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If you want to go by got soccer look at the last 8 tournaments going back to last year. Why would you look at only 2 tournaments? This team plays in Jeff Cup, WAGS, Bethesda Cup, Spirit, FC Delco etc. as well as competes in ECNL which is one of the top leagues in the country. The team only plays in the top tournaments in the top brackets. The team is 13-11-3 with 45GS and 32GA going back the last year. The team just competed in Jeff Cup this past weekend and advanced to the semis. Not sure anyone who is competent should base their decision making on Got Soccer points.

Thanks for the info. The older tournaments on Got Soccer are mostly 9v9 - most people know that success at 9v9 doesnt always translate into success at 11v11. The bigger field makes it a much different game. Ive seen good 9v9 teams become bad 11v11 teams and mediocre 9v9 teams become really good 11v11 teams. Also the original poster asked a question about Finneyfrock specifically and there was a switch to him when the team went to 11v11. So again, only the more recent tournaments are relevant to the original poster's question, which is why I responded the way I did. Congrats on Jeff Cup - that wasnt on Got Soccer, which is why it wasnt mentioned. Did they play top bracket?

Also, I agree with you, no one should be picking a team on Got Soccer points alone. It is just one factor.
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Please stop! You sound silly arguing the merits of a 13 yr old soccer team.

OP- if you are interested go to a tryout and talk to the coach. Bring up your concerns. Maybe reach out to a parent from another age group. Because on this board you will get answers from 3 types of people:
1. Disgruntled parent who's kid got cut or knows their days are numbered
2. Scared parent who wants nothing more but for their kid to stay on the team but knows they are barely hanging on.
3. Troll who will say anything to get someone fired up.
I am the OP - I reached out to the coach and got no response. I also have talked to some parents from other age groups which is where I heard the concerns about parents mentioned in my original post. I figured that maybe I would get some unbiased feedback on here.
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I am the OP - I reached out to the coach and got no response. I also have talked to some parents from other age groups which is where I heard the concerns about parents mentioned in my original post. I figured that maybe I would get some unbiased feedback on here.
Reposting: FC Bucks is a good club. They have good coaches and develop soccer players at various ages and levels. You can't make a kid a top 1% if it's not possible (iq, athletic ability, genetics, etc.). That's why those players are unicorns. They care about the kids. If you are in the market, definitely check it out.

I would reach out again. Try sending to DOC. Sometimes the coaches don't contact prospects directly so there is nothing implied.
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Thanks for the info. The older tournaments on Got Soccer are mostly 9v9 - most people know that success at 9v9 doesnt always translate into success at 11v11. The bigger field makes it a much different game. Ive seen good 9v9 teams become bad 11v11 teams and mediocre 9v9 teams become really good 11v11 teams. Also the original poster asked a question about Finneyfrock specifically and there was a switch to him when the team went to 11v11. So again, only the more recent tournaments are relevant to the original poster's question, which is why I responded the way I did. Congrats on Jeff Cup - that wasnt on Got Soccer, which is why it wasnt mentioned. Did they play top bracket?

Also, I agree with you, no one should be picking a team on Got Soccer points alone. It is just one factor.
Agree with this poster. Do not go by Got Soccer points. Some teams and clubs will go to every tournament out there just to rack up the points. I would look at the quality of tournaments attended and keep in mind that many of these tournaments are showcases so it's the club's job to try to get everyone a look and an opportunity to play in college if that is the choice of the participant and his or her family.
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I am the OP - I reached out to the coach and got no response. I also have talked to some parents from other age groups which is where I heard the concerns about parents mentioned in my original post. I figured that maybe I would get some unbiased feedback on here.
Each families perception and experience is different and it has to do with expectations. If you want your child to learn and develop at a high level in a competitive environment that will provide the most exposure then there are 2 choices. DA or ECNL. No other leagues or competitions come close...2006 Girls you have (in my order) best to worst... PDA, PA Classics, Penn Fusion, World Class FC Bucks, SJEB, Match Fit, Contintental Delco. I don't know enough about Cedar Stars or STA. Pick one or two or three depending on where you live and see what you like best. Remember even the worst on this list is a better option than the best on some other list. Tryouts are nice but they will always take a really good player.
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Team is already picked. Team is full of backroom deals. All or none groups of girls. Tryouts is just for show. OP has right to be concerned about small group of parents running the team. The coach has a kid of the team which as someone pointed out is unheard of at the ecnl or da level.
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Team is already picked. Team is full of backroom deals. All or none groups of girls. Tryouts is just for show. OP has right to be concerned about small group of parents running the team. The coach has a kid of the team which as someone pointed out is unheard of at the ecnl or da level.
Not true at all. It's a small soccer world. There are ECNL and GDA teams that relations on their teams.
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Not true at all. It's a small soccer world. There are ECNL and GDA teams that relations on their teams.
Iím sure there are ecnl and Gda clubs out there with coaches with kids on the team. It is just very very rare and Iím willing to bet in those instances the coach is a highly licensed professional coach.
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Team is already picked. Team is full of backroom deals. All or none groups of girls. Tryouts is just for show. OP has right to be concerned about small group of parents running the team. The coach has a kid of the team which as someone pointed out is unheard of at the ecnl or da level.
Like most teams there is a core group of 11-12 girls that are more or less picked before tryouts based on their performance in games. Every one of this core group is a superstar. They are the top players in the area. The best of the best. All likely D1 prospects. The coach will probably roster around 18 which leaves many open spots for other top players to join this core group.
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Team is already picked. Team is full of backroom deals. All or none groups of girls. Tryouts is just for show. OP has right to be concerned about small group of parents running the team. The coach has a kid of the team which as someone pointed out is unheard of at the ecnl or da level.
Is it? Here in CT, many ECNL and DA teams have mommy and daddy coaches and the consumers are rightfully lighting up those coaches that cannot separate their job from being a good mommy or daddy. Their kids play the majority of the time, take most of the free kicks, and enjoy choice central positions on their respective teams (as do some of their closest friends!); many of whom are not capable of doing their job well and do not deserve these spots and the PT that comes with them. Find another team. There is no reason for you to pay a boatload of money to a team that does not know right from wrong.
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