DPL Expansion

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  1. Fact

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    I hate to say Simi is right but by U15 Soccer parent IQs seem to go up and parents get sick of Gins allowing players to buy their way on to their top teams, but playing time etc
     
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    I would love to know how many non-bribing families have made the jump from DPL to DA and PLAYED! I’ve heard that when Gins discovers that a DPL player is looking elsewhere, suddenly they become good enough to be a Development Player on the DA team but ride the pine. Some kiddos have actually wasted their whole day to travel to a game with the DA team only to never play.

    Also heard there is more movement from the DPL teams to the 3rd team as opposed to upward movement. This is just plan sad.
     
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    Years back, I heard a lot of great things about NG and Albion from other coaches. Upon further reflection, and years of results against top competition, I realized what NG is most successful at was getting his coaches highly paid. That is a valued skill -- I mean that sincerely.

    My kids being part of some average, some very good, and some elite teams, and a few different clubs, has taught me that you cannot look to your elite teams to pay your coaches high salaries. The whole club needs to be on board with the need to support those teams, and must be set up in a way to do so. The Girls DA clubs know this, hence their focus on marketing DPL. Without a prestigious, closed DPL league, and the high revenues of these teams, most will struggle in the long term to support a successful, even partially-funded DA program.

    The alternative is to cater to the families with highly skilled players who can afford to pay the freight, but that is a more limited universe, and there can only be so many Socal Blues.

    It is one thing to be a great coach, it is another skillset to understand the business of elite club soccer. Clubs with great coaches but poor business practices often have some good young teams, but very rarely do these teams last.
     
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    Every league (DA and ECNL) has been diluted first by the creation of ECNL, then by the creation of girls DA, and there are weak teams at the bottom of the brackets. We will never really know how the top teams stack up against each other, so it is kind of useless. We can measure by college commitments, but that says more about coaches and players than leagues.

    The contrast I was drawing was to Lavers, who is saying there should not be one forced path to the top, and those who support DA/DPL, including member clubs and US Soccer, who seem set in their desire to place DA above all else, and limit top players' choices.
     
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    Imagine how bad the DPL teams are at Albion and LAP if their DA teams are as bad as they are.

    All of America has to be laughing at his statement: “DPL AND ECNL COMPETE WITH SIMILAR PLAYER POOLS WITH GAMES ON A COMPARABLE LEVEL.”

    What idiot says that out loud and the only people who could POSSIBLY believe it are the DPL parents who have never been part of the ECNL platform. Noah "I'm kissing US Soccer's a$$ for brownie points to keep me in DA because my teams suck" Gins - you are hysterical!

    And I'm still wondering which B teams, in their right mind, are going to travel to showcases where no college coaches will attend (since they won't be in conjunction with ANY US Soccer showcase). So Cal DPL was poorly run and was a joke. Throw two more areas in and it's still poorly run and a bigger joke.

    I feel bad for the parents paying for this and believing the dog and pony sales show they are being sold on.

    This article didn't help SoccerToday win any points in the credibility department either. She'll publish anything NG asks her to publish.

    Youth soccer has become a bad comedy of errors from the top to the bottom. It's sad.
     
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    The same has been said in the past about Surf press releases. It has got to be incredibly difficult to dig up enough news for a soccer new website. SoccerToday is useful in that it lets DOC's post news releases. You just need to remember the source.
     
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    After months of not looking at this board I see the usual DPL haters are still at it spewing their negativism despite this expansion! Something good must be happening with the DPL. Maybe players are more likely to get the opportunity to play up from DPL to DA in a DA/DPL club than having to jump from an ECNL club?

    Anyway I know a few personally and one in particular who has had the opportunity to play up from DPL to DA and YES they PLAY and they DEVELOP doing so. It’s great for them. The question being will they drop HS to continue.... Yep..for some and no for others. Glad they have the choices.
     
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    there will always be individual situations like this but the majority of DPL rostered players do not play with the DA team. The DA team already has a full roster to play. What I don't like about the DPL is it seems like the clubs dangle this carrot to the parents that are searching for that dream. It's ok if everyone is getting what they think they are paying for and are happy with that, I just don't like the manipulation of some of the parents and players for financial gain for the club
     
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    You are 100% correct. But it furthers my claim that you need to find the right coach who is an advocate for your DD. Leagues are secondary if you find the coach that is and advocate!!!
     
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    Great post! I am not against DPL other than the false marketing and the fact that most of the DPL teams are not stronger than and in a lot of cases much weaker than teams that play in SDDA, CSL and SCDSL; It is a complete waste of time and money to make these kiddos travel to Arizona for league games.

    Talking to coaches I know and my nieces that know a lot of girls that have played DPL, it is a horrible league for developing confidence and self-esteem as that carrot is dangled in front of them. Without DPL these girls playing on the B or C team would have the same opportunity to make their club’s DA team.

    Even Simi a once proponent of DPL was big enough to realize his error. His dd would still have made the DA team if she had played on the B team in SCDSL.

    So go back to you bridge Joe, no one wants your garage.
     
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    I should add that for a DPL showcase, at least a few Albion teams could not even field a team. Refused to borrow from their C teams and borrowed kiddos from other top club team. Sad.
     
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    I’d say your issue isn’t with the fact that DPL exists or its structure but the Coaches you’ve experienced whom have bastardized the process.
     
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    Thinking about it, the creation of DPL has made it necessary for all teams to travel further for their league games and cost families more money in general. Have a good night.
     
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    It is critical to point out that these families have voluntarily committed to the expense. Families a that are educated to the exposure/experience that DPL facilitates. I know your situation has been different, but the consensus seems to be more positive than negative.
     
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    Keep DA. Keep ECNL.
    Everything else should be f1, f2 or f3.
    No more discovery. No more champions/ Europa.
    Just f1.
    And if your team is good enough- pick 2 tournaments to travel. And play national cup.
     
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    TBuck, you’re right. Way too many designations. Stick with dA/ECNL/ and then the rest.

    National cup is a scam. At the older age groups you don’t event have the top half of the teams.
     
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    If you want to use the word “voluntarily” loosely ok. There are still plenty of families that believe that DPL IS DA. When asked what league their child plays in they say DA not DPL.

    We all know that Beach has some pretty great B teams. I believe one won a National Championship a few years back which surely provided more exposure than the current DPL?

    Kicker maybe you can enlighten me what beneifts exist for DPL teams that B teams did not previously have?

    Also if DPL is so great, why is there a mass exodus from Surf’s older DPL teams this season?
     
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    Dear Fact, You have some deep rooted anger and resentments. This cannot be good for you.

    Look at the lists of ECNL clubs, DA clubs and DPL club’s. All also have flight 1 and 2 level teams for you. Is your club one of them?

    Talk about marketing? There is clearly a market for the DPL not only in SoCal but it seems nationwide with more to come.

    There is no exodus from Surf DPL or any other club DPL teams. In fact the opposite I am aware of. The club is investing in the program, the coaches and player development as are a few other strong clubs. I wish however this was done a few years ago. The future has potential to be even better for those that make wise thought out choices.

    Now if you know someone who actually believes DPL is DA they are simply delusional or you are making it up. You must be making that up too.

    We have been traveling to league games in AZ and NV for years. In other parts of the country every league game at the higher levels is a road trip or flight.
     
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    No....I use the word “voluntarily” by its definition. People make the choice on their own free will. Families need to take responsibility for the decisions they are making.

    Don’t misconstrue my comment as a debate or argument.
     
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    Sorry but we will have to disagree with the use of the word “voluntarily.” When a family pays a couple thousand and commits their kiddo to a team for a year, I use the word in the legal sense which means that they are given only truthful information from the club so that they make an informed decision. Many families at Albion and Surf were provided with misinformation when they made their decisions. Maybe other clubs too, I don’t know as my reach no longer goes that far north.
     

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