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How did you obtain the evaluation?
Not the poster but we get ours via email
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How did you obtain the evaluation?
A bunch of parents were just chatting with John Curtis after a session and he mentioned it and said he was going to give it to us so our kid could see where she was excelling and where she needed to work on things. We got the email with a pdf about a week later.
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I can maybe clarify for you...

The PDP program is free and consists of monthly trainings that are invite only. In order to participate in these sessions, a kid must either be recommended by their DOC (and then accepted by PDP staff) or recommended by opposing coaches through "player of the game" votes which are recorded after every game. Each coach "votes" for 1 player from their own team and 2 players from the opposing team. If a kid's name keeps showing up week after week, they will receive an invite to the monthly PDP sessions.

Center of Excellence is a weekly training session that is NOT free and kids can be invited to attend, invited to try out or just show up to tryouts. The training is very similar but the talent pool is not as "exclusive". But, we have seen some kids be selected (by PDP staff) for monthly training sessions and Select Squad events via Center of Excellence participation.

Select Squad is primarily chosen from the monthly PDP events. Of the 35ish kids per gender/age group that attend the monthly PDP, the top 12-18 kids participate in Select Squad events-I.E. tournaments, residential camps, European trips etc. Those events are not free and usually require travel and lodging, but they are discounted to some extent.

ID2 participants are chosen out of the monthly PDP sessions and I've not seen any kid chosen for id2 that wasn't on the select squad. Those selected for id2 are the top 4-5 players in the program based on position and evaluation by PDP staff. We received a copy of our daughter's evaluation last year. The evaluation focuses on about 25 different areas (graded on a scale of 1-5) ranging from physical aspects like speed, agility and pass accuracy to personality aspects like decision making, attitude and instruction execution. So that's how that works...
Thank you!. This is a very good explanation /overview that makes sense..
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Thank you!. This is a very good explanation /overview that makes sense..
For European trips, usually its the top 30 kids. A bunch of kids can't afford the exorbitant price for the vacation.
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For European trips, usually its the top 30 kids. A bunch of kids can't afford the exorbitant price for the vacation.
We went on the European trip this Summer and there were a total of 30 girls for 2 age groups (02 & 04). In my daughter's age group there were only 2 kids who were usually part of the Select Squad that didn't go. One decided she was going to play GDA and was abiding by their rules of "no outside soccer" and the other spends her Summers in another country with family, every year.

The cost was about $2,000 per person. That included airfare, hotel accommodations for 9 days, 2 meals per day, museum tours, ground transportation while in Europe, a tour guide and the soccer trainings and games. My daughter was invited over a year in advance, so that gave us 14 months to prepare financially, so it didn't really feel exorbitant.

For us and the families we were with, it was an awesome experience.
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I agree that the COE training is above average and it is definitely expensive. If you can pay for it you can probably pay for private training. John Curtis will make it clear that the only way to get to a select squad and id2 is by participating in COE trainings, that again you have to pay for.

The once a month free pdp ďtrainingĒ sessions are not training sessions. They are usually small sided games after smaller group warmups. They are supposed to be monthly but end up every third month or so. If you want to go that route, and have your kid actually be evaluated for select squads or Id2, go with the EDP version of PDP. They arenít selling anything over there.
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Is there an EDP ID program anymore??
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My son was invited to tryout for an NYCSL center of excellence. How does that happen and do most (or hopefully all) of the kids invited make it?

Itís a little bit of a shlep, but based on above, seems worth it.
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My son was invited to tryout for an NYCSL center of excellence. How does that happen and do most (or hopefully all) of the kids invited make it?

Itís a little bit of a shlep, but based on above, seems worth it.
Someone must have recommended him, most likely his club coach. Hard to say as some groups get tons of kids, others (older) the numbers are smaller. You never know unless you try
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Someone must have recommended him, most likely his club coach. Hard to say as some groups get tons of kids, others (older) the numbers are smaller. You never know unless you try

Thanks. Any opinion on the quality of the NYCSL center of excellence vs the tryout RDS training (which he's done and enjoyed)?
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