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Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: October 05, 2019, 03:55:31 pm »
Agreed, I thought Middlebury played the same way Amherst did.

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Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: October 05, 2019, 03:36:51 pm »
Watching the second half of the Williams-Colby game -- I'm enjoying this soccer much more than the Amherst-Middlebury game. *Much* more passing to feet and little of the pointless ping ponging headers of that game. I get it, Amherst is very successful with its style of play, but that doesn't mean I can't prefer Williams' style.

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Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: October 01, 2019, 10:54:19 am »
I don't think the sub rules are the reason for this type of soccer.  High school and club allow unlimited substitutions as well, and I don't see this at those games. My son goes to a prep school, so the level of soccer isn't bad, and he plays for Black Rock, where the level of soccer is quite high. Both teams manage to get all their players on the field, but without frequent subs.

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Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: October 01, 2019, 08:44:57 am »
Well, Amherst's style puts some recruits off.

I also was at the game; I couldn't hear either coach but agree there was a confrontation after a foul. And there were *so* many fouls!

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Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: September 30, 2019, 07:59:29 pm »
Really appreciate everyone's perspective.  I am trying to educate myself on what is out there so it is tremendously helpful.

Whoever said it was frustrating to watch because you can tell these players have the talent to be doing something other than head ping pong  is right, at least for me.

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Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: September 30, 2019, 07:24:31 am »
Got it. I did feel all the players on the field were very talented,  and both teams scored when they put the ball on the ground and played to feet. Are there teams/games that have better soccer, though?

If the NESCAC is the (or one of) best d3 soccer conference, and Amherst is the #2 ranked team in the country, I am wondering if *all* d3 soccer looks like this?

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Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: September 29, 2019, 10:05:04 pm »
I watched the Middlebury-Amherst game today. I felt it was choppy with very little flow and the ball in the air way too much. Is that kind of play typical of NESCAC teams?

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Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: September 21, 2019, 07:15:29 am »
I wasn't meaning that recruiting desire made a difference between Amherst/Williams/Tufts. Those are all highly selective schools with good/great programs. I'm talking about how a program like Bard (for example) needs to up their game. Schools that don't have quite the academic pull, and recently have had a badly losing program. One thing the coaches in these situations can (I think need to) offer is huge enthusiasm about the recruit. That gets the kid paying more attention. The Bates coach is particularly good at this.

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Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: September 19, 2019, 10:22:59 am »
There seems to be a pretty strong correlation between strong programs and good recruiting.  I'm not sure why these losing coaches haven't figured this out!

(If the above is true, watch for Bates to improve dramatically!)

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Men's soccer / Re: D-III Policy and Operational Changes in the Works
« on: September 10, 2019, 07:41:38 am »
A two-mile run is not as good a measure of fitness for something like soccer as the Beep Test/Yo-Yo Test, but a college soccer player should probably bee able to run 2 miles at a 6 minute mile pace

My son's prep school had the  2 mile/12 minute test for the past 2 years. Now it's been changed to a mile and a half in 9 minutes. So -- not limited to college soccer!

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Men's soccer / Re: D3 Recruiting
« on: August 13, 2019, 02:51:15 pm »
There's a big difference in admissions difficulty within the NESCAC. Trinity has a very different profile than Williams. Perhaps that's why some coaches can be more confident about admissions?

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Men's soccer / Re: D3 Recruiting
« on: August 12, 2019, 04:12:53 pm »


Finally, consider this.... 200-20-5. General rule of thumb for D3 recruiting. Coaches keep a list of 200 players, 20 they want (obviously ranked in some order), and they hope to get 5 from that list of 20. This is just a general rule. Different programs will have different realities. Perennial D3 contenders vs programs on the rise or those with a new coach vs highly selective schools. There are lots of schools and coaches and they all have different realities, so there is no one size fits all here. Other than the fact that coaches do not want to ever hear from a parent. :)

Huh, that's interesting.  I would have thought the initial pool of players would be larger than 200, but what do I know.

My son is a rising junior, so college class of 2025. I can confidently say that there are basically no d3 commits at this age group.

I would think the better d3s would be on the later side, waiting for d1/borderline d1 players to figure out they preferred d3 to their d1 options.

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Men's soccer / D3 Recruiting
« on: August 10, 2019, 04:41:59 pm »
I may be the only parent with a high school player starting the recruiting process . . . but in case I'm not, I thought a thread where we could ask questions,  share info etc might be helpful.

I have a question: on an unofficial visit to a d3 school, can my son participate in a team practice? (My son wrote to a coach, who replied that "at the very least" they would meet with him -- what more could they do??) (Yes, my son can/will clarify with the coach, but I'm impatient,  and want to have an idea of what to possibly expect.  Thanks!

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Men's soccer / Re: Coaching Carousel
« on: July 24, 2019, 11:23:19 am »
Bard has been filled by a d1 coach. His bio on Bard's page emphasizes how he has had success turning around losing programs. It seems like Bard may be making an effort to improve their program. Any thoughts?

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Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: April 14, 2019, 06:43:25 am »


From the New England Soccer Journal



Phillips Exeter midfielder Tyler Swanbeck commits to Wesleyan
By Jonathan SigalDecember 6, 2018

Tyler Swanbeck dribbles forward vs. Lawrence Academy. (Mike Gridley/New England Soccer Journal)
After winning back-to-back Class C titles at Hebron Academy, Tyler Swanbeck set out for a postgraduate year at Phillips Exeter.

His goal? Find a college soccer home, preferably one where the 2017-18 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Player of the Year would continue to be challenged on and off the field.

Mission accomplished for the 19-year-old midfielder. Earlier this week, Swanbeck committed to Wesleyan, a Division 3 program that plays in the national-renowned NESCAC.

Im really excited for this, Swanbeck said. I had those (Division 1) aspirations, but going to this league and conference, the quality of play isnt going to drop off at all. If anything, Ill be challenged every week.



As Swanbeck said, he hoped to play D1 soccer and made no secret of it. He had possibilities, too.

Before heading to Exeter, Swanbeck planned to join Colgate in 2019. He even reclassified, but head coach Erik Ronning went in another direction. Earlier this fall, Vermont also had serious interest only for the financial package not to work out.




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