TOP Soccer Program
The Special Children’s Soccer Program of the Long Island Junior Soccer League is for those children with mental and/or physical handicap conditions. This program was initiated to accommodate those children who are not able to participate in a regular or mainstream soccer activity. It provides an opportunity for that child who deviates from the average or normal child in mental, physical or social characteristics to such an extent that he or she requires modified educational practices and services in order to develop to his or her maximum capacity.
Who can participate?
As such, any child with a severe auditory or visual impairment, orthopedic handicap, behavior deviations or mental retardation would benefit from a special sports program because he or she requires a special learning environment that is directed towards identifying and remediating their physical as well as cognitive deficits. This could include cerebral dysfunctions, impulse disorders, mental retardation, Down’s syndrome, physical handicaps, learning disabilities, Epilepsy, etc.
We have a spring and fall schedule similar to the regular or mainstream soccer programs. Each seasonal schedule is made up primarily of skills sessions which are run by the individual Club. A couple of tournaments are hosted by a few of the individual Clubs during each season as well. The premise of the skills sessions is to teach the children the game of soccer while at the same time providing them with an environment that is fun and pressure free. The Spring Season usually ends with a Barbeque in June while the Fall Season finishes with an Awards Dinner in late November or early December. Since the word “loser” is not a part of the vocabulary of the Special Children’s Soccer Program, every child / player receives an award at the tournaments and the season ending events.
At present, there are thirteen Soccer Clubs on Long Island that have ongoing programs. They are: Commack Soccer League,Huntington Boys Club, Garden City, Massapequa, New Hyde Park, North Shore, Oceanside, Plainview-Old Bethpage, Sachem, Smithtown, Terryville, West Islip, and Brentwood.
Anyone who has a child / athlete who would like to join an existing Club’s Program should contact the Special Children’s Soccer Director of the Commack Soccer League: Marlene and Andy Kasman 631-499-6730 firstname.lastname@example.org.