U17-19 Program (2002-2000 BY)

U17-19 Program Overview

Led by our Senior DOC--Sam Alden--the U17-19 Program has been newly revamped for the 2018-19 Season with a new schedule and format that better serves our oldest players.

Gone are the days of having 7-10 players at training. We plan on having separate Senior Boys & Girls player pools, which ensures a critical mass for trainings, allows for players of different commitment levels to participate without diluting the experience, and ensures a competitive environement for players irrespective of age. Further, the new calendar prevents player burnout while also better preparing them for their high school seasons.

Below, you will find a complete overview of this new program, including:

  • Objectives
  • Schedule & Events
  • Cost

Program Objectives

Program Objectives

Vermont is a unique place in the best possible way. Unlike other areas, high school soccer is a large part of your playing experience and we do not want to fight this; we want to complement it. We also understand that our player pool in this state is much smaller than other areas, and that players at this age will inevitably have different reasons for playing. We want to serve you all.

There current model does not serve our players. Here is why we feel there is a need for change:

  • HS-aged players have diffferent goals
    • Group 1: College soccer track. Want to play as much as possible.
    • Group 2: Undecided on whether they want to play in college, but like to play competitively and want to keep as many doors open as possible.
    • Group 3: Do not want to play in college, but enjoy playing at a high level and want to remain a part of the team.
    • Group 4: Multi-sport athletes that do not prioritize soccer over others.
  • Prevent Burnout
    • Give players rest/recovery time after a grueling HS season
    • Indoor season is very long and does not necessarily serve these players.
  • Not enough opportunities for players in July/August
    • Players can still travel, attend camps, etc., but we can provide consistent training opportunities for those that are around over the summer months.
    • Allows for players to be better prepared for their high school seasons.
  • Vermont weather
    • Why would we not take advantage of the nice weather to be outside playing the game in it's true form--11v11--when we're able to?

Schedule Overview

Schedule Overview

November/December -- Focus: Showcases

  • Training: Outdoor turf time to prepare for events (2-3 sessions). NO indoor training.
  • Events:
    • Boys: NEFC - Nov. 16-18 (Boston, MA area) & Massapequa - Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 (NYC)
    • Girls: NEFC - Nov. 16-18 (Boston, MA area), NEWSS - Nov. 23-25 (NYC), & *maybe* CASL - Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 (Raleigh, NC)

January/February -- Focus: Self-improvement

  • Training: 
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Saturday afternoon: warm-up, technical/rondo, 8v8.
    • Add-on's
      • Senior Academy
      • Strength & Conditioning Session
      • Technical Session
      • Futsal: coaches present, but games managed by kids. Play for fun.
  • Events:
    • No travel.

March/April -- Focus: Spring Prep & Showcases

  • Training:
    • Outdoor: Turf time to prep for events.
    • Indoor: same as Jan/Feb
  • Events:
    • Boys: Manhattan Kickoff Classic - Mar. 1-3 (NYC) & NEFC March Showcase - Mar. 22-24 (Boston, MA area).
    • Girls: Manhattan Kickoff Classic - Mar. 1-3 (NYC) & NEFC March Showcase - Mar. 15-17 (Boston, MA area).
  • League Play:
    • EDP New Englad Regional League (if enough of the group is interested)

May/June -- Focus: Tournaments/Showcases

  • Training: 2x per week team training (the U17-19 pool will have a full field), with an optional 3rd session & also optional Strength/Conditioning.
  • Events:
    • Boys: Empire Cup - Early May (Batavia, W-NY), GPS Memorial Day - May 24-27 (Boston, MA area), EDP Cup Spring Showcase - June 14-16 (Fort Dix, NJ), Mad Dog - June 21-23 (Saratoga Springs, NY).
    • Girls: GPS Memorial Day - May 24-27 (Boston, MA area), EDP Cup Spring Showcase - June 14-16 (Fort Dix, NJ), Mad Dog - June 21-23 (Saratoga Springs, NY).
  • League Play:
    • U19 VSL

July/August -- Focus: HS Pre-season Prep & College ID Camps

  • Training = Available, but optional
    • 2x a week. Attend when you are in town, don't feel guilty when you are not.
  • Events:
    • No Regionals (It's in WV again)
    • NYC Cup Worldwide Showcase - Mid July (NYC)

Mid-August - October -- Focus: HS Season

  • Coaches & Senior DOC will attend games, check in with coaches, and track progress.

Cost & Logistics