My son just joined a Pre-Academy team and so far so good. Practices are intense and the quality of players looks good; talent is about equal across the board. It's only the beginning so we'll see if the cost associated with it was worth it.
'Is there a future for NJSA? Horrid results this year at every age group?'Does not sound good over there. Hearing they are actually charging extra registration fee for specialized training and have to pay for uniforms now. Should not that be included with registration which I do not understand was lessened?Mr Ramos must need extra money for his own fields.We left just in time.Good riddance.
Suggestion for the USSF Academy program: If you really want to promote player development don't take down the standings rather get rid of the subbing rules. Recently, the powers that be decided to get rid the standings in the U14 league so as to encourage the teams to play '00's more. This is so there will be greater development. But yet they only allow 5 subs per game and once you come out of a game you can't go back in. Hog ties the coaches and makes it impossible to get more players in and out of games. Not enough games either, only 8 or 9 this Fall. Don't see how this model is going to work in the longer term.
Everyone I know there is miserable. Poor leadership, will take any kid with a check.
Agree that the subbing rules are ridiculous, and that if they want to "be fair" they should at least have the same rules for pre-academy as academy - minimum required start of 25% of the games for all full-time players.NPL plays with the "once subbed out, not back in for that half" rules for older players. I think that is a good compromise.
Even with 25% start rule it is terrible. There are only 8-9 games this fall. That means you play in 2-3 games. You give up high school soccer for that? This format will work for the MLS academy teams, since they pay for everything, but not for others. That will leave a very small league and lots of travelling for games.
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Gottschee moves into 2nd at U14 USSF DA and at U13 NPL.
I want a college opportunity for my son, but really don't like the way the older RB teams play. They are skilled and yet spend half the time rolling around on the ground faking injury. Top colleges will not put up with that behavior and worse still, life after soccer does not reward whining cry babies.
Any opinions on the NJSA04 Cedar Stars partnership? I wonder if the partnership will have a positive impact down here in Monmouth county.
On the NJSA/Stars partnership - glass is half full view - If you build it they will come - If the result is a soccer complex in the area which is truly a home, then all for the good. Organization of facilities has plagued both Matchfit and NJSA - importing the younger Stars teams will be good for the win/loss ratio to the extent that is important to you and the boys teams will benefit from a larger player pool - following the model of PDA, and other DA clubs (PA Classics for instance) club controlled facilities and large player pools allow a club to push forward talented players while still retaining players who need to develop further. Glass is half empty view - just a way to transition Tab away from the club without any real impact to teams or players development
I thought the same thing was going to happen with the NJSA/NJ Stallion partnership...hasn't quite worked out that way...a total of ONE player from the stallions made one of the NJSA Academy team and that was a U18...these partnerships are just another marketing tool / carrot to dangle.
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