Petro Club Weeks: Sound Beach Soccer Club
September 29, 2014 | by Ken Ilchuk
Within the Sound Beach Soccer Club, the individual is very important – individual skills, individual ability level, and an individual player’s level of interest are all considered and then worked into an ideal team environment that puts a focus on fun, learning, and competition. The club’s mission statemtn covers it all:
SBSC is committed to creating a fun, learning environment for all kids where they can develop their individual soccer skills, be challenged yet not overwhelmed, and be competitive on the teams for which they play. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for players to play at the highest level commensurate with individual ability, potential and interest.
The club accomplishes this by implementing and maintaining multiple programs that accommodate all ability levels and closely follow the philosophy and guidelines of the US Soccer Federation’s Best Coaching Practices.
On Saturday mornings, the North Country Road Middle School in Miller Place plays host to the SBSC Intramural Program. Intramurals run for eight to nine weeks over the fall and spring seasons in three different age groups; Pee Wees (4-5 year olds), Juniors (6-7), and Intermediates (8-10). The program features small sided games that are combined with technical training. The focus is clearly on skill development over game play.
The goal of the Developmental Program is to provide a more competitive environment that is an intermediate phase of play between intramural and travel soccer, introducing eight and nine-year olds to the concepts they will be introduced to in U10 travel soccer. Skill development and decision-making on the field are still the focus, but players begin to learn how to apply those skills to game situations without focusing on wins and losses.
The focus continues to be on skill development as players head towards the travel program. Young pre-travel players take part in the Suffolk Developmental Program, which is currently organized and run by SBSC, and the club has hired a full time Director of Coaching, moving to a trainer based team structure for their U8-U12 and new teams.
The Travel Program strives to provide a more competitive environment that is an advanced phase of play after developmental soccer starting at the U10 level. This level of play is geared to players with a higher level of commitment than developmental soccer. With 27 registered teams, Sound Beach SC is becoming one of the fastest growing clubs in the LIJSL. And they have been no stranger to success. Last season, SBSC’s two U10 girls’ teams (the Stars and Fury), met in the finals of the LI Cup, and over the past few years, the club has sent numerous players on to play in college at places like Oneonta, Dowling, Chestnut Hill, Iona, Mary Washington, Southern Connecticut, Oswego, Molloy, Florida Gulf Coast, and Dickinson.
With all of those programs excelling on the field, the fact is there’s probably just as much going on off the field. You’ve probably read about the club’s fight against Immunodeficiency disease in the name of 12-year old goalkeeper Vincent Maronski. Last season the club also ran an AED course, certifying 25 coaches in CPR and AED. They have a scholarship program, awarding a financial gift each year to two graduating seniors (one boy and one girl), they run annual equipment collections and food drives for local charities, and high school aged players are encouraged to serve as mentors and trainers for the club’s younger teams are part of a focus on community service.
With a dedication to development and excellence on the field, and a mission of building character and community spirit off it, Sound Beach has established itself as a model Long Island Junior Soccer League club.