President's Letter

Each spring, Commack Soccer conducts tryouts for our travel teams. As the youth soccer landscape has changed we have tried to adapt to the changes by providing all players a place to play, whether it is intramurals, travel, pre-academy travel, and academy travel. By offering these options, we strive to provide players a level of play that matches their abilities.

In our continuing effort to improve communication we have posted our Travel Tryout Guidelines and our tryout dates on our website. We have also been communicating through Facebook and Instagram. We use an automated notification system for tryout results. By using this system, we alleviate some of the delays related to forming teams in a timely manner. It is IMPERATIVE that your email address in our registration system is correct and is not a work email or a business email address. If the email address is incorrect, it will jeopardize your child’s spot on a travel roster.

Our goal as a community based soccer club is to find a place for every player to play on a team equal to that players’ skill level. We as a league accomplish this goal by offering several levels of play for all of our players, from Intramurals to the Academy Level of play.

The Board would like EVERYONE to understand that we will form as many non-Academy CSL Level Travel teams (U9 and above) as we have a sufficient number of players interested and volunteers available to form these teams. The Academy Level of play is NOT the only level of play, but an OPTION for those interested and is NOT A REQUIREMENT for everyone!

Below is a brief description of the levels of play offered by the CSL. Please keep in mind that it is ALWAYS a family decision to accept or decline a roster spot on ANY CSL team, INCLUDING an Academy Level team.

INTRAMURALS (U7-U10): For those players who do not make a travel team or do not want the commitment of training and traveling to games each week.

DEVELOPMENTAL TEAM (U8): One boys team and one girls, will be formed in June from the pool of players currently participating in the CSL Developmental Program.

TRAVEL LEVEL TEAMS (U9-U12): Teams are formed from players attending the pool tryouts conducted in June by the CSL. Players will be placed on teams based on their evaluation through the tryout process. The number of teams formed will be determined by the CSL based on the number of players attending the tryout for the age group, the skill level of the players in the age group, and the number of parent volunteers willing to become administrators for the teams. All tryouts for teams playing U13 or older age groups will have tryouts conducted by the individual teams.

Pre-ACADEMY LEVEL TEAMS (U9-U11): The top 2 teams selected in these age groups will be considered CSL “PRE-ACADEMY” teams and will play and train at a higher level. Players on these teams will be required to devote a higher level of commitment when accepting a spot on these teams. There may also be additional training and tournament expenses associated with accepting a roster spot on these teams. We encourage players to accept rosters spots on these teams at the younger age groups if offered. HOWEVER, ACCEPTING A SPOT ON THESE TEAMS IS NOT A REQUIREMENT, BUT AN INDIVIDUAL CHOICE!

U12 & OLDER TEAMS: Players at these age groups will have the opportunity to attend a SEPARATE tryout for an Academy Level Team. These Academy teams will play at the highest levels and require the highest level of commitment to training, participation in tournaments, and travel. In addition, these teams will also require a significantly higher financial commitment. The Academy Level of play should only be for those players and families who want to play at the highest levels and are willing to make a 100% commitment to playing only soccer. The Academy Level of play is NOT for everyone!

Our By-Laws state that “it shall be the object of this organization to foster, promote and advance the cause of junior soccer.”

We as a Board are confident by offering players every option to play at their desired skill and commitment level, we can and will accomplish this task.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we strive to promote youth soccer in Commack.

Sincerely,

Bill Quinan

President

Commack Soccer League