(LONG ISLAND, NY) The Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) will host its 32nd annual convention on Saturday, March 8th and Sunday, March 9th at the Hilton Huntington Hotel in Melville. One of the largest and longest running events of its’ kind in the United States, the LIJSL Convention features numerous soccer-related activities and workshops, coaching courses, CPR and AED training, sportsmanship award presentations, a college forum for high school players, and an exhibition hall with over 60 vendors.
Over 8,000 players, coaches, parents, and fans are expected to be in attendance during the course of the weekend. Doors open at 9:00 am on Saturday, March 8th. The exhibition hall and all of Sunday’s events will end by 1:00 pm. Admission is free throughout the weekend.
The weekend will be filled with numerous events and activities. The details of each are outlined as follows:
LIJSL VOLUNTEER AWARDS DINNER (Friday, March 7th, 7:00 pm-11:00 pm, Ballroom): The weekend unofficially kicks off on Friday night with the annual Volunteer Awards dinner. The LIJSL honors their Hall of Fame class as well as Volunteer of the Year honorees from member clubs.
COACHING “D” COURSE (Saturday, March 8th, 9 am-1 pm, Mattituck Room): The Long Island Junior Soccer League “D” Course is a four hour course designed for those who will be coaching youth soccer players from 4 to 10 years of age. Participants learn the proper methodology in teaching youth players who may be exposed to soccer for the first time.
WORKSHOP-CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT (Saturday, March 8th, 1:30 pm, Eisenhower Room): Moderated by Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association Risk Management Director Jim Eleftherion, the course is focused on helping coaches, parents, and others involved with youth soccer avoid dangerous game situations that can lead to potential head injury, and recognizing and treating the symptoms of a concussion when they do occur. Participants receive a Heads Up course completion certificate, which will be required for all ENYYSA coaches and parents beginning September 2014.
WORKSHOP-TOP 5 COACHING TECHNIQUES TO FOSTER PLAYER PSYCHOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT (Saturday, March 8th, 11:00 am, Eisenhower Room): Moderated by Amanda Ferranti of Ferranti Empowerment & Mental Skills Consulting, this interactive workshop is meant to help coaches and parents develop new ways of incorporating psychological development into your existing training plans and make them part of your everyday conversation. The workshop will also identify the psychological components of sport and the mental skills that help athletes succeed.
WORKSHOP-DEVELOPING MENTAL TOUGHNESS FOR SOCCER (Saturday, March 8th, 1:00 pm, Salon D): The workshop will discuss how to teach and develop mental skills that can help young athletes reach optimal performance, and apply them specifically to the game of soccer. The moderator will be Dr. Shawn Arent, a professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies at Rutgers University, and a member of the national staff for the US Soccer Federation.
WORKSHOP-THE CAR RIDE HOME (Sunday, March 9th, 11:00 am, Eisenhower Room): This workshop is an interactive discussion on identifying effective ways to communicate with young players and foster confidence and success in our youngsters. The discussion will also include how to establish expectations, set manageable goals, communicate, and focus on positive parts of their game. Moderated by Amanda Ferranti of Ferranti Empowerment & Mental Skills Consulting.
COLLEGE FORUM (Saturday, March 8th, 2:30 pm-4:30 pm, Salon D): This forum is for all interested high school sophomores and juniors and their families. A panel of college coaches, players and soccer parents discuss NCAA requirements, financial aid, and finding the right college. Spanish translation available.
SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM AWARDS (Throughout the weekend): The Long Island Junior Soccer League’s Sportsmanship program was the brainchild of Rocco Amoroso in the early 1980’s and is the first program of its kind, not just in the world of youth soccer, but in youth sports the world over. Sportsmanship award winning teams from the Fall 2013 season will be honored at ceremonies taking place by age group throughout the weekend.
VOLUNTEER RECEPTION (Saturday, March 8th, 5:00 pm-10:00 pm, Savoy Room): Sponsored by adidas, Eurosport and Modell’s Sporting Goods, the Volunteer Reception will take place from 5-9 pm on Saturday, March 8th. All LIJSL volunteers are welcome. Must be 21or older to attend.
LONG ISLAND SOCCER PLAYER HALL OF FAME AWARDS DINNER (Saturday, March 8th, 7:30 pm, Salon D): The 2nd annual Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony features a class of six inductees who have made an impact at the youth, high school, college, and professional level, both as players and coaches. This year’s list of inductees includes Sara Whalen (Hess) (USWNT, NY Power) from Northport, Sue Ryan (Head Coach StonyBrook University Women’s Soccer), also from Northport, Michael Collins (ASL, NY Arrows), Jackie Shannon (Hicksville HS, Fordham University All-America) and Ritchie Kotchau (MLS, USMNT) from Hicksville, and Dominic Pedone (Mineola-Portuguese SC, Portugal Pro League) from Glen Cove Soccer Club. Media access to all honorees will be available.
CPR/AED CERTIFICATION CLASS (Sunday, March 9th, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Mattituck Room): Long Island Care Group, Inc. is conducting a CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training course for both adults and children. The course is approximately three hours long and participants who complete the course will receive American Red Cross certification.
SOCCER EQUIPMENT COLLECTION/DONATION (Throughout the weekend, Hargraves Room): On March 8th and 9th, the league will be collecting used cleats, balls, and team uniforms to benefit disadvantaged children in Bolivia and Honduras will take place in the Hargraves Room on Saturday the 8th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and on Sunday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. For more information call Gina Titus at 631-872-7979.
EXHIBIT HALL: Over 60 vendors will show their wares throughout the weekend.