The Glen Cove Junior Soccer League Intramural Program objectives are for all players to participate equally, for everyone to have fun, and for everyone to improve his or her soccer skills in a safe and positive environment. The intention is to have play be as non-competitive as possible. Specifically, the League does not keep standings in our Intramural Programs. Teams are coached by parent volunteers. Most of the players are from Glen Cove, but there are no restrictions and many players join our program from surrounding communities. We have two intramural seasons.
The Spring Intramural Program runs for eight weeks starting in April. Begun as an alternative for children not playing baseball, the program has grown in popularity and has approximately 300 players each year. The games and other activities are only on Sundays. While some teams have a practice during the week, most do not in keeping with the relaxed “Sunday afternoon pick-up game” intention of the Spring Program. The program is offered at the playing fields of one of the schools of the Glen Cove School District.
We offer a “Tiny Tots” session for children who will attend Kindergarten the next fall. This is a group session that lasts one hour with frequent water breaks. The Program is run by youth soccer training professionals and is geared to familiarize these youngest of players with soccer concepts. There is no organized competition and the session consists of a series of games to build individual skills. Parents are welcome to drift on and off the field with their child. The intention is to prepare the children for participation in our Fall Kindergarten Program which features small sided games. All equipment is provided except for shin guards which are required and cleats which are optional. Players receive a soccer jersey.
Children currently in grades K-4 are organized into teams and play one game each Sunday lasting about one hour. The teams are mixed, boys and girls, and grouped by grade. Players receive a full uniform (shirt, shorts, and socks) and are required to wear their own shin guards. Cleats are optional and recommended.
Children in grades 5-7 can attend a soccer skills clinic each Sunday for 90 minutes. This skills program is run by professional youth soccer trainers. The first half of the session involves individual skill building activities. The second half of the session is a ‘pick-up game’. Ad hoc (different each week) teams are formed from the participants and then an informal game is played with the trainers on the field. Players receive a soccer jersey and are required to wear their own shin guards. Cleats are optional and recommended.
The Fall Program runs for seven weeks starting in the middle of September to the first week in November. Players are eligible if they are currently in Kindergarten through 9th grade. Approximately 400 children participate each year. Except for Kindergarten (see below), each team has one game on Saturday and a second game one evening during the week. Most teams will also practice once per week, especially at the start of the season. All games are played at Glen Cove City Stadium. The players are grouped by grade and boys and girls play in separate divisions. For all players in Grades 1 through 3, a one hour session with professional youth soccer trainers is provided directly before their game on Saturday. The training is focused on teaching individual ball handling skills.
Children currently in Kindergarten meet each Saturday for one hour (no game during the week). One half of the Saturday session is skills training provided by professional youth soccer trainers. In the other half of the hour an informal small sided game is played against another Kindergarten team. The game is typically 3 vs. 3 with a parent/coach on the field with the young players.
All players receive a full uniform (shirt, shots, and socks) and are required to wear their own shin guards. Cleats are optional and recommended.
The Fall Intramural season ends in an all day round robin style tournament. Each team plays three short games. For this single day in the season scores are recorded and standings are kept. The two most successful teams in each division meet for a final game. All players receive a participation trophy with additional awards for Sportsmanship and to the winners of each division final.
The Glen Cove Junior Soccer League intramural referee program is for individuals aged 13 and older. You must register online and have an email address to participate. Registration does not guarantee acceptance. Space in the program is limited and all applicants must attend two mandatory training sessions to qualify for the program.
All returning referees must register online and attend the mandatory training to qualify for the Fall season.