LIJSL Club Development Day 9.23.17

Updated Sunday October 29, 2017 by POB Soccer.

On Saturday, September 23rd, LIJSL hosted the first of three League Club Development Days to be held this fall. More than 180 Under 7 and Under 8 intramural players from member clubs located in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties came together at this event in a festival-style format at the league’s Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview, NY.

“Our goal is to give the intramural players from the participating clubs a different game experience than simply playing within their own clubs,” commented LIJSL Technical Director Ronan Wiseman.

That sentiment was supported by member club representatives in attendance that day, “Club Development Days present an opportunity for our players to play soccer with friends as well as with players from other towns”, noted Joel Sklar, Executive VP of Plainview-Old Bethpage Soccer Club. “Parents get the chance to see them compete without worrying who wins and loses”, he added.

Sean Peckett, President and Director of Coaching of Queensborough United concurred, “The children get to play! They love playing the game and trying to implement the skills they have been learning at their practice sessions and the chance to test those skills against other players and teams. The children get to bond off the field between the breaks in play and form closer friendships”.

Scott Dorsey, a Kings Park Soccer Club Board member, who was attending his second Club Development Day noted, “We like how the format teaches the game from the back, how to move the ball up the field”. “Kids get more touches (on the ball) and get to see that what they’re being taught is working by using skills in these games”, he added.

Club Development Days also benefit the member club coaches in attendance. “It’s a chance for our coaches to meet other coaches. Expose ourselves to different clubs. Create positive environment”, commented Paul Kelshaw, Director of Coaching Hewlett-Lawrence Soccer Club.

Peckett of Queensborough United agreed. “For the coaches, it’s a chance to observe the children in a game setting, versus players and teams they have not faced before. The coach can see if the children are trying to practice the instructions and skills the coach has given them over the weeks of practice sessions” he added.

Wiseman put the overall objective of these league events in context by stating, "We want the intramural players to have a good experience, to initiate a love for the game, make the soccer ball their favorite toy and leave the festival wanting to come back and play again next week”.

The objective seems to have been achieved by the comments received from Meghan Knott, a coach with the Terryville Soccer Club, “I am writing on behalf of the Terryville Lady Jaguars U8 team. Thank you for a great day yesterday! It was the first "tournament like" experience for our girls and it was very positive. Thank you for all your hard work and for making this possible for the players. We will be attending another date”.  

The remaining LIJSL fall Club Development Days are Sunday, October 22nd from 3-5pm and Sunday, November 5th from 1-3pm. Both dates will be held at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview.

For more information on Club Development Days, please contact Ronan Wiseman at