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Some of those players end up going back to HS soccer and their kid is still not the star.
Watched my daughter's DA games and watched her HS play the same week. There is no comparison. HS soccer is rarely competitive and I'm guessing the DA girls are gaining a development advantage by foregoing HS. HS soccer is similar to mid-tier OYSA.
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Watched my daughter's DA games and watched her HS play the same week. There is no comparison. HS soccer is rarely competitive and I'm guessing the DA girls are gaining a development advantage by foregoing HS. HS soccer is similar to mid-tier OYSA.

So you gain a 2 month development advantage by foregoing HS soccer. Is it really going to give your daughter an overall advantage?

There is not a one answer for all and there are different factors that come into plays such as player's personality, quality of players on various teams (DA, ECNL, HS, etc..), HS training environment, etc....

Playing HS then going to play ECNL is not going to put her far behind someone who has played DA all year. A 10 months season is a very long season.

Depending on what age group there are plenty of bad teams in the DA.
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Watched my daughter's DA games and watched her HS play the same week. There is no comparison. HS soccer is rarely competitive and I'm guessing the DA girls are gaining a development advantage by foregoing HS. HS soccer is similar to mid-tier OYSA.
The DA started last year and it was new to every one.

Year 1:

You had a group of girls who had waivers and were allowed to play HS and then DA. You also had a group of players who skipped HS soccer.

Year 2:

You have a group of players who played DA who went back to HS Soccer. Are there any 10, 11, or 12 graders who played HS last year and this year decided that DA is a better option? There is a reason why some of the top clubs pulled out of DA. It was not because HS soccer is great soccer.
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Watched my daughter's DA games and watched her HS play the same week. There is no comparison. HS soccer is rarely competitive and I'm guessing the DA girls are gaining a development advantage by foregoing HS. HS soccer is similar to mid-tier OYSA.
There isn't supposed to be a comparison. Nobody plays high school soccer for a great soccer experience. They play it for the fun times and camaraderie.

While the DA is on a two month break, my DD who plays high school soccer, will leap frog the DA girls.

The girls I know that did DA last year did not appear to get much better and in fact they seems to be less fit than they started.

There is value in life balance.

I honestly couldn't care less who plays HS or DA, but for anyone to say that doing DA is better in the big picture - good for you I am glad you like it. But I call BS if anyone says either is better.
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High school last week we had over 300 people in attendance. The student section was having fun. The girls loved getting showered with attention.

DA games get two parents and a stray dog show up.

To each their own.
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Watched my daughter's DA games and watched her HS play the same week. There is no comparison. HS soccer is rarely competitive and I'm guessing the DA girls are gaining a development advantage by foregoing HS. HS soccer is similar to mid-tier OYSA.
Development is a complicated thing and one size doesn't fit all. I would argue that more development happens in HS soccer particularly in the younger ages. Good players play with older more physical kids. Individual speed can very. My daughter is a forward and Freshman year HS Soccer was a tremendous growth year for her. Learning to be physical on ball and play and different speeds was a good thing. To each their own.
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