Discussion in 'Development Academy' started by Sweeper, Jul 16, 2020.
New thread for AZ Girls GA (Girls Academy) for the 2020-2021.
Has the full Girls GA schedule been posted yet? RSL/Utah Royals play SC Del Sol in their first GA game in Sept.
Cali has updated their guidelines - not looking good for playing against Cali teams
our dd's schedule came out, first on the schedule is sept. 19 at legends and sept 20 at la surf. no team travel allowed in the fall, only family travel. guess we'll see if it really happens....fingers crossed.
Got the same schedule. No chance! So Cal just entered phase 1 this week. They have to get to phase 4 before any games can be played, the info parents are getting is that each phase will last 4 to 6 weeks. Based on that math they will not play until 2021. Sorry but we are not going to play any GA games until 2021. Hope I am wrong and something changes but I don't see that happening.
The only chance to have games in the next couple of months would be if CA travels. And if they cannot fully practice they may not be interested in going anywhere until they are ready to roll.
I realize it's a long shot, just trying to keep positive vibes going. We're almost to phase 4 maybe Cali can follow suit. One can hope. In all honesty I'd be fine just playing scrimmages royals/del sol/rising/arsensal for the time being til CA opens back up.
That would be tons of fun and good for girl's soccer in Arizona. Parents (most) would love it, coaches and DOCs not so much. I would also say it would be good for women's collegiate soccer programs in the state - once the dead period is lifted at the end of this month (if lifted).
I think the trajectory of the return to play guidelines in CA are going to force RSL, SCDS, PRFC, Aresenal to play competitive friendlies outside of their respective letter league. It's the right thing to do and provides the greatest benefit for their players. Also keeps parents from questioning whether they are getting what they paid for.
But we will see and continue to speculate!
Some are already talking about it.
That's good news, hopefully it plays out - I'll bring the popcorn to the parking lot.
Unfortunately the trick will be to get them to do more than just talking.
Not going to happen. Del Sol GA coaches told parents they will be scrimmaging boys teams in the Fall.
Interesting - GA teams or State League teams?
Playing against boys has been done in the past to some limited success but injuries from those games had cast a shadow on whether it was worth it and left a bad taste in parent's mouths. They shifted to playing the second teams of older girls (internal and external teams), which was effective and resulted in less injuries, if any.
Missing out on an opportunity to prove the value of your program when you match up with a rival on the pitch. Or maybe there isn't any interest in recruiting, they feel confident in what they've done to date and what the future holds. The opposite is also possible.
If they are playing boys teams...it cannot be GA teams then. MLS is maybe what you meant?
Either way to bad they are unwilling to scrimmage vs other clubs.
ECNL and GA teams need to play each other, if they cannot travel. It makes no sense not to when you have good (not CA good) competition in your back yard.
We all know it's not about what's best for the kids. If it was, the GA/ECNL teams would play eachother this fall. As long as you never play them, you're better than them, right? If you lose, even in a meaningless scrimmage, you can no longer boast that your letter league is better than the other.
In year's past, the Del Sol DA girls routinely played boys teams in pre-season friendlies. Normally same age group but second teams (internal and external teams). There were some injuries as a result (nothing significant but enough to worry parents). They also played against boys teams one age group down - that was successful and effective from a training standpoint. They subsequently added in playing an age group up girls second teams.
At the YNT center last year for the 06G, the assessment was conducted by playing against the SCDS Boys 06 DA team. The YNT of course included girls from across the valley, not just the del sol girls. The game was very competitive, with the boys winning out in the end.
All of the games above were competitive. When playing against older girls 2nd tms, the games tended to be one sided in favor of the younger girls.
All of the above is an effective way to assess where your team is BUT, playing against girls your own age and in a rival club is wayyyy more fun.
I certainly think we have "CA" good teams in the letter leagues here in the valley. Their regional and national records bear out. I'm not going to dig up websites and post them here (you can google it) but RSL/PR/SCDS/Arsenal teams travel very well and were well placed regionally and nationally. Some age groups are better than others but there is a level of consistency and development that is apparent.
Semantics. As a whole, not as a good here, and AZ teams usually rank mid to bottom in the regional leagues, of course, with exceptions. I agree that the competition at the very top is good enough locally that there is plenty of value in competing against each other, especially considering the current environment.
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