There is a lot of talk on this forum that ALL the talent in 03 and 04 is going DA and that is simply NOT true. My player and several of her teammates turned down DA offers and chose either ECNL or to play up on a top older team at an unaffiliated club with great coaching. Here were my player's reasons: 1) She feels staying on honor roll makes her a more desirable college recruit and wants the flexibility to schedule her extra training on days when it works best with her homework load. 2) She saw her cousin quit soccer entirely after three years of boys DA - he was burned out. 3) With politics and homegrown players dominating some DA programs, coupled with substitution rules, she was concerned about playing time. 4) She asked the question "If all the DA teams are training the same way and only playing other DA teams how are they going to learn to deal with the adversity of teams that play in unexpected ways?" 5) Stand out players will always have opportunities. The point is not only to listen to your player but to have the confidence to make the right choice for your kid whether it's DA or something else. It's difficult to buck a trend - we had to try hard not to be swept along with the DA tide. Nothing against DA - its just that there are multiple ways to get to college soccer and we all know the odds are against most of our girls making a national team. It's a big country with thousands of girls competing for a very small roster.