By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
March 27, 2018-The Eastern New York Young Olympians/Red Bulls Program was created through a partnership between the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) and the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer. The program provides Eastern New York’s 11 affiliated youth leagues the opportunity to send its best players to train in the Eastern New York/Red Bulls program, providing a connection between Eastern New York and its more than 100,000 local players, and the New York Red Bull Youth Programs.
The Young Olympians Program, designed specifically for boys and girls born in 2008, is for players preparing for the Eastern New York Olympic Development Program (ODP). Kids will be selected for the multi-session program after two initial tryout sessions and will wear the blue-and-white Eastern New York ODP uniform with a Red Bulls logo on the right sleeve. The Young Olympians program will focus on improving the player’s technical ability and tactical awareness while exposing players and parents to US Youth Soccer’s ODP environment.
“I am actually thrilled to be partnering with a pro organization like the Red Bulls who have a proven track record in developing young players. Several of their Academy players are now on their first team, including Tyler Adams who grew up playing in the East Hudson Youth Soccer League,” commented Eastern New York ODP Chairperson Jim Volpe. “Eastern New York ODP is all about creating pathways for players to develop, whether it’s a pathway to college or even on to the professional ranks.”
The program is accessible by tryout only (x2) and operates April through August (Spring/Summer). Selected players will take part in weekly training sessions in the spring conducted by New York Red Bulls coaching staff. During the summer, players will be invited to participate in exclusive week-long residential camps. The program, located regionally in five locations throughout Long Island, Staten Island, the rest of New York City and the Hudson Valley, provides an easily accessible training hub for regional players. The program is supplemental, which means players continue with their existing travel teams, while also training with the Eastern New York Young Olympians Program. To be eligible for the program, players must be registered with an Eastern New York member club.
In this its inaugural season, the program will be offered for both boys and girls in the Under-10 age group (2008). Year two of the program will see a further expansion into the Under-11 age group (2008 and 2009) as well.
Please reference the below list regarding recommended training locations by region.
1. Suffolk County – Westbrook Soccer Complex, South Country Road, Great River, NY 11739
2. Nassau County – Peter Collins Soccer Park, 1425 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY 11803
3. New York City – Reinhart Field on the campus of SUNY Maritime, 6 Pennyfield Avenue, Bronx, NY 10465
4. Staten Island – Owl Hollow Soccer Complex, 1757 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, NY 10312
5. Hudson Valley – East Fishkill Soccer Fields, 1925 NY-52 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Note: Players must tryout at their preferred training locations.
Dates of Tryouts: (All Locations)
• April 8 (first tryout)
• April 15 (callback – 2nd tryout) Sunday evenings
o Approx. 4:00 – 5:30 pm for Boys U10
o Approx. 5:30 - 7:00 pm for Girls U10
• Hudson Valley – East Fishkill location will operate 2pm-7pm
o Approx. 2:00 - 4:30 pm for Boys U10
o Approx. 4:30 – 7:00 pm for Girls U10
• There is a tryout fee ($35). This is to ensure all players who register are serious about wanting to participate in the program.
• Players who pass through Tryout 1 will be called back for Tryout 2. (April 15)
For more info, please contact the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association office at 516-766-0849.
With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.