Intramural Soccer

Updated Tuesday June 19, 2018 by Stephanie Brizard.

What is Intramural Soccer?

Lynbrook East Rockaway Soccer Club has a long standing tradition of placing the welfare and growth of a child over the need for intense competition.  Our intramural program is designed for all children who register to play at "grade" level and to grow both as children and soccer players under as stress-free environment as possible. LERSC has helped develop children to gain both a love for the sport as well as a true sense of belonging within a community.

Please review the following information below to have a better understanding of how all children who participate in LERSC programs  are registered and placed in particular divisions.

Pre-K (U5) Division 

  • For all children who are 4 years of age by January 1st to December 31st of the registration season, or are enrolled in a pre-k program.

Kindergarten (U6) Division 

  • For all children who are 5 years of age by January 1st to December 31st of the registration season, or are enrolled in Kindergarten.

1st Grade (U7)  Division 

  • For all children who are 6 years of age by January 1st to December 31st of the registration season, or are enrolled in the 1st Grade.

2nd Grade (U8) Division

  • For all children who are 7 years of age by January 1st to December 31st of the registration season, or are enrolled in the 2nd grade.

**1st and 2nd Grade players are sometimes combined for play

Pre-Travel Development Program (PTD): 

For children registered in the intramurals program in either the 1st or 2nd Grade (U8 or U9 Divisions ONLY).  This program is with a partnership with LIJSL.  NO child can participate in any PDI event without being registered for and playing their weekly Intramural game.

The Lynbrook/East Rockaway Intramural Program meets weekly on Saturdays at BAY PARK in East Rockaway for eight or nine sessions from September to November in the Fall and April to June in the Spring. Sessions are led by professional trainers who lead the children through fun exercises and skills games.  Volunteer parent coaches help the trainers direct the children and keep them organized and safe.

Registration Fees

Pre-K and Kindergarten:

$125 per season.

1st & 2nd grades: $150 per season.

Discounts are given for those who register for the entire year during Fall registration if they register before the summer deadline.  

When are the Sessions?

FALL 2018 - Saturday Session Dates:

         Week 1: 9/8/18

         Week 2: 9/15/18

         Week 3: 9/22/18 

         Week 4: 9/29/18

         Week 5: 10/13/18

         Week 6: 10/20/18 

         Week 7: 10/2718

         Week 8: 11/3/18

SPRING 2019 - Saturday Session Dates:  TBD

Pre K (U5)          10AM - 11AM       (use a Size 3 soccer Ball)

Kindergarten:    12PM - 1PM        (use a Size 3 soccer Ball)

1st Grade       11AM -12PM           (use a Size 4 Soccer Ball)

2nd Grade       9AM -10AM            (use a Size 4 Soccer Ball)

1st & 2nd Graders have additional practice on Monday nights at Ocean Avenue Field in Lynbrook - Boys 6-7PM; Girls 7-8PM.

Dates for Monday practices: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, and 10/29. There is no practice on 9/10 or 10/8. 

PTD players on first grade tournament teams will practice on Wednesday night at Ocean Avenue field. You must be selected and offered a spot on those teams and you will be advised of the dates & times by the coach.

Where Do I Register:

Register at this link: http://lilynbrookrockaway.siplay.com/login

What Gear Do I need?

Every child must wear properly fitting shin guards with black or pink soccer socks over the shin guards, and black shorts or pants, weather appropriate. All players will be given a jersey of their team color for the saturday session.  All children should be the appropriate sized soccer ball and a water bottle to every practice.  Put your name on everything. Note: PTD players are required to purchase an additional uniform for player development days. Their coach will direct you to order it through American Challenge in Bayshore, NY. http://www.achallenge.com/c-275-lynbrook-east-rockaway-soccer-club. Sweatshirts for adults and children may be ordered from this link as well.

Who are the Coaches?

Most coaches are willing parents who step up to volunteer to coach and help organize the team. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated! 

Who are the Trainers

Our professionally trainers have been with the club for many years: FC Inter Soccer: Jason Miradoli and Clive Williams and their crew.

How is my child’s team determined

Pre-K and up are split up as follows:

Boys and girls are on separate teams. Those who register for both seasons at once will stay on the same team for both seasons. Coaches may request to have children who they have coached before on their teams. Parents may request, but your request is not always guaranteed. We do our best to make everyone happy, but after the second week of play, we will not make any changes to the teams.

Player and Parent Expectations

- Show up on-time, dressed with their ball, ready to play

- always try their best

- show good sportsmanship (no hitting, pushing or fighting and we cheer for everyone).

In cold weather, gloves, hats with no brims and ear warmers are allowed to be worn.

- Jewelry of any kind is not allowed, including earrings.
Any child who has recently (within 60 days) had their ears pierced may place either a piece of tape or a band-aid over the earrings.

- During the Pre-K and Kindergarten years, we recommend all children wearing corrective lenses should use athletic safety glasses or at the very least use a protective (holder) support band.
Upon entering the first grade, due to safety concerns child will be required to wear athletic sport glasses.

- Parents must stay off playing field, unless they have submitted to an LERSC specific background check in the past year and are authorized by the club to do so, THIS POLICY IS STRICTLY ENFORCED.

-  No smoking, drinking alcohol, or pets are allowed. Any parent or responsible adult who brings a pet to the field will be asked to leave. 

- Players and Parents MUST be respectful towards the trainers, coaches and club officials and are expected to respect each other. Failure to adhere will result in expulsion from the playing area and/or expulsion from the soccer club. There will be no refunds!

- Players and parents are EXPECTED TO CLEAN UP after their games before leaving the field.

Points of Contact:

For assistance with Intramural Soccer, please contact Stephanie Brizard (sbrizard.lersc@gmail.com).

Weather Cancellations:

We play in the rain. We cancel sessions in cases of lightning or field flooding.

You must sign up for texts/emails to be notified of a cancellation due to inclement weather. 

If you have not heard via text or email that soccer is cancelled, then it is not cancelled. We do not have any room in the schedule for make-up days and we try our best to give our children a chance to play. Please do not email or text us asking if we are going to cancel. If we do, you will know.

Refunds: 

The club does not make any refunds, to any person, at any time, for any reason. However, every registration is eligible to obtain insurance on your registration for a nominal fee from a third-party insurance provider. LERSC is not responsible for any contract that you may enter into with that third-party.

Why do we play” small-sided?” Young players often play 3 vs 3 and 4 vs 4)

  1. We want our young soccer players to touch the soccer ball more often and become more skillful with it! (Individual technical development)
  2. We want our young soccer players to make more quality decisions during the game! (Tactical development)
  3. We want our young soccer players to be more physically efficient in the field space in which they are playing! (Reduced field size)
  4. We want our young soccer players to have more involved playing time in the game! (More opportunity to solve problems that only the game presents)
  5. We want our young soccer players to have more opportunities to play on both sides of the ball! (More exposure to attacking and defending situations)
  6. We want our young soccer players to have more opportunities to score goals and make saves! (Pure excitement)

The “Small-Sided” environment is a developmentally appropriate environment for our young soccer players. It’s a FUN environment that focuses on the player.

These are the reasons why US Youth Soccer endorses “Small-Sided Games” for our youngest players across the board…across America.

Check out these great articles about youth soccer and its benefits:

https://activeforlife.com/7-reasons-soccer-is-essential-for-kids/

https://activeforlife.com/17-fun-things-about-playing-soccer/

http://changingthegameproject.com/the-ride-home-after-the-game/