Our Mission & Philosophy
The mission of the Stony Brook Travel Program is to develop youth soccer players to the highest level of their ability and desire.
The Program is designed to provide the opportunity for players to develop in an environment where:
With the above in mind, we expect players to graduate from the Club with a solid foundation in the aspects of teamwork, fair play, solid fundamentals of the game of soccer and have had the chance to reach their personal goals.
Overview of the Travel Program
The decision to try-out for travel is of course a personal issue. The program coordinators and trainers will be happy to provide you with any information that you need in order to help you with this decision.
Teams are formed after tryouts each June. Our club policy is that we do not hold tryouts mid-year.
Our professional training staff conducts the tryouts. No parents are allowed on any part of the field during tryouts. Generally two or three teams are formed for each age/gender group. Not every player who tries out will make a team. Those players not selected for a travel team are encouraged to continue playing in the intramural or traveling intramural programs and to attend any training sessions offered by the club. All decisions made by the Director of Coaching and/or the Travel Committee in relation to player’s placement are final. Visit our tryouts page for complete details.
Players stay with a team for a complete year. Travel is a full year commitment and every player must abide by all commitments for both seasons. After the fall season players may be moved between teams. This is done to put a player in the best environment for her/his development. Such a decision will be made on or before December 31st.
• Any addition to the roster with-in season must be approved by the travel committee.
• After the spring season open tryouts are held for each age group.
Soccer is a team sport and it is important that each player commits to the team. No member player can play on any other team outside of our club unless approved by the Director of Coaching.
Playing travel soccer is both a major time and financial commitment on the part of the player and the player’s family. It is essential that the family understand that once a player is selected for a travel team, he/she must participate in all team activities, including practices, games, clinics, tournaments, and social gatherings.
If the player and/or the family believes it cannot meet both the time and financial commitments for the entire year (both fall and springs seasons), please do not accept the designation as a travel player and instead continue playing at the intramural level where the time and financial commitment are significantly less. The club provides a meaningful competitive opportunity for all players at all age and skill level through the age of 18.
U10-U 11: Minimum of 50% playing time over the course of a season, minimum of 40% in any game.
U12-U13: Minimum of 40% playing time over the course of a season.
U14 and Older: Coach's discretion.
Of course, playing time is dependent on a number of factors, such as practice attendance, behavior, and fitness. The coach will clearly communicate team policy before the beginning of a season. Some common examples include:
Our teams play in a variety of leagues depending on the caliber of play.
LIJSL - USYS (U9-U12)
North-Atlantic EDP Conference - USYS (U13-U19)
*Do not participate in Fall League play due to School ball soccer season, team can consider ENY Premier or NYPL 5 game league season, this will NOT be included in overall fees.
For more information on EDP North-Atlantic Structure, please go to:
LIJSL (USYS) & NYPL/NYCSL (U.S.Club) - U13-U19
NYCSL Premier League (NYCSL PL)
NYCSL Travel League
Dual Rostered Players
In certain circumstances, players may be rostered with more than one team to provide additional playing opportunities if warranted.
All dual-rostered players are specifically registered first with their primary team and must attend all games and practices of that team.
Should circumstances require, such player may be asked to also play for a second team, only if such games do not conflict with the games of their primary team, and solely at the discretion of the coach. Should such a situation take place, the playing time requirements are not applicable to such players playing on their second team.
There is no requirement that such player will play at any time for the second team, only that such a situation may be necessary if circumstances require.
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