The West Islip Soccer Club was founded in 1976, as a volunteer non-profit organization. At that time there were only a handful of teams. Now we have over 1,000 families and 1,500 soccer players. We play at the Manetuck, Bayview, Udall Rd, Beach St, Higbie Center and High School fields on Saturday and Sunday. The league continues to operate as a volunteer organization and is made up of several divisions as described below. New parent info can be found here.
Understanding age groups
An age group is usually expressed starting with the letter B (for Boys) or G (for Girls), followed by the letter U (for Under) and then the age. So BU6, means Boys Under 6 years of age as of January 1st.
Interleague players are registered with the West Islip Soccer Club. The Interleague game schedules are run by Suffolk Soccer Interleague, and Interleague teams travel to other area soccer clubs to play their teams but are not considered Travel teams.
Confusing? Only a little.
At the older age levels (U11 and above) there may not be enough registered players to fill out a complete in-house age division. There are other area soccer clubs with the same situation. As a result, the West Islip Soccer Club and the other area clubs participate in Suffolk County Interleague, a program that takes these teams and puts them in age appropriate divisions. And due to the participation of the various clubs, the program requires the teams to travel the relatively short distances to nearby clubs.
The Interleague program is run as a recreational program in that no season standings are kept. In fact Suffolk Soccer Interleague also refers to the matches played as scheduled scrimmages instead of games.
Since the teams from the local area clubs will have varying levels of ability it is possible that during the scrimmages that one team could dominate. So that such a situation doesn't get out of control during these matches the Suffolk Soccer Interleague has a guideline that it refers to as the Five Goal Rule. This guideline has presented some confusion amoung the Interleague coaches. On its website the Suffolk Soccer Interleague discusses the intent of its Five Goal Rule.
For additional information on the InterLeague program go the the Suffolk Soccer InterLeague websitewww.suffolksoccer.org
Commitment is key on a travel team. Travel teams work hard to advance their skills and knowledge of the game. Playing other clubs travel teams makes for fun and provides a competitive atmosphere. Travel teams typically range from under-10 years old (U-10) through under-17 years old (U-17).
Academy teams are for the U-9 age boys and girls who desire to play soccer in a more competitive setting. The academy teams are formed in addition to the regular intramural teams. The academy program gives players the opportunity to play extra soccer.
The West Islip Soccer Club is pleased to provide a program for children with Special Needs. Many children with physical or mental disabilities will now have the opportunity to participate in soccer in a program that will enable them to play and progress at their own level. The program is designed for any children in the West Islip or neighboring communities with Special Needs.
We play each week for approximately 1 hour. Each session consists of two parts. The first half hour is spent conducting drills and mini games to teach the various soccer skills such as kicking, passing and shooting, as well as promoting teamwork by working with other children. The second half hour is a game/scrimmage. We split the children up each week based on age and ability and play a non-competitive game. There is no score kept and every team wins.
Please contact Ron or Gayle Maginniss if you have any questions at (631)587-1873 or at HighFlyers@optonline.net
Volunteers: The success of the program has been the participation of volunteers to help throughout the session. If you are in High School or know someone who is that would be willing to come down and help out these very special kids, please give us a call. Our Soccer Buddies help the children in a variety of ways, from assisting with the drills to helping individual players with a particular skill. For those seeking community service opportunities, a letter of accreditation will be provided.