What is Winter Select?
The Long Island Rough Riders Select is a 10-week youth team development program that includes weekly training and tournament competition for players aged U7 to U18.
The select program is broken into Winter select and Summer select (Both 10-weeks) and is supplemental to a player’s primary club team. This program is designed to provide quality training and competition in between the fall and spring seasons. The training follows a comprehensive 10-week curriculum with its sole purpose to provide a fun yet competitive training environment for players to progress and develop the various soccer skillsets.
Teams train once per week with an assigned professional Rough Rider coach to provide quality instruction in a competitive environment for the committed player. Training is geared toward developing the technical, tactical, physical and mental/social elements of the game.
How does the trial process work?
All players must attend a trial or Rough Rider program to be evaluated prior to joining the program. Players will trial on an individual basis in small groups of a similar age and ability. Trial participants will receive an email regarding their acceptance into the program within 7-10 days of the trial date. This email will state whether your child has been accepted into the Select program or if we feel another Rough Rider program is better suited.
Are there additional trials or make-ups?
We ask that all interested players do their upmost to attend the initial trial date to ensure that we have an opportunity to complete the evaluation process prior to the program start date. If you have any difficulty attending any of the trial dates listed, please email email@example.com with your child’s name, age group and the preferred program and we will contact you regarding an alternate trial date.
How many players make a team?
We have no set number of players who make a team. Teams are generally comprised of 14-25 members and each team is assigned 1 or 2 professional Rough Rider coaches as necessary. If there is a need to make a second team within an age group, we will look to do so.
What costs are associated with the program?
Approximate costs are broken down as follows:
Training, Facility, and Program Fees – Winter: $375 | Summer: $450 (Includes a 4-day team camp)
Uniform Cost – $50 (Approx.)
Tournament Costs contain entry fee + coaching fees (approx. $150-$200/day) divided amongst the total number of players attending the tournament. The per player cost for a tournament is approximately $40-70 per tournament.
When and where do teams practice?
Practice will take place during the Winter at one of our indoor facilities located across Nassau and Suffolk Counties. We primarily use Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds in Wheatley Heights (near Melville, Suffolk) or Globall Sports Center in Garden City as our main practice locations.
During the Summer our Select teams practice at one of our outdoor facilities located across Nassau and Suffolk Counties. We primarily use the LIJSL Soccer Park in Plainview as our main practice location.
Our Winter Select program usually takes place Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday morning. Our Summer Select usually takes place on weeknights, primarily Mondays & Tuesdays.
A tentative training schedule is published on the Select homepage on our website in the lead up to a program start date. Once the trial process has been completed we will confirm the training schedule for all teams. While specific training requests cannot be honored, we do our best to avoid as many programming conflicts as possible.
Program Facility Locations:
Globall Sports Center, Garden City | Mitchel Gymnasium, Garden City |
Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, Wheatley Heights
LIJSL Soccer Park, Plainview
Program dates (10 sessions – Training is once per week for 10-weeks):
Winter: Early December through early March
Summer: Early June through mid-August
Select teams will participate in local and regional tournaments as a form of competition. Team head coaches are provided a list of potential tournaments to enter teams which they will communicate to the team around the program start date to gauge interest/availability before committing to a tournament. Our aim is to provide each player with the opportunity to participate in at least 2 tournaments throughout the duration of the program. Tournament rosters will be created based on player availability. Player availability does not guarantee selection. Tournament selections may change due to coach/trainer/player availability. We also have the ability to add/combine with other players from our various Rough Rider programs and player pool. Tournament cost will include the tournament fee + coaching fee / total players participating.