The LPDA, established in the fall of 2008, 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 available only to a limited number of the most committed and talented soccer players in Lexington. The LPDA is directed by LUSC Director of Coaching, Brendan Donahue.
In the fall and spring LPDA teams practice twice a week in Lexington and play matches on Sundays. All LPDA teams play in the NSL (Northeast Soccer League, formerly MAPLE). In the winter LPDA teams have 10 indoor training sessions and participate in one season of futsal.
What is the LPDA?
The LPDA is a player development academy. The entire focus of the coaching staff is to train players to play the game of soccer at a high level while promoting development and enjoyment. Players commit to LPDA for the entire school year. LPDA fields eight teams: BU11, GU12, BU12, GU14, BU14, BU16, GU17 & BU18.
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 U14 and below teams, all players registered with LUSC Travel Soccer are eligible. Note that the LPDA is a supplement to, and not a replacement for, LUSC Travel Soccer. Academy players are expected to play with their travel team on Saturdays and attend regular team practices. The Academy announces 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 high school aged LPDA teams, it is not expected that Academy players play with a travel team.
How do I get my child involved?
Tryouts are in early June. See the home page for dates and times.
How are LPDA teams formed?
The LPDA is a select team. Players are chosen through a tryout session and through invitation. Player selection is based on a number of criteria: ability, potential, commitment level, and coachability.
The coach of each particular LPDA team has the final say on selecting the roster for the coming year. There is input from the DOC, ADOC and professional evaluators, but the final team is selected by the coach.
Does my child need to be a 1st team travel player to make the LPDA?
No. There have been many cases where players outside of the first team are selected into the LPDA program. There have also been several times a first team player has not received an offer to participate in the program.
Does the LPDA extend pre-offers? If so, why?
A limited number of players may receive an invitation to join the LPDA in advance of tryouts. These offers are only extended when a coach is 100% sure that the player would be offered a position at the tryout. A deadline to accept a pre-offer is given prior to the tryout date so the coach can focus on the remaining players attending the tryout to make final roster selections. This is a common practice in club soccer.
Why does the LPDA not field “B” teams?
There are two major factors for not offering multiple LPDA teams in a particular age group.
- We don’t want to dilute the product both with regards to the LPDA and with LUSC. All of our LPDA coaches also serve as LUSC pro coaches, so when LUSC starts adding more LPDA commitments to their plate, we naturally have to sacrifice some of their LUSC commitments.
- Winter space. More LPDA teams means more gym time that we need to secure and that is very difficult given the demand for indoor space in the winter. It’s important to LUSC that we continue to offer clinics for all of our LUSC families throughout the winter and when we add LPDA teams it can make this a difficult balancing act.
Does the LPDA have practice players? If so, why?
Yes. In an effort to maintain a larger player pool without creating a game day roster that is too large it is typical for LPDA teams to carry 2 to 4 practice players per team. Practice players participate in all training sessions but do not play Sunday matches in the fall and spring. Practice players do play in winter futsal matches.
- 18 to 20 training sessions.
- Approximately 9 Sunday games.
- Note: High school aged teams do not play in the fall, due to school soccer.
- Approximately 10 training sessions.
- One indoor session of futsal (non-boarded) soccer, approximately 7 games.
- 16-18 training sessions.
- Approximately 8 Sunday games.
- One tournament (Memorial Day weekend).
Additional single day tournament options (not included in the cost) may be added at the coaches’ discretion.
The Kit – each LPDA player receives:
- 2 game jerseys
- 1 pair of game shorts
- 1 pair of socks
- 2 practice jerseys
- 1 warm-up suit
- Soccer back pack
- Kit available at Tricon, approximately $265
The LPDA cost does not include registration for the LUSC travel program. The following costs are for the full year. For U14 and below:
- Regular players: $1,125
- Practice players: $950
For high school aged teams:
Note: 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.
The 2016-2017 Coaches:
GU14 – Brendan Donahue
Coach Donahue holds both his USSF A license and NSCAA Premier National Diploma. He currently is a member of the Region 1 (Virginia to Maine) Olympic Development Program Staff and the Northeast Soccer League Advisory Board. Coach Donahue spent over a decade coaching collegiate soccer at the Division I through III levels.
BU14 – Tom Heimreid
LUSC Assistant Director of Coaching, Director of LUSC Skills Academy. Coach Heimreid holds his NSCAA Premier Diploma, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma & NFF 1.
BU12 and GU17 – Paul Mallen
LUSC Senior Pro Coach and Diamond Kindergarten Program Director. Coach Mallen holds his USSF C license, FA Level 1 & 2, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma.
GU12– Emily Morse
LUSC Pro Coach, USSF E License and FA Level 1. Note: Tom Heimreid is the coach for the winter season.
BU11 – Thomas Ballenthin
LUSC Pro Coach, Providence College Big East Champion (2014) & Providence College NCAA Final Four College Cup (2014).
BU16 and BU18 – Renato Capobianco
Regis College Head Coach, Former New England Revolution Assistant Coach, Former MYSA ODP Staff, Boston Globe HS Coach of the Year 2009, USSF A license & NSCAA Premier Diploma.