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#179948 - 08/08/16 02:53 PM Girls 2025 - 4th Grade Fall 2016/ Summer 2017  
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It's the start of the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 season. Use this thread for your posts regarding this age group

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#180536 - 08/10/16 10:39 PM Re: Girls 2025 - 4th Grade Fall 2016/ Summer 2017 [Re: TommyM]  

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How are the Liberty?

#180969 - 08/14/16 08:39 AM Re: Girls 2025 - 4th Grade Fall 2016/ Summer 2017 [Re: Anonymous]  

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How are the Liberty?


No one knows. First year for this age group and tryouts haven't happened yet.

#181835 - 08/20/16 07:14 AM Re: Girls 2025 - 4th Grade Fall 2016/ Summer 2017 [Re: TommyM]  

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I attended 2025 tryouts for two teams on Saturday & Tuesday. Both had impressive setups with flags, tents, and general aurora of professional organizations who are trying to justify their lofty fees, but one did a much better job in my opinion evaluating players and essentially selling themselves.

The program that identifies itself with letters ran creative age appropriate drills which were interactive and fun for the girls and allowed everyone to get multiple touches to show their strengths and developmental opportunities. They took teaching moments where appropriate and overall I was impressed with the level of energy at the event.

The Team that identifies itself with numbers ran more standard drills and scrimmages which were plagued with girls being partnered with players of varying skills levels and the common theme at every level or program of girls only passing to the friends/town teammates. The college aged (maybe HS?) “coaches” were sitting on the ground talking amongst themselves in a circle rather than participating in the workouts/evaluations. Not here to bash this particular team at all, as my daughter attended some of their events this past year and I was always impressed with their approach and attention to the kids. It was also very hot that day so who knows.

That all said based on simple math and economics no one is being turned away from either program, but it was an interesting observation.

#182996 - 08/26/16 01:58 PM Re: Girls 2025 - 4th Grade Fall 2016/ Summer 2017 [Re: Anonymous]  

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Well dont be fooled by the tryout. Many kids/parents were not at all happy with as you called it the 'letters program" and left this past year. The 2023 team was stuck with spring practices all during the same times as their PAL games. (Sunday Mornings), and when asked to please rectify the issue, the parents were told sorry this is when the practices are going to be and we cant change them. Never once was one of those 6-8 practices run with more than 5 kids. They only cared about filling their practice quota and justifying their fees. I wont get into any other issues there, but I learned my lesson the hard way when I realized it was really for the love of the 'green' not the game! The tryouts are the pinnacle there, trust me.

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#184040 - 08/31/16 02:42 PM Re: Girls 2025 - 4th Grade Fall 2016/ Summer 2017 [Re: TommyM]  

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Does Spallina really really show up at all practices and tournaments..I'm hearing mixed reviews? We have a 2025 child

#184062 - 08/31/16 03:34 PM Re: Girls 2025 - 4th Grade Fall 2016/ Summer 2017 [Re: Anonymous]  

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
Does Spallina really really show up at all practices and tournaments..I'm hearing mixed reviews? We have a 2025 child


No. 1 or 2 practices but he was coaching his sons team at other end of the field. Only shows up to one game of one tournament. Very little coaching taking place. Different coaches at different practices and tournaments. Goalie and spallina's daughter allowed to Show up when convenient. YJ came 2nd to their 91 team so they were no shows to a lot of practices and tourneys.

#184414 - 09/01/16 04:16 PM Re: Girls 2025 - 4th Grade Fall 2016/ Summer 2017 [Re: TommyM]  

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
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Does Spallina really really show up at all practices and tournaments..I'm hearing mixed reviews? We have a 2025 child


No. 1 or 2 practices but he was coaching his sons team at other end of the field. Only shows up to one game of one tournament. Very little coaching taking place. Different coaches at different practices and tournaments. Goalie and spallina's daughter allowed to Show up when convenient. YJ came 2nd to their 91 team so they were no shows to a lot of practices and tourneys.


Spallina isn't going to have any interest in this team until the talent improves. He's not going to bother with kids who can't catch - which is half the team. He ran the first practice and saw what he needed to see.

#188590 - 10/07/16 10:14 AM Re: Girls 2025 - 4th Grade Fall 2016/ Summer 2017 [Re: Anonymous]  

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Any update on the Liberty 2025 team ?

#197605 - 12/02/16 09:58 AM Re: Girls 2025 - 4th Grade Fall 2016/ Summer 2017 [Re: TommyM]  

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I think the evaluators may have a difficult time finding the diamonds in the rough for their '25 YJ team last night. SO MANY girls and such a small space. Seemed to me they were content to just keep the two teams they have and collect fees from those coming over from other teams or simply trying to make the team for the first time. Fingers crossed but... like I said, crowded and small venue... Any other thoughts from anyone on the tryout?

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#197621 - 12/02/16 11:42 AM Re: Girls 2025 - 4th Grade Fall 2016/ Summer 2017 [Re: Anonymous]  

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
I think the evaluators may have a difficult time finding the diamonds in the rough for their '25 YJ team last night. SO MANY girls and such a small space. Seemed to me they were content to just keep the two teams they have and collect fees from those coming over from other teams or simply trying to make the team for the first time. Fingers crossed but... like I said, crowded and small venue... Any other thoughts from anyone on the tryout?



Fingers crossed? Why?
Why get into that mess...look for alternative programs that will teach and not play the politic game

#197629 - 12/02/16 12:21 PM Re: Girls 2025 - 4th Grade Fall 2016/ Summer 2017 [Re: Anonymous]  

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
I think the evaluators may have a difficult time finding the diamonds in the rough for their '25 YJ team last night. SO MANY girls and such a small space. Seemed to me they were content to just keep the two teams they have and collect fees from those coming over from other teams or simply trying to make the team for the first time. Fingers crossed but... like I said, crowded and small venue... Any other thoughts from anyone on the tryout?



Fingers crossed? Why?
Why get into that mess...look for alternative programs that will teach and not play the politic game


Diamonds in 4th grade? I have news for you some of those standouts will be left in the dust by the time they hit 7th grade. Go find a program with the best possible coaching and development opportunities. If in a few years if you have talent the top teams will find her and make room.

#197633 - 12/02/16 12:34 PM Re: Girls 2025 - 4th Grade Fall 2016/ Summer 2017 [Re: TommyM]  

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Tried out and made igloo and liked the coaching but then they bait and switched and were combing 25/26 and practicing in western nassau not in Syosset. would've liked to have been there, maybe in the future. THAT is why fingers are crossed she makes the team so has a place to play this spring/summer. Any other suggestions are welcome.

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Originally Posted by Anonymous

Tried out and made igloo and liked the coaching but then they bait and switched and were combing 25/26 and practicing in western nassau not in Syosset. would've liked to have been there, maybe in the future. THAT is why fingers are crossed she makes the team so has a place to play this spring/summer. Any other suggestions are welcome.


They will make as many teams as possible based on the number that accept. She will definitely make a team. Whether it's money we'll spend will be another story.

#197649 - 12/02/16 01:47 PM Re: Girls 2025 - 4th Grade Fall 2016/ Summer 2017 [Re: Anonymous]  

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
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I think the evaluators may have a difficult time finding the diamonds in the rough for their '25 YJ team last night. SO MANY girls and such a small space. Seemed to me they were content to just keep the two teams they have and collect fees from those coming over from other teams or simply trying to make the team for the first time. Fingers crossed but... like I said, crowded and small venue... Any other thoughts from anyone on the tryout?



Fingers crossed? Why?
Why get into that mess...look for alternative programs that will teach and not play the politic game


Diamonds in 4th grade? I have news for you some of those standouts will be left in the dust by the time they hit 7th grade. Go find a program with the best possible coaching and development opportunities. If in a few years if you have talent the top teams will find her and make room.


Not true at all. Very little movement between teams even on YJ's. Also, 85% of the girls on the top team will stay there till 2025.

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