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Updated Tuesday April 26, 2016 by Joe Camarda.

The TOP Soccer program is run by the Rocky Point boys and girls varsity coaches, Joe Camarda and Pete Costa through the Rocky Point Youth Soccer Club.

TOP Soccer 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.

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.


In 1979, the Long Island Junior Soccer League became the first formal soccer league to establish a special children's soccer program. As a result, a whole new dimension was added to the youth soccer program on Long Island, and it was all thanks to the foresight of another volunteer. To that point, soccer, like most sports, focused their energies on able-bodied, athletic kids. Enter Mike Ludin, a member of the HBC Soccer Club, and the father of a son with Downs Syndrome.

One day, at one of his brother's games, that son, Craig, ran onto the field and wanted to play. Later that night, Mike spoke to his wife about allowing Craig to play soccer. They both thought, "Why not?" Mike went on to propose a special program that would allow his son and other children with physical limitations, motor dysfunctions, and learning disabilities to play. These children needed exercise and could benefit greatly from the team building activities that soccer could provide.

Ludin received the blessing of his club, and after outlining the program and establishing a plan, he secured the help of a volunteer group that included Judie Fein, Arlene Cirella, Larry Pagliaro, Joe Lombardo, and Charlie Muller. The program was put into place. Ludin then asked LIJSL President Peter Collins if he could address the club presidents at an upcoming meeting. The message was received, and shortly thereafter there were seven clubs with similar programs, serving over 250 children.

The fields at James Allen Learning Center in Dix Hills could no longer accommodate the program. But then a woman named Marge McGory, who worked for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, informed the group about a vacant CYO camp property on Ruland Road in Melville. She received the necessary permissions, and this plot known as Marydale became the new home of the Special Children's Program. Unfortunately, the diocese was later forced to sell off the land, forcing the program to find a new home.

Collins went to County Executive Tom Gulotta to ask for a piece of county property to house the special children's program. A section of land in Plainview on the old Nassau County Services property was provided, and that plot continues to serve as the home of the program today.

However, Ludin was not done. He approached the NYS Special Olympics Committee in an effort to gain recognition for the program. The committee agreed to include soccer as part of the state program, and Werner Roth, former NY Cosmos captain and past Chairman of the US Special Olympics program helped train many of the coaches. Today, staff coaches continue to be trained by Special Olympics guidelines, and several teams have taken part in the Empire State Special Olympics.

Ludin retired as chairperson in 1987, and the reins were handed to Ann Marie Toth, who continues to run the program along with her husband Kal.

The program was given the name TOP Soccer due to its affiliation with the USYSA, and now 17 clubs are currently running a TOP Soccer program. What's even better is that the young boy who ran on the field over 30 years ago is still participating in the TOP Soccer program!

2018 SPRING- Little Groundhogs Ages 3 & 4

Registration closes in 2 days

The Little Groundhogs (Pre - Kindergarten)
Contact Information: Katie Trentowski

For Boys and girls 3 and 4 years of age (Pre - Kindergarten) play in our Little groundhogs Division. If your child turns 5 years old and is still in Pre-K they can play in our Little Eagles division with Kindergarten players if you feel they can handle the next level.

They play, three a side soccer with no goal keepers. The field size is 20 x 30 yards. Volunteer parents/coaches are required on the field to help, guide and encourage the youngsters. A number 3 size ball is used at this age level.

10-Week Skills Practice and Games: Saturday's Only from 12:00 - 12:50 p.m. at FJC School

*** Skills Practice will be from 12:00-12:20 ***

*** Games will start immediately after the skills practice at 12:20-12:50 ***

*** Little Groundhog Registration Fee:$50.00 ***


THIS UNIFORM WILL BE USED FROM SEASON TO SEASON AND LASTS UNTIL YOUR CHILD GROWS OUT OF IT. If the uniform fits your child from last season you do not need to buy a new uniform.

2018 Spring Pre-Travel

Registration closes in 9 days

The Pre-Travel Program (U7 and U8 – 1ST & 2ND Grades)
Rocky Point Pre-Travel Program is a teaching program, intended to teach children the rules and skills of soccer, and to enable them to enjoy playing the game in an organized way.
The Pre-Travel Program is for boys and girls who want DO NOT want to play in our Intramural Program and wish travel to play against other local teams from other soccer clubs.
All pre-travel teams are required to have tryouts at the end of every seasonal year.
Practice: Once or Twice During the Week (coaches decision)
Games: Saturday’s
Registration Fee: $125.00

2018 Spring Travel Registration

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Rocky Point Youth Soccer Club Travel Program

The mission of the Rocky Point Youth Soccer Club - Travel Division is to provide all Point School District Students the opportunity to play soccer at the highest level commensurate with their individual ability, potential, and interest.

Rocky Point Youth Soccer Club offers a Travel soccer program in association with the Long Island Junior Soccer League. Travel teams are fielded from ages U9 through U19. The Long Island Junior Soccer League's travel soccer program encompasses all levels of competition on a division system. Divisions are set by geography in the younger age groups with travel distances most likely increasing as teams get older.

All travel teams are required to have tryouts at the end of every seasonal year. All age-eligible children are invited to tryout, with trainers and coaches choosing players based on roster limits (set by LIJSL) as well as skill level, team spirit and hard work. If a child does not make a travel team in a given seasonal year, they are more than welcome to take part in our Interleague program and tryout the following year. Roster limits vary by age group, so as the players get older there is a need for more players on travel rosters - which makes the Interleague program a great feeder program to our travel teams.

Depending on team goals, additional expenses for training, tournaments and off-season leagues may be required. It is suggested that you inquire with the coach at tryouts to find out what additional expenses will be necessary.

On-Line Registration

Registration/Training fees are nonrefundable.
1. No refund of registration/training fees will be given should the participant withdraw after being registered on a team
2. The registration cannot be processed unless all sections are completed and proper payment accompanies on-line registration

Practice Players 2018

This division is for players that are not on a Travel team roster but will practice with a travel team.