I would think there would be more college coaches watching the top bracket u16 than the lowest bracket u17.
You would think so, but you are incorrect.
College coaches of D1 programs are absolutely paying more attention to U15 and U16 than U17! The top players from the 2017 grad year are verbally committing left and right to D1 programs. Maybe D3 coaches are more interested in U17 but not the top programs.
wrong YOU are. I have been through this and D1 programs are finalizing their incoming classes NOW. They are not focusing on U16 at this time.
You are both wrong. And you are both right.Now be nice !
Coaches are looking at u16 and u17 right now. I just can't imagine going to the lowest bracket in u17 rather than the highsest u16 was a good decision for the Copa girls. They would have played YMS. I'm sure there were coaches there... not sure if DI was at Pa Classics winter tournament but I'm sure there were plenty of coaches there. My daughter is committed but there are coaches at her league games all the times and we are u16.
My daughter's team is U16 and has 5 kids who have verbally committed and two are 2018 playing up. Educate yourself...this article from the NY times is a good start...http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/27/sports/committing-to-play-for-a-college-then-starting-9th-grade.html?_r=0
coaches at league games, hahahahahaOreilly yes.
My daughter is not on O'Reilly but she is in the ECNL and there have been coaches at the games for the past two weekends.
It wasn't a matter of choosing to play top U16 or bottom of U17. Copa wasn't planning to be in that tournament to begin with. Last minute they replaced a u17 that dropped out. It was a good practice session for the upcoming Disney tournament. Although they shut out all competitors, the last game was decent competition. And, for the record, YES, there were a nice amount of college coaches present. So to whomever feels the need to call out Copa every time they play anywhere, please check your facts before you post.
I was the original poster and was legitimately just curious. I knew there had to be a reason and thank you for answering my question. Nobody was saying anything negative... just curious.
@ 11:41 - which grade is your daughter in?
@12:34When did you move your daughter to an ECNL club? Just curious.
Hypothetical situation ... Not saying it is mine. Let's say your daughter is carrying above a 4.0 weighted average, she is a very good player and she does very on says/acts, or at least u can project that she will with a good degree of confidence. Now an offer to commit comes along. But you feel that it might be underselling her academically.What is the thought process that should go into this decision.
School FIRST ALWAYS! Education is forever. Soccer glory is fleeting. I've seen too many parents/players jump at the first offer (any offer) of soccer and the schools are mediocre. If she is truly that bright, shoot higher. If soccer doesn't happen at the better school, then so be it.
@12:33Definitely wouldn't have the child settle. Aim for a better school academically. There are many top universities that are both top soccer and top academically. If no offer comes along from any of those, I would look at top D2 soccer schools that have both good soccer and academics.
Do NOT choose your school based on sports. Pretend you have a major injury your first day. Do you want to e there now?
then how do you explain 10th graders deciding on schools now ?
See 7:32 a.m.! Some have educated themselves on the process of picking a school but some are jumping at the first offer that comes along.
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