LUSC has scheduled the LPDA tryout dates for the 2015-16 season. The LPDA offers enthusiastic Lexington players the opportunity to get top professional training and a high level of team play often associated with ‘club’ teams, but at a reduced cost and without the long commute to practice. The LPDA is directed by Lexington United Director of Coaching, Brendan Donahue.
All LPDA Tryout Schedule
Location: Lincoln Fields
GU11-12: Tuesday 6/2, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Lincoln 1
BU11-12: Thursday 6/4, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Lincoln 1
GU13-14: Tuesday 6/9, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Lincoln 1
GU16: Tuesday 6/9, 7:15 pm to 8:40 pm, Lincoln 2
BU13-14: Thursday 6/11, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Lincoln 1
BU17: Thursday 6/11, 7:15 pm to 8:40 pm, Lincoln 2
Note: The LPDA tryouts are independent from and not a replacement for LUSC evaluations. All interested LUSC travel soccer players should attend their age groups evaluations! If you cannot attend the LPDA tryout due to a school related conflict please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an alternative time to be assessed for the program.
What is the LPDA?
The LPDA is exactly as the title suggests: a player development academy. The entire focus of the coaching staff will be to train players to play the game of soccer at a high level while promoting development and enjoyment.
LPDA Team Formation
The LPDA is a select team. Players will be chosen through an evaluation session and through invitation. Players’ selection will be based on a number of criteria: ability, potential, commitment level, and coach ability.
Why the LPDA?
- To provide Elite training under professional supervision for the serious player
- Give players an alternative for continued development beyond travel soccer, while remaining true to the LUSC philosophy
- Provide Lexington families with a local alternative to Premier Soccer Clubs.
- Continue to develop Lexington players within our soccer community
The LPDA is intended for serious, committed soccer players, and it is expected that LPDA families and players will manage their schedules to ensure their commitment is fulfilled. A U14 and below LPDA players’ schedule will include 5 events per week during the fall and spring seasons, and 1-2 events per week in the winter. It is expected that LPDA players will attend most, if not all, of those events. The LPDA invitation will provide specifics regarding minimum attendance.
For a more complete overview of the LPDA program as presently structured, please visit our LPDA page.
LPDA 2015/2016 Full Roster (U14 and below) Academy Requirement
- One weeknight practice throughout the fall and spring season. Girls will train on Tuesday Night; Boys will train on Thursday Night.
- Wednesday afternoon 4:00 to 5:15pm Functional Technical Training Session (full description below)
- One Sunday afternoon game in the MAPLE league during the fall and spring (typically 8 to 10 week season).
- 8 weeks of futsal on Saturday afternoons (Jan/Feb).
- 10 winter training sessions.
- A Memorial Day weekend or Season Ending tournament.
Wednesday Afternoon Functional Technical Training
Each Wednesday afternoon during the fall and spring seasons (approximately 20 sessions b/n the fall & spring), Lexington United Director of Coaching, Brendan Donahue and LUSC Assistant Director of Coaching Tom Heimreid along with other LPDA Coaches will conduct a functional technical training/injury prevention training session for 75 minutes from 4:00 to 5:15pm. The goal of these sessions will be to help our academy players “prepare for the demands of the game”. These sessions will be highly focused on improving the functional skill level of our academy players. The Wednesday afternoon pool training will be done in a quality controlled environment since it is restricted to just LPDA players. These sessions are a required part of the LPDA commitment.
Note: LPDA Players will be excused from their LUSC pro clinic session. By excusing the academy players we remain consistent in keeping academy players to 5 soccer sessions a week.
The LPDA is a supplement to, not a replacement for, LUSC Travel/In-town Soccer. Academy players are required to play with their travel or in-town team on Saturdays and attend the individual team practice. Lack of commitment to your LUSC team can result in dismissal from the LPDA program.
The LPDA is committed to providing the players in the program with top flight coaching from professionally licensed staff. We are in the process of finalizing coaching roles for the 2015-16 LPDA season, but below is the anticipated 2015-16 LPDA Staff.
GU11-12 TBA (finalizing now, will be announced prior to tryouts)
GU13-14 Brendan Donahue, LUSC Director of Coaching, USSF A license, NSCAA Premier Diploma, US Youth Soccer National Youth, Former MYSA ODP Staff, Former DI-III Collegiate Coach (1995-2005),
GU16 Laura Ray Rivier College Women’s Head Coach, Former member of the Mass Youth Soccer Instructional Staff. Coach Ray holds her USSF “B” license, National Youth License and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
BU11-12 Tom Heimreid, LUSC Assistant Director of Coaching, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, NSCAA Advanced Diploma, UEFA B
BU13-14 Brendan Donahue, LUSC Director of Coaching, USSF A license, NSCAA Premier Diploma, US Youth Soccer National Youth, Former MYSA ODP Staff, Former DI-III Collegiate Coach (1995-2005),
BU17 Renato Capobianco, Regis College Men’s Soccer Coach, Former New England Revolution Assistant Coach, MYSA ODP Staff, Boston Globe HS Coach of the Year 2009, USSF “A” license