So technically being a part of South or Shore would allow you to potentially play for PDA North whenever you want and play for your primary team too? Getting double training and double playing time. Wouldn't that be taking away playing time from the girls whose primary team is the North? Just doesn't seem fair to the players on the ECNL North.Maybe I am missing something, but I would think a player would be better off playing for the South and the Shore teams because from what you are saying, they can then play for two teams (the ECNL team and their Shore or South team).The North players don't have this luxury.
Would you have to pay to be on two teams? assuming you aren't on scholarship. Would only seem fair to the ones on the North team paying full price.
Another great point is there many kids on scholarships with these premier clubs?
Joe it might be wise to mention that the current u11 pda soon to be pre ecnl team are quite talented. Not sure there will be too many open roster spots if all of the current team decides to stick with it. I believe the best advise is to get the best training your daughter can get now and let the future take care of itself. A lot can change in 2/3 years.
I don't know sounds like a marketing ploy to say that if you play for Nova or Shore you will have the same opportunity at ECNL events as Galaxy. How about Crew? Do they have the same opportunity too? How will Galaxy parents and players feel if Nova, Shore and Crew players start taking roster spots for those all important showcase events? I'm not buying it!Maybe it happened back when South just launched(your older daughters era), when Shore didn't exist and when second teams weren't fully in place up North.I'd be shocked if any meaningful player exchange/swapping took place at those important showcase events by the time these girls get that age.I buy into the fact that training opportunities will exist. Many clubs have DOC training nights where multiple teams come together. But to outright displace ECNL rostered players with affiliated players at Showcase events. Yeah, it might happen in very select situations. Implying that its a legitimate reason to join Shore or Nova though - stretching it at best. Most likely just savy marketing to fill those affiliate rosters!
I posted 3:25Joe, your daughter is probably one of those "exceptions to the rule" that could get called up to the ECNL showcase events. Especially given your familiarity with the program and their familiarity with your family. There's loyalty there and that's to be respected. I wouldn't make the case that there would be opportunity for many others to do the same. I think joining Nova or Shore should be looked at mostly for getting the right training. Just my opinion.
Joe, that's a fair response. Why doesn't your daughter just play for galaxy if she's looking for that ECNL exposure? That seems like the best crack at it. Is it a travel issue?
Any club with branches or affiliations will take the top players to be ECNL. Now will those players all be at one branch? Should they be at one branch? Clubs need to win. I think the top players will eventually congregate under one team name unless there is a specific reason why a player cannot join that team.
Folks go read older posts on U14 blog. Not a single happy PDA south parent. They were promised the moon by PDA north but for 6 months no south girl was called up north. Then finally after all the complaining in blog by multiple parents, two south girls were allowed to practice with ecnl squad but no games. On the flip side, ecnl girls from both u14 and u15 squads were called down to play for PDA south all year long. So the South girls got the raw end of the deal for sure.Not a PDA parent, just providing info from another age on this topic. You can read it for yourself.
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Everything I say is BS.Google NCAA top 50 freshman for me and get back to me.And when you are finished,let me know if anyone from your club is on the list,or has ever been.Cold hard facts are not BS.-J.T.
Or is it about a club having the ability to have it's players seen based on club reputation and track record?J.T.
Heard that 2 Players from Nova coming to the PDA Shore Team.
This is hysterical your kid is 11!!!! You will drive her soooo crazy that she will not even end up playing in college or even HS! Sooo sad......
don't drive her crazy at all,she loves it.at what age do you think top athletes start working on their craft?do smart kids who spend a lot of time on studies not end up going to high school? that is such flawed logic,
9:41 or you walk up to me 4 years from now and say,I should not have waited so long, now I'm stuck on a second rate club hoping to get a look.your club is only 500 a year less,how are you saving 20 grand? I know who I'm talking to by the way.you keep selling them poor naïve families that false propaganda you guys spread down there.doesn't anybody down there look at past graduating classes? you can play town soccer and go to those schools.you can sell that stuff to people who don't know any better,not me.and the riding the pine statement is just silly.
I have a new question for you all. Do any if you think that Red Bulls will offer a girls program similliar to the boys?
you got me.
I have been on the sidelines with PDA Nova parents. 80% jerks who think their poop don't stink. I am quite sure Joe T was one of them.
Yeah I hear some PDA Nova parents already took there kids to other teams or will be. To much talking behind each other's back. Joe T. stay safe I like your opinions.
been to lots of soccer games,I'm actually kind of quiet at u11 games.......and I would never claim my poop don't stink,cause it does.....does yours?-J.T.
10:47 you do realize that some players are advised by the club to try out for other teams if their kid is on the bubble right?or would you rather them leave the kids high and dry and just cut them?J.T.
Joe T. so parents were already told they would be cut for other girls to come in if they see better players at tryouts. At least PDA was straight forward I give them props for that. What gets me is at U11 with only 2 tryouts how can anyone determine a kids true potential over a kid that has been developming but still on the bottom. Every child develops at different paces. It seems they aren't developing but just looking for the next best thing. PDA - Player Drop Academy will be the clubs new nickname.
Sometimes I feel there is a disconnect between coaches and players. Are the players advised to look elsewhere? Or are the parents advised to have their kid look elsewhere and the parents are the ones who get to tell their kid? Coaches are used to turn over and they don't take it personally. But I think they sometimes forget about the "human" part of the soccer player. How many of you have had to explain a player eval to your kid and guess as to why a coach ranked them a certain way?
The way you guys think is the reason soccer in the south is 10 years behind the north,if you aren't good enough you aren't good enough.if you want a participation trophy go play town soccer folks.-J.T.
Well said J.T.
J.T. - how many new kids were at Nova tryouts?
I wanna say 20 at first tryout,supposed to have a few more tonight.-J.T.
The way I'm hearing Joe's statements would make me hesitant to accept a roster spot on Nova if my daughter were trying out this season. Unless my daughter were coming to that team as a top half of the roster sort of player, I'd be hesitant about joining them. Players develop when they are confident and secure in their environment and in their worth on a team. If they are joining a new team and rank in the bottom half, the environment Joe has described won't foster security. You'll likely be looking at an invitation to try out elsewhere next year.The message I'm getting is come to try-outs if your a top player but don't bother if you're a lower/middle roster sort of player. The problem is there will always be lower/middle roster players on a roster. You're expendable if you're one of those players on Nova, so be careful.
More of that flawed south logic,the way I see it is if my kid is surrounded by highly competitive players,her level of play will go up.Or I guess you could just do the safe thing and stay where you are and never know if you held your own kid back.I'd rather go for it and see what happens.J.T.
Joe T - You're not the only one at PDA. 20 is nothing. Why not bring your kid to PDA North tryouts? We has 80+ at the first one. Aren't you curious to see how your kid matches up with 4x the players trying out? Better yet, handles trying out with so many kids? It's not as easy as you think.
Why would I do that? The south is right here,not scared of the numbers at all.you can slash that number into 4 groups of 20 real fast.first kid made it to the us national pool at u15,would that be similar to 80 kids at a tryout?
Your returning kid isn't under as much pressure to stay on team, keep her starting spot, get moved to the middle of the pack, or get cut with only 20 trying out. What is Nova's roster size? How many get cut each year from that roster? Were there enough good players so Nova can take in 6 new and cut 6 old? Glad to hear about the one player. North has been established longer so I don't think it's fair to list North accomplishments.
Joe T - sounds like you are playing it safe by staying at Nova. Why not go for it Joe? Joe T said: More of that flawed south logic,the way I see it is if my kid is surrounded by highly competitive players,her level of play will go up.Or I guess you could just do the safe thing and stay where you are and never know if you held your own kid back.I'd rather go for it and see what happens.J.T.May 9, 2014 at 12:17 PM
12:04 - can't speak for South but yes you are correct for North. Your kid had to be as good if not better than the current girls to get a spot. Height, fast speed, and quick feet are some pre-requisites, although height can be a non-factor if you kid runs like Usain Bolt.
We'll be up there to work out plenty,hope to see you there.
12:04 Nice statement so PDA North is picking Atheltic kids with Height and Fast throw out the simple fact of Soccer IQ, Vision, passing ability and great ball skills. Like I said PDA: Player Drop AcademyThe Sydney Loroux's and Lionel Messi's in the world wouldn't had a chance to crack PDA's model at 11/12 years old.
......and yet it's the number 1 rated girls club in the country.
80+ at PDA North's first tryout?Try 65. Exactly. Including the one player who showed up 2/3 of the way through.
That folks is one competitive parent.
Everything is a job and business to these academy guys and we feed into it. Joe T. did the right thing with his eldest duaghter and she falls in that 1% of great atheletes that come out of Jersey of course he has every reason to spend and acheivement a great outcome. It's like if your child was identified as a genious are you going to send them to best prviate school or continue at your local neighborhhod school. For all those B level teams for these academy squads face the facts and stop spending and feeding the business. Especially Match Fit.
Joe T's eldest ended soccer at PDA but did not start her soccer career at PDA or spend her development years there.The question is why is Joe's younger kid in the PDA system at U11 when the eldest wasn't and the eldest still got a D1 scholarship?
Joe, let us know what the numbers were like at those try-outs tonight. Always curious what the turn out is at academies vs town teams where you're lucky to get 3-5 outside players show up.
Joe T's girl on Nova is one of the best players I have seen at this age. She will be just fine. She has what it takes.
10:50 REALLY ! You're on the blog at 10:50 on a Friday night. Get a life ! Oh wait , you're living it through your daughter. Lol.
At U11 the main focus should be training. If your child is on a team that has good athletic players and are concerned with getting better. The the focus should be on improving the first touch and trapping / heading ability. the closer the ball is to the feet the quicker your child will look. At the HS lever there are a lot of players that are fast, but many many can't handle a pass or carry without the ball getting away from them. Training and practice should be the main focus. The team your child is on should reflect the kids ambition. If she is wanting more and devotes her time away from the team to practicing in the yard, then the bigger clubs are right for her. if not then the local clubs are probably better for her.
10:50 REALLY ! You're on the blog at 10:50 on a Friday night. Get a life ! Oh wait , you're living it through your daughter. Lol. May 10, 2014 at 8:58 AM Hhhmmm. So waking up first thing on a Saturday morning and checking the blog and insulting someone who made a rare compliment on the blog is "winning" I guess? Thanks for the laugh. Hard to find the logic in your post. But cowards rarely use logic or have the balls to say things in person.
Beat down is under way. Galaxy up 2-0 and game just started!
I guess sje will be quite today.Or maybe they will go back to the hate Joe t attacks.Only because they know in the back of there heads they win had his daughter still been there.
Some of these comments are so incredibly stupid. So back to soccer.... Both u11 & u12 Pda A teams vs Homdel tomorrow in the finals. Should be great soccer!!!
What were State Cup scores today?
TSF's coaches were yelling at their girls to take ours down during our game. Classless.
Joe T, looks like your earlier predication of a close game between Galaxy and Barons was a "lot" off....
What was the score?
Always drama with njxFyi - Swimming has no contact
PredictionsGalaxy 5NJX 0~ Jimmy the Greek
Beer seen any issues with tsf. Pipeline, yes.
beer seen omg call the cops you are all hypocrites and fags .Oh thats right you never drank, this is such high pressure events half these girls wont be playing in next 3 years and the other half will be carpet munching
Galaxy 1-0- EE
to May 10, 2014 at 8:11 PM --- I was not at the game, are you saying the TSF coaches where shouting "take out specific gils" I find that hard to believe
1:09 - it wasn't yesterday's game but a previous game against them. Yes we were surprised too at what we heard. I find it hard to believe TSF parents are okay with this.
1:21 aka NJX parent....very solid effort vs galaxy. A loss is a loss though. Good job on covering the spread! Take it as a moral victory!Congrats to PDA!~ Jimmy
NJX a dynamite town team held there own against pda galaxy. Hardly a decimation!
Hey Jimmy how much did u pay for that 1 (ONE) goal $3000? Yea against an awesome town team. Yea u won by 1 (ONE). WOW
I think NJX would have better bragging rights if they had scored on Galaxy.
How much does it cost to play at NJX total?
jimmy come to pda get on your kness like joe t we could have a dynasty
As an NJX parent i thought it was a well played game. Galaxy is an excellent team, NJX held their own for the most part. PDA had more opportunities and possession, but NJX had some quality chances as well. The one thing I think both teams suffer from is lack of size. I watch a u 12 team like NJX Celtic pound on PDA storm and those girls are monsters. And for NJX from august to June season all in, about $950.
3:16 I take it your tournaments fees are extra or is that part of your $950? Do you pay coach's expenses too?
When I saw NJX play earlier this year I thought they were had athletic girls but didn't pass as much as I expected. Too many players hanging onto the ball and then losing it.I'm assuming Match Fit will correct this as they move to U12. The height will come as the girls go through changes.
well said ive seen some of your dads pound on each other at the scenic overlook off 295 hellllooo......
that ball-hanging-on-thing is that why njx went 0-3 at pda they scored 1 goal the entire tournament
The $950 is all in coaches fees, trainer, tournaments. It's a good value. I agree with size and also tendency to hang onto the ball etc, but we all know these girls are young, things come in time.
Always an excuse with PDA the balls flat, the grass is high!! How about just saying it was a good game.. So you only got 1 goal off a mistake..so be it.... Go play out of state and you won't score any.... I watched most of that game yesterday especially after those NJX girls were in tears about a teammate and they still fought... You should be ashamed......
The player came back right? Isn't that what a NJX parent said? So you are blaming your lack of scoring IN THIS GAME on a fallen teammate who returned? What are your other excuses for the other nil games? Bad Somerset food and water?
I don't think anyone from Galaxy is posting, just Sol.
See again get the facts before you write crap! She was taken away by an a ambulance.......
Why is NJX always in attack mode? I cant stand pda and wanted you to win against them just like everyone else, but I never see anything from them on this board? Not talking about nova, theybdont even countbin mynmind. You need to settle down, you lose everything you play in and had the easy path to finals. I'm sure you had ten in the box the whole game.
Lol ! Thanks for removing my posts !
8:45 aka pda galaxy parent. Ok whatever! 8:34 is on the money...pda always complaining why they can't score. That goal you got on njx was a penalty kick right in-front of the goal. That's the best you can do? I would ask for a refund!!In my opinion, that last play our player got hurt was pummeled by 2 pda players in the box should have been a penalty. You got lucky!
It is such a shame that so many people need to validate their choice of team by coming to the blog and bashing other teams parents and coaches. Lots of great teams, coaches, and parents. Leave the competition on the field. Get to know your opponents they may be your child's teammate in the future. Validation comes from seeing your child develop. I am glad there is great competition in our state. Congratulations to PDA Galaxy, NJX , SJEB and TSF on games well played this weekend. As a parent whose team lost this weekend I am proud of all the great soccer and sportsmanship on the field. Us parents should learn from our very talented girls.
I chuckle when people come on here and praise match fit training. Name one team they have developed? Joke.
Why do you feel the need to be so negative. Are you that insecure with your pick of a team. Almost all academy programs do not develop all their players from U8 to U 18. There is always turnover. Most U16 rosters may have only a few players that were rostered at u8 or u 9. Kids grow and decide they do not want to play, they move, or they are just not good enough. It doesn't matter how good the training if a kid is not athletic enough they will not make it at the highest level. Few parents recognize their children's limitations they all see them as Olympic athletes. Let your kids enjoy and make new friends from all around. Like I already said today's opponent maybe tomorrow's team mate. Oh and I am not from NJX. I hope their player is alright and I will keep her in my prayers.
Name one team they have developed? The core of the U17 team which is a top 5 team in the country has been together there for a long time. I personally know kids on the U18 ECNL team who started there at U10. They have done a great job with these kids and the kids love it there.
You people are insane. My daughter plays for NJX. The Galaxy coach and girls displayed excellent sportsmanship. They were generally concerned when our player was down. She was taken off by ambulance and never came back in (obviously). Their girls expressed their well wishes for our player to our coaches after the game, and their coach called ours to check on the player Galaxy won fair and square. It was a great game. If only you mental midgets on here could act as mature as the girls.
5:36 Well said, we are glad she was ok. Some of these parents take it a little far. Well fought game and matches like that are the best for our kids beucase it builds character through expereince. There is a true accomplishment afterwards for one team but also their is sadness for another which can lead to new goals to learn and see what needs to be done next time as a team.Joe T. you've been MIA where are you? PDA north parents were waiting for you to congratulate your North counterpart.
PDA has history of developing. MF doesn't.
@1:55 "Almost all academy programs do not develop all their players from U8 to U 18. There is always turnover. Most U16 rosters may have only a few players that were rostered at u8 or u 9."For U8 we're considering a big academy mentioned a lot on here, would you advise her to get in on ground floor and see how it goes, thinking she can likely do well there for a few years and then all bets are off? We're willing to do that if training is high quality and development does happen. Would you recommend that for a U8 girl who shows talent now, knowing that there are no guarantees she'll keep up in the long run? Will it give her solid foundation/good options later if she's cut down the road? Town team is not an option so all other choices nearby are actually at least as $$. What is the best environment for development?
Yes, Academy level training is good for,the younger girls. However most foreign academies change coaches every couple years. It's good for younger players to have different training methods and different teammates. If your daughter is trained within the same Academy under the same coach and style they will never learn to adapt to anything else. Change is good !
@9:40..... Our daughter plays on one of the teams mentioned on here. She has been envolved with club soccer since she was a little younger than your daughter. My opinion is to search for clubs that offer development with a sincere care for the children. There are several clubs out there that aren't necessarily the top performers but they provide solid training with a nurturing environment at a lower cost. At such a young age it is most important to keep them excited about the game. My daughter was not developed at her current club yet is she is one of the top players. If your daughter develops beyond where she is, both you and she will know that it's time for more. I do not suggest club hoping but your gut will tell you if and when, should a move be necessary. Good luck! Have fun with it and don't become a lunatic like some of these people:)
If you are on a club team, stay on that club team. Dont look to jump to another club unless you have issues with the club or coach. If you want more, this is when you look to find an academy. Look what happened to Jackson. They are done. Many more good club teams will fall apart next year. It is the world we live in right now.
@ U8 post, you should not even be looking on this board these are parents/girls entering u12 more like u10 boards would be more helpful. Things change a lot at this transitional age group. My recommend you stay with local club team and just optional training with academy clubs so you provide her with both worlds until she is ready to move on. I would put her on a academy team until she outgrows her regular club team, especially at u8.
I'm the 9:40poster with the U8 girl. Thanks for the replies. She isn't with any team yet - starting fresh. There are many options around, but I find them just as $$ as the academy and also perhaps more concerned about how my daughter can help their team win. Hoping that the academy environment would be better, focus on skills and letting her try different positions, access to more coaches, stuff that will actually help her get better. Since the academy plays fewer games and tournaments. Wondering if that's reality or not.
Winning has zero importance at U8. I have a kid in U10 now. If you mind telling me where you live I am happy to give you my thoughts. So I understand it she's U8 now and not with any club? I know a lot of the private and town clubs, and I have no bias.
I agree with 10:33. U-8 is way too early to look into an academy team; especially if she has not played. Perhaps you may want to look into a reputable local town team that has a good coach to see even if soccer is a sport that your daughter may be interested & enjoys playing. If she enjoys playing soccer, then in the early years you can always supplement her training by getting her additional training sessions. Right now at u-8, she is too young and competitiveness does not bear the same value to her.In adding to points made by 9:57, club teams may disband not solely to go to 'academy' teams, but because their local town soccer coach may not have additional knowledge to further develop the team to a more competitive level and/or further develop an individual player's skill level. Or, sometimes the reason for leaving may be primarily due to the displeasure with the local town or the coach itself. And from reading earlier posts, this is not the first time that Jackson has lost a vast number of players.Congratulations to the State Cup finalists.
Okay galaxy, why aren't you posting anything about all about your wins? We know you must be on this blog. It's hard to give PDA $hit when you don't give us the opportunity. Now I have to wait for sjeb, njx and your little south team step sister to push back on. Not as much fun. I hope joe t ends up there, it will make you a great target. Or even better, you get joe t, the sjeb dad and the NJX momma bear to join your team. My dream come true and your worst nightmare.Please let us know if they show up for any tryouts - you will see them a mile away. Just look for the pacers on the sidelines.
@3:21 and @5:35Sorry, let me clarify. She's going to be a U8 (so trying out as a U8 now for fall teams). She's not affiliated with any team/club YET, but has played lots of competitive soccer already through informal teams. Loves it. Great skills and interest. Needs better training than town team offers.
Whose the NJX mamma bear??
Most kids play for town clubs to start. Some are exceptional. My U10 daughter will probably move to another club for U12. Thought about doing it this year, but didn't. The training with the town club we are in is exceptional, and most of the academy trainers are from the best clubs in NJ. Really depends on what town you are in. I was lucky, mine has a history of tremendous girls programs. Frankly the only non town club I would start a U8 kid at is PDA, many of the others don't even have U8 teams. Not sure if PDA is an option for you.
You can't tell who she is?Go back and read all the NJX post, all 100 of them.
@9:36 Town team is not quality, some good trainers scattered throughout teams. Never know what you're going to get season to season, no consistency (think UKElite-type 20-somethings with little experience who are here like au pairs of soccer). need to look elsewhere which = $$ clubs in surrounding area. PDA could work. thanks.
What are peoples thoughts on playing for PDA B team in the hope of making the A team? Anyone you know ever managed to make the jump from PDA B to PDA A?
10:46 the trainers in our club at the younger ages are from PDA and a few other of the big clubs. They are excellent.
You talking about an NJX coach... Don't they have a paid coach now?
I was watching the the NJX and Galaxy game on the sidelines and it was a great match. Unfortunately, NJX got robbed at the end - poor call on the refs that did not impose a penalty on galaxy for tackling a njx player and sending her to the hospital. Bad call!!
What happened? Did the kid break something?
I cannot believe we are still hearing you complain about losing that 11 year old girls NJ Cup soccer game. Big deal. You act like it really matters. Who cares its a youth soccer game. Sounds like it was a good game, so maybe next time it will be your win. Get over it and move on.
njx thinks galaxy is bad for taking their player down ................. yet they gave a goal by .......... taking a galaxy player down in the box ........ hmmmmmm ................
1:24 you are kidding right? You must be a total idiot!! It should work both ways don't you think? So did you pay off the refs?
There are some real sickos on this site. Whoever is pretending to be an NJX parent to make them look bad has exposed themselves again. Galaxy did NOT score on a PK. No NJX parent could possible claim that. My daughter is NJX and that is not how galaxy scored. It must be either the same obsessed Lyon father or one of the lunatics who obsess their kid didn't make it. Galaxy won fair and square. End of story!
These people were not at game,there was no penalty scored by PDA.
This is so sad. Great game by both teams. Nothing but great parents and great girls. Please stop trying to stir the pot. There were no I'll feelings about anything. Next subject.
I'm beginning to think the poster who said there is always drama with NJX is correct. They are on here congratulating themselves for their loss and praising their players for "keeping it close." They are trashing PDA for one of their players going down and having to leave the field in an ambulance. Yet no one has said what happened to the girl. But someone said she came back to the game. So it's seems like NJX is trying to create drama by emphasizing the ambulancetrip. If NJX won the game they would be bragging left and right about beating a DA. NJX: what do you want from your fellow posters with your posts: Props for your loss? Acknowledgement that PDA is the big bad club? Okay. Congratulations on the loss. PDA sucks. Happy now?
@3:55 PMWell said.There will always be some idiot that can't let it go.- the grass was to high.- the goal post was not regulation.- the ball was to flat.- the rain fell to hard.Etc...
What is everyone's kid doing for summer soccer?
The girl did not come back... Use your brains if she was taken away in an ambulance how would she get back to play?? Hello!! She has a sprained neck and a concussion..It was a great game so some people need to stop the crap....
I've seen older players leave in ambulances and come back in their parent's car to either return to play or sit on the bench with their teammates. Nice insult NJX parent. I can see the drama.
Like I said next subject. I have a several friends looking for more than travel but their girls not quite ready for the PDA's/ MatchFit's of the world. Suggestions? Centrally located. Thanks
Did you really just write that you saw a youth player leave in an ambulance and then come back to play in the game. Please, go away, you are an idiot. I can assure you that an 11yo girl did not leave the field strapped to a board and loaded into an ambulance and then return to play. What the hell is wrong with some people. And yes it was a very good game and the injury was not a malicious or dirty play at all, it was just good hard sports. his coming from a Holmdel parent. No bad blood or bad feelings at all about the game. I'm still shaking my head about the return to play comment. Pro athletes don't do that. And what ambulance ride are you going on to a hospital during a soccer game, checking into an emergency room and then making back to sneak a few more minutes out of the game. Unreal.
NJX parents are nuts!!!
NJ is nuts!
I believe people are simply having a reading comprehension problem. The original post (which seems to have been deleted) was talking about "the team" coming back after having a player taken away in the ambulance - i.e. they didn't give up, but played hard despite that.Someone misinterpreted that, thinking that the post meant the player came back. Everyone - please let it go. - EE
Let it go, let it go!!!I am one with the wind and skyLet it go, let it goYou’ll never see me cry
Look folks, At this age it absolutely doesn't matter what letters are on your child's chest. All that matters is who is training your child.You still have time to make the big step, the righteous decision. PDA, NJX, MF, do not have the greatest trainers/coaches god has created... They have good trainers/coaches, just like most decent clubs.What they do have that your club doesn't is the name. The name is what draws great players to them eventually. Less than 1/3 of the girls that are on an ECNL team, actually started on that team from the ages of 9-13. These teams draw players from where you ask? From where you are right now. Those top players that play for decent teams, building their confidence, rise to the top, the play makers. Every team has 1, some have 2, you know who I am talking about. And you know if its your kid or not!My story: My Oldest played for a decent town team until 14 years old. Her decision was made and she wanted to pursue soccer beyond High School. At 15 years old, Freshman in HS, we made calls and she was invited to several practices. (If you contact a coach from any team, asking to be invited to a practice, they will ALWAYS open the door to invite you. Weather your invited back is another story! ). She was invited back to another practice by the coach, and then shortly after, invited as a practice player. 2 other girls were there as practice players as well. The next season, my daughter and 1 of the other practice players became members of the squad and continued to play for them through HS. She is now in her 3rd year of College, playing for a D1 school. She loves the game of soccer!Unfortunately, my 11 year old is not going to be able to follow that path, she is a middle of the pack player at best, but loves the game. Who knows, when puberty hits, she might grow and get faster. But if not, oh well, there's always Fencing!At this age, its better to be the best on one team with a good coach, then to just be one of the best with a good coach!
How do you know if you have a good coach if they don't tell you who coach is going to be at tryout time (common). What about idea that "big name" guarantees a certain basic standard of training - perhaps not the best, but at least good? Isn't one of few best preferable to being clearly the best? Otherwise where is the challenge to get better?
Some don't even tell you what team you will be on. Don't you need to know what team is being offered and which trainers they have on staff. Important questions to ask before making a decision. For the centrally located poster. What about jersey united? Or stronghold? Good clubs. With good trainers CM
Stronghold and Jersey United? You have to be kidding. Jersey United has some of the most despicable owners and coaches in the State. Don't go anywhere near them.
I would not pay club fees until I knew who would be coaching my daughter and what team she was on ahead of time. Last year we knew both and we paid like everybody else. Then our coach was replaced with another person with no coaching experience. We did our year and now we are leaving for a new club. We're not shelling out money for this person to earn their stripes on our kid.
to 11:48 am:Would you be willing to share which club you are leaving? I think people might benefit from knowing which clubs do this (whether innocently, or closer to 'bait & switch'). After all, we would want all clubs to at least think that an informed consumer is their best customer.And of course, sometimes the Club can't help it, if the coach unexpectedly leaves (even during the middle of the season).- EE
Any good games this weekend?
If anyone is doing ODP this year and wouldn't mind giving the rest of us some feedback on the experience that would be great. Just wondering if the cost is worth it.
Any truth to the rumor that PDA's call backs are this Thursday night?
Couple good games tomorrow. SJEB vs NJXPDA Nova vs PIPELINEPredictions?
SJEB v NJX soccer teams: SJEB SJEB v NJX parents: NJX
Barons over NJX, Pipeline easily over Nova
7:41...agreed.Will take Barons over NJX and Pipeline over Nova.
NJX 1-0 over baronsPipeline 2-0 over Nova
EE @ 1:11 any team can switch coaches mid year, its up to the club head honcho. Don't know which team they were speaking of, but our team coach was switched too mid year. not to an inexperienced coach, but maybe not the best choice for our team. and no the reason wasn't a coach leaving,it was just because the head honcho thought it should be done
any idea if MF branded NJX filled the second team from sol tryouts?CM
NJX playing 2 games today?
I have also heard Stronghold was excellent. Great training at a great price. Too far for us unfortunately.
It's my understanding that MF/NJX won't have a 2nd team in this age group.
Why is everyone so obsessed with NJX? Who cares? Can we talk about anything else?
We (Cherry Hill) just best NJX this morning 4-2. Is NJX crumbling, they had 12 players. Falling apart!?
Congrats first time for everything! Yes, missing a few this morning.. What's the big deal? Congrats to you!
Didn't see there big strong forward? Or there best defender who is usually unstoppable?
Why is someone posting as CM, when I havent posted in quite some time? Thank you for the compliment, but please sign your own initials. There are some strange birds on this blog. signed-CM
OMG, CH you won a game! Congrats!Now if you could concentrate on your parents behavior so your players don't emulate it on the field. Some of the things coming out of their mouths is disgusting. No less coming from 10 and 11 year old girls.Keep it classy Cherry Hill. You have some nice players on that team...act like you have been there.
Congrats on A win. This time of year gets to be tricky. Consider the possibility that some of the best players on teams could be at the 2002 ODP camp this weekend. . .
Irony? Cherry Hill Soccer Club "Code of Conduct" Players· Players shall not do anything with intent to physically harm an opposing player.· Players shall not verbally abuse an opposing player.· Players shall not intimidate, or have an undignified discussion with, or concerning a referee.Spectators· Spectators shall set a positive example for the players.· Spectators are not to incite players to retaliatory actions whatever the provocation, or imply to the players dissatisfaction with the game official.· Spectators may only direct remarks to their own team players. They shall not upset or intimidate opposing team players.· Spectators shall not intimidate or have an undignified discussion with, or concerning a referee. http://www.cherryhillsoccer.com/Default.aspx?tabid=11848
At least you acknowledge you only won because they had a few players down. No one is crumbling. You should however be embarrassed at the actions of the fathers on the sidelines. One obnoxious father was actually dancing up and down the sidelines like a fool preaching "new era". Hahaha. Pathetic. You won a game congrats. 11 year old soccer people.
I have a fair play question for the board. A friend was describing their game today. Apparently the one side played only 10 players for the majority of the 2nd half even though they had a full dressed bench. It was finally called to attention by the short-handed team's parents. At this age should the opposing coach step in and say something? Do any of the refs have an obligation to say something if they notice something? Or is it up the short-sighted team/coach to figure it out? Are we at a point where competitiveness takes over? Or are we cool people and let the other team know because it is, after all, U11 soccer. The kids are still learning the game. Your thoughts?
I believe you need to work harder if you are not playing as much. These girls are going to u12. Coaches should not be sugar coating anymore.
What was score of NJX/SJEB game today?
SJEB 4-1. NJX had a tough day... Changes need to be made..
2:41 - That's the wrong Cherry Hill club's code of conduct. There are 2 clubs in Cherry Hill. The team in question is from Cherry Hill FC. Their code of conduct is much shorter . . .
NJX record is not that good.Check out their wins vs losses.
9:29 you win the Internet blog award. I think I found the right code of conduct for CH. 1). Parents to act like complete idiots on the sidelines. 2). Players to call other opposing players curse words as much as possible. (Their center forward has perfected this rule)3). Parents and players to talk as much crap as possible to opposing players, opposing parents and referees. 4). Continue to repeat rules 1, 2 and 3. Is this the right one?
How did CH play? As good as their mouths?
Perfect! You got it right!
Cherry Hill...you got lucky! Congrats.Nasty coach + nasty parents = very nasty players.Cherry Hill did you make it to the finals at the NJ State Cup? NOT!!!
Stronghold is an option for those who want to train but not play college showcases when thru get to high school. Just check where their older teams play. Personally I don't know why you would pay $2K a year, when you could pay half that price and play on a good town team that plays the same level schedule. SSC seems to be a sweet spot for multi sport athletes who can't cater to a demanding soccer schedule.
@1033. I disagree. Stronghold keeps up a tough schedule. U11 played 8v8 and 11v11 this year and more tournaments than most. The practiced soccer and added speed and agility each week. Also they hire qualified trainers unlike other clubs and academy programs who seem to grab kids right out of school and give them young girls to coach. And finally. There is nothing wrong with multiple sport athletes and the flexibility to play more than one sport. It keeps the girls options open and makes them better athletes. Don't forget. Simply because your daughter plays soccer at u11. Doesn't mean she will play it forever.
NJX parents so defensive. So you lost two games. Heard you didnt have your best forward. Can your team lose a few games or a tournament without jumping off a cliff? "Changes need to be made" . I know the type of parent you are. Always negative on sideline and criticizing coaching, other girls, training, Takes kid from team to team. Has to know everything that's going on. Soccer world would be so much better without parents like you.
What does it say about a team if they are missing their best forward? One girl carries the whole team???
And we heard you just stacked the box against PDA in sate cup. Should have done the same at Jeff cup and would nt have looked so bad. I think it's time to just fade away and take a back seat on blog.
Is anyone getting what they expect for their 2K? Who here is happy with their club?
OK with tryouts over did PDA Galaxt, Crew, Nova lose or drop players yet?
11:02 agreed nothing wrong with their small sided teams. Their older teams however travel nowhere and compete against lower level teams at best, against larger clubs. They can't maintain competitive teams when kids leave to play other sports. No fight here. Just stating facts. Obviously go wherever you want, since it sounds like you are seeking validation of your choice.
I heard the top girls leaving galaxy to go with nix. That team is place to be. A few others are looking at PDA south knowing they can always play ecnl games when they want and get double practice time at no additional charge.
3:34 - what club are you with? MF? PDA? A non-ECNL club?
3:43 - sorry
Sooo wrong about anyone leaving Galaxy to go anywhere! Check your sources!
7:45, I believe 5:10 was being sarcastic!
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