@6:03PMAlways difficult to answer without first hand knowledge but I'll take a stab at it.Most likely very grounded players, parents and coaches. Expectations in development are being met as well as competitive play.The realization that you have a better chance of seeing a Hobbit than getting a Full Scholarship for soccer to any school.The realization that most college teams are not like youth teams. Academy players will once again enjoy playing amongst non-pedigreed players in most cases. The days of 'stacked' teams are over.The realization that playing in college (at any level) is a real commitment as they look into the program hours and time required.The realization that some players, after all of the years of soccer are just burned out and will not want to play in college. This applies equally to all players amongst all clubs/academies.The realization hat we parents wanted it a bit more than the players.There are other realizations of course. But in my eyes these are the main.The hope for me as a parent is that my child actually love the sport and continues to play into adulthood. Follows it on TV and reaches THE GAME to the next generation.DCShore
And yes, I agree.Multi-Sport athletes would not want to sacrifice other interests just to play in ECNL.There is one particular girl in my town who is one of the more outstanding players in the age group. REGULARLY trying to be recruited by 'elite' teams. Academic and other sport interests have been her main reason for not leaving.DCShore
3:49 go do your own research. See for yourself that many NPL girls getting committed to D1s. And yes it's sad for ECNL to realize no one else locally feels the need to tryout, so the DOCs are looking hundreds of miles away to recruit.
News flash for all you guys who think full scholarships are an urban myth. They are the reality for the top 5 kids on all the ECNL rosters and most of the others. And guess what big 10 big 12 and pac 12 are guaranteeing them for 4 years. I am seeing a whole hobbit town. Now some kids don't take the full ride at the #20 school instead taking half at UVA. But then it's UVA...
1128 you really think the top 5 on every ECNL roster are getting full SOCCER rides. I call BS.
11:28 - forget the hobbit, you are living in the land of unicorns and rainbows. I'd like to see the data to back up your claim. Also, aren't the ECNL players the "best of the best"? If so, how could a college recruiter identify the top 5. You are kidding yourself. By design, ECNL players will get more looks but it is not the only way for talented players to get exposure.
I call BS on the notion that NPL players aRe getting the same interest and/or offers as ECNL players. Our current U16 NPL teams are weaker then many strong town teams .
14 scholarships for 30 roster spots, very few full rides. Get your full ride at the University of Northern Idaho. There also the point that the top 1/3 of D-3 schools are more competitive than the bottom 1/3. So take your full-ride and the mediocre education with average competition and enjoy it.
Yup the very few full rides go to the top 5 on the ECNL roster. Quite a few kids on the roster are only getting books. But you will continue to deny the reality because your kid apparently isn't a top player on an ECNL roster.
The other classic comments: Yeah but my kid is getting a GOOD education while your kid with the scholarship is settling for garbage. Translation: my kid will amount to something after college and yours won't so keep your scholarship. Reality: the scholarships most offered are for excellent academic institutions. In fact many mismajors are fully funded and offer the top kids full rides. Most of these players do not accept preferring higher rpi ranked schools. The higher ranked schools are more competitive and tend to spit scholarships more than lower ranked school. There still will be a couple of free rides on the roster. Nearly all of whom are YNT players.
You made my point. My comment was not a question of good education versus soccer scholarship. The fact that you make the point that kids would rather take a lesser scholarship to play at a better school is true. There are very few programs offering full rides and if they do it is to just a few kids. Yes a lot of ECNL players get into great schools. A lot of ECNL players go to mediocre schools too. It is definitely not a large majority that go to great schools unless you consider schools with an 80%+ admission rate and a 950 SAT requirement a great school.
How is a full scholarship a "free ride"? That commitment is a time intensive job that will impact every aspect of their path through college.
My daughter played in the National League and ECNL and ended up 1! with a 30% scholarship and 20% academic merit which was only given to us the first year . We spent a great deal of money, travel expenses and time off from work and away from important family functions. So far we had to come up with 20,000 per year to be able to pay her tuition. Her club did not help much in term of college recruitment! We were on our own and almost did not get a verbal commitment until her Junior year. Believe me, it is not worth the time, money, and effort! It is a full time job and she ended up going to a school that is very expensive. Another school wanted her and was willing to pay up 80% of her tuition but it was 7 hours away!!My daughter was a starting ECNL player, ODP state and region 1. National ODP pool, etc. Varsity letter four year and we had all this trouble! So imagine if you are in a low level NPL team, you will have very little opportunities unless you are planning to play D2 or D3 which I think do not give out scholarship money! I don't want to bash anybody, just letting you know what our experience was. It is not worth the TIME OR MONEY!
If your kid gets to play a sport she loves for 4 years at the highest competitive levels for which you currently pay $2-3000/year for, and she gets an education valued at $30-50k per year at a good school. I call that a free ride.
I know of 4-5 girls who left very good clubs to go to ECNL teams, after a year they were left will little choice but to return to non ECNL teams. They practiced but played little, how much exposure did they gain from it? I doubt very much. Would it not have been better to stay at a high level club, play the showcases,and get plenty of playing time? My kid did not go ECNL but got plenty of interest this year from smaller division 1 schools. Some parents refuse to be realistic and set expectations for the kids that cannot be met. I also blame some ECNL teams for accepting players who they know up front will have little impact. ECNL clubs tend to focus on the scholarship opportunities rather than just the opportunity to play in college. Playing in college is something to be proud of, when it is over no one will ask if you played via scholarship.
ECNL clubs are a business.Understand that. They accept kids and are happy to take your money.It is up to the parents to be realistic about the cost benefit. It amazes me that parents cry foul at the end of the process. In reality,just like academics, soccer money is reserved for the very best. As it should be.Title IX has increased the $$ available and made it a bit more accessible, but parents who are not realistic will get burned. HS letters, ODP and the ECNL do not make you a top soccer player ODP is pay for play as is the ECNL and most HS teams are not stacked with top talent. If you child is a top player, it is pretty clear if you want to be honest with yourself and her.
219Your kid got an 80% offer at a school 7 hours away? So you expected a full scholarship at a a specific school? That is probably unrealistic depending on which school it is. From which school were you expecting a better offer than she received? At which age did she start playing ECNL? Sounds like you had poor instruction and support through the process.
@August 13, 2015 at 5:08 PMIt's definitely more than 3k a year. If you add uniform, gas, tolls, mileage, out of town hotel and restaurant bills, sometimes airfare, it's closer to $7-8k. Some clubs charge extra for Coach fees, Winter indoor tourneys.
It's way more than 3K a year. It's 2800 for just training, plus coaching and tournament fees, uniforms, meals, air fare, hotel, gas to practices, car rental plus winter league such as futsal is extra. I would say is about 8-9K a year.
623 I agree that the clubs should offer guidance at tryouts on what they foresee the player's role to be on the team for the uupcoming year. Sometimes I think they do that, but the parents can't allow themselves to hear the message. It is critical to try and guide your child through the process as objectively as you possibly can be to avoid this type of situation. However, I think very few parents are able to view their children's abilities through anything but rose colored glasses.
Most clubs do not give you a realistic view. Since most of the them, you have to have paid all the fees by October what they do is that the coach would start playing games and bench the player, bring in guest from other teams from other teams in the clubs and have them start over your child. Another tactic is to have the players placed in different positions in the field where the player is not used to play. These are the tactics employed once they have gotten your money so it is all about money and the parents should be realistic. If your child is not considered an impact player, then leave and find a lower level team. It is not fair to the child or the parents who are paying all this money.
Wow, I'd look for a different team/club if that's happening. That's not the norm in our area. I guess we're just lucky that we have coaches that care about the development of the kids as people first and soccer players second.
You expect a coach to "care about the developement of the kids as people first and as soccer players second". You don't want a soccer coach, you need a psychologist. Admittedly, one great benefit to being a coach is the opportunity to be a positive role model to children; but, please don't loss site of the fact that our primary responsibility is to teach them the game.
433 typifies what is wrong with much of today's society ... akin to those who expect the school to provide special instruction to a student struggling in an honors class when what they really need is a tudor or perhaps a better parent.
There are aspects of development that are not specific to technical skills like how to be part of a team, learning how to work hard and earn your spot rather than have it given to you, learning how to support your teammates, etc. The ability to impart these traits on a youth player makes the difference between a good coach and a great coach.
It's too easy to blame the school/teacher (club/coach) as opposed to having to take on any sort of responsibility or admit a fault.
just a friendly reminder - we're at U-16. from now on, this is showcase years, if your daughter did not learn the touch or the game it's too late give it up. forget about academy and save your money towards her college fund, you'd be better off.
What's really important is that you are as objective as possible in evaluating your player's playing level, level of commitment, and academic interests and abilities so that you can help guide her in making choices both as to her soccer environment and as she considers schools, so that a realistic college list can be created for her. Then make sure her current team fits her ambitions: If she wants to play at a power 5 school, she has to be seen at the major national tournaments, if not the national league, or in the ECNL. By that I mean CASL, Disney, Jeff cup if she is only considering the east. Include possibly surf cup and Vegas if she aspires to a west coast education. If her dream top 50 school is local, and the kid is a total goal scoring machine, 5'10 CB who is great in the air, super technical and creates goals, or one of the very top keepers in the east, then one can consider staying with a competitive R1PL team and attending ID camps. If the kid is looking to mid majors (A10, Big East, patriot, Ivy's, etc) then ID camps and a R1PL or high level NPL team might get her there if she is one of the very top players on her team. However, the middle of the pack ECNL players are getting 50% athletic scholarships to these school and the better players are getting near 100%. So if your kid is looking at anything, but the power 5 and you think she is a middle roster ECNL player, it would be easier to achieve her goals if she was playing on an ECNL team. SOme are still rostering players now. If she aspires to attend school on the west coast, either try and get her in as a guest at Surf cup (yes possible) or pick a team that plans on attending western tournaments. Again ECNL is your best bet there.
it is a sad reflection on us that we allow such an important decision to be bought from our kids so early. Its the same mentality that allows the USA to play CR in a so called friendly an win 8-0 waving terrible towels and generally rubbing their nose in it for money. All that matters is winning, no matter the cost.Just my 2c
I agree but until the NCAA closes the coaches contacting coaches loophole with a decree that 0 contact can be made between colleges and kids- however managed- it is what it is. Unless your kid is in the national pool, if you don't play the game they, will miss out on the biggest scholarships at the top programs which are dispensed in the freshman and early sophomore years. if they are looking IVY and mid major, there is a little more time.
1121 . That is because parents fall over themselves to sell out. If the parents held firm, we could return to something more intelligent. Like letting the kids actually take their time to make an informed well thought out decision. Just look at the transfer rates and tell me this is a good system? Forget the NCAA closing the loophole, how about parents just giving good advice? The coaches of your clubs push it because guess what, its good for them and their business.
Wishful thinking- never be able to organize the parents to do this. Dreamland. the NCAA closing the loophole would take care of it and would solve the problem. Not saying they will do it, but they should and it would quickly solve the issue once and for all.
Question...what is this loophole you're talking about?
245 so hoping for mature parenting of a game that is essentially an upper middle class one is wishful thinking. Therein lies the issue. I get it when a sport offers a kid his only route to higher education, but among this crowd that is not usually the case.
The coaches can talk to any kid not matter what age if the kid calls the coach. Coach can't return the calls. So the coach emails the club coach saying they are interested in a player. The club coach forwards the email. The kid calls the coach. If he doesn't pick up the kid emails the club coach and asks that he set up a call. The club coach emails or calls the college coach. The college coach can call back the club coach. He tells the kid when to call him. The club coach calls or emails the player and says call the coach tomorrow at 4 or whatever. The club coach is allowed to act as a go between. The kid is allowed to contact the college coach. Loophole allows the kid to initiate the contact. I think there should be no contact allowed until after the sophomore year.
Can a player transfer from a D1 school to another? I thought that was not allowed or the player will lose scholarshi?
Question –If unfortunately a girl suffered an acl injury today, how would a significant injury like that effect development at this age group as far as being able to remain at a fiercely competitive level? Would the missed time leave a kid behind other equally talented girls who are not missing their u16 & sophomore year? How would it effect college recruitment? Let’s assume that this girl trains constantly with her team and on her own while playing with and against girls of the same work rate with all having excellent athletic ability.
Stars ecnl U16 no longer listed in the Wags Tournament. What happened?
Wanted a break that weekend from school ball grind. Get enough competition and exposure in ECNL. Most of their players are already committed and/or are nearly wrapped up. No reason to go.
I doubt that's the reason, if that was the case then why did they even apply. They may have 1-2 already committed but just about whole team. Give me a break!
5:12, My daughter tore her ACL at the end of fall U14. She missed the entire U14 spring/summer season and also her high school freshman school season. She was able to rejoin her club beginning with the November 2014 tournaments (CASL was first) and has played ever since. She was one of top players on her team prior to getting injured but I will admit looked pretty poor first coming back. Once a starter who never came out of a game, she definitely became a bench player for the good part of the club season. During the latter part of spring and summer, she definitely showed signs of her old self, and now starting her Sophomore school year feels confident and secure again as she make her school's varsity team and in her mind is "I think top 3 on the team". In her experience, it took a good 6 months, post clearance to return to "normal". So I guess in your example, if she lost Sophomore year, she still has Junior and Senior year to make an impact and get noticed.
The Stars team that played WAGS last year wasn't a true team, but a group of players who weren't playing HS soccer, but training with the new Stars HS program during the fall. My memory is that there were only 13 or 14 on the roster which was multi-age group, and I believe had both NPL and ECNL players on it.
So USYSA has officially come out with birth year teams for 2016. Big shake ups in the works. U.S. Club won't be far behind. Most teams will simply realign at tryouts. But what happens to PA strikers? Play 99 and just be younger? Quickly begin to recruit some older 99s? Will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.
Why shake anything up at this point? For the most part, teams will play up to the level of their oldest player, younger players will play up. This would have a more profound impact on the younger age levels.
You are dreaming if you think people will surrender their Jan to July kids advantage to keep the advantage of the aug- December kids. Maybe in the low level town travel level but the more competitive teams will realign. Do you think the competitive clubs want to see less than competitive teams if they keep teams "together" made up of younger players?
We'll see. I just don't see a lot of movement. If your team chemistry is just right, you're getting great training with your current coach, why upset the balance by mixing players up at U16? If a kid doesn't have the ability to hang with players 6 months older, maybe she doesn't belong playing at that level to begin with. In high school, you have Freshmen playing with and against Seniors, who may be 4 years older. I really don't see the huge advantage. The difference between a 12 year old and a 13 year old...huge! 16 and 17, not so much.
so says the guy with a 99 birth year kid
It doesn't take effect until August 2017, 16's now will be 18's.. does it matter..
Wrong takes effect in August 2016
How about leagues grandfathering existing age groups at the older ages to remain the same and moving forward go with the birth year for u14 and under?
For the record, 2:22, my kid has a March 2000 birthdate. Make your own decision, my kid won't be changing teams or leaving a great coach for whatever benefit a few months might buy her. Those benefits are huge for young kids. Pick up Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers". By this age, those benefits are already realized.
715 That is not the position USYSA has taken. They said age groups change with tryouts 2016. The are taking a pull of the bandaid all at once approach. US club soccer hasn't given a hard line yet on implementation, but said they will cooridinate with USYSA. They see the small sided mandate harder to get in in one season. The birth date mandate is a lot easier it will be up to the individual club docs to decide how an individual club will approach the classification system. I expect some will allow whole teams to play up, but most will simply realign their teams according to the new cutoffs.
It's gonna be awkward for a few but this is probably the best decisions. Let's move forward and continue to grow our National identity to this great game.DCShore
So USYSA, just 9/1, mandated for next season all competitions will be birth year 2016/17http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/us_youth_soccer_board_of_directors_approves_implementation_of_us_soccer_mandates/Wonder if they will change roster stability percent to allow for the addition of Jan-july kids to make the rosters for qualifier teams such as Strikers in the national league age pure? Will the strikers or other top USYSA teams take the opportunitiy to bulk up with older 99s? Strikers at a disadvantage on one hand with no club to draw older 99/younger00 players, but their free model will likely prove attractive in either age group they choose to represent (probably 99)
it was a great game played by both teams. SDFC after being down 2-0 on PK's over came and won 3-2 against NJ Stallions Stampede enabling them to advance to finals. JU was able to get a 1-0 win over TRE on Saturday to advance to finals. online football manager game
U.S. Club so said all competitions will be calendar year cutoff. Only league not mentioned is the ECNL. However since it is rune by U.S. Club soccer I would guess an official ECNL announcement would be imminent.
So do you think that the calendar year change will result in most 00's playing up at u17 or a redistribution of the 99's and 00's to age appropriate teams?
I think there will be redistribution seen in the more competitive teams. If they don't redistribute, they will lose competitiveness to the teams that do. I think the ECNL will completely redistribute so as to be in compliance with the best practice in addition to keeping competitive. Further, some 00 players/parents might prefer to play on age so as to potentially go up a level (NPL to ECNL for example, B to A team) or at least hope for a transition from role player to impact player can be realized. 00s who thought they were just below ECNL level might try to give ECNL a shot with the new groupings. I would anticipate huge changes in the higher level teams ( R1PL and ECNL) Maybe less in town teams which are more school and socially based.
Now that the high school season is well underway, can anyone explain why the worst players on their club team seem to be the best HS players?
High school soccer is a joke, please do not use it as a gauge of soccer talent.
High School Soccer is stupid. All high-level clubs should forbid their players from joining varsity. The girls sink down to the level of play of their teammates who can't kick the ball straight. Then they play 4 games a week - ridiculous. Not to mention those players who just use physicality with the potential of injuring others. It's just not worth it.
High School soccer is what is, its not great to watch at times but we have to remember the main reason our girls play it is because its with other girls in their HS there friends. What else would they be doing since most clubs teams dont do anything and there are no league games or tournaments for U15 and above. I just tell my daughter go out have fun and be careful. If nothing else they stay fit and stay out of trouble.
I have seen good Academy players sit the bench and are embarrassed by the fact that lesser talented girls are getting more playing time than they do. So tell me again how it is good to have them play with other kids from the same town. I laugh when people say that their daughter plays for the social aspects of it when they don't talk to theteam after the season is over.
Everyone's situation is different, not all are as you say. And like I said what would they be doing now if there was no HS soccer. Until it changes in the North East where there is club play in the fall, HS is all they have. Remember they dont have to play, they have a choice and if sitting the bench is what they were doing why play at all? I would say see ya since HS is so unimportant.
@September 20, 2015 at 6:33 PM Lol. Soccer snobs are out again. To quote Sept. 20, 6:33pm “High School Soccer is stupid. All high-level clubs should forbid their players from joining varsity.”Where do you think your daughter is going with Soccer? Heather O’Reilly’s H.S. career is legendary in NJ! I watched a documentary about Abby Wambach & she talked extensively about how much she loved her H.S. playing days. Hopefully our kids are enjoying H.S. Soccer without us parents putting a damper on it. It’s a good thing to have your name mentioned on the loud speaker at school for scoring & assisting. It’s a good thing to have your name in the local papers for their efforts vs the neighboring towns. It’s a good thing to walk through the hallways with other students showing reverence to your kid for their high level athletic abilities. The list of positive goes on & on. Besides, the varsity jackets look way cooler then the plain old club winter coats.
My daughter plays both high level club and high school soccer. As far as high school goes, I agree that the level of talent isn't what it is at the club level. And sometimes, coaches make decisions regarding tactics and personnel that make absolutely no sense. But, (assuming that everyone her is in their 40's and 50's), don't you remember what it was like before private clubs dominated youth sports? High School sports were where you played at a "high level". Making Varsity was a big deal. Being able to represent your school, and having your friends come out to watch and cheer you on was awesome! Ask your daughters why they want to play high school soccer. It's not always about development and skill level. Let the girls have some fun before the serious stuff picks up again in the late fall. This isn't about you Mom and Dad, it's about your daughter.
My daughter loves HS ball for a variety of reasons. But if she had to choose between club or HS it would be club every time. The competitor in her needs the more challenging club environment. The reasons she like HS ball is very different from her reasons for liking club.
Sounds like someone's daughter hasn't made varsity or getting playing time so what's there to do.........bash high school soccer. Nice
Actually for us it's the opposite. My daughter HAS to play, the team is so awful there is no option, she'll look really bad if she didn't sign up to play. She plays the whole game, all 80 minutes and loves it. It's a terrible thing to watch.
@3:55 AMI feel sorry for you if that is the case. My daughter plays on a HS team where there are almost as many different club teams as there are players. The girls are "family" despite the sometimes huge gaps in terms of talent and club team ranking. Some of the relationships formed are the strongest bonds my daughter has. Truthfully, in a way this often makes it more special (spiritually) than Club/Academy ball where every parent is an agent and every player is a product. Lots of clicks at the higher levels.While I agree (and always have maintained) HS soccer is hard on the eyes and brain, it is what it is and MOST youth players I find want to play on the team. Let the kids make a decision. Sit back, enjoy. There is plenty of time to have anxiety attacks when they are back playing club ball.DCShore
Both my daughter and I don't feel stressed with Club soccer. She's a role player in a decent club that's ranked in the top 25 in gotsoccer (if that really means anything. LOL). We don't have any illusions about college ball, this is for fun and something just to put on her resume, even though it costs 5k a year. It's all good - she's having a blast with HS Varsity scoring a lot of goals some days when beating up on a weaker team, other days getting blown out 7-0 by a superior team.
Not many Jersey teams accepted to CASL or Disney Showcase, is at that few applied or several didn't get accepted?
7 NJ teams applied, 5 were accepted. The other two declined (FC Copa Red & STA Morris).For comparison:2 PA West teams applied 2 accepted7 PA East teams applied 2 accepted (3 declined, 2 not accepted)8 NY East teams applied 4 accepted (3 declined, 1 not accepted)2 NY West teams applied 1 accepted (1 declined)7 MD teams applied 3 accepted (2 declined, 2 not accepted)9 VA teams applied 3 accepted (4 declined, 2 not accepted)Three of the teams (SDFC - NJ, Penn Strikers - PAE, and SAC - MD) are National League.
When you say declined do you mean the club declined the acceptance or they were declined by CASL?
Sorry, I forgot to indicate that those were all disney. Declined typically means that the team submitted the application then at a later date rescinded the application. I don't have access to the CASL stats.
The ECNL has spoken:ECNL Directors of Coaching:On August 24, 2015, the US Soccer Federation announced several significant changes to the youth competition environment to be implemented in the coming years. Fundamentally, these changes have been made in the interests of long term player development and can be placed into 2 major categories: (i) player age group cut-off dates; and (ii) small-sided game structures and sizes. (To read the full US Soccer announcement click here.)As a league sanctioned by US Club Soccer (a national association member of US Soccer), the ECNL is required to follow the rules, regulations and policies of US Soccer – including these new mandates. As a developmentally focused organization, the ECNL also supports any attempts to create a better environment for youth players. The recent US Soccer mandates will have an impact on almost every facet of youth competition in this country. Of immediate importance to ECNL clubs, these mandates – and especially the change to calendar year registration – will require adjustments to the structure of ECNL competition. Since US Club Soccer and other national sanctioning bodies have determined to implement the calendar year age group change beginning in the 2016-17 competition season –this adjustment will occur in ECNL competition in less than 12 months. The changes that will be implemented by the ECNL are outlined below and in the attached document.ECNL Changes Due to Birth Year Registration / Age Group Cut-Offs: EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2016Beginning August 1, 2016, ECNL teams will be formed using the new age group cut-off date of January 1. The most significant impact of this change is that teams will now generally consist of players in two different school years; in other words, players born from January 1 to July 31 will generally be a year older in school than the players born from August 1 to December 31. To accommodate the structural challenges imposed by these changes, ECNL competition will be structured as follows in 2016-2017:Age GroupBirth Year (Jan 1)ECNL National Event RequirementU17/181998/1999 (Juniors/Seniors)2 Regular Season ECNL National EventsU162000 (Sophomores/Juniors)3 Regular Season ECNL National EventsU152001 (Freshman/Sophomores)3 Regular Season ECNL National EventsU142002 (8th Graders/Freshman)1 Regular Season ECNL National EventsU132003 (7th Graders/8th Graders)Optional Regular Season ECNL Events OnlyThe new ECNL competition structure outlined above addresses several challenges imposed by the mandates:· U17/18 Players: The combination of the U17 and U18 age groups has a positive developmental impact by insuring U17 players play “up” while also addressing the inherent player shortage that would otherwise occur in “pure” U18 competition in a calendar-based age group. (This shortage occurs because in a calendar-based age group every year a percentage of “rising U18s” will actually be graduating from high school and will no longer be participating in youth soccer.)· College Showcasing: As the oldest ECNL age group will now include a high percentage of juniors in high school, this age group will have increased collegiate showcasing needs. Accordingly, this age group will now have 2 required ECNL National Events each year to allow appropriate showcasing. The total number of required ECNL events per club will remain the same (9 per year), as the youngest age group including freshman aged players will only have 1 event.· 5 Years of ECNL Competition. For development reasons, it is important to maintain five years of ECNL competition for players. By using a January 1 age group cut-off, the youngest age group in the ECNL will now technically be labeled U13 – although this age group will actually include players that are only 6 months younger than would have entered the ECNL in previous years. The U17 (99) NPL teams will be interesting
Why do you say the U17 (99) NPL teams will be interesting? Won't they also be U17/18 teams as in ECNL?
There will never be anything interesting on any NPL team.
At this one age group there will be a lot of junior in high school you here in the birth year that, for the first time, drop off the ecnl roster. This will be because they will be forced to tryout for the 98/99 u18 team next year. That team has been playing together for some time and now these youngest p layers in the age range will fall off the ecnl roster for a year until they try out for u18 again as the older since again. Meanwhile they will populate a u17 NPL team that may be unusually strong with these former ecnl players. Kind of analogous to the off year "pre- academy" phenomena for boys da. Always a strong u15 and u17 off year us club pre academy team that catches these players.
Blah, blah, blah....
Hope you have a 00 and not a 99 or play low level on a team that will"stay together"
I too am surprised the 99 ECNL u16 players aren't up in arms. How many of them will make the 98 roster let alone have anywhere near the same impact on the u17/18 teams next year? I agree lots of good but not great u17/18 NPL teams next year
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