There’s no question it can be fun. I have had a kid play HS. Fun. Competition was crappy. Now in your case, the HS experience is different than most. Your experience was a rarity in HS soccer. SM and JSerra are just two of the small list of schools where there is tremendous collective talent. That’s not the norm. Again, I haven’t heard any bitching any moaning on my Kid’s DA team about it, and I have friends at nearly every Socal DA club, and I’ve asked them about it. I understand there may be players that stayed or went to ecnl because of HS. But Some of them may have already had great exposure and didn’t need the access to college coaches and tools that DA provides. And that’s not to say DA doesn’t have its issues. It does. US soccer is a head scratcher. It always comes down to families and kids making the right choices for them. You want to play HS, play it. You want to play DA, you know the rules. Do we bitch about our jobs because we don’t get to work from home, but our competitors allow their employees to work from home? Every family has a choice and we all sign up for what we want.