The New Hyde Park Flying Tigers are a team that works to balance the competitive spirit with a fun, family atmosphere. Formed as a 13 man U10 team in the Fall of 2010, 11 of the original 13 players are still with what is now a squad of 18 — nearly all of whom have come through the Wildcats program.
We really are trying to give the kids a long lasting and impactful experience. We are tight knit group of players and families. We make sure that the lines of communications are honest, direct and supportive. Players develop at different levels and times. We have had some players excel and then regress only to excel again. It is the nature of developing soccer players.
The team plays in the Fall and Spring sessions with LIJSL. We play at least 2-3 tournaments per year, including one out-of state weekend travel experience. We have played in the Hershey Cup Tournament, Hershey, PA., and the August Cup Tournament, Gaithersburg, MD. In the summer of 2015, the team plans a trip to Limerick, PA, the suburbs of Philadelphia for the Battle at Hilltop Tounament. During these weekends, when the games are completed, players and families enjoy the time together and the sights of the area's we travel too.
The "Flying Tigers" was the nickname of the First American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force during World War II. The fighter pilots were recruited under Presidential authority from the United States Army Air Corps (pre-cursor to the USAF) the Navy and Marines. They were commanded by Claire Lee Chennault and were among the best and bravest who served during the war. The Flying Tigers remains among the most recognizable image of any individual combat aircraft or combat unit of World War II. The pilots and ground crews were all awarded unit citations, including the distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Stars and two Congressional Medal of Honor winners.