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:
- The players are free of adult and peer pressure
- Character is developed through fair play and team work
- The players are continuously challenged
- Ample opportunity is given to train outside the team environment
- The players are given the chance to take risks
- The players are provided the appropriate level of training and competition
- The players can develop a love for the game of soccer.
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:
- Players are expected to attend 85% or more of all practices and games. Playing time will be affected if you have less than 85% attendance.
- Players must contact coach before missing a scheduled practice or game.
Our teams play in a variety of leagues depending on the caliber of play.
LIJSL - USYS (U9-U12)
- Teams will play in Long Island Junior Soccer League against teams from clubs all over Long Island. In the first two-three years (U9 and U11) league play is restricted to Suffolk County unless teams play in Championship or Premier level where they will also potentially play game in Nassau county.
- Teams at each age group are placed in divisions so that teams play against opponents at the same competitive level.
- The league plays two nne-game seasons - fall and spring. In the fall games start in September and end in November. In the spring games run from March to June.
- In line with the directives of U.S. Soccer Federation. The U9 & U10 teams play 7 versus 7, U11 & U12 play 9 versus 9. U-13 and older play 11 versus 11.
- Where we feel teams have progressed beyond play & structure of LIJSL, they will be placed either in NYPL (U.S.Club Soccer) or EDP (USYS), these announcements will be made prior to Fall or Spring season after consultation with team coach & administrator.
- All top level teams within these age-groups will be expected to participate in the North-Atlantic EDP Conference. These teams are the highest level our club offers and we ask families that who are on these teams to consider the following. In age-groups that have two teams who can compete at this level, they will be given option of entering a team also.
North-Atlantic EDP Conference - USYS (U13-U19)
- League will consist of clubs from Long Island, Connecticut & New York State Region.
- Consistent training & game attendance.
- Expected participation in Tournament & Showcase events (fees shared equally between all squad players barring long-term injuries or exceptional circumstances).
- Potential Regional & National League competitions.
- For players participating on North-Atlantic EDP Conference teams. Here is the breakdown of what will be included in your fee set-out by club.
- U13-U15 (Fall season x 9 games, EDP Open Cup, EDP March Tournament, Spring season x 9 games)
- U16-U19* (EDP Open Cup, EDP March Tournament, Spring season x 9 games)
*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
- Teams who enjoy travel soccer but want to stay more localized will be afforded the options of continuing in LIJSL or can move to NYPL or NYCSL structure to gain more flexibility over scheduling and having the opportunity to play different opponents.
NYCSL Premier League (NYCSL PL)
- NYCSL, under the sanctioning of US Club Soccer, will offer a highly competitive regional based league for U11-U18 teams in the fall and spring seasons. The League will be comprised of teams from Westchester, Hudson Valley, Connecticut, Long Island, 5 NYC Boroughs and New Jersey for each gender/age group. The league is structured to accommodate teams that are seeking the highest level of competition. The League is structured to provide participating teams/clubs with the appropriate level of competition, while maintaining a challenging environment for individual and team development.
- U15-U18 age groups will play a modified 5 game “flexible” schedule which will begin in October.
- All U11 and U12 age groups will play 9v9 small sided in order to better aide player development.
- U13 & U14 age groups will play a traditional 9 game fall season.
NYCSL Travel League
- NYCSL, under the sanctioning of US Club Soccer, operates a traditional travel league for U9-U18 teams. The league will place teams based on ability and geographic location. Each season, teams will be promoted and/or relegated based on the results of the prior season. The League is structured to provide participating teams/clubs with the appropriate level of competition, while maintaining a challenging environment for individual and team development. (Please note that in the South (Long Island, 5 NYC Boroughs) All U7 & U8 Leagues operate under JSS).
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.