, Coach Camarda. Our goal is to come up with a roster before the end of next week. We will post something here when the team selections have been made. If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or additional information you'd like to pass on, please contact me (Coach D). Have a safe and fun weekend!

Tryouts Day Two: It's a go! At JAE.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Field Change: I've just received an email from the club. We must use the JAE field today since the FJC fields are being worked on.

Tryouts Day Two: It's a go!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

So far the rain hasn't been too heavy and presently (just before 3pm) it's not raining (at least it's not at my house). Thus I'd like to try to finish up the tryouts today. I will be up at the FJC field at 5pm for the first foot skill assessment appointment. The group phase of the tryout will start at 6pm.

If the weather situation changes dramatically once we are on the field, I will call off the tryout. Any lightning or thunder will mean we have to cut the tryout short. I'll send a text to everyone's cell phones if that happens.

Tryouts Day Two

Thursday, 13 June 2013

We are keeping an eye on the weather. If it is necessary to postpone the second day of tryouts I will post a message here. I'll make the decision by 3pm.

If it is necessary to reschedule the tryout, we will move it to Tuesday, 18 June between 5 and 6:30 pm at FJC.

Those players scheduled to do foot skills assessments today, can do those during the normal tryout time on the rain make-up day.

Friendly Scrimmage vs Sound Beach Tornadoes

Monday, 10 June 2013

We'll be playing a friendly against the Sound Beach Tornadoes tomorrow at 5 pm. This will be the first of several friendlies we'll play this coming summer with area teams.

Where: Wading River High School Field
When: Tuesday June 11th
Arrive at the field 4:30 for a 5pm kickoff
Wear your gold kit.

Final Foot Skills Clinic

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Today will be the final Tuesday Foots Skills Clinic of the season. Players will be able to challenge their scores on the various skills assessments today in preparation for next week's 2013-2014 U11 tryouts.

2013-2014 U11 Striker Tryouts

Monday, 3 June 2013

We will be conducting tryouts for the next season's LIJSL travel team. Tryouts will consist of two phases. Phase I consists of foot skills assessment based on the iSoccer system we've been using during the 2013 Spring half-season. Current members of the team already have an assigned iSoccer Level based on the assessments we've been doing through out the spring season. As you know (the players have all been informed), we expect all players to be able to meet the Level 3 metrics. If you are not already on Level 3, you will be given an opportunity to improve your score during the Phase I session of the tryouts.

Phase II will assess each player in game situations. This part of the tryout will be run our our team trainer, Coach Rafael. Players will be assessed in 1v1, 2v2, and scrimmage situations.

After the tryouts, Phase I metrics will be combined with the Phase II assessment in order to determine the roster for the 2013-2014 U11 Strikers travel team.

Phase I

Date: 6/12 or 6/13 (By appointment only.)
Location: Frank J. Carasiti (Behind the school)
Time: 5pm-6:00pm

You must make an appointment for this part of the tryout. Please email Coach Donavan (donavanhall at gmail dot com) to reserve your slot. If you have a preference for which day, let him know. Current team members will be allowed to challenge their current scores during the June 4 Foot Skills Clinic.

Phase II

Date: 6/12 & 6/13 (We recommended you attend both tryout sessions.)
Location: Frank J. Carasiti (Behind the school)
Time: 6pm-7:30pm

To play at the U11 level, the player must be born on or after August 1st, 2002. However, if the player is born after July 31st, 2004, they are not eligible.

"Oklahoma Strong" Rough Riders Doubleheader

Thursday, 30 May 2013

To support the tornado recovery efforts of Moore, Oklahoma, the Long Island Rough Riders will dedicate 100% of game-day tickets and limited edition "Oklahoma Strong" Rough Riders t-shirt purchases from the Rough Riders Men's & Women's double header home match on Saturday, June 1 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

The Rough Rides Women will play local rivals the New York Magic starting at 5:00 pm. The Rough Riders Men will kick off at 7:30 pm against F.A. Euro – NY Magic.

You can purchase tickets online or at the gate.

Team Photo on Thursday

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

During Thursday's practice we will be taking a team photo. Please wear your silver jersey and navy blue shorts to practice that day so we'll all match. Thanks!

Today's Foot Skills Clinic is Cancelled

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Due to the rain and possible thunder storms this afternoon, we've decided to cancel the Tuesday Foot Skills Clinic. We'll see you tomorrow at FJC for practice with Coach Rafael.

Next Match and Tryouts

Monday, 27 May 2013

Our next match is this coming Saturday at 9:30 am against the Connetquot Iron Dragons. The field is at Duffield Elementary School in Ronkonkoma (600 First St, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779). Check our field map (link above) to see the precise location of the field with respect to the parking lot. Wear gold, bring silver. Arrive by 9am. So far we are undefeated and are in sole possession of first place. Let's keep on winning and finish strong.

If you've glanced at the calendar recently, you'll see that try-outs for the Strikers 2013-2014 season are coming up in mid-June, on the 12th and 13th. All current members of the team will need to try-out on those dates so it's important to show up.

Summer Soccer Camps

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

As the end of the season approaches you'll want to start considering your summer training options. East End Soccer Academy has a number of camps, full and half day. Several of the Strikers have already registered for the EESA full day camp running the week of July 22-26.

Also, our trainer, Coach Rafael of Evolution Training Academy is running several camps in association with RPYSC.

Evolution Training Academy in Mt Sinai

July 8 - 11 speed & agility, ball skills and finishing clinic / ages 10 and UP / 9:00 - 11:15 a.m.
"1st Touch" / ages 5 - 7 / 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

July 22 - 25 The complete soccer player / ages 7 - 10 / 9:00 a.m. - 12:00
Getting Ready for school ball / 11 and up / 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Early Camp registration Deadline is JUNE 10th.

Red Bull Camp at Manorville

Last year a lot of attended the New York Red Bull run camp at Manorville. They'll be doing it again this year. Here's the information:

Host Organization: Manorville Soccer Club
Location: Manorville, NY
Field Name: Dayton Ave School
Field Address: 151 Dayton Ave
Dates: 8/19/2013 to 8/23/2013, 5pm to 8pm

Next Match Against VOB St. Pat's

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Saturday's match will be played at Village of the Branch St Pat's at 12:20. Please arrive 1/2 hour prior to kick off. That would be 11:50am at the latest. We will be wearing our gold jerseys, please bring the silver as well.

The field is behind St. Patrick's Church and School at 284 E. Main St. Smithtown, NY 11787.

Directions: Route 347 (Nesconset Hwy) to Terry Rd (the Watermill Catering is on left; a Big Pharmacy is on right) and make a right going northbound to Route 25. Make a left on 25 (also referred to as E. Main St). St. Patricks School/Church is on the left about 100 yards.

It's Players' Weekend

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Keep in mind that it's Players' Weekend, so during the match against Kings Park we will observe the guidelines sent out by Long Island Junior Soccer League.

The guidelines are quite simple:

  1. Spectators are encouraged to listen for communication among the players and cheer (not instruct) for good plays by either team. Negative comments about any player or official are to be avoided.
  2. Coaches are asked to refrain from the constant barrage of instruction during the course of the game.
  3. Referees and coaches will acknowledge substitutions by having players standing at the halfway line ready to go in.

The goals are for a more enjoyable experience for all:

  1. Develop our players thinking and creative ability to make decisions on the field without constant sideline intervention.
  2. Improve the players’ ability to communicate with each other on the field by reducing the outside noise level.
  3. Support ALL of our referees by eliminating ALL sideline dissension and intervention.

In reality, every weekend should be Players' Weekend. Let's remember that it's our children who are out there on the field doing their best to play a game that they enjoy. Let's not ruin it for them by shouting negative things at them from the sidelines. That goes for Coaches and Parents!

Next Match Away Versus Kings Park

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Our next match will be played away at Kings Park. If you've traveled with us to Kings Park before, it's the same field we've been to before. There is a push-pin for Tiffany Fields at the old Kings Park Psychiatric Center on our field map (link above).

Location: Tiffany Fields Kings Park
Day: Saturday April 27
Kickoff time: 2:20
Meeting time: No later than 1:50
Opposition: Kings Park
Uniform: Gold

Be sure to regular check the calendar for any changes in the schedule. This week the Wednesday practice at FJC will be concluding at 7:30pm because of a special visit by the Stony Brook University soccer team.

Strikers Win!

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Good job on the win today everyone! While the score worked out in our favor, we were most pleased with how the boys played. They followed our instructions and implemented the game plan. Everyone should be proud.

Also we've handed out the reward patches to acknowledge all the hard work that each of the players have been putting in to improve their skills. The patches are iron-on, so we've suggested to the boys that they pick a practice jersey (NOT the game jersey as LIJ does not allow patches on game jerseys) to put the patch on. Wear them at practice with pride! Since last week, our team skill level has gone from 2.2 to 2.4. Our target is to get the team to level 3. If all of us practice individually, then we'll play together better as a team.

Remember, Coach Rafael wants everyone to do 100 repetitions of wall ball per day. That's the next Skill Assessment that we'll be doing. That's Skill 10 - 13 on the iSoccer list: First Touch and Passing with preferred and non-preferred foot.

Next Wednesday

Thursday, 18 April 2013

We're doing something special next Wednesday, the 24th. The Stony Brook University soccer team will be working with the Strikers from 6:30 to 7:30pm. So our practice will run an hour longer than normal. From 5:00pm to 6:00pm Coach Donavan will be available to do Skills Assessments for the boys that wish to challenge their scores and raise their Skill Level. At 6:00pm Coach Rafael will train the boys until the Stony Brook soccer team arrives.

Wall Ball

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Coach Rafael wants all the boys to work on their ball control. One good way to improve your ball control skills is to pass the ball to a wall. The ball hits the wall and comes back to your foot. Now that the weather is getting nicer, try to find a place where you can play "wall ball" every day. Coach Raphael wants everyone to play the ball off the wall at least 100 times with each foot. Get kicking!

Soccer Skills Rewards Program

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

I've written an explanation of the Soccer Skills Rewards Program we're using to help encourage the boys to work on their soccer skills at home. As explained in that document, players may earn Player Points by practicing their skills at home. They should record their practice on the Skills Reward Sheet that we provide to them. A third reward sheet covering Basic Ball Control Level 2 is now available. All the skills listed are demonstrated on the training page (look for the link above). We will go over all these skills at the Tuesday Foot Skills Clinic. When the sheet is full, the player should hand it in to Coach Donavan who will then award the Player Points.

If you are missing a Reward Sheet, here is a list of the ones presently available:

  1. Basic Ball Control Level 1
  2. Juggling
  3. Basic Ball Control Level 2

Soccer Summer Camps

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

To improve our soccer skills, it's important to keep practicing. A fun way to keep up your skills during the summer is to attend a soccer camp. Here are a couple in our area that we can recommend.

East End Soccer Academy Full Day Summer Camp

LIMITED EARLY REGISTRATION - REGISTER NOW

Location: F-14 Sports, Calverton
Dates: July 22 - 26
Time: 9 - 3pm
Early Registration Price: $150
Full Price: $165

Red Bull Camp at Manorville

Last year a lot of attended the New York Red Bull run camp at Manorville. They'll be doing it again this year. Here's the information:

Host Organization: Manorville Soccer Club
Location: Manorville, NY
Field Name: Dayton Ave School
Field Address: 151 Dayton Ave
Dates: 8/19/2013 to 8/23/2013, 5pm to 8pm

More on Juggling

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

We went over the basics of juggling last Tuesday. Hopefully everyone has been working on their juggling this past week. Here's some more instructions about how to juggle that will help you to improve your high score.

Friendly Scrimmage on Saturday

Thursday, 11 April 2013

We will play a friendly scrimmage with a Sound Beach Boys U10 team this coming Saturday, the 13th. Kickoff is at 11:45 at Prodell Middle School, 100 Randall Road, Shoreham. Please arrive at the field by 11:15 am for warm-ups. Since we're playing away, please wear the gold jerseys.

Homework

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

I'll be handing out a Juggling Homework Sheet today at the Foot Skills Clinic. Homework sheets from last week should be handed in at any of this week's practices. Player points will be awarded for completing the homework assignment.

Strikers Win!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

The team played well yesterday and showed great character to come from behind to take the victory. Keep up the great work! Scores and standings have been posted on the appropriate pages on this site.

Toe Taps and Juggling

Friday, 5 April 2013

We sent home a progress slip with every player which lists their current Player Points and their Player Level. Our target is to get all the players to Level 3 as quickly as possible. We would like to challenge every player to be able to do at least 50 Toe Taps in 20 seconds. Once you get that, then work on your Juggling. For this age group, each player should be able to reach 5 juggles for each foot. Several of our players are already in the double digits. So we know you can do it!

Homework

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Yesterday, the boys received the Level 1 Homework Sheet which they can use to track their at home practice. I (Coach D) will collect the homework sheets next Tuesday. Each player will be give extra Player Points depending on how much of the sheet is filled in. Please remember that the sheet is only for recording what you do outside of the regularly scheduled team practices. It will only take 20 minutes per day.

Today, we have the team training at FJC with Coach Rafael at 5pm. I will be to the field early (4:45 pm) if any player wants to do their Change of Direction Skills Assessment today.

Our team goal is to get every player to Level 3. Currently we have three player who are already at Level 3. Eight players are at Level 2. And we have four players on Level 1. If you are still on Level 1, it is very important that you come to the Tuesday Foot Skills Clinic. I've designed the curriculum for the Skill Clinic to improve our players' Basic Ball Control, Dribbling, and Passing Skills. These are essential skills for play at the Travel level.

Foot Skills Week 2

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

We will be continuing with Ball Ball Control Level 1 today. We'll go over each of the skills again and make sure everyone knows how to perform them correctly.

You can use the Level 1 Homework Sheet to record your activities for the week. Hand in the sheet to Coach D at the following Tuesday Foot Skills Clinic to get credit for your hard work.

If you are using iSoccer.org at home, you should enter your activities there to get extra Player Points.

West Islip on Saturday

Monday, 1 April 2013

Our next match is away against the West Islip Warriors at 3:20pm this coming Saturday, the 6th. Here is the address and directions:

Address: Masera Fields (650 Udall Rd). Directions: If coming from the west, Sunrise Highway to Udall Road Exit 40. Turn left at light to go north on Udall Rd. If coming from the east, Sunrise Highway to Udall Road Exit 41. Turn right to go north on Udall Rd. Masera Fields are 1/4 mile on the left. We will be playing on the field closest to the parking lot.

Player Points

Thursday, 28 March 2013

We will continue with our baseline Skills Assessment today. Coach D will be at the FJC field 15 minutes early for anyone who wishes to either challenge their previous skill score or continue on with the dribbling skills. All the scores gathered yesterday have been entered into the iSoccer system and we're looking pretty good as a team. We are at Level 2 presently. For our age group, our team level should be Level 3. With practice, we can get there.

We are using a Player Point system to reward players for good behavior and sportsmanship. If you login to iSoccer.org, you'll see that you have a certain number of Player Points. Coaches can give you additional points. Also, if a player misbehaves during practice, doesn't listen, or doesn't put in the expected effort, coaches can take Player Points away.

You can also earn extra Player Points by posting your soccer activities to your user account. Also, you can enter your own scores for the various Skills. Even watching a soccer match will earn you a few points.

Presently, our team leader for Player Points is S.B. (#43) with 12,310. Congratulations! Keep up the good work.

Skills Assessment

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Just a reminder, Coach Rafael will be training the boys today at FJC. Any boys who come early to practice will be able to do their Skills Assessment for this week. Right now we are doing Toe Taps and Inside / Inside (called "Foundations" in iSoccer.org's training program). Time permitting, the boys can get a head start on their Skills Assessment by practicing at home. We'll be doing juggling, change of direction, and change of pace moves over the next couple of weeks. If you are playing at home with iSoccer.org, you'll be able to enter scores yourself. All the boys are entered into the system already, so when you attempt to register, you should confirm you already belong to the Strikers. The Striker's team code is 676313, for your reference.

Practice This Week

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Today, during our first Foot Skills Clinic, 5 to 6:30pm at JAE, we will be going over the 10 basic ball control skills and showing the boys what their daily individual practice routine should look like. Next, we'll work on receiving and controlling the ball (essential for game play). We will then work on 1v1 skills. The last third of the practice will be 3v3 small sided games.

Wednesday at FJC, Coach Rafael will continue training the boys in 1v1 skills and group play.

Thursday, we will continue with Coach Rafael's training plan and work on set plays (kickoff, corner kicks, free kicks , throw-ins, etc.).

Strikers Win!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

The Strikers won the first match of the 2012-2013 clausura defeating the Mount Sinai Rangers by 5 goals to nil.

This coming week most of our players will be training with the East End Soccer Academy at their Spring Break Camp at Diamond in the Pines.

Despite school being on spring recess, we will continue regular team practices this week.

EESA Spring Break Camp

Friday, 15 March 2013

We recommend you consider participating in the EESA Spring Break Camp. Several of our boys have trained with EESA over the winter and benefited greatly. Registration is open. The cost for the week is $100. If we can get enough boys from out team to register, then they would train us as a team.

Dates: Monday 25 - Friday 29 March
Time: 9 - 12pm
Location: Diamond In The Pines turf field, Coram

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Thursday, 14 March 2013

If you plan on marching with the team in the St. Patrick's Day parade, the following information should prove invaluable.
Location: Parkside South (The south side of Parkside on 25A). Stake #8 Road closes at noon, it is highly recommended to get there no later than 11:45am. Please dress warm and wear your uniforms on top. Remember every child must have an adult in order to march.

Parent Meeting Today After Practice

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Please plan to stick around for ten to fifteen minutes after practice today. We (the coaches) have some things to tell you about. And we'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Today's Foot Skills Clinic Cancelled

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

The weather gods are not cooperating with our practice schedule. The field conditions are only barely acceptable yesterday, and have deteriorated today. Even if the rain miraculously stops at 5pm, the field will be mud soup. HOWEVER! All the boys should practice the basic ball control skills shown in the video on the training page. Also, you can sign up for iSoccer to keep track of your progress.

Next week there will be no Foot Skills Clinic. We will resume with the Tuesday Foot Skills on Tuesday the 26th. Yes, that's during Easter break, but if you are around and want to kick the ball around then we'll be there. assuming we don't get rained out.

See you tomorrow at FJC for our first practice with our trainer, Coach Rafael Morais.

P.S. Consider watching one of the UEFA Champions League matches this afternoon. Both matches are in their second leg. Barcelona is taking on AC Milan. Turkey's Galatasaray is facing Germany's Schalke, the home club of US MNT player Jermaine Jones. (Who, btw, scored late in the last match to tie up the series.)

Personal Training

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

We would like to boys to work on their basic ball control skill at home as well as when they are at practice. By spending twenty minutes per day reenforcing and practicing the basic skills, they will be better prepared for practice, and get more out of group play. I've added a video to our training page that demonstrates how to do the 10 basic ball control exercises. You should do the moves in this video every day.

Spring is here!

Monday, 11 March 2013

Now that LIJ has released our schedule, we have a complete list of matches. We'll play 9 league matches and at least 1 Long Island Cup match. That Long Island Cup match is this coming Saturday. It's a home game (see below for more details). If we win that match, Round 2 of the LI Cup will be on the 13th of April. The schedule and standings links above have been updated as of this morning to reflect the new season.

We are in full practice mode right now. The first Foot Skills practice is tomorrow (Tuesday) at JAE. Wednesday and Thursday practices are at FJC. Unfortunately, we might have to make last minute changes because of weather, so please keep an eye on this space for announcements about weather related cancellations. Note: next week, 19 March, there is NO Tuesday Foot Skills.

Calendar Update for Spring 2013

Saturday, 9 March 2013

The Strikers' spring schedule is on the calendar (link above). Make sure you subscribe to the calendar so that updates automatically show up on your computer calendar or smart device. Here are the links: XML or iCal. The XML feed will probably work with most computers. If you use iCal or an iPhone, the iCal link should work for you.

LI Cup First Round

Friday, 8 March 2013

Date: March 16th
Game Time: 1:10 PM
Location: Frank J . Carisiti
Opponent: Great Neck Strikers
(Wear silver jersey, bring the gold)

Today's Practice Cancelled

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Because of the wind and rain / snow, today's practice is being called off. Stay inside. Stay warm.

Today's Practice Cancelled

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

We have just heard from our trainer who has indicated that practice will not be taking place today because of concerns about the weather. So you need not travel to the Wedge today.

We have not yet made any decision concerning tomorrow's practice. Assume we are practicing tomorrow unless we make an announcement to the contrary. Keep your eye on this space for any updates.

Practice Starts Today (Weather Permitting)

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

I know you all are excited to get back to regular outdoor soccer practice, and so are we. Today is the first day of our spring practice schedule. If you've been following the developments here, you will know that the RP Athletic Director has asked us not to use the FJC fields until they dry out. So we will meet at the Wedge in Mt Sinai (aka Heritage Park) at 5pm and see if we can't find some grass to practice on. Our new trainer, Coach Rapheal will be there to lead the practice.

We (the coaches) will keep an eye on the weather developments today. If anything changes, something will be posted here, so check back if you are in doubt as to what we are doing today.

Winter Futsal Season a Success!

Friday, 1 March 2013

With the win yesterday to close out our first season in the Long Island Youth Futsal League, we finished with a record of 5 wins, 3 losses, and 1 draw. The boys who elected to participate all had a good time and enjoyed the experience of playing this faster paced game that demands the most of a player's footskills. We hope that more players will join us next winter.

Outdoor Practice Next Week at the Wedge

Friday, 1 February 2013

The RP School Athletic Director has requested that we not use the school fields until the week of the 11 March. The fields are still too wet and the powers-that-be fear we will kill the grass. We are presently trying to make arrangements to have our outdoor practices next week at the "Wedge" in Mt Sinai. Even if we don't get permission, we will still meet at the Wedge on Wednesday and grab whatever space with can.

One More Futsal Match on Sunday

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

CONFIRMED: The organizer of the LI Futsal league contacted us and informed us that they scheduled us for one more match. We are scheduled to play Newfield Young Guns on Sunday at 10am. The match is at Dawnwood MS.

Practice Begins March 6th

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Regular outdoor practice will resume next Wednesday (March 6th) at FJC. The practice schedule is on the calendar (see link above). If you have a smart device, you can subscribe to the calendar. Here's a summary:

Tuesday, 5 to 6:30pm (optional / recommended skills clinic)
Wednesday, 5 to 6:30pm (mandatory w/ trainer)
Thursday, 5 to 6:30pm (mandatory)

We will still have our scheduled Sunday indoor practice on March 3rd. Practice on the 10th and 17th will most likely be cancelled because of the LIJ Convention on the 10th and the St. Patrick's Day parade on the 17th.

No Practice Today

Saturday, 23 February 2013

We've decided the field conditions are not ideal for practice today. And besides it's supposed to be raining. We'll see some of you at the futsal match tomorrow.

Looking ahead, the first official practice with our new trainer will be Wednesday, 6 March at 5pm. Wednesday and Thursday practices will be a FJC. Tuesday "foot skills" will be at JAE.

Final Futsal Match

Monday, 18 February 2013

We will play our final futsal match next Sunday, 24 February, at 9 am at Dawnwood MS.

Sunday Practices

Friday, 15 February 2013

Because of the President's Week Holiday, the school will not be allowing us to use the gym for practices. So no Sunday practices on the 17th or the 24th. The LI Futsal matches will continue as scheduled. And we'll be playing four tournament matches Monday evening. See the schedule for details.

President's Day Tournament

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Our matches for the "Soccer for a Cure" President's Week Tournament hosted by the Lake Grove Soccer Club will be played between 5pm and 9pm on Monday, 18 February. The full schedule is posted the schedule page.

Unless there is a major thaw between now and Saturday, we won't be having Saturday outdoor practice. On Sunday we play a futsal match in the morning (10 am) and then we have practice at the RP HS Gym at 12:30pm. See you then, if not before.

President's Week Tournament

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

The Strikers are registered for the "Soccer for a Cure" President's Week Tournament hosted by the Lake Grove Soccer Club to be held at KK Athletics in Farmingville. We do not have the schedule yet, so we aren't sure which day we'll be assigned. In preparation though, each parent will need to fill out the waiver form to allow their child to play. Forms should be printed out and returned to Coach Joe along with your $10 participation fee.

All Practices and Games for this Weekend are Cancelled

Friday, 8 February 2013

Long Island Futsal has just informed me that they are canceling all matches this weekend. They will be rescheduled and played at a later date. So stay home and stay warm. See y'all went this blows over and thaws out.

Weekend Weather

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Outdoor practice on Saturday will likely be an impossibility. Also, the school has already issued a notice concerning weekend use of the gym and it appears that we won't have access to the RP HS Gym on Sunday. I'll monitor the situation and post an update when I know for certain what's happening.

Long Island Futsal has not cancelled anything yet. We have been directed to keep an eye on their web site for weather related changes to the futsal schedule. We are currently slated to play at 9am Sunday morning. Check this space for updates.

Saturday Practice

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Presently (8:30am) the outdoor thermometer at my house says 28°F. It's sunny out. At this point I don't see any reason to cancel practice. However, if you feel that it's too cold for your child, you can decide to skip practice. Otherwise, we'll see you at JAE at 12:30pm.

Sunday Futsal Schedule Addition

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Long Island Youth Futsal has added a match to our schedule this coming Sunday, 3 February. We will be playing a match against Dv Academy DV 10 at 1pm. The location of that match will be at Centereach HS (not at Dawnwood MS). Centereach HS is adjacent (next door) to Dawnwood MS. It's the building just to the east of Dawnwood. You can even park in the same parking lot. As a result of this change, we will not be playing a match on the 24th of February. This means that we will NOT be able to have our indoor practice at the RP HS gym on that day.

We will still be playing the Newfield Young Guns on the 3rd of February at 4pm at Dawnwood MS.

Saturday Practice CANCELLED

Friday, 25 January 2013

The temperatures are supposed to be below freezing on Saturday the 26th so we'll skip the outdoor practice this week. See you at the futsal match on Sunday. The match is at 10am. Wear silver. Bring both jerseys (just in case).

Practice today. 12:30 pm

Saturday, 19 January 2013

It's a beautiful day! See you at the JAE field.

Update: MLK Day Tourney at KK

Thursday, 17 January 2013

The schedule for the MLK Day Tournament at KK Athletics in Farmingville is out. We will be playing Sunday evening, the 20th, between 5pm and 8pm. We will play 3 matches of 28 minutes each. I don't know if there will be a "championship" match or not. The schedule is on the team calendar or on the KK tournament web site.

The address is for KK Athletics is 755 Horseblock Road in Farmingville, New York.

If anyone needs a ride, let me know and we can coordinate some carpooling.

We will still have a practice on Saturday (weather permitting, check web site) at 12:30pm to 1:30pm at JAE. I would like to collect the waiver for the tournament on Saturday (if possible, Sunday morning at the latest) along with the $25 from each player to cover the team registration fee.

Our futsal match at Dawnwood MS is on Sunday morning at 11am. We are playing Stony Brook Rush.

Because of the tournament Sunday evening, we will not be having practice at the HS Gym (the gym might be close anyway for the holiday weekend).

MLK Day Tourney at KK

Monday, 14 January 2013

The Strikers are registered for the MLK Day (Monday, 21 January 2013) tournament at KK Athletics in Farmingville. We do not have a schedule yet. Each parent will need to fill out the waiver form to allow their child to play. Forms should be printed out and returned to Coach Donavan.

Practice starts this weekend

Friday, 11 January 2013

Tomorrow, we will have a one hour, outdoor practice, at JAE beginning at 12:30pm. We will go over tactical plans in preparation for tomorrow's futsal match. Sunday, we play against a Stony Brook team at 10:30am at Dawnwood MS. After that, at 12:30pm, we have an hour reserved in the Rocky Point HS gym. Please try to attend all the practices. If you can't make a practice or a game, please inform me (Coach Donavan).

Winter Futsal & Practice Schedule

Friday, 28 December 2012

We now have the schedule of play for our winter futsal league. All matches are on Sundays beginning 6 January 2013. All matches will be played at Dawnwood Middle School in Centereach (10 43Rd St. Centereach, NY 11720).

We also have practice time at the Rocky Point HS gym from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. We encourage all players, not just those participating in winter futsal to attend practice. (Yes, we realize that this is the same day as the match, but that is the practice slot we have been given. We either use it, or don't.)

Long Island Fustal Winter League

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Waivers for Long Island Futsal need to be completed today. Once the waiver is filled out and paid for ($9.50) Long Island Futsal will issue the player's pass. I'll be picking up the player passes on Saturday, 29 December, so don't delay, act now!

LIF will be releasing our winter schedule on Friday the 28th. So check back here for that.

Winter Fustal League

Thursday, 20 December 2012

The Strikers will be playing in the Long Island Futsal League this winter. You can find out about this league from the Long Island Futsal web site. The pertinent information is summarized below:

Long Island Futsal will use the Middle Country, Mt. Sinai, Stony Brook and Connetqot School Districts. Games begin the first Saturday and Sunday in January and season ends by the end of February 2013. Teams will be scheduled to play 8 games. The top two teams in each division will play an extra Championship match.

Do not bring outdoor balls into the facilities. They are not allowed for warm-up. Only futsal balls are allowed. We will use a size 3 ball for U10. The wearing of full length shin pads will be mandatory for all players. Indoor, flat soled soccer shoes also must be worn.

Striker World Cup, Round 1

Each team played three matches. The results are listed below. The next round will be played next week. The team that has the most points after Round 3 gets to hold onto the trophy.

Results

Red 4 v 2 Orange
Green 0 v 1 Blue
Orange 0 v 0 Blue
Red 5 v 2 Green
Red 1 v 2 Blue
Green 1 v 1 Orange

Standings

TeamWLTPts
Blue2017
Red2106
Orange0022
Green0211

Next Match

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 at 4:07 pm

This coming Saturday, 20 October at 1:20 pm we play the 3rd place Elwood Wolves (3-2-0) at FJC in Rocky Point. The Strikers are currently in 6th place with a 1-2-2 record. We will be observing "Players Weekend" during this Saturday match. Spectators are encouraged to cheer (not instruct) for good plays by either team. Negative comments about any player or official are to be avoided. (As always!) Coaches will refrain from instructing the players during the course of the game. Referees will acknowledge substitutions by having players standing at the halfway line ready to go in.

Homecoming

Thursday, 11 October 2012 at 7:45 am

Also on Saturday the Rocky Point Boys Varsity Soccer team hosts Sayville at the High School field. Kick-off is 5:15pm.

Next Match

Thursday, 11 October 2012 at 7:37 am

This coming Saturday, 13 October at 1pm we play the Sound Beach Tornadoes (2-1-1) at the Shoreham Middle School, 100 Randall Road, Shoreham, NY 11786 (see the field map). The Strikers are currently in 7th place with a 1-2-1 record.

Next Match

Saturday, 8 September 2012 at 7:44 am

Our next match is away against Middle Country FC Sharks on Saturday, 8 September 2012. The Sharks's home field is at Eugene Auer Elementary School, 17 Wing Street, Lake Grove, NY 11784, (see the field map). Kick-off is at 4:20pm. Arrive at 3:50pm. Wear the gold/beige jersey.

Practice Schedule

Thursday, 16 August 2012 at 10:43 am

Tonight, the players who are not at the Red Bull Camp will be practicing at JAE with Coach Rich, our trainer.