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 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 MAPLE. In the winter LPDA teams have one indoor training session and one futsal match per week, both during the weekend.
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 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 U11, U12 and U14 teams, all players registered with LUSC in the U10 through U14 age groups as of the coming fall are eligible (current U9 through U13 players). Note that the LPDA is a supplement to, 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 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. It is expected that Academy players will play with a travel team. For the BU16, GU17 & BU18 team, any U15 through U18 player is eligible. It is not expected that BU16, GU17 & BU18 Academy players will play with a travel team.
How Do I Get My Child Involved?
Tryouts will be in early June. See the home page for dates and times.
The 2016-2017 Coaches:
GU14 – 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.
BU14 – Tom Heimreid
LUSC Assistant Director of Coaching, holds his NSCAA Premier Diploma, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma & NFF 1.
BU12 and GU17 – Paul Mallen
LUSC Player Development Coordinator & Senior Staff, 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.
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, MYSA ODP Staff, Boston Globe HS Coach of the Year 2009, USSF A license & NSCAA Premier Diploma.
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
- 18 to 20 training sessions.
- Approximately 9 Sunday games.
- Approximately 10 training sessions.
- One indoor session of futsal (non-boarded) soccer, approximately 7 games.
- 16-18 training sessions.
- Approximately 7 Sunday games.
- 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 BU16, GU17 & BU18 team plays only in the winter and spring.
The Kit – Each LPDA player will receive:
- 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 or in-town program. The following costs are for the year. For U12 and U14:
- Regular players: $1050
- Practice players: $875
For BU16, GU17 & BU18:
Note 1: Practice players receive training but do not play Sunday matches in the fall and spring. They do play winter futsal matches.
Note 2: 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.