Maybe this will be the summer of the the rush back to some of the town clubs.
@516 It is not parents getting smarter. It may be parents getting more realistic about the facts. Unless your kid is A LOT better than the incumbent, it makes very little sense. Another FACT, the top clubs are looking to add TOP players and they know who they are. If you think those kids are coming to tryouts , then you are dreaming. We are beyond the "wonder" years. The top kids are well known and will continue to be IF they work. By U15, we are in the showcase years. If the teams you speak so highly of have really developed top players for top teams , then that is how it works. But the non elite teams are not desirable to the elite players at this age. They dont offer the level of exposure and competition week in week out that the top ECNL teams do.
If it is "known" who the top players are at this age, then they will be seen if they play on a good team that does all the right things without the great expense. If you play at the showcases where all the ecnl teams are playing,and you are an extraordinary girl on a really good team, you will get noticed. Thats a fact jack.
@952 Depends what you want. You may get noticed, but top schools want to see you pay vs top competition. I am not saying it cant happen, but it is very hard to be extraordinary without going up against other good players on a regular basis. By training with them, by being pushed by them. The soccer world is very small, the vast majority of the top players are already on top teams or being actively recruited by them. Tryouts are less and less relevant by this age. The opportunity to play at these showcases now relies on tings that are out of your control,like how well other players perform and IF you get invited. The expense you speak of it far too high. I agree, but girls soccer is an expensive proposition to begin with IF you want exposure to all the big time schools across the country. The "get noticed" approach is one of pure chance. Write letters, visit schools and maybe you will get to your school of choice. Believe me, the best schools want to see how you stack up against the best players and teams.They want to hear what the top coaches have to say about you. They want to see you tested before they are willing to commit to you. Go look at the early commits for 2018 and tell em how many are extraordinary players playing on the sort of team you describe.
Speaking of tryouts, why not ask why when the south DOC found out some of his players were trying out with other local teams, he decided not to cut anyone? He was too embarrassed to have his current players go back to their old teams, yes, town teams!
@1055, how many of those 2018 commits are on NPL "b" teams?
I thought tryouts were done at PDA. I guess after the results they need to cut and add more players U16’s – ECNL Gunners/NPL Atletica – (August 1st – 1999- July 31st) Thursday, May 28th at 630pm to 8pmTo register click here or for specific questionsContact Mick Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
1133, THAT is very telling!
Why isn't PDA pulling up Pride and Breakers girls? Isn't that what they promise?
There are. There is one making an impact right now. Are you unaware of this fact? Someone removed my comment because I said most parents over estimate their child's abilities? How is that offensive. no specific child was referenced except the one who is doing well - and at that very obtusely.
Is the problem that people have with PDA that they think their current or former athletica or pride or breakers kids should have been gunners or that the opportunities provided to the lower teams were not of equal value? Poorer or less frequent coaching? Poorer facilities? less frequent or poorer competition? If the latter, then show your dissatisfaction with your feet. One just did going to PA Strikers. If the former, then accept your kids' level for what it is and work harder to improve. If your kid will be an impact player on gunners they won't hesitate to take her. Does anyone really think that Gunners will turn away a difference maker? If your kid is top 5 on pride then I understand where you are coming from; she probably is equal to bottom 5 on gunners. But they wont switch out equivalent players at the bottom of the roster at this point.
The Entire PDA Structure is based on cut and reload, That goes for coaches too. If your lower level U15 kid had something to offer they would be on the Gunners. How about a reality check. We were at PDA 3 years, Our coach, who is still there at a different age group, would walk across the field after a game and openly recruit a kid we just play against. You weren't even in your car yet and he was gathering names and numbers. Then surprise in a few weeks a new face was at practice. It is what it is. If you don't like it, go somewhere else. The Advantage Gap PDA has enjoyed for having a 10 year head start is pretty much gone starting with the U15s, There are plenty of other places to go and enjoy youth soccer. Enjoy beating them.
Anyone's team experience is dictated by the coach. The first sign of trouble was when we saw the coach's total lack of ability to look people. We ran so far away an never looked back.
Sorry for the poor writing. Anyone's team experience is dictated by the coach. The first sign of trouble was when we saw the coach's total lack of ability to look people in the eyes We ran so far away an never looked back.
227, you were smart to do that, we did not.
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