Now that NJ.com has closed their Soccer Boards, where is everyone going to post tryouts, training, people looking for teams etc.?
http://www.njyouthsoccer.comMight want to start here? Maybe reach out and explain your concerns. Surely, they will help the NJ teams find a new home for posting informative soccer items.
A lot of debate between ECNL and non-ECNL being the best path or equal paths. As someone who has seen it from outside ECNL as well as inside ECNL there also seems to be a wild card. And I know I will get grief but there is also a High School link. If you look at the recruiting websites that list college commits in the area the younger the commit and the higher the College you will see that the player attends one of the more elite private schools. And ECNL teams are beginning to align with these "Main Line" academies. You will also see assistant ECNL coaches that are assistant or even head coaches at colleges around the region. GSP in some way are legit in that the points are awarded based on the supposed level of competition. If there are at least 4 flights and your team plays in the top flight the points received are legit. But College coaches are not specifically looking at that. And for the most part you will not see and ECNL team compete in Non-ECNL events. The exception is CASL/Bethesda/PDA which have ECNL specific flights.
PDA is an ECNL event opened to non-ECNL teams as well. The non-ECNL teams complete against each other. Nothing is reported for GSP as it is an ECNL event. If I can add re another not accurately stated item, I happen to have a daughter in the ECNL and attending a private academy (on the Main Line), there is no aligning with ECNL. It is that my daughter (who happens to have a genius iq) opted to go to a college prep school, too. She likes the challenge of high level soccer and high level academics.
August 11, 2016 at 8:22 PMReally, that is your argument against a noticed trend? People like you are why team synergy fails. I guess she has her IVY already on speed dial?
She was recruited by the Ivy's, too, yes. I meant to add that there are others on her team that are not ECNL. So, because kids that want to play high level soccer at high level programs (many of which require very good grades, too), how is that a trend?
And, her teams (club and high school) have wonderful chemistry & synergy. They all seem to respect each as players and people.
I agree with the above poster. There is no exclusivity with prep schools and soccer [girls and boys/no ECNL in boys' yet]. Many prep schools have great athletics in other sports too, including boys (no ECNL in boys, yet) such as lacrosse, field hockey, tennis, golf, swimming, diving, baseball, football, squash, water polo, and more. Usually the facilities at a prep school are high level as are the academics.
If your daughter is playing ECNL and going to a Main Line prep school, the trend is that other affluent parents like yourself will do or are doing the same thing. If your daughter is playing for Continental and going to a Main Line school, its probably more about her intelligence and your money and not really about her soccer ability. But hats off to the parent that can do it and they are to be admired.
Sounding more and more like npl public school kids even with great grades and sats should just bag it Why bother?
Well, never said Continental, did I?
Nonetheless, any STUDENT (in a prep school or otherwise) that can handle actually juggle high level soccer (ECNL, NPL, USYS) and high level academics should be admired.
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And, like other soccer programs, Continental has many wonderful players in many prep school/academies, too.
August 11, 2016 at 9:30 PMHopefully they will get the coaching right.
August 11, 2016 at 8:59 PMPay to play.....
9:55 - of course. I'm @8:22; etc. Although, my daughter doesn't play for Continental, they are still a good club with good players.
9:04 - How about PF and Westtown?
There is no real synergy there. Westtown is the closest private school to PF. They have great facilities and are expensive. There are several Westtown school kids who play for PF, just as there are several from DT west/east and from all three of the west chester public schools. Throw in GV and local catholic schools, and probably you have a third of the ECNL kids. Yes there might be a tie-in to financial ability, but logistics explain most. I can tell you Penn Fusion wants kids that can play first and pay a close second; many of those kids not by sheer chance, attend the westtown school.
9:04 - nope. There are many ECNL gals that play in private schools as well as non-ECNL gals and same for non-private schools. When my daughter started private school, she was not in ECNL. So, no great strategy to get ECNL kids into private schools. Just like playing in the different leagues are choices, so are school settings.
Oh and by the way, in the Main Line & Philly/suburban area, there are a bunch of private schools. More private schools than public or catholic. It is rich with great education opportunities. That is the driving force, not soccer or more specifically, ECNL. I could care less if my kid played high school ball.
So you pay school taxes and tuition? Geez public schools in PA are that bad
Not saying that, but private schools have other options that most schools (public or catholic) in any state don't have; including outstanding athletic facilities.
Some of these schools have been in the business of education since the colonial times. You are speaking about the area that was the capital of the country; back in the day. A lot of tradition needless to say. So, we see it as a lot of opportunities in education.
And so do most colleges (which is what started this exchange). None of it has to do with ECNL. It's just a coincidence that young commits in soccer happen to be connected with some of these schools.
Agree with this poster. The kid in any educational setting has to get it done in school and in their sport if they are looking to continue it at college. Plenty of great private schools in other states, too.
Oh, and the storied alumni & support is a added bonus for future professions, etc.
2:56 Can you describe the "outstanding athletic facilities" that these private schools have over public schools? Since almost every high school now has a turf field or multiple turf fields, along with modernized workout facilities that rival a Planet Fitness. Public schools may not have teachers with the great pedigree of private schools (the real advantage of private schools), but spending millions on updating fields, gyms and workout centers is never a problem.
Very large indoor field houses.
LOL - have you seen some of the public school fields in Jersey?A joke.
1:21 A joke they may be. But can't argue with the results that NJ public schools get. Currently there are 19 NJ Women playing soccer for Ivy League Schools. Out of those nineteen women, eleven of them are from public schools, two from Catholic schools and six from prep schools. It should be noted that there are over 50 players from California, which must suggest that those girls are all near the genius level (similar to genius kid poster) or practice in similar crappy public school facilities. My guess is that majority of the women in these Ivy League schools are prep school grads, but that majority does not transcend onto the playing field. So much for extremely large fieldhouses.
These look a list of teams in alphabetic order, including ECNL (which do not compete for state cups). Not sure the relevancy of the list. But, thank you for posting.
Gulp. Sorry, wrong item. As you were...
8:44 - well my kids' school has a pool just for the crew team to practice indoors; as well as a diving facility and indoor pool for the team; they have a water polo team; they have multiple squash courts; multiple tennis courts; grass fields and turf for lacrosse, field hockey and soccer (boys and girls, each); baseball and softball fields, a basketball gym for games only (a practice gym, too); a stadium for football; an indoor and outdoor track; a field house (for when it rains and practices are indoors); and work-out equipment (with full time trainers that are on staff) that rival upscale private gyms; not planet fitness; a nutritionist; and more. Should I go on??? I've been to colleges that don't have the same facilities. AND, the pedigreed (as you called it) teachers; semesters abroad-in high school; and more. It's really pretty cool. There are more than just Ivy's that show interest. Top schools like Duke, UVA, Stanford, and others that require great grades come acourting, too. And, you are reviewing a current list of current Ivy players top 50 program players. These kids are commits currently. Still in high school as freshman, soph, jrs.
Now, I can't speak for everybody, just my kid's experience. However, as someone attempted to point out, there is a pattern. But, I can assure you it is not an ECNL strategy with private schools. It is a choice, like ECNL. Every very good soccer player who is a very good student will likely have the same experiences. And, she does have a genius level iq. Again, that is documented and all her. The school district had her tested a few years back. Not something she/or we boast about. It was however the reason she wanted to to attend the school of her choice. She was invited to visit many schools and picked one that was HER best fit. She is doing the work so she has to have the right fit.
Oh 8:44 meant to add. These are privately funded items that have been added to the school by the school through alumnae, etc. No taxpayer funds used.
3:29That's really great that they have all that, but I though we were talking about how the facilities help raise the level of your daughters game in regards to soccer (my mistake). But if she's into water polo, high diving and squash instead of playing soccer, nothing wrong with that. 99.9% of all players stop playing the game at some point. Fencing is a great sport too.
Not saying the school facilities raises her level of soccer at all (and she has committed to a college to play soccer). She did that through training and playing outside of school. The facilities were a lure because she could play on grass and turf (not just one or the other) and the grass isn't full of divits and always well maintained; the fitness items are great so I don't have to worry about her overdoing something with a weight or two as they have trainers on site (well versed in all the sports) to prevent this; that she is going to get a well balanced option for lunch, snack and maybe something after practice. They do tape anaysis in the tape room. She has professional athletes, olympians and national team players in other sports at her school, currently, and that are alumnae. She is part of that community. And, having that mindset and support for her scholastic environment doesn't hurt.
But none of the facilities mattered if the academics would not help her reach her goals. Despite being big in supporting sports, we are an academics first family.
4:27I appreciate your daughter's abilities (both mental and physical), but you have shown no proof of any common thread between ECNL, Prep School and D1 College soccer.Take the latest schools you just listed (and I'll add a few similar schools).Duke, University of Virginia, Florida State, Florida and Penn State. Out of these five D1 schools there are eight extremely talented and no doubt very intelligent ladies playing for them. All eight are from NJ public school systems. Please do not take this as me railing against prep school, as I truly believe it is the path to a better education and better college preparation.
4:45 - Maybe you need to read the threads again. I am saying there isn't any. As someone who is in this not speculating about it and throwing out conspiracy theories, but has FIRST hand knowledge, I am saying there is no common thread. See first post at 8:11 - 3:17. I was the responder saying that was inaccurate. And, I am talking about commits not current players. And, there are girls that are committed to schools that are playing with her in private school in PA and NJ.
@5:33 sorry....that are committed to some of the schools you listed. And while they may play in NJ some they are in PA private schools.
and in NJ private schools playing for PA clubs.
Not sure what the 4:45 poster is saying? Are you looking at rosters or TDS? I know that UVA has two gals from PF (that went to private academies in PA) playing in fall of 2016.
Gottcha. I know of at least four other Duke commits from outside the PA/NJ area that are in private schools, too. No common thread to private schools, just coinicidence it seems. And maybe some schools like UVA, Duke, private colleges not state (Rutgers, Penn State, Fl/Fl St., ), do look that route more so than others.
It all won't matter after November. Hillary is promising debt-free college for everyone and tuition free for families making less than $125K. Therefore, no reason to spend now to earn that college soccer scholarship, or even that academic scholarship.
University of Virginia current roster shows three girls from NJ, Two played for PDA (of course) and one played for Match Fit. Benards High School (four years) and Northern Highlands (four years). I think the other was Verona HS. Shows how dominant a program ECNL can be.
It also shows two gals from PA that played for PF at private academies; Springside/Chestnut Hill Academy and Academy of Notre Dame.
6:05 - hilarious! Feel the Bern.
6:08 - Yes, THAT is the common thread in all the schools you listed and more - ECNL.
6:12Notice there was no mention of PA players or of those from the Cheese Hut Hill Academy. That's because no one cares. The 14 D1 schools mentioned carried 19 women from NJ public schools vs 6 from prep schools. The percentage from PA is almost identical, with the only difference being there were less PA girls to count (Penn State being the exception). Poster is correct though, ECNL is a strong contributing force throughout those schools mentioned.
Wow. You're obviously not a prep school product. You can't even count. I don't see 14 DI schools listed at all. Good luck with that and keep on posting.
Now we have a bunch of white privileged parents comparing tax brackets and types of private schools. Another reason why there is so animosity towards the white privileged children. It's a shame that soccer is inundated with elitist that think like the clown running for president. It's not about soccer it's about how much more money one might have. More money more opportunity less money less likely. This blog is filled with privileged people who pay to play.
It's not about free stuff it's about equal access and oppurtunity. When privileged folks feel threatened they make much more secluded. Make it private. Make it ECNL.
8:11 - hey when did I disclose my race. Who says I'm white? Shows YOUR bias anyway, doesn't it.
8:34 - wow. Are you now saying ECNL is a non-inclusive league? Clearly, you have no idea what you are talking about. #hater
ECNL parent. What I have seen over the past few years. Club matriculated players into ECNL from existing teams for first year, second year girls who did not see a lot of playing time looked elsewhere and were replaced by a group of girls from another non-ecnl team, during the second year players were brought in 4 of the players were all private main line. Girls pushed out were all public school, no connections, single mom, and some just didn’t want to deal with the noise, third year, pretty much the same, players left who did not see time, replaced with more private school kids, with the age change additional attrition, more privates in the mix. Now across 2 teams the ratio of GA, SCH, Baldwin, Shipley and Catholic academies you have a good 75-80 % of the players. Even dips down into NPL. Maybe coincidence, maybe by plan, maybe by pocketbook.
Most likely pocketbook, and the time, other resources, and opportunities that follow it.
August 16, 2016 at 1:18 PMSomewhat agree, I guess the soccer world is taking the Disney approach for getting to the front of the line, buy your fast pass. To me it is all relative. the pool of girls whether Private, public or homeschooled are all good players. there is often skewed recognition based on how they found their way to the team. the other interesting fact is that other top teams in the area are picking up the girls who are leving. It is somewhat of a merry go round between Strikers, CFC, FC Bucks and PF. Sometimes it's a better fit to stay at the same level with a different team, Out of the 4 of them Strikers appears to be the most consistent at their level.
ECNL is noninclusive. No doubt about it. Look at the demographics of race for each of the ECNL teams. Most of the players are players who can afford it. It has little to do with talent. Of course you need to be able to play somewhat but for the most part if you can write the check your in. It is clear that ECNL is built to exclude players with potential that can't afford it. Which is okay and makes beating these ECNL teams much more rewarding. There is no doubt that the exclusivity is be design and income. Brown skin and poor folks don't have the chance to play ECNL even if they wanted to because they do not have equal access.
August 16, 2016 at 2:33 PMWould not go that far...
Not sure what ECNL teams you are playing. Ability to PLAY is the bottom line. Scholarships are available to anyone in need.
12:55 - you just sound disgruntled. Just because your club matriculated girls into a team doesn't mean they had chemistry from the onset. Being negative on the sidelines (which it sounds like parents were/are) DOES seep onto the field. The Club's job is to produce a winning product. If they are not developing it from within, it comes from try-outs and bringing in other kids with different dynamics. One or two kids can make a difference. Maybe the new kids brought in are nicer teammates and make the synergy better. Did you ever think of that? Instead of judging based on educational opportunities, how about judging levels of play. If they brought in kids that could not play and displaced those that could, then you have a complaint. But, it seems that you are just angry about educational opportunities. Petty.
At 1:34 - I disagree with your merry go round analogy with at least one of the clubs you mentioned. My daughter's club team had only a few slots to fill after the combination of the two age groups. And, I don't think anyone left (some were moved to another team within the club with the age thing). We are excited for them to get started. Should be a great season.
August 16, 2016 at 8:31 PMIf you count synergy=wins then the team lost out. The new girls played as individuals and did not add to team chemistry. U14 was down, U15 was up, U16 was waayyy down. It was the typical every girl for herself, coaches are watching. well, no mid major ACC or top 30 D1 school s are calling.
4-5 years of this blog and nothing changes. Mindless arguments and negative comments year after year after year. Sad
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Hi 9:09 pm - i wasn't saying synergy equating to wins, but equating to better play and more stability within the team with each other. Shame. That wouldn't work with my kid. She would want to leave and I would support it. Plenty of soccer out there. Btw - not every team has girls that can play top 30, 40 or 50. The parents may be putting too much pressure on this team as well. Good luck.
Hey 5:08, thank you for the posting. The soccer landscape will be extremely different next year. I am surprised that they added so many in the first year. Is this how they did it with the boys' too or were they gradual additions of clubs?
Tab Ramos influence on Men's side has paid off as well as the investment in the new facility. Could be good for shore players that don't want to travel to Sky Blue/PDA or Match Fit. They will need new coaches, however, the joke they have involved now will most likely be eliminated from the organization or he will take care of the teams that are nothing more that a glorified rec team where parents don't care how much money they have to pay to say there kid plays at an academy. He is a joke and hopeful that the leaders at this place finally realize it.
I think if I remember back (my son was at a DA club when it was introduced) There were about 60 original clubs and over the subsequent years more were added. Notably some were also removed -Potomac is one that struck me and there were many others.
Cant believe who makes HS varsity and who does not. These coaches make me laugh.
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9:02 maybe you need to check yourself. Besides what makes you such a judge of talent? Some kids got the benefit of the doubt on their club teams subjective views - now we have a different set of subjective views at the HS level some make both cuts others make only 1 and others make none.11:06 Cedar Stars is academy for the top players in that area that wan't to play for free and not travel long distances - of course the money will come from other players within the club playing in various leagues.
9:02 High School teams are an anomoly. You can have what is considered a high level travel player who is a sophomore not make varsity because the coach does not factor in clubs outside of the district. I have seen ECNL level starters that as freshman and sophomores not make their varisty teams. I have also seen girls cut to b level township teams start on Varsity. some HS coaches are loyal to players as well. Seniors will be grandfathered in as varsity player from previous years which also makes it tough for underlassmen to break into Varsity or see a lot of playing time. You also have some HS coaches who coach travel and will almost always fill the roster with their travel players first. I saw this with my son.
I have seen a kid who has since been to national camp not make varsity as a freshmen. Lots of variables including gym teacher coaches and puberty.
A significant variable is school enrollment. There is a big difference between competing for a roster position at a school with an enrollment of 500 than it is at a school with an enrollment of 2500, particularly if the school is located in an area where soccer is a popular sport.
Yes.Read that: In certain districts playing as a freshman on the FRESHMAN team is nothing to be ashamed of.I wish more girls/families understood this.
There are much different dynamics with high school soccer. The best kids do not always play because seniority counts and many coaches want players to pay their dues.Its all about managing numbers and team dynamics. It is just tough for freshman players that go to large schools... they could be region 1 standouts but not get to play varsity. Very tough on the ego.
keep telling yourself that,the best kids play....I have seen rec kids that are better then most top club kids,they cant play because not all familys have the ability to pay for it...don't kid yourself
8:54REC kids that are better than top club kids??????? What club are is you kid playing for?? Laugh-Olympics FC??
Well....you also make a good point about CHOICEClearly there are female athletes playing other sports that could excel at soccer.And no - the "but they cant pay" argument does not hold. The interest has to be there first.How do we get the elite athlete into soccer?
region1 standouts - stop it already - club soccer is very subjective as far as who gets pushed and who makes select teams. Some people just need a reality check when it comes to their knowledge of soccer. A true Region1 soccer player will make any team and it would be visible within the first minute of watching the player - they wouldn't need long looks or going to train with a team before tryouts - they know they are good and it shows because they know exactly what to do when they have the ball and when they don't.Reality check for the parents that think their kids are players they are not. We all think our kids are great - but the really good ones will stick out in a group, if they don't then it's a subjective selection process coach might want physical players or speedy players then it becomes a does your kid have the skill set the coach is looking for not are they a good soccer players.
10:29 pm - being a top high school player does not necessarily equate to a top soccer player in college. Not questioning this girls' ability at all, but no top college soccer program is recruiting a girl that isn't a soccer player, first. And, its a shame, but that is how it is. Remember when sport seasons ended and kids could do multiple sports in and out of school. We were part of this crew. It was a lot of fun.
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No DA for SJEB Rush. I guess the merger really did not mean much huh ?
Schools will take top athletes and give them golf scholarships. They dont have to know how to play golf.
GilliganYour really going to compare learning an individualized sport like golf, to a team oriented sport like soccer? The Minnow is taking on water. Please, the Rec player comment was ridiculous enough. Think about how many excellent players we see at the club level and then multiply it by all the other states that have much higher populations, and with a far greater number of clubs (think California, Texas ect.). With so many great athletes that already are trained, what would be the motivation for a college to give one of their limited scholarships to a volleyball or basketball player? Sorry to bore everyone with this back and forth, I'm done now.
8:54 You can count the top players on rec in NJ by using your arms.If there is a top player that can not afford to pay for a top club.. the club will make it happen.Today's landscape will allow top players to play without paying.You're completely wrong here and the vacuum you're living in needs a filter.
Just keep posted who gets signed this year
10:35 I would have agreed with you prior to this month. When I pick up my kid from HS practice - I watch and I noticed more than 1 player that played at the speed needed to play top shelf soccer. I read so many horror stories nothing like that at my kid's school.So yes I buy into their are top players that understand the game and can play at high levels not on top shelf teams. These kids play local travel because it works for their family. Not everyone want's to drive over 30 minutes to practice a few times a day and then hours to a game. If they did they would make top shelf teams and with that type of training why wouldn't one expect them to be region1 material.
Nice speech, 10:13 (should I call you MaryAnn?)You are insinuating that it could never happen. While I agree it doesnt often happen, yep, it sure could.Think of the top club soccer player that runs track to keep in shape, ends up with......yep.....a TRACK scholarship.Players most often cannot play TWO club sports. For example - playing club soccer often does not leave room for club softball.You are saying that having made the decision to play club SOFTBALL ahead of club SOCCER, though capable of both, would then preclude that player from ever getting an offer to play soccer collegiately, having continued playing soccer for her high school team and school + club on the softball sideI think you had better check yourself.
A girl from the TR area is on D1 soccer and track scholarships at Wagner College in New York. Two sports can be done.
GilliganAgain you point out a scholarship being awarded for an individualized sport,that also happens to be a fast soccer player that also running track. More than half the girls on my daughter"s team runs track in HS, and I'm sure its the same on your daughters team. Please point out to me which colleges are awarding soccer scholarships to these incredibly talented top rec players? Previous poster was correct about soccer clubs letting kids play for discounted cost or no cost at all (especially if their a top rec player). As the famous quote from Jaws goes "its only an island if you look at it from the water". Get off the island Gilligan!
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umm pssst 3:11. we already stated that fast soccer players can run track.
4:46 I think you missed the point. The girl is on 2 college scholarships: soccer AND track. That doesn't happen a lot at the D1 level.
two scholarships??? i hope for just one for my kid.
7:22Didn't miss the point. Players do sometimes play more than one sport in college and one can even be beneficial to the other (track and soccer). It also allows the two coaches to split the scholarship and allows them to award half scholarships to other recruits. Coaches that are awarding the whole scholarship do not want the crossover for fear of injury to their player and lets face it, they need to win to keep their job.I'm just stating that soccer is the one sport that requires a skill set that is usually developed well before a players freshmen year. Tough for a player that's only runs track to step into D1 college soccer game.
8:09 Baseball, Swimming, Gymnastics, Football. Basketball. According to your "logic," all of those parents are wasting money on their kids before their freshman year. Go back to the QVC channel.
To the Administrator who censored the comment about the Brofessor and Wrongway Feldman, which seemed to be a harmless comment fitting with the Gilligan's Island theme. Wrongway Feldman is a character from the fifth episode of the TV show. Wrongway Feldman landed on the island in his biplane the 'Spirit of the Bronx' (a local connection to the blog). Wrongway obtain his name for his penchant for never ending up at his intended destination (not unlike many posters on this blog). The castaways help ready the old plane for takeoff, and by the end Wrongway makes it to the sky, with Gilligan telling the Skipper that Feldman is the bravest man he's ever known: "next to you." Moments like that explain why the series continues to grow in popularity with each new generation (just like this blog), for despite his awesome ineptitude Gilligan is all heart (just like many posters on this blog). Therefore, absolutely no harm intended by the lighthearted, but nevertheless censured post.
Your getting testy 8:54. Where did you possibly draw that conclusion about parents wasting their money on other sports? My son played club baseball, but also played HS football and basketball, so I'm all for kids playing more than one sport. In fact being able to play multiple sports gives a recruit much greater leverage in the recruiting process. This thread was originally started by a post stating that there are rec players are better than some top level soccer players. Wouldn't you agree that if you daughter hadn't built her soccer foundation between the ages of nine and 14, she would be the player she is now? Kids that don't play the game at a higher level simply fall so far behind. I hope this topic comes up while your watching Dr. Phil and then maybe you'll see the light. You do realize he's not really a doctor?
10:04 Didn't you say "I'm just stating that soccer is THE one sport that requires a skill set that is usually developed well before a players freshmen year." 8:54 seems to suggest other sports require a skill set prior to that year. Gymnastics certainly qualifies.
I stand corrected!! I should have said that soccer is "one" of the sports. Sorry about that and by the way, is it difficult to do gymnastics while watching Dr. Phil? You be careful on that pommel horse and make sure you practice your hip abduction exercises first. Have to admit that you have shown a particular amplitude during this thread.
1:55 - it is very, very rare, today (years ago it happened) for a child to get substantial scholarship money for two sports in a top level program either sport. If the sports are not top level, it is more likely to happen. But, in top level programs (any sport) most coaches that are giving $$$$ wants that athlete for that particular sport, only. No risk of injury in the other sport, etc. And, in a top level soccer program, the girls are expected to play spring ball as well. That would interfere with any spring sport programs such as lacrosse, track, golf, etc. I would love to see it change back, though. Life isn't a dress rehearsal. Gotta get the most out of it you can, including experiencing other sports.
9:53 - maybe better stick with the Brady Bunch. "Gee, Mike, I never thought of it that way." Or, Marsha, Marsha, Marsha. Never gets old. :)
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Good advice, particularly if something suddenly comes up, like if my daughter gets hit in the face by an errant ball.
I never thought I would wish for this......SLICK come back,these new guys are the worst...
Soccer season is over keep it moving. No one cares about the statistical bs or the intricate details of GS RANKINGS... It will be screwed up for a while.Best team in each respective state.HBC, IGFA, PENN FUSION, BETHESDA, Virginia ECNL, FC STARS, OAKWOOD.All others are a distant second. Once these teams start playing again it will all change. So keep the chatter going all the rhetoric in the world won't change a thing.
So how many players will look to play at Cedar Stars now that they will have a DA? They will have to bring on a new staff of coaches on the girls side. A lot of chatter about HS soccer, I agree that there are a lot of factors in this equation: coaches relationships with families, number of talented players at the school, style of the play the coach utilizes for the team, outside advocates for certain players in some towns. In a smaller school with less talent Freshman and Sophomores will more than likely make and play on varsity teams, in larger schools that is usually not the case. But in the end it all depends on the talent of the players older than them, so don't worry if your daughter is in that situation, you could always send her to private school if soccer is the only thing that you care about.On a side note, I have noticed a weird coach from a club, coming to watch scrimmage HS games, with no daughter playing on the team. Someone should call the cops on that guy, and there are names for people like that..........
10:03 - Considering the crew on this blog, I would add to your list: Janice - Maggie Wheeler (in character). My apologies to 10:50.
9:14 "Maggie" is at least third on that list. And I'm sure she's a great soccer player too.
Re: coaches watching scrimmages - Blow it out your butt, 8:19.And you're an idiot - freshmen often play at larger schools - if it is a serious program.
Seems like some anger management is in order.
9:53 if its a serious program its well stocked and often freshmen do not play. If its an program that's rebuilding, I agree with you that they will no hesitate to start freshmen. Not sure of the numbers anymore, but it use to be a freshmen could play 20 or 30 percent of the teams games and still go the red shirt route.
Wrong again - just check the top programs in Bergen County - FRESHMEN.
808this is a u16 blog,not u17 ,go where you belong.....those teams wont have a shot at u17,diffrent world my little friend.....
I'm wondering what other parents are thinking about high school soccer. It's painful to watch. My daughter is playing at a really good SJ school. Really good coach. Couple really good players. But the majority of the team is made up of thick aggressive girls with no skill or soccer knowledge. The soccer is horrible to watch. Thoughts ?
Gotta suck it up 8:08!! I assume your daughter wants to play. It is very painful to watch at times, especially when 75% of seniors shouldn't be playing varsity! But the social draw for the girls is immense. Speaking for my 2 daughters, their club ball doesn't begin until HS season is over...Once DA is introduced, then the choice will be theirs....
CHOICE people, stop bitching!!! Who is forcing your daughter to play HS soccer?Choose and move on, no need to belittle another person for choosing differently. There aren't 2 HS soccer programs that are the same anywhere! You can compare experiences but that's about it!I believe cross country and tennis are also offered in the fall....
High School soccer is awesome! I hear so many horror stories but for my children the experience has been great. The camaraderie, the school spirit, the chance to get your name in the paper, what more can you ask for? I think comparing it to club soccer or academy level soccer is really unfair. I have 4 daughters from a senior to an incoming freshman this year. Each has different skill sets. 2 will definitely play in college while 2 will see their careers end once HS soccer is over. Being able to watch the 4 of them play together on the same team for the same cause is a blessing. So I love HS soccer!
2016 WAGS TournamentGirls U16 - SHOWCASE IBracket 01 BRYC ELITE ACADEMY 01/02 (VA)HFC READY 2001 (PAE)NJ WILDCATS FURY-NPL (NJ)PREMIER SC STRIKERS (MD)Bracket 02LEE MOUNT VERNON SC PATRIOTS 01 RED (VA)NEW YORK SC ELITE G01 SAPPHIRE (NYE)FLORIDA RUSH 01 RUSH I GIRLS (FL)HARFORD FC UNITED THUNDER (MD)Bracket 03UNITED MOUNT PLEASANT USA 01 PREMIER I (SC)ARLINGTON SA 2001 GIRLS RED (VA)CAPITAL UNITED SC BLUE FORCE (NYE)LOUDOUN SOCCER 01G RED (VA)
High School soccer is a different experience for all. Some will like it some will not. It is normally a different style of play then what you are used to watching your daughters play for their club teams. It tends to be more direct with a slew of athletes that can run, many don't know the game that well. There also tends to be more injuries in HS soccer, this could be the result of many factors. I hope for those that are playing it is a good experience and they make it through the season healthy.But for those whose daughter didn't make the level of HS you thought she should, it could be a good teaching scenario. It could be because she didn't have the connection you thought she did, that club coach who said he had the shoe in for you if you played for him, and you payed all that money last year for a crap team with a horrible baseball, I mean soccer coach. How did that work for you?
8:35 must be having a bad morning. Multiple posters are discussing the merits of HS soccer and now it must stop? Might have been insulted by the aggressive thick player comment.
ECNL Welcomes as Member Club in 2017Additional new clubs will be announced in the ECNL in the coming weeks.Pittsburgh RiverhoundsTennessee SCElite Girls AcademyDavis Legacy
So yet again Cats are only NJ team in top bracket, and only team at WAGS in top 3. why?
Only team from nj to apply?
As far as HS soccer goes. Think about if your girl is in state championship match up at Kean in November? I believe 4 teams head up to Kean on Saturday and last two standing play Sunday for championship. Single elimination, ya never know? That would be well worth HS soccer.
Watch out for Bracket #3's LoudonDirty team.
2:05 What is Kean?
WAGS,,,,LOL<<<<save your money....WAGS is for u14 and under....stick with HS soccer,
Sorry your team didn't get accepted
Kean is a university in NJ. Based on post, NJ state cup game must be held at that site.
Kean University is where they hold the semi's and finals for High School soccer in NJ for state championships boys and girls. If you are up there in November you are going for a state championship for HS.
So HS soccer has a regular season, Conf tournament, district tournament and state tournament? Lot's of soccer to be played during HS years. Good Stuff.If your kid is on a good HS and club team
For a ninth grader playing HS soccer and club in Sept/Oct/Nov - YES - can be a LOT of soccerBe careful.
It is irresponsible to have your daughter play HS soccer and club soccer at same time. You are asking for an ACL/MCL over use injury.
6:41 - It's not at the same time... HS ends then club starts
Yes, 6:41Birth year system has changed this. Up til last season some 9th graders had fall club league schedulesSome clubs ARE participating in tournaments during the fall, with their HS age players, however
There are many freshman being asked to play HS and club at same time. Wildcats are being asked to train on top of HS iso they can get destroyed at WAGS. Let's just all somehow mange to stay healthy but sometimes overuse injury won't hit a kid until November tournaments when HS is over.
2001 team out of Union is pretty good.Played U15 last season and was very competitive. All girls are 2001's they will be u16 this fall. Played in some upper level tournaments.
When did union play on good tournaments? Did they play at Disney, CASL, Jeff cup? That would be a no. They chose to play in the lower state cup; that tells you all you need to know.
The final of the EM event had some u16 or 2001 action. Below is the Final both teams went 3-0 in group play Iadded their (GD) below also:2 EAST MEADOW ECNL 01 (+19)1 NEW YORK SURF SOCCER CLUB G01 LI (+8)
Let's go wildcats!! The only NJ team in the top bracket of jags !
Yes congrats to wildcats for being he only NJ team in top bracket at wags especially considering only 2 from NJ applied and one is a team from Hamilton I have never heard of makes it even more impressive. https://events.gotsport.com/events/teamlist.aspx?showall=clean&eventid=49472
7:00 Classic... 8:47 must be feeling like a buffoon. No one respects those WildCat parents.. They're one of the 2 or 3 worst group of parents ever.
Totally agree 7:49. Combining those ear splitting voices with the two sizes to small spandex pants really makes you cringe during games. Not sure if the Cats dad's should be admired or given some form of sympathy.
Most likely divorced and paying high alimony for breast implants....If only they could "de-bark" some of those women...
@ 9:36, rarely, ever do I comment. But that is funny, being a dad. I dont know much of those parents at all. My daughter guest played with some of the girls at one time or another in the past. And as a dad, we do have to put up with a lot from our girls and wives. As you say, why go to WAGS? It is interesting, considering my daughters team not playing tournaments till mid-November in Betheseda and NEWWS. So in the end not surprising wildcats get nod in top bracket.
Don't understand WAGS for clubs that have kids playing HS in the fall. Unless of course those teams stick together and don't play HS.Big Fall/Winter events on our side of the map - let me know if i missed any.1. Bethesda2. NEWSS3. CASL4. EDP5. PA Classics (have to add this one since they are now GDA and might get a big turnout)6. Disney
EDP Girls U16 2001 South Fall GamesDE UNION ORANGE '01 DELAWARE RUSH DE RUSH '01FREEDOM UNITED (MD)SAC PREMIER BLUE (MD)
CASL SHOWCASE, JEFFERSON SHOWCASE
Any local Nj clubs going to wags?
Wildcats are and are looking good.
I'll be the judge of that, 7:03
According to the WAGS Tournament Brackets, accessible through the WAGS Tournament Website, there are two U16 NJ teams participating:In Showcase I - NJ WILDCATS FURY-NPL (NJ)In Showcase II - HAMILTON ELITE FC - ACADEMY AVALANCHE (NJ)
Hear a rumor that STA was bought out by Princeton training company! Any truth to it?
Heard PDA will be pulling their teams out of the ECNL because of their DA status!
The landscape created will result in a ZOO around tryout season, with players needing to be at multiple sessions in a given week across a few clubs.Maybe doing the legwork pre-tryout is the answerFunny thing though is that these days you never know exactly what team you are joining, since players you think will be there may in fact not be.You need to be buying into the club more than the personnel.
Are you saying that PDA won't have enough candidates to field an ECNL team as well as a DA team in the various age groups? I am not sure I understand what you mean. How did you learn? I just find it hard to believe because PDA just pledged its alliance to ECNL and their DOC is on the Board. Is this Henny Penny and the sky is falling? :)
And if Dr Temple doesn't help, try Dr Kevorkian
PDA has recommitted to the ECNL. As I understand it, the Sky Blue/PDA DA teams may not even be based at PDA. What the DA does is pull more kids to all the teams at MFA, PDA, and CSA. I have heard the Northeast NPL may be finished, and PDA and MFA may play their 3rd teams in EDP.
I was told that teams that will play in the DA leagues were not allowed to play in the ECNL. Something to do with by-laws. Don't know if there is any truth to that but club owner told me that DA will allow for ECNL to expand to include other clubs. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen!
There are about 70 clubs granted GDA's. Sorry, I'm not up on my DA specs. I do not see ECNL cutting loose all the teams granted a DA. Interesting about the Northeast NPL though. And that makes sense to have the kids play EDP. Agree with the previous poster, speculative and remains to be seen. Makes for good soccer blogging though.
IF my kid is on the third team, I am not traveling hundreds of miles to play a soccer game. It is hard enough to justify that for the first team.
Aren't the EDP games more or less local?
EDP being more or less local is a relative term. EDP now extends from New York to Northern Virginia, and from the Jersey Shore to the Ohio River (i.e. Pittsburgh). Although there is only limited play this fall at U16 and U17 because of high school (DE and VA girls play high school in the spring and thus have fall EDP games). For reference purposes, here are the U15 EDP results after week one. Note the large southern division with the MD, VA, and Central and Western PA teams.Girls U15 2002 1st Division North W-D-L, GF-GA, Pts1: FORCE FC FORCE 02 1-0-0, 8-0, 32: SDFC 2002G YELLOW 1-0-0, 8-1, 33: ARSENAL PREMIER FC 1-0-0, 3-0, 34: TSF ACADEMY 2003G 0-0-1, 0-3, 05: LAGRANGE STRIKERS 0-0-1, 1-8, 06: WAYNE SC GGG 2002 0-0-1, 0-8, 0Girls U15 2002 1st Division Central W-D-L, GF-GA, PtsN/A: HFC READY 2002N/A: MONTGOMERY UNITED MONU 02'SN/A: SJEB RUSH 02 GIRLS ACADEMY WHITEN/A: WARRINGTON FC NINJAS 1: NEW JERSEY RUSH 02 GREY 1-0-0, 2-1, 32: HAVERFORD ELITE 02 0-1-0, 1-1, 12: TWIN COUNTY SA XTREME 02/03 0-1-0, 1-1, 14: CHERRY HILL FC DESTROYERS '02 0-0-1, 1-2, 0Girls U15 2002 1st Division South W-D-L, GF-GA, Pts1: HMMS IMPACT EAGLE FC 1-0-0, 7-0, 32: PIPELINE SC BLACK 1-0-0, 5-0, 33: NORTH UNITED FC RUSH 1-0-0, 6-2, 34: SUPERNOVA FC 02G BLACK 1-0-0, 2-1, 35: ARUNDEL ASA PUMAS '02 1-0-0, 1-0, 36: HYS THUNDER BLACK 0-0-1, 1-2, 07: BALTIMORE BAYS LIGHTNING 0-0-1, 0-1, 08: SAC PREMIER BLUE 0-0-1, 2-6, 09: CESC CALVERT-ELITE '02 0-0-1, 0-5, 010: PHWM SC 2002 RED 0-0-1, 0-7, 0
Wow. Agree with you. Remember when soccer was a ball and a pair of cleats, shin guards and a local (and I mean within 20 miles) tournament?
It still can be sort of like that if you avoid certain leagues.
This is a u16 board! why are we talking u15? EDP is a glorified JAGS league.
You're correct. EDP is a glorified JAGS league. NPL is a glorified EDP league. ECNL is a glorified NPL league. GDA is a glorified ECNL league. What a dumb comment!
6:16 - Try to read the post again you illiterate moron. It's obvious the U15 information was used as a reference to help answer an earlier question about EDP. As was stated, there is little current U16 information about the extent of EDP because there is currently little U16 and above action in EDP.
Gfa still #1
NY/NJ/PA Teams going CASL - not sure if we have posters from other states or I would have included them as well. Under 16 GirlsAlbertson SC Fury 01 ECNLContinental FC ECNLEast Meadow Soccer Club ECNL 01FC Bucks ECNL 01 FC BucksFC Copa RomaNew York Surf Soccer Club G01Lehigh Valley United FC 2001 Girls BlackMassapequa NPL 01 CosmosMatch Fit Academy NE NPL 01NJ Stallions Academy Freedom NJ StallionsNew York Surf Soccer Club G01 LIPDA MadridPDA SplashPenn Fusion SA '01g ECNLManhattan Soccer Club PridePrinceton Soccer Association IGFA 01Pittsburgh Riverhounds Development AcademySJEB RUSH 01 GIRLS ACADEMYSTA Morris United NPL 01SUSA FC Academy Elite G01SUSA FC Academy G01 NPLSyracuse Development AcademyNew York Soccer Club Elite 2001 SapphireWorld Class FC ECNL 01
Where did you get this list? The web site doesn't have it posted yet
GFA is U17, is it not?Shame. Would have been great for the division of they had their '01s stick around
Any inside scoop on teams accepted to Disney?
Yes. They will be playing in Florida.
Disney Girls U16 teams NY/NJ/PA1776 United FC Xtreme FC Copa Academy G00 NPL RomaGreater Binghamton FC 01 SelectManhattan SC Pride 01 NPLMassapequa Soccer Club NPL '01 CosmosNew York Surf Soccer Club G01 LINJ Stallions Academy 01 Freedom NPLNJ Wildcats Fury-NPLSJEB Rush 01 Girls AcademySTA 2001G NPLSUSA ELITE G01SUSA ISA NPL G01Watchung Hills Soccer Association NJ Elite FlamesYMS Premier 01' Banshees
Disney accepted team list is out. Just look it up
NY Surf Long Island is a sham
Thanks 11:33 and 7:24NJ douches no doubt
Saw the "applied teams" list which is very long. Is accepted out for Disney? Or, are the teams above noted accepted?
I just listed the u16 NJ/NY/PA teams -as these are the only states I know that have posters on this board. If there is another state I will gladly include teams from that state also, love my regional soccer and can talk NEP, CCL, EDP NPL, ECNL, USYSA NL & USYSA ERL.These first few tournaments will be huge for teams and the flights they get in the spring if they get blown out of games.Fall Events before the indoor season and the hunt for titles.PS. I know it's all about the kids and their schools just going to have fun with results in a few months.BethesdaEDPNEWSSCASLPA ClassicsDisney
The Board is gaining a following. There is an increasing number of followers from PAW, MD, DE, and VA. Although, they are clearly not as "opinionated" as those from NJ.
VA checking in here!!
First major of the young season.2016 WAGS Tournament Girls U16SHOWCASE IBracket 01 BRYC ELITE ACADEMY 01/02 (VA)HFC READY 2001 (PAE)NJ WILDCATS FURY-NPL (NJ)PREMIER SC STRIKERS (MD)Bracket 02LEE MOUNT VERNON SC LMVSC PATRIOTS 01 RED (VA)NEW YORK SC ELITE G01 SAPPHIRE (NYE)FLORIDA RUSH 01 RUSH I GIRLS (FL)STORM SSA 01 GIRLS BLACK (SC)Bracket 03ARLINGTON SA 2001 GIRLS RED (VA)PINECREST PREMIER 2001-G BLUE (FL)CAPITAL UNITED SC BLUE FORCE (NYE)LOUDOUN SOCCER 01G RED (VA)Get to see how some teams do with their new player pool.
First major of the young season.2016 WAGS Tournament Girls U16SHOWCASE IIBracket 01 WELLINGTON SC 01/02 WAVE WHITE (FL)SEVERNA PARK BLACK THUNDER '01 (MD)FC VIRGINIA UNITED ELITE 01 (VA)STING AUSTIN 01 ROYAL (TXS)Bracket 02HAMILTON ELITE FC - ACADEMY AVALANCHE (NJ)SAC PREMIER BLUE (MD)VIRGINIA LEGACY SC CCL ELITE (VA)NASA-TOPHAT NTH TOPHAT-01 GOLD (GA)Bracket 03VIRGINIA RUSH 01G (VA)CUTLER RIDGE SC CRS FURY 01/02 GIRLS WHITE (FL)FCV ASHBURN HEAT (VA)LAGRANGE RAGE (NYE)Bracket 04MD RUSH MONTGOMERY RUSH '01G (MD)OSHAWA KICKS GIRLS 2001 RED (CND)BEACH FC RED 01 (VA)UNITED MOUNT PLEASANT USA/MP 01 PREMIER I (SC)------------------------------------------------- SHOWCASE IIIBracket 01 MARYLAND RUSH RUSH 01G NPL (MD)KENDALL SC UNITED 2001 WHITE (FL)SOUTHWESTERN YOUTH SYA CARDINALS 01 RED (VA)DE UNION ORANGE '01 (DE)Bracket 02DELAWARE RUSH DE RUSH '01 (DE)DYNAMO SC 01G (VA)PREMIER ANGELS (MD)CHARLOTTE UNITED PALMETTO FUTBOL CUPUFC 01 GIRLS SELECT (SC)Bracket 03VSA 01G NPL ACADEMY (VA)NYSA ARSENAL 01 EGSL-GRANCE (NV)TRIANGE FUTBOL ALLIANCE TFCA 01 SELECT GIRLS (NC)PWSI COURAGE 01G NPL (VA)Bracket 04VYS PHOENIX '01 (VA)LAKE NORMAN SC 01 ECLIPSE BLUE (NC)FC BUCKS NORTH SHOCKERS NPL (PAE)FREDERICKSBURG FC 01 GIRLS BLACK (VA)Bracket 05CYA COUGARS 01 (VA)SAC PREMIER WHITE 2001S (MD)RICHMOND KICKERS YSC U16 G ELITE '01 (VA)WAKE FUTBOL 01G WAKE FC BLUE (NC)GPS NASA 2001 MAROON GIRLS (SC)
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