Some 10,000 soccer parents, players and fans are expected to attend the 36th Annual Long Island Junior Soccer League convention at the Huntington Hilton in Melville this weekend.
The event runs from Friday through Sunday on the hotel on Route 110.
The convention kicks off at 7 p.m. with the annual awards dinner as the volunteer of the year from LIJSL clubs will be honored as well as the three newest inductees into the LIJSL Hall of Fame. Joe Camarda of the Rocky Point Soccer Club, Theresa Dawes of the Terryville Soccer Club and Bessie Lamonica of Oceanside United will be inducted into the Hall. Attending a few of the dinners in the past decade has been Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), who has lauded LIJSL volunteers every time he has come as the senator knows all about their importance since his daughter played in the LIJSL.
At 7 p.m. Saturday in Salon D, the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame will honor its seven newest Hall of Famers: Ron Antanasio and Bobby Auletta (both from Oceanside United), Ron Eden (Brentwood), Alain Maca (Massapequa), Dan McCrudden and John McCrudden (both from Kings Park) and Chris Tyson (Northport).
Although there is a fee for attending both dinners, admission to the rest of the LIJSL Convention is free. Throughout the day on Saturday and on Sunday morning, there will be LIJSL Sportsmanship Award presentations, meetings for club presidents, coaches and volunteers plus coaches and referee clinics and a market place to purchase soccer gear and items.
• Advanced Technical Training: Passing and Receiving. The importance of good technique, especially when it comes to fundamentals. Presented by LIJSL player development program clinician Bart Polster. At 9 a.m. Saturday in Salon D. To guarantee a seat, click here to register: http://www.lijsoccer.com/configure/uploads/1518025055Demonstrationsignup.pdf
• W.I.N. For Youth Coaches and Parents. Find out What’s Important Now in today’s youth soccer in an enlightening look at deciphering what’s relevant and pressing for youth players. Presented by longtime youth coach Vince Ganzberg, who served as director of coaching education for Indiana soccer from 2001 to 2011. At 10 a.m. on Saturday in the Heckscher Room.
• American Red Cross CPR/AED Training. Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Mattituck Room. To register, click here: http://www.lijsoccer.com/configure/uploads/1517427758CPRregistration.pdf
• Improving Soccer IQ Through Player-Centered Environments. Highlights activities that give the problem-solving back to the players for improved learning and engagement. Presented by Bryan Alcantara, manager of coaching education for the Red Bulls. At 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Salon D. To guarantee a seat, click here to register: http://www.lijsoccer.com/configure/uploads/1518025055Demonstrationsignup.pdf
• Speed of Play in the Modern Game. Pure speed, technical speed and mental speed will all be demonstrated. Presented by LIJSL director of coaching education John Fitzgerald. At noon Saturday in Salon D. To guarantee a seat, click here to register: http://www.lijsoccer.com/configure/uploads/1518025055Demonstrationsignup.pdf
• A bilingual College Forum (English/Spanish) for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The expert panel will talk about what every parent and player needs to know, including NCAA requirements, financial aid packages plus picking the college that’s right for you! From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Salon D.
• United Soccer Coaches 4v4 Diploma, a three-hour course designed for those who will be coaching youth soccer players from 4 to 10 years of age. From 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday in Salon D. To register, click here:http://www.lijsoccer.com/configure/uploads/15174276774v4Course.pdf
For more information about the 36th Annual LIJSL Convention, contact the league at 631-648-9020 or log on to www.lijsoccer.com