The LPDA offers enthusiastic 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 LUSC Director of Coaching, Brendan Donahue. LPDA teams practice in Lexington and compete on fall and spring Sunday afternoons, and on weekends during the winter.
What is the LPDA?
The LPDA is 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 fields five teams: GU12, BU12, GU14, BU14, and BU17.
Why the LPDA?
- Provide supplemental, expert training under professional supervision for the serious player.
- Provide Lexington families with a local, less costly, developmentally appropriate alternative to “Club Soccer”.
- Continue to develop Lexington players within our soccer community.
Who is eligible for the LPDA?
For the U12 and U14 teams, all players registered with LUSC in the U11 through U14 age groups as of the coming fall are eligible (current U10 through U13 players). Note that the LPDA is a supplement to, not a replacement for, LUSC Soccer. Academy players are expected to play with their travel or in-town team on Saturdays and attend regular team practices. The Academy will announce their training night at the time of the program’s launching so LUSC coaches with academy players can schedule their practices on a different night.
For the BU17 team, any U15 through U17 player is eligible. It is not expected that Academy players will play with a travel team.
How Do I Get My Child Involved?
- Information sessions will be held for eligible players and their parents in May.
- Tryouts will be in early June. See the home page for dates and times.
- Registration forms and the registration process will also be posted on the website.
The 2012-2013 Coaches:
BU11/12 – Brendan Donahue
Coach Donahue holds both his USSF A license and NSCAA Premier National Diploma. he serves as a member of the Mass Youth Soccer Educational staff and the Coaches in Mass Olympic Development Program. Coach Donahue spent over a decade coaching collegiate soccer at the Division I through III levels.
GU11/12 – Tom Heimreid
LUSC Assistant Director of Coaching, holds his UEFA “B” license and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
BU13/14 – Jeff Gannon
Former Northeastern Unversity (div. 1) player, USSF F license
GU13/14 – Paul Mallen
LUSC Player Development Co-coordinator, holds his USSF E license
BU17 – Renato Capobianco
Former New England Revolution Assistant Coach, MYSA ODP Staff, Boston Globe HS Coach of the Year 2009, USSF “A” license
Goal Keeping Instructor - Peter Simonini
LUSC Assistant Director of Coaching, Former New England Revolution Special Instructor & Goalie Coach, NE Soccer Hall of Fame, Professional Keeper, Collegiate Coach for 20 plus seasons.
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 coachability.
LPDA Tentative Schedule
- 8 to 10 Fall Training Sessions.
- Sunday Fall season.
- 2 Five week blocks of winter training.
- 1 Indoor session of futsal or non boarded soccer.
- 10 Spring Training Sessions.
- Sunday Spring Season.
- One tournament (Memorial Day weekend).
Note 1: Additional single day tournament options (not included in the cost) may be added at the coaches’ discretion.
Note 2: The BU17 team plays only in the winter and spring. In the spring there are two practices a week.
The Kit – Each LPDA player will receive:
- 1 Game Jersey
- 1 Pair of Game Shorts
- 2 Pair of Socks
- 1 Practice Jersey
- 1 Warm-up suit
- Soccer back pack
The LPDA cost does not include registration for the LUSC travel or in-town program.
For U12, U14, U17:
- Regular players: $825 for the year + player kit (available at Tricon, approximately $175.00)
- Practice players: $600
** Practice Roster positions receive training but are not rostered to play Sunday matches or tournaments.
* Spring opt-out. At the coach’s discretion, there are a limited number of slots for players who want to play fall and winter only.