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Tryouts
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At Bellport Soccer Club our mission is to provide a transformational youth soccer environment. A player centered environment driven by coaches and volunteers who genuinely care about the development of the player and the person for their long-term success. The majority of our teams play primarily in Suffolk County and are committed to year round practice and play. Our more competitive teams venture into Nassau and the City Boroughs for their games.

Our club will be hosting tryouts for our teams in June this year. We would like to invite any player who is looking for a competitive travel experience to register for our tryouts below, or contact Chris Day at chrisday@susaacademy.com.​​

Spring Practice Schedule
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Our Spring 2024 practice schedule starts on March 11th 2024 and continues throughout the Spring Season.

 

Practices will take place at our Practice Fields at Martha Avenue Recreation Park. You will find directions here.

 

Where Holidays or inclement weather results in practice being canceled, the club will inform you via email and/or communication through the parent administrator of the team. That being said, we practice in any conditions in which our travel games would be expected to be played - that is rain or shine.

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Bellport Soccer Club's Goalkeeper Clinic

Here are the new Goalkeeper practice dates and times for our TRAVEL Goalkeepers.

 

This clinic is for ALL TRAVEL SOCCER GOALKEEPERS and will consist of 8 1-hour sessions in age and ability appropriate sessions.

Each TRAVEL TEAM is expected to have their goalkeepers attend this clinic. Please see our schedule for dates, days and times of these sessions. New teams should seek out players that are interested in becoming a goalkeeper and have them attend this clinic to try out this position as well as improve their goalkeeping skills.

All sessions will be held at the Martha Ave Practice Fields.

If Travel players are interested in taking part in the goalkeeper sessions, they can contact Nicole Sambuco on 631-495-3287 for more information.

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Travel Game Schedule

Please see our Spring 2024 Game Schedule. Correct as of 3/7/24. 

Please note that this is subject to change. Please refer to your team's coaches for the latest game times.

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Travel Team Pricing

Pricing is split into two categories - Club Registration & Coaching/Training

Club Registration:

  • Paid once yearly in June (Payment Plans available).

Includes the following:

  • League registration for Fall and Spring

  • Cup registration for Spring

  • Player Insurance

  • Field Rental and maintenance

  • Referee fees for Fall and Spring season

  • Club maintenance and administration

Coaching/Training:

  • Paid once in the Fall season and once in the Spring season (Payment Plans available).

Includes the following:

  • Full-time coach for each team

  • All training sessions (20 - 24 per season)

  • All games (8 - 12 per season)

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Summer and Winter Training is additional for all travel players.

Travel Soccer FAQs

What does a year look like in travel soccer?

  • The travel soccer year starts with tryouts that are traditionally held in June.

  • We have summer camps and clinics available to all players, and teams also have the option of a preseason tournament to get ready for the Fall season.

  • The Fall season starts early September and runs through to late November for most teams. This will include practice twice a week and games on weekends (U9-U13 on Saturdays, U14+ on Sundays).

  • All teams traditionally attend a tournament over Columbus Weekend, often in East Islip. 

  • The Winter consists of optional practices, leagues and tournaments for our more committed teams and players. 

  • The Spring season depends on Easter/Passover break but typically runs through mid March to late June and is a regular league season that also includes cup games in a knock-out format (win and you're through to the next round, lose and you're out). During the Spring season teams will also look to take part in tournaments on Memorial Day Weekend.

  • Towards the later stages of the Spring season, tryouts will be conducted and the year will repeat with small changes as we develop our programs to help our players, teams and club grow.

How do I get uniforms? And what needs to be purchased?

Uniforms can be purchased online by clicking on our uniform link on our website. It is important that you consult with your team's manager/administrator before doing so. This is to avoid purchasing a jersey with the same number as another player. Where an age group has more than one team the A team will choose numbers followed by the B team. This will make guest playing easier and more manageable for all players, parents and coaches involved.

 

Items that need to be purchased: Our home uniform consists of navy socks, navy shorts and a navy jersey (numbered). Our away uniform consists of the same socks and shorts while our away jersey is white (numbered). This is subject to change as we are changing uniform in the summer but full details will be released in any successful tryout confirmation email.

Optional items such as a player bag is also available from the same link.

What happens at Tryouts?

  • During tryouts professional SUSA coaches, who oversee our club teams will assess and select players on their soccer abilities and efforts.

  • Where there are sufficient numbers of players, age groups may have more than one team to give as many players as possible the opportunity to play soccer at an appropriate level, but occasionally cuts have to be made.

  • Players can expect to play a series of minigames (2v2,3v3, 4v4), before playing a larger game. Coaches may also set different challenges to get a better assessment of players throughout the tryout such as speed and agility runs. 

What are travel games like?

There are 3 formats of travel soccer. 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11.

  • Our youngest travel teams (U9 & U10) will play 7v7 (with a build-out line; see attached for a basic outline of the rules for this).

  • Teams will then progress to 9v9 (U11 & U12) where punts and headers are gradually introduced (the build-out line rule is removed).

  • 11v11 is played at U13 and above. This is the regular format for soccer and as such regular FIFA rules apply with minimal adaptations. The exceptions being the duration of the game to keep it age-appropriate.

 

Travel games are typically played within Suffolk County initially, although in later years the more competitive teams can expect to travel into Nassau and on occasion into the boroughs.

What is practice like in travel soccer?

Practice is held twice a week through the Fall and Spring seasons. Each session is 1-hour 30-minutes long and is designed with age-appropriate development in mind for the players. Teams have their own sessions and players are expected to attend all of them where possible. 

What costs are involved in travel soccer?

There are two primary costs involved in travel soccer:

  • Registration cost: $350 paid annually and payment plans are available: this covers team registration to the league, insurance, field costs, referee costs etc.

  • Training Fees: $350 per season - this pays for your professional coach at all practices and games.

  • Please note: uniforms also need to be purchased and will come in at approximately $130.

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