F.A.Q.

Here are some common questions and answers about Long Island Elite Football.

The Long Island Elite Program

What is the point of the Elite program?

Name another sport, and you will find that there are countless opportunities on Long Island for those athletes to improve, gain exposure, and travel to play in national scale events with the best and against the best. This Long Island Elite program is that for FOOTBALL. The volunteers of this non-profit organization work tirelessly to feed the ambitions of children who live, eat, and breathe football. We encourage mult-sport participation. We are against kids banging helmets year-round. That’s not what this is about. This is about developing young football players and giving them the same opportunities in football as they might have in Lacrosse, Soccer, or another sport. This type of football program is not a new concept, it’s only new to Long Island. There are countless success models in the powerhouse football states. Two great examples are Connecticut 5 Star Elite and Massachusetts Elite. Mass Elite has won numerous National Championships.

Is LIE private or non-profit?

Long Island Elite Football is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to working with youth of all socio-economic backgrounds across Long Island, New York who demonstrate an interest in football. The organization focuses on training, support, and guidance, therefore providing the resources needed to develop skills including but not limited to physical, social and emotional growth for both individual and team success. The program aims to teach its members responsibility, self-discipline, hard work and sportsmanship as they proceed on their journey from adolescence to young adulthood. The organization relies on fundraising and donations to assist in purchasing equipment and maintaining a low-cost program for the youth, as well as to provide financial support and stipends for disadvantaged talented youth who would like to participate in the program.

You said this is a year-round program, what is that about?

Name another sport, and you will find that there are countless opportunities on Long Island for those athletes to attend year-round camps, clinics, and gain training. This program is that for FOOTBALL. Besides forming all-star teams for pre-season and post-season play and representing Long Island in National events; the LIE program also offers a Spring and Fall season team (the 495 PST Team), a high school team, a 7v7 team, clinics, camps, and training year round to cultivate players and help them achieve excellence. Long Island Elite Football is your one stop shop for becoming the best football player you can be. It is the home of EXCELLENCE! There are numerous year-round training opportunites for players through our LIE coaches with Revolution Athletics, Athletic Movement Protocol (AMP), Superior Athletics, Pioneeer Fit Athletica, and Professional Training. There are all sorts of player development opportunities in our program, and most of them are also open to the public.

Can anyone participate? Are there tryouts?

There are no tryouts for most of our clinics, training camps, combines, and other developmental programs, they are open to the public. The Long Island Elite National Teams, The 495 PST Teams, The Elite High School Teams, and The 7v7 Elite Teams, do require tryouts. Events that require tryouts are noted specifically.

Are the camps, clinics, etc., mandatory for National Team players?
Most camps and clinics are open to the public. They are not mandatory for current National Team players however they are strongly encouraged. The year-round LIE program offers players who are serious about football additional opportunities to hone their craft, gain exposure, and compete at a higher level throughout the year. Players can choose which opportunities they want to take advantage of. Some of the camps and clinics have a fee attached, and some are free for National Team players. Most National Team players participate in all of the events.
How much does it cost?

Some of our events are free, others have an associated cost and are noted accordingly. The Elite National Team, Elite Fall Teams, and Elite 7v7 all have separate registration fees. As a non-profit we do our best to keep costs down while providing maximum competency and value. We have a significant scholarship program.

Long Island Elite National Teams
Will this interfere with my PAL/Town or School football season?

It depends. The Long Island Elite National teams are formed for pre-season and post-season play. The 495 PST teams play a Spring and a Fall season. The Elite High School team and Elite 7v7 teams do not interfere with school teams.

What are the LIE National Teams ?

Every year LIE holds tryouts and selects the best players in all of Long Island per age group. These players are chosen to represent Long Island in various national events. The most popular of these events is the post-season national championship tournament held in December, and there are also 7v7s, The Liberty Challenge game in June, the LI-NJ Rumble at MetLife Stadium in August as well as other events that the teams participate in throughout the year. This is the highest level of football in Long Island and is a separate team from the 495 PST Team and has separate fees. A player may play on the Long Island Elite National Team and not the 495 PST Team and vice versa.

When and where are tryouts held for LIE national teams?

Tryouts usually take place in the spring. There is one tryout date and sometimes additional tryouts are added. Locations in the past have been St Anthony’s HS, Stonybrook University, Long Island University Post, Holy Trinity HS, Long Island Lutheran HS, and John J. Burns Park. Check the Tryouts section of our website for the most up-to-date information.

What is the cost for tryouts?

There is a one-time tryout fee of $75. Measure up against the best competition on Long Island, and gain exposure to high school & college coaches. Tryouts are not only a chance to make the team, but also a great opportunity to receive coaching and honest feedback.

If I make the team, when and where are practices held?

It depends on the team. The 495 PST Team starts practice in march for the Spring season, and in July for the Fall season. Practices for The Elite High School Team and Elite 7v7 teams happen at various times during the calendar year and those practices work around the school schedule. The Elite National team is different: Currently the first event for national teams is the LI-NJ Rumble at MetLife stadium in August. There are a few practices in June and July to prepare for that. The next and biggest event is the post-season national championship which takes place in December. Practice for that begins in July. There is typically 2-3 practices in the month of July, 1-2 practices in August, 1-2 practices in September, and 1-2 practices in October. There is usually a 1 week break after the regular fall football season ends, and we then shoot to have at least 10 practices before the national championship tournament in December. Practices are held at John J. Burns park and Field of Dreams in Massapequa, but there could be additional locations. That being said; be prepared to travel if you make this team. While we do everything in our power to hold practice at a fair location for everyone (in some cases alternating fields) — you will have to travel to play on these teams. These are special teams, not your town team, and travel is required. Lacrosse and Soccer players travel up one end of the island and down the other, and very often out of state. The commitment level for this football program is no different.

Do winter practices get held indoors and is there an additional cost?

The National Teams practice almost exclusively outdoors. Occasionally there are indoor practices. Sometimes the indoor fees are covered by LIE, and sometimes the fee is broken up and absorbed by the players.

If I make the team how much does it cost to join?

There is a registration fee to play on the Long Island Elite National Team. It is $585 and includes:

> Major exposure and showcase opportunity for players

> Includes full premium sublimated SEC style uniform

> 30+ practices with highest caliber coaching staff

> The Liberty Challenge game in June

> The LI-NJ Rumble in August

> National Championship tournament in December

Players are responsible for providing their own shoulder pads and purchasing an LIE495 helmet. Players are responsible for covering their own travel, lodging, and meal expenses. We are always pushing for volume discounts and combined incentives for lodging, meals, and mass transit on coach buses. As our organization grows in sponsorship we will be looking for the possibility to subsidize travel and lodging for coaches and players.

There may be separate registration fees and additional costs associated with each additional event that the team participates in throughout the year. I.e. 7v7s, Spring Games, etc.

When are the selections made and teams decided?

LIE will attempt to post tryout results by June 1st.

What position will I be selected for, and will I play on both offense and defense?
Your head coach will decide which position you will play on the team and whether or not you play on both offense and defense. You may be selected for the position you normally play on your town team, or the coach might plug you into a different role on the national team. Some players play on one side of the ball, and others play on both, there are no guarantees. By accepting your invitation you agree to fulfill whatever responsibilities the head coach asks of you, and to the best of your ability.
Where do I register for tryouts?

Here on our website.

Is the National Team a year round commitment and if so, what exactly is the commitment?

Nearly all of our players are multi-sport athletes and we encourage that. Our intention is not to have kids banging pads all year, but to offer year-round opportunities for football increasing football skills — similar to what you see in lacrosse, basketball, etc. Soccer has ODP, PDP, and of course lax has a very long list of activities to participate in. This is that for football.

Does LIE provide equipment or do players provide their own?

Players provide their own equipment for tryouts. If they make the team they need to provide their own shoulder pads, and purchase an LIE495 helmet. 

How many family members will be able to attend the championship game? What will the cost of tickets to the event be?

Usually the games and tournaments have nominal admissions fees. Teams receive five complimentary wristbands for their coaches. All other coaches, staff, and families pay an admittance fee at the gate (usually $10 depending on the event). This fee is good for the entire event. Everyone must have a wristband for admittance.

In being on the Long Island Elite National Team, what are the other costs incurred for the camps, clinics, summer tournaments etc.

Some of the clinics are free, others have a fee associated with them. Fees will cover the cost of any permits, uniforms, etc and will be reasonable. Long Island Elite is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. We are looking to keep costs down and where possible subsidize costs through sponsorship and fundraising. The costs associated with this program do not nearly compare to the costs of similar opportunities in soccer and lacrosse.

Does everyone who tries out make the team?

 

The popularity of our program has grown tremendously. With that we’ve seen a great deal of talent and often field more than one team in an age group if the directors feel the talent pool and attendance at tryouts is sufficient enough to do so. No. Not everyone makes the team. Players are selected by a team of coaches with broad experience from the youth through professional level. We can see over 100 players try out per age group. There is no steadfast number for final roster counts, but they are usually in the mid 20’s. Players who do not make the program are encouraged to participate in the year-round developmental program which is open to everyone.

495 PST Teams

Will the 495 PST Team interfere with my PAL/Town or School football season?

Yes. The 495 PST Teams play a very competitive travel schedule in the spring, and in the fall season. Games are typically against opponents in NYC, Upstate NY, NJ, PA, DE, the eastern seaboard, and other regions.

What are the 495 PST Teams ?

Every year LIE holds tryouts and selects the best players in all of Long Island per age group. The 495 PST Teams are separate and different from the Elite National Teams. The 495 PST Teams are for players looking to play a full Spring and Fall schedule at the highest level of the sport.

When and where are tryouts held for the 495 PST Teams?

Tryouts for the Elite Fall teams are the same tryouts held for the Elite National Teams. Players who pass tryouts will be given the option to play on one or both teams. There is one tryout date and sometimes additional tryouts are added. Locations in the past have been St Anthony’s HS, Stonybrook University, Long Island University Post, Holy Trinity HS, Long Island Lutheran HS, and John J. Burns Park. Check the Tryouts section of our website for the most up-to-date information.

What is the cost for tryouts?

The same $75 fee covers tryouts for BOTH the Elite National Team, and the Elite Fall team. 

If I make the team, when and where are practices held?

Practices are held at John J. Burns park and Field of Dreams in Massapequa, but there could be additional locations. Be prepared to travel if you make this team. While we do everything in our power to hold practice at a fair location for everyone (in some cases alternating fields) — you will have to travel to play on these teams. This is a special team, not your town team, and travel is required. Lacrosse and Soccer players travel up one end of the island and down the other, and very often out of state. The commitment level for this football program is no different.

If I make the team how much does it cost to join?

There is a registration fee to play on the 495 PST Team. It is $585 and includes:

> Major exposure and showcase opportunity for players

> Includes full premium sublimated SEC style uniform

> 50+ practices with highest caliber coaching staff

> Fall travel season and schedule

> Playoffs

> League championship

Players are responsible for providing their own shoulder pads and purchasing an LIE495 helmet. Players are responsible for covering their own travel, lodging, and meal expenses. We are always pushing for volume discounts and combined incentives for lodging, meals, and mass transit on coach buses. As our organization grows in sponsorship we will be looking for the possibility to subsidize travel and lodging for coaches and players.

There may be separate registration fees and additional costs associated with each additional event that the team participates in.

When are the selections made and teams decided?

LIE will attempt to post tryout results by June 1st. If you pass tryouts you will be extended an invite to BOTH the Elite National Team and the 495 PST Team. You may choose to play on one or the other, or both. The registration fees are separate for each team that you join.

What position will I be selected for, and will I play on both offense and defense?

Your head coach will decide which position you will play on the team and whether or not you play on both offense and defense. You may be selected for the position you normally play on your town team, or the coach might plug you into a different role on the elite fall team. You may also play a different position on the Elite National Team than you do on the Elite Fall Team. Some players play on one side of the ball, and others play on both, there are no guarantees. By accepting your invitation you agree to fulfill whatever responsibilities the head coach asks of you, and to the best of your ability.

Where do I register for tryouts?

Here on our website.

Does LIE provide equipment or do players provide their own?

Players provide their own equipment for tryouts. If they make the team they need to provide their own shoulder pads, and purchase an LIE495 helmet. 

Does everyone who tries out make the team?

 

The popularity of our program has grown tremendously. With that we’ve seen a great deal of talent and often field more than one team in an age group if the directors feel the talent pool and attendance at tryouts is sufficient enough to do so. No. Not everyone makes the team. Players are selected by a team of coaches with broad experience from the youth through professional level. We can see over 100 players try out per age group. There is no steadfast number for final roster counts, but they are usually in the mid 20’s. Players who do not make the program are encouraged to participate in the year-round developmental program which is open to everyone.

The Elite High School Team

What is the Elite High School Team?

A full equipment, full contact Elite High School Football Team that plays in bowl games, and special events around the country. Just like Soccer, Lacrosse, and Baseball have “club teams”, THIS is that for football. The intention of the program is NOT to take the place of high school football, it is to serve as a COMPLIMENT to school ball, and also a substitute for it when there is no season (like during the COVID pandemic). The goal is to offer the top high school players in the region a chance to play in special games and tournaments during the off-season.

What age/grade is the Elite High School Team?

Anyone in 9th to 12th grade may try out for the Elite High School Team. 

When does the Elite High School Team play?

Whenever a high school season is cancelled, the Elite High School Team will be in session. Additionally the high school team will play in some special high level games and tournaments during the off-season.

When are tryouts for the Elite High School Team?

The same as the tryouts for the Elite National Team and Elite Fall Team. 

How much are tryouts?

The same $75. 

How much does it cost if I make the Elite High School Team?

The same as registration for the Elite National Team and Elite Fall Team $585, and includes a sublimated uniform, games and tournaments. 

Where are practices held for the Elite High School Team?

Multiple places across Long Island. Many of the same locations as the Elite National Teams and Elite Fall Teams.

Elite 7v7 Team (High School)

What is the Elite 7v7 Team?

The Long Island Elite 7v7 Team features the top football talent on Long Island. The team will play the highest level teams in the nation. 

What age/grade is the Elite 7v7 Team?

Anyone in 9th to 12th grade may try out for the team.

When are tryouts for the Elite 7v7 Team?

Tryouts for the Elite 7v7 Team will be held in the spring. Follow our social media and email news updates for the exact date, time, and location. 

How much are tryouts for the Elite 7v7 Team?

The same as tryouts for the Elite National Team and Elite Fall Team, $75.

How much does it cost if I make the Elite 7v7 Team?

The same as the Elite National Team and Elite Fall Teams $585.

Coach, Volunteer

How can I Coach, Volunteer, or get involved with LIE?

We are on the lookout for the best coaches. We are also always looking for volunteers to help grow the organization including team moms, managers, recruiters, trainers, nutritionists, doctors, and more. Apply here.

LIE is a non-profit corporation with 501.3(c) app pending.

We are an independent organization and although many of the volunteers, organizers, and coaches are involved in various outside teams and companies; LIE Football is not part of a league. Our LIE model is not new, it’s a proven model run by organizations in Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, Connecticut, Georgia, Ohio and other states who are at the top of the national championship polls every year. Each of these states has an organization like LIE which serves as a pipeline to cultivate players and raise the level of football. Here are two very successful examples of many: Connecticut 5 Star Elite and Massachussets Elite