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posted on 2/6/17 at 01:30 PM Reply With Quote
Girls Development Academy Meeting

Saw this announcement recently so passing along for anyone with interest:

"The Girls Development Academy (GDA) Program will be holding an informational meeting at WakeMed Soccer Park on Feb. 12th from 6:30-8:00 pm. All interested players and families are welcome to attend!! For More Information: http://www.capitalarearailhawks.com/Default.aspx?tabid=296763"

[Edited on 2/6/17 by NCBaller]

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posted on 2/6/17 at 01:35 PM Reply With Quote
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Saw this announcement recently so passing along for anyone with interest:

"The Girls Development Academy (GDA) Program will be holding an informational meeting at WakeMed Soccer Park on Feb. 12th from 6:30-8:00 pm. All interested players and families are welcome to attend!! For More Information: http://www.capitalarearailhawks.com/Default.aspx?tabid=296763"

Missed including some more info in the announcement - parents and players both welcome to the info meeting, enter by the Wake Med Soccer Park box office, year groups are 2004-1999, and you can send questions to GirlsCapitalAreaRailhawks@gmail.com.

[Edited on 2/6/17 by NCBaller]

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posted on 2/6/17 at 02:38 PM Reply With Quote
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Saw this announcement recently so passing along for anyone with interest:

"The Girls Development Academy (GDA) Program will be holding an informational meeting at WakeMed Soccer Park on Feb. 12th from 6:30-8:00 pm. All interested players and families are welcome to attend!! For More Information: http://www.capitalarearailhawks.com/Default.aspx?tabid=296763"

[Edited on 2/6/17 by NCBaller]



Hmmm....I thought the Railhawks site had been taken down or defaulted to NCFC. CASL hasn't mentioned details yet to its players.

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posted on 2/8/17 at 09:07 AM Reply With Quote
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Saw this announcement recently so passing along for anyone with interest:

"The Girls Development Academy (GDA) Program will be holding an informational meeting at WakeMed Soccer Park on Feb. 12th from 6:30-8:00 pm. All interested players and families are welcome to attend!! For More Information: http://www.capitalarearailhawks.com/Default.aspx?tabid=296763"

[Edited on 2/6/17 by NCBaller]



Hmmm....I thought the Railhawks site had been taken down or defaulted to NCFC. CASL hasn't mentioned details yet to its players.

It looks like the site, and the link above, still work and have the details on the GDA program meeting.

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posted on 2/8/17 at 11:17 AM Reply With Quote
They are also having an ID sessions for non-CASL players for GDA. Very interesting that they have a separate session for CASL.

http://www.capitalarearailhawks.com/Default.aspx?tabid=922037

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They are also having an ID sessions for non-CASL players for GDA. Very interesting that they have a separate session for CASL.

http://www.capitalarearailhawks.com/Default.aspx?tabid=922037



They'll combine later in the spring once they've narrowed the pool some. Doing the same for boys.

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posted on 2/8/17 at 11:57 AM Reply With Quote
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They are also having an ID sessions for non-CASL players for GDA. Very interesting that they have a separate session for CASL.

http://www.capitalarearailhawks.com/Default.aspx?tabid=922037



They'll combine later in the spring once they've narrowed the pool some. Doing the same for boys.



The hard part of the evaluations for the older girls will be seeing the players in games. Last year the boys academy staff actually went out to NCYSA games and the State cup to watch players outside of CASL.

Do you think the Girls Academy staff will go to a girls high school game to evaluate a player?

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The hard part of the evaluations for the older girls will be seeing the players in games. Last year the boys academy staff actually went out to NCYSA games and the State cup to watch players outside of CASL.

Do you think the Girls Academy staff will go to a girls high school game to evaluate a player?



Of course there's some upheaval with Sam Stockley leaving, but I would like to think the girls' coaches are very attentive to the talent in the triangle. One of the boys' coaches once said to me, when son was at another club, that it was their JOB to know all of the kids in the area in their age groups regardless of club.

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The hard part of the evaluations for the older girls will be seeing the players in games. Last year the boys academy staff actually went out to NCYSA games and the State cup to watch players outside of CASL.

Do you think the Girls Academy staff will go to a girls high school game to evaluate a player?



Of course there's some upheaval with Sam Stockley leaving, but I would like to think the girls' coaches are very attentive to the talent in the triangle. One of the boys' coaches once said to me, when son was at another club, that it was their JOB to know all of the kids in the area in their age groups regardless of club.



AHW, I do agree with you on this and do believe the coaches are well aware of the local talent.

But last spring it was good to see multiple Academy coaches out on the sidelines of multiple NCYSA games and State Cup games watching and observing players out side of the academy and CASL practicing what they preach.

A lot of naysayers out there, at least some can attest to the scouting that occurs.

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posted on 2/8/17 at 01:49 PM Reply With Quote
hopefully some of them were out and about last fall--they knew this was coming.
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hopefully some of them were out and about last fall--they knew this was coming.


your right, much better environment to scout

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posted on 2/9/17 at 09:23 AM Reply With Quote
Forgive my ignorance on the subject, but is the GDA coming in as a level above ECNL, or is it a competitor to ECNL for the top level of girls' play in the area?
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Forgive my ignorance on the subject, but is the GDA coming in as a level above ECNL, or is it a competitor to ECNL for the top level of girls' play in the area?



GDA is the top level. Your top southeast clubs will have a GDA - Weston FC, Orlando, TopHat, Concorde, UFA, CSA, CASL and FC Virginia. Some of these clubs have said they will also have ECNL which will be their second team. Looking west you see SoCal Blues and FC United going the GDA route. ECNL will remain strong no doubt.

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posted on 2/9/17 at 01:33 PM Reply With Quote
OK, thanks, that's good to know. Should be some more interesting shakeups in the clubs as yet another level of competition opens and produces upward mobility opportunities.
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posted on 2/10/17 at 08:21 AM Reply With Quote
GDA will ONLY be top level if the top players choose to play GDA
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posted on 2/10/17 at 08:36 AM Reply With Quote
Good point. Would players be allowed to turn down an offer to play for GDA and accept ECNL instead?
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posted on 2/10/17 at 08:38 AM Reply With Quote
I would hope players had a choice.
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posted on 2/10/17 at 08:53 AM Reply With Quote
It will be real interesting to see how this unfolds since ECNL will allow them to play HS but GDA won't. Also, isn't ECNL trying to start a boys program?
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posted on 2/10/17 at 09:08 AM Reply With Quote
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It will be real interesting to see how this unfolds since ECNL will allow them to play HS but GDA won't. Also, isn't ECNL trying to start a boys program?



Yes, ECNL is starting a boys program. Question on the boys side is will it be worth the travel? For instance, the NPL is currently a couple of small clubs first teams but the rest of the divisions are full of 2nd and 3rd teams from clubs. Is it worth it to travel those distances to play 2nd, 3rd or 4th teams and what about SRPL?

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posted on 2/10/17 at 09:24 AM Reply With Quote
If that is the case, and I made a similar comment on a different thread, it seems like all that is happening is a retooling of the landscape, not necessarily creating better competition.

Pretty soon DA/ECNL will be the equivalent of Region III because more Region III will get pulled up to that level. Then Region III will be the equivalent of premier because more premier kids will get pulled up to Region III. And so on.....

My thoughts are that, in a few years, USDA will then come out with "Ultra DA" or something like that which is supposedly one step better than DA.

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