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It seems to be a pattern with GDA that policies are intentionally written in a way to allow latitude. My guess is if there's a kid out there (either in Oregon or elsewhere) who is a superstar and who an academy team doesn't want to lose, the policy will read as "players will not be allowed to play simultaneously in the Academy and in outside SOCCER competition." For the non superstars, take out the word SOCCER.

Especially considering Thorns academy has already shown a propensity for bending the rules ($125 tryout fee), it wouldn't surprise me at all if some of the chosen few get to continue on with a HS track season. Time will tell.
Or it's written assuming nobody would be dense enough to believe the GDA has any say in anything outside of soccer activities.
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Or it's written assuming nobody would be dense enough to believe the GDA has any say in anything outside of soccer activities.
That is a very disingenuous statement. While you may be technically correct in that GDA isn't or hasn't specifically listed what a player cannot do, they have made it very clear that if your player plays for GDA, they won't have time to do anything else. 4 practices/week, 1 travel day/week (most weeks), 1 game day/week = 6 days. Do you plan on having her be physically active 7 days/week for weeks on end? Or going to a 2 hour track practice or meet then heading off to soccer? If so, I hope you are banking that money you're saving on club fees for medical copays.
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so non-soccer HS sports are specifically forbidden?
Yes, all sports activities outside the GDA are not allowed.
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Yes, all sports activities outside the GDA are not allowed.
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From the US Soccer Girls DA rules:

"players will not be allowed to play simultaneously in the Academy and in outside competition"

I think that rules out all non academy soccer.
The point is that if you are all in, you need to be all in. Screwing around in other sports means you are not all in.
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The point is that if you are all in, you need to be all in. Screwing around in other sports means you are not all in.
Bingo. The Socal GDA & Ecnl girls & the NorCal GDA & Ecnl girls will all be training (the required by US Soccer) MINIMUM 4x/week, not doing high school soccer or other sports. Get on board Thorns GDA or have our Oregon girls left even further behind. GDA is supposed to be for the serious elite soccer players only. Please don't ruin the chances of Oregon girls ever being able to compete at all vs their sisters to the south. Please don't turn Thorns Oregon GDA into some weakened same old club kind of gig. GDA doesn't have to be a Yugo in Oregon. Girls might threaten but they will give up other soccer & sports for a legitimate GDA program.
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Yes, all sports activities outside the GDA are not allowed.
You're wrong but it is noted that when it comes to track and field it is allowed but events that involve running, jumping, vaulting, or throwing are disallowed.
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Bingo. The Socal GDA & Ecnl girls & the NorCal GDA & Ecnl girls will all be training (the required by US Soccer) MINIMUM 4x/week, not doing high school soccer or other sports. Get on board Thorns GDA or have our Oregon girls left even further behind. GDA is supposed to be for the serious elite soccer players only. Please don't ruin the chances of Oregon girls ever being able to compete at all vs their sisters to the south. Please don't turn Thorns Oregon GDA into some weakened same old club kind of gig. GDA doesn't have to be a Yugo in Oregon. Girls might threaten but they will give up other soccer & sports for a legitimate GDA program.
Spot on. Time to get going.
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Bingo. The Socal GDA & Ecnl girls & the NorCal GDA & Ecnl girls will all be training (the required by US Soccer) MINIMUM 4x/week, not doing high school soccer or other sports. Get on board Thorns GDA or have our Oregon girls left even further behind. GDA is supposed to be for the serious elite soccer players only. Please don't ruin the chances of Oregon girls ever being able to compete at all vs their sisters to the south. Please don't turn Thorns Oregon GDA into some weakened same old club kind of gig. GDA doesn't have to be a Yugo in Oregon. Girls might threaten but they will give up other soccer & sports for a legitimate GDA program.
The GDA will create a new generation of soccer robots. Very few of the participants will even get a sniff of being included in any sort of an NT pool. The vast majority will just play collegiately and only about half of those will play all four years. That's right, the attrition rate of collegiate soccer players is somewhere around 50%. Kids might as well play other sports if they choose to, play high school soccer if they want to or, in general, just be more well-rounded and normal kids instead of just another doltish soccer robot.
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On paper you can do any sport you want as long as it isn't soccer. In reality

- your club will pressure you not to do anything else. They want all your focus, mental and physical, on soccer. They also don't want you to get injured

- realistically there is little time for HS sports. Imagine doing a long track meet+bus ride, then going to an intense 2 hour practice? There will always be conflicts and in DA you aren't allowed to miss anything basically unless you broke your leg and you're getting it set. So unless your HS coach is really understanding and lets you skip stuff (answer:it won't happen) you really have to chose. A few boys have pulled it off but the are the rare exception and I don't know how they did it.
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