Anybody can post and be anybody they want on thie board. I'm surprised the Joe impostors haven't come out. Real Joe congrats on the older daughter playing in college and good luck with the younger one. No you did not degrade the coach or the school.
All my family has ever tried to be is a positive face for both PDA in the south,and RU and I think that we have been both.And I have been told by both organiztions that we are.Thank you for the kind words,this blog could be a positive tool for new jersey youth soccer....but I think the anonymous aspect of it breeds ugliness,much like nj.com does with hs soccer forum.It's a shame really.
I can see why sje parents would be salty to you leaving.I am sure your younger daughter is a great player.Good luck to both of your children.
I never had one problem with anyone or anything at SJE,they treated my daughter wonderful.
Joe T. No doubt PDA is a respected and highly desireable club for many parents. I admire you for your decidcation and commitment to PDA and having your youngest follow your eldest footsteps I totally respect that and glad you had good thinks to say about a former club SJE. As you mentioned your eldest at U17all had went to D1 schools to play, how many of those players were U11 together that stuck around for 6/7 years at PDA.I'm curious and I bet many on here do not realize that between those years girls came in/out of the program for 6/7 years. Soccer in NJ did not have all these options back then for parents and they are seeing clubs like Matchfit and other academy style clubs popping up or growing. It's becoming scary and diluted and I see alot of the best kids spreadout throughout NJ in the North, Central, South and East(Shore). Since you have been around I would like you stick around for your opinions. It's great to see people like you on this board to advise others becuase of your past experience, and you are right I don't want this board to turn into NJ.com. It should be used to help parents. -NJ North Parent
Joe,Your new found honesty is refreshing. Before moving on you might want to come clean with a full confession that these were also your posts as someone recently pointed out. It speaks to the "fib" that you just started posting yesterday. Who knows how long you've really been fanning flames on here. I only went back a couple of days and was able to pick these out as you. You"Sjeb do you remember when the team would play up and win?My question to you is does that still happen?"April 13, 2014 at 5:05 PM"I am sure sjeb would have a game on YouTube.If only it wasn't a one girl team.Classy?You were the one on here promoting your last win not nova.Nice to know we are so missed and still thought about.Again how is playing up this year working for you?"April 13, 2014 at 5:32 PM"Sounds like some Barons parents not happy about losing players to pda.I saw the pda video for the first time.Thanks for letting the blog know of its existence.Looks like pda has a very nice team.I am sure your old team will eventually get over losing you."April 13, 2014 at 8:48 PM"Sjeb stop obsessing over Pda.We are happy and have moved on.Hope you can eventually do the same."April 13, 2014 at 10:05 PM"Doesn't SJEB do this as well?Don't they have west teams and east teams?Just looking for something to rip PDA about.It's sick how much you worry about what your old teammates are doing.Keep checking YouTube I am sure there will be another video posted soon."April 14, 2014 at 9:43 AM"Never had a problem when my daughter's team plays pda never heard parents or there coach screaming.It would seem the barons are just upset that they aren't as good as they once were.Still a good team and maybe at tryouts they will pick up a two or three strong players.Will they be ever be good enough to play up again in the edp league?I would say no.But still a good team for our age group.Barons take the"classy" way and wish your old players luck and move on."April 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM
It's funny you should ask that,our oldest played Voorhees town soccer until u14 as crazy as it sounds.She was on a very good team and it sort of fell on our laps.We would not advise anyone to take this route,she was a superb athlete at that point with awful soccer skills.My wife and I made an early decision that we would not make that same mistake twice.Many of the players on that CRUSH team were there since around the u11 age group.I would say 5 girls came on from u14 or later.Alexis McTamney who was an All-American at Bordentown was added to our roster as a senior at the request of Monmouth University head coach to get her playing with better players before entering college.It seems to be from my experience that these top club teams begin assembling at u11.The older the girls get,the harder it gets to crack the roster. Joe T
Thanks for the information Joe.This is my first experience in youth soccer. I appreciate the input and honesty.Wishing you and the girls well.
All I can give you is my word that none of those posts are mine.Keep in mind that 5 of us came over from SJE to PDA last year,and when I see the others tomorrow night I will ask them not to post negative things.Joe T
Joe T. thanks for the past experience like I said it's nice to have some experience parent on board vs. stupid comments like "Ghetto Soccer". Like you mentioned you didn't move your eldest until u14 and 5/6 others came on after u14.It just shows that parents/kids move in/out no matter what and with more top level teams in NJ do you think it's going to become diluted and fear the best players end up not playing with each other? Do you think PDA will ever combined there top players from North, South, Shore together or keep them seperate enitities? As I think about it that's possibly 50+ girls with 3 teams at PDA at U12 next year. Is it worth the parents time and money knowing all well that at one point some of those girls they are with now may not be playing with your players like your daughter 2-3 years from now if PDA pulls best players together to play ECNL league. Just wondering your thoughts on how PDA's ultimate pyramind structure will be with 3 NJ locations now?- NJ North Parent
That is exactly what is going to happen,the 3 separate clubs will remain independent teams with all players having an opportunity to be on ECNL roster.All more the reason for a player to get over and make an impression with a chance of playing on that ECNL roster.My older daughter only got to play ECNL as a senior along with 3 other south girls,but at that point they were already committed to colleges.I can tell you when you go to an event such as CASL and there are ECNL games being played,the amount of colleges watching those games are staggering.Joe T
That's a great question - is your plan to have your daughter stay with Nova or transition to Galaxy during the ECNL years? With the creation of all these "satellites" it's a fair question to ask..... do the satellites keep their best players or move them to the ECNL team?
north and south will train on alternate days so a player does not miss training with their main team.It is my understanding that all players will remain with their home club,which is how we would prefer it for many reasons and only play with ECNL team during ECNL events
.........if she is good enough to play on ECNL roster of course.Joe T
So the elite "satellite" players can get "called-up" to play in ECNL events? I used the word "called-up" for lack of a better word only.
exactly,keep in mind none of the girls from the CRUSH played ECNL until after the fact and still got plenty of exposure,but just the chance to play at that level has got to be compelling to any family.My older daughter played on the U15 national team and believes with all of her heart that she would have remained on the national team if she were on an ECNL roster. Joe T
Joe. this was my expectated of you when the question was brought in. Great question 1:43pm.So pretty much you are expecting your daugther to play patially on a ECNL north team later at U14 along with playing with the south, leaving behind any players brought onto the south and crushing those parents high expectations. Makes sense as a pyramid but makes no sense for those parents on the middle or bottom looking up to get no exposure. I hope the other parents on Galaxy, Nova, Crew, and soon another Shore PDA team adhere this pyramid and don't have high hopes now knowing all well it's going to blow up at U14. It's becoming a shell and soon to be like Matchfit/RUSH with 5-6 teams in the same age bracket vs. just pulling all the kids together worthy enough to play together full time all the time on 1 or 2 teams. I hope PDA doesn't turn into a MatctFit, they have always been top notch and different thus the reason why parents flock to the club.
It seems to me like you twisted what I said so it can mean what you want it to mean.Why would it crush anyone if someone on their team is being given other opportunities? My older one played on the CRUSH and NJODP,and it had no impact that she played on other teams.If anything it drew attention to her club team that a player of her level (along with other ODP players,4 in total I believe) were on the CRUSH roster.Your theory is quite flawed if you are using it to deter players on your current team from coming over.They will also be implementing club days,where all teams at a specific age group will train together/scrimmage one another and have an opportunity to work with other trainers within the club.If you see something negative that can be drawn from this, I am missing it sorry.Joe T
Joe T. Thanks for the insight again and your opinions. So with PDA going to this model and Matchfit following with affiliations with clubs. Ultimately who comes out on top between both both clubs. Do you also think another club will become ECNL rumor has NJ is going to add 1 more similar to Eastern PA with 3? Also NPL is growing do you ever think NPL division will overtake the ECNL division with quality teams? Looks like Region 1 league participation is getting smaller.- NJ North Parent
I think the families come out on top when there are more opportunities for players to get noticed.5 short years ago there were far less options for a south player,and I can only speak for the south in this matter.The north where you are from has a longer history and more options.....in my opinion of course.I can tell you though that many regard south jersey as an untapped resource for talent. Joe T
NJ South untapped resource so what clubs do you recommend in the south?
Well I think I'll answer your question with a question.If you wanted to go someplace that you have never been before,would you rather go with someone that knows how to get there or would you want to go with somebody who thinks they can get you there,but they have never actually been there?.............When a club tells someone that they can get you someplace,what do they say to you down the road when they can't?
No way NPL surpasses ECNL as the premiere league. Both leagues are great, the E in ECNL is elite and that is the difference. MFA and PDA have always differentiated by geography IMO. MFA with more of a focus and pull from Northern hotbeds of Bergen, Morris, and Essex. PDA owning the center of the state. There was always overlap, but never moreso than today. Interesting to see if MFA builds a facility in Morris County as rumored.
If ECNL is going to add another NJ club it makes sense for it to be geographically accessible for Gloucester, Camden, Cumberland, Salem , Cape May, Atlantic and lower Burlington counties. That's the under-served ECNL territory. Anywhere else and you'll simply have more overlapping and in-fighting for the same players. A club that can truly pool the top players from those counties would be adding fresh faces in the ECNL system.
Keep living your dreams through your 11 year old daughters. You people are nuts. Wait until they hit puberty and then evaluate.
I agree, you people are nuts. And I'll guarantee you spent more on academy fees than any scholarship month your daughter ever got.
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