First off let me start by saying my son was invited to both RSL and Del Sol DA and both were turned down. Only for the fact that I saw several kids getting offers who never attended not one tryout. Yes, politics once again plays a role in DA. RSL is swooping up “tall & big” “athletes” while Del sol is getting leftovers. My son showed little to no excitement about the possibility of playing for either of these teams. I went to several tryouts to watch and saw very talented players not even getting noticed. I saw one player in particular being ignored, who happens to start on an apl team and is ODP. Not one of those DA coaches bothered to take a look at him for two tryouts until it was pointed out that he was a player. Boom! Kid gets an offer and they didn’t even know he exsisted until someone pointed him out. I watched a top 06 player tryout for RSL and told he’s not good enough only to go to Del Sol and get an offer within 30 minutes once they found out his parents were wealthy. I scratch my head. Parents need to really think how this helps develop their kid or is it bragging rights for the parent themselves. At 11,12,13 years old, this is really not that important, sorry to burst some bubbles. A good half of these kids won’t be the same player in 3 years as they are today. But, I guess it is nice to walk around and puff up your chest only to say your kid is a DA player. By the way, how did some of these kids get to such a high level prior to DA? Oh that’s right. Their club coaches developed them. We are quick to forget about that because DA is oh so prestigious. It’s annoying to hear a parent say they are moving on to bigger and better things, DA, and not acknowledging how their player got to that level. When certain types of parents hear “free” “DA” “traveling team” they lose their minds. I’m entertained to say the least and to say my son will stick with his club coach who has developed and guided not only my son but his team since he was 5 years old.