Richard Posted January 2, 2007 Share Posted January 2, 2007 quote:Originally posted by argh1 Okay, some of you have brought up good points. I could temper my rant to that Junior or U-21 players could sign on with a pro run Academy. But I'm still against Midget or U-18 players being owned and maybe sold by pro run Academies. I used minor soccer instead of youth soccer because that's what we call U-18/Midget and under soccer in this neck o' da woods. Riverview Minor Soccer Association is who I make the cheques out to for my grand-kids at registration time. I am only afraid that 15-16 year olds will be taken advantage of in an Academy system. I firmly believe that only players in Junior/U-21 (with the lack of U-21 or Junior leagues..see I got my mistake ..) but Midget/U-18 shouldn't be in Academies especially if they have to leave homes 100's of miles away. My concern is for the kids and the possibility that parents will pay large sums and kids will have un-do expectations, when profit for the Academy is the main concern. Alarm bells went off when I read some of the early posts. I would like to see a program of excellence being instituted by our Associations from the top down. Before we look to private business to do it for us. Programs of excellence are exactly what the District Development Centres are all about. These are run by provincial associations on behalf of the CSA. In BC the province is divided into four regions, each with its own BCSA run DDC. I am sure the same program exists in other provinces. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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