The Garden City Centennial Travel Program offers a
more advanced level of soccer for players aged 9 to
19. There are several levels of play for both the
recreational and competitive player. The Select and
Olympic Development Programs are available through the
Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) and Eastern
New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA),
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Tryouts are held for each age group after the
completion of spring season in mid-June, prior to the
end of the school year. Tryout dates are posted on our
website, and published in The Garden City News in late
May. New U-10 teams (typically those finishing 3rd
grade, or those who are age eligible) will undergo a
two day tryout in early June where their individual
performances will be tested through passing, shooting
and dribbling drills, and small/ full sided games.
Teams will be selected by outside, independent
evaluators and select members of the club’s Travel
All travel teams are required to tryout on an annual
basis with the full understanding that no spot on any
team is guaranteed. For current U-10 through U-12
teams, trying out for their next year’s teams, the
player evaluation and selection process will be
modified with changes implemented during the June 2014
tryouts. The Garden City Centennial Soccer Club allows
for player movement to ensure competitive teams and to
reward individual player growth. Players will be
evaluated and selected by independent parties during
the tryouts with in-season input provided by team
coaches and trainers. Input on returning players would
include feedback related to soccer abilities,
participation, sportsmanship, and commitment levels.
How are the travel coaches selected?
An advertisement is placed in the Garden City News in
January, requesting interested coaching candidates to
call the Travel Director for an application. The
Travel Committee interviews candidates in February and
makes its recommendations to the Board of Directors at
the March directors' meeting. The Board of Directors
then votes on the candidates. All travel coaches must
have a "C" license or higher from the Long
Island Junior Soccer League.
How is playing time for each
For U-10, playing time is more evenly distributed. The
philosophy at this level is to 1) develop the young
soccer player's technical skills, 2) increase the
understanding and employment of team tactics, and 3)
make the team experience fun. At the U-11 level and
beyond, the game understandably becomes more
competitive. While we still stress the preceding
principles, playing time will be more at the
discretion of the coach and is based upon the player
"earning" time through exhibiting their work
ethic and skill in practice and games.
What commitment is involved?
Teams practice twice a week during the season. League
and Cup games are played on Saturday or Sunday,
depending on the age group, against teams throughout
Nassau and Suffolk, as well as Queens. The season
lasts 8-10 weeks. Teams usually enter tournaments,
which are often held on holiday weekends. Preseason
practices begin in July, and again in January.
Selection to a travel team requires a commitment on
the part of all players to regularly attend practices