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Smithtown is pretty good overall as a club, but a little inconsistent from team to team. Good teams are really good, bad teams are really bad. The NPL league they play in (through their affiliation with East Meadow) got hit the hardest by the introduction of the GDA. Clubs like PDA and FC Stars that were notoriously strong in ECNL and NE NPL, are fielding a 3rd team (GDA) in each age group now, which means for a lot of clubs-the top NPL players moved to ECNL (or GDA in some cases). They also only had a 3 year contract with EMSC which runs out this year or next, so they may renew or strike out on their own and play EDP or Region 1.

Susa is similar to Smithtown in the "hit or miss", except the good teams are very, very good and the bad teams are more middle of the pack. The NPL league they play in wasn't hit as hard by the intro of GDA and last year they had 3 teams win their league and play in Nationals-1was National champion, 1 was National finalist, 1 was National semi-finalist. They also sent a team to the National Cup, who finished as a finalist. There are well sourced rumors that the club is moving up a notch as far as league, but it hasn't been announced yet, so we'll see.Problem is because of the size of the club, it can sometimes feel factory-esque and if your kid is not on the A or B team, it's definitely not worth the cost.

Stonybrook is a little bit of a dead end. Their crown jewel is Sue Ryan, former Stonybrook University coach and ODP trainer, but her methods are outdated and tired and she's a little too old school for how much the soccer landscape is evolving and growing.

Sachem is another dead end. The club has been on life support for years. I think most of their teams play in LIJSL and are really more on a recreational level. They supposedly merged with Atletico, but that brings me to my final comments...

If you are looking for very solid training, technical and tactical, KK Atletico does a great job. Problem with Atletico is, once the kids turn 13/14, the teams dissolve, but not like normal 13/14 year old teams (some kids quit soccer, some kids move on or up to different teams) I'm talking Kurt just kind of walks away from them or hands them off to another club. I've seen it done with several age groups-first ISA/Susa, then Surf, then Brentwood and it seems every year Atletico is merging with someone new-first ISA, then Surf, then Brentwood and LISC, then Sachem, it's so odd and a little unstable. But if you're looking "short term", for just a year or 2/3, Atletico is a very good option. Also, other local clubs know that Atletico players are usually very strong, so if the time comes where she needs to move on, she'll be regarded pretty highly if she's coming from Atletico.
Highly regarded no more.
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Who is Lipps and who is Tommy?
I gather you're not s fan, but we're trying to keep this informative, would you mind elaborating just a little for those of us who are unfamiliar? Thanks
Tommy Lips is the founder of the soccer training organization LIPS. LIPS pretty much runs Smithtown Kickers soccer and in the last couple of years expanded to also do training for Sachem.

LIPS has gotten some excellent results in Smithtown, but so far has been an abysmal failure at Sachem where there have been mass defections of not only players but also whole teams and even board members. I don't really blame LIPS though, Sachem is a lost cause that nobody can fix.
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Tommy Lips is the founder of the soccer training organization LIPS. LIPS pretty much runs Smithtown Kickers soccer and in the last couple of years expanded to also do training for Sachem.

LIPS has gotten some excellent results in Smithtown, but so far has been an abysmal failure at Sachem where there have been mass defections of not only players but also whole teams and even board members. I don't really blame LIPS though, Sachem is a lost cause that nobody can fix.
LIPPS may have had some success, but after viewing practices at Smithtown and SUSA girls teams, I have to say, Smithtown seemed amateurish in how they ran the sessions. SUSA trainer seemed to have the girls focused, no fooling around, had them practicing game skills like how to settle and handle a ball on a bounce ( like when the goalie punts it) and pass and move to strike drills. Smithtown did nothing but basic foot skills from U9 ( this was a U12 team) and then just scrimmage. I saw them on more than one occasion. They were both supposedly A teams. I am also searching for a team for next year so this blog has been informative. I live local to Smithtown, but after reviewing the programs that LIPPS runs for them, also no information and from parents they arrange clinics hap-hazardly. Look at the SUSA website and all the variety of what they offer. I am thinking they may be worth the ride. Also, as for Stonybrook. Haven't seen any practices yet but daughter caught a weekly striker clinic with Mark their head of their training. I liked him and how he ran the weekly clinic so if anyone had info on Stonybrook program I would like to hear it.
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LIPPS may have had some success, but after viewing practices at Smithtown and SUSA girls teams, I have to say, Smithtown seemed amateurish in how they ran the sessions. SUSA trainer seemed to have the girls focused, no fooling around, had them practicing game skills like how to settle and handle a ball on a bounce ( like when the goalie punts it) and pass and move to strike drills. Smithtown did nothing but basic foot skills from U9 ( this was a U12 team) and then just scrimmage. I saw them on more than one occasion. They were both supposedly A teams. I am also searching for a team for next year so this blog has been informative. I live local to Smithtown, but after reviewing the programs that LIPPS runs for them, also no information and from parents they arrange clinics hap-hazardly. Look at the SUSA website and all the variety of what they offer. I am thinking they may be worth the ride. Also, as for Stonybrook. Haven't seen any practices yet but daughter caught a weekly striker clinic with Mark their head of their training. I liked him and how he ran the weekly clinic so if anyone had info on Stonybrook program I would like to hear it.
The only thing I'll add is that the training at SUSA varies wildly from team to team depending on who is training it. Have your kid practice with the actual team that they would be joining rather than hoping that you get one of the good ones.
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Anyone do any of the clinic classes I see SUSA offering this winter? I would like to try the striker clinic for my daughter.
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Anyone do any of the clinic classes I see SUSA offering this winter? I would like to try the striker clinic for my daughter.
We have done futsal with red bulls in saint james and would recommend it. I think you have to sign up for a try out first though. check their website
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