LATDP Elite Girls Academy - 2008 Girls Team Photo

YOUR QUESTIONS, ANSWERED!

GIRLS’ FAQ

We understand that a groundbreaking program like LATDP Elite will come with lots of questions. To help parents and player make an informed decision regarding tryouts, we constructed a list of frequently asked questions that should cover everything you need to know about the LATDP Elite Girls’ Program and the Girls Academy (GA).

Feel free to contact us if you have a question not listed below. Our staff will be happy to assist you.

Girls Academy

  • What is LATDP Elite?

    LATDP Elite (Louisiana Total Development Program) is a program for players from U13 to U19 composed of top players within the Louisiana Dynamo pyramid. Top Clubs in the state are working together in the best interest of the players. The purpose of LATDP is to assemble elite players within and out of the state of Louisiana to provide players with greater exposure to higher-level training and playing opportunities, and an increased prospect of identification. Players from any Club in or out of state are welcome to attend tryouts.

    We will also be developing the Catalyst ages U10-U12 in preparation for the NEXT level. We have Girls Academy (GA) under the LATDP Elite banner for the girls and MLS NEXT for the boys.

  • What is Girls Academy (GA)?

    The Girls Academy is the platform to provide the same opportunities for Louisiana players as the rest of the country. The Girls Academy is the leading youth development platform for the best female soccer players in the United States. We are the only national youth soccer platform that represents the collective vision of member clubs and actively engages the voice of the players to take real ownership of the league. We embrace the desire of club members and players to maintain an unrivaled standard of excellence in coaching, competition, and regional and national showcase events throughout the year.

  • Which age groups will be participating in LATDP Elite?

    U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, U18/U19

  • What are the plans for the GA Teams?

    The GA LATDP Elite Girls teams (U13 – U19) will compete in the GA Frontier conference. This league will allow the elite players in the state to compete against the top players and teams in the region and country. It will also afford players a greater prospect for identification among college coaches, youth national teams, and professional scouts at the highest levels of play.

  • Who is eligible to tryout?

    Tryouts for LATDP Elite are open to girls in U13 to U19. Open tryouts will be held to provide greater access to this program for all elite players in and out of state and around the region.

  • Where do I register for tryouts?

    Tryout details will be posted to the home page of LATDPElite.com and linked under the registration tab.

  • Will players still be able to play up age groups?

    Players playing up will be determined on a case-by-case basis. We would like all players to register for their age-appropriate group and then determine the best options for the player. Some options for female players are: Playing on age-appropriate teams, playing up a year, playing up two years, playing up three years, training flexibility within the girls GA, and training opportunities with MLS NEXT boys.

  • When are LATDP Elite tryouts?

    Dates:

    2011 Girls

    Sunday, April 2nd 5pm-6:30pm Laferenre Park- New Orleans

    2011 Girls

    Sunday, April 23rd 5pm-6:30pm Burbank Soccer Complex- Baton Rouge

    2010 Girls

    Sunday, May 21st 5pm-6:30pm Burbank Soccer Complex- Baton Rouge

    2009 Girls

    Sunday, May 21st 5pm-6:30pm Burbank Soccer Complex- Baton Rouge

    2008 Girls

    Sunday, May 21st 5pm-6:30pm Burbank Soccer Complex- Baton Rouge

    2007 Girls

    Sunday, May 21st 6:30pm-8pm Burbank Soccer Complex- Baton Rouge

    2006/2005 Girls

    Sunday, May 21st 6:30pm-8pm Burbank Soccer Complex- Baton Rouge

  • Who will be evaluating players at tryouts?

    Coaches from each affiliated club or other high-level coaches will evaluate and identify possible players to join LATDP Elite. Only the top-level players will be invited to participate on LATDP Elite teams. Some players may be identified to participate in a training program with GA teams.

  • When will players be notified of acceptance?

    After the tryout process, players will be notified of their acceptance prior to regular club team invitations.

  • How many players will there be per team?

    Rosters will be 16-18 including one or two GKs.

  • Will players be able to play on their club team?

    Players will be registered on GA rosters. GA league games, showcases, and events must take priority over other soccer activities. On a case-by-case basis players may be allowed to participate in home-based club games/events.

  • How much does it cost for registration?g

    The registration fee is $2600. The registration fees cover player registration, secondary insurance, training/coaching for 10 months, and GA league fees.

  • What are the team expenses?

    Team expenses will be approximately $100 per month for 8 months. However, we are looking to offset team fees via training jersey sponsorships. We are asking each team to raise $15,000 which will go directly towards team expenses. Sleeves are 3k each and the front of each team is 25k and the back is 15k. Team expenses include coach travel, athletic trainers, field rentals, equipment rentals, TRACE video system.

  • Is it possible to get on a monthly payment plan?

    Yes, a six-month payment plan will be available through League Apps for the registration portion. All payments will be due from each Girls Academy or reserve player 6 months from the registration date. Team expenses will be handled via the Snap! Spend platform.

  • Is financial assistance available?

    Financial aid is available to those who qualify at a maximum of 75% of registration fees and is subject to availability. Payment plans are also available and must be completed by December 1st. Applications for financial aid must be submitted to Hannah Gill at hgill@brsoccer.org. The financial assistance form can be found here.

  • What league will LATDP Elite Girls teams participate in?

    GA teams will participate in the GA Frontier conference. Teams in Texas, Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado.

  • Who will be coaching the teams?

    Each team will have a licensed professional head coach and assistant coach. The staff will be Kiran Booluck, Bobby Velasquez, Chris Mitchell, Adrian Garcia, Raphie Nunes, and Lynn Bradley.

  • How long is the season?

    GA Clubs will participate in a year-round competitive schedule (10-months) including league matches, events, and playoffs.

  • Will players be able to participate in High School soccer?

    Yes, players are allowed to play High School soccer. The Girls Academy allows for players to play in High School at the same time as the GA league, however, GA games and events must take priority. For the high school-aged players, we expect GA players to fulfill their GA commitments through the early December showcase. After the December showcase, high school-aged females will start back with GA as available at the end of February.

  • What are the practice plans for teams?

    Teams will practice Tuesday, and Thursday in Baton Rouge. On Mondays, players will have individual sports performance sessions using the Valhalla Performance Training app, skillsmaster app, video training, individualized training program, zoom meetings, individual or team match analysis, or hub training. Added sessions will occur based on scheduling and programming needs. On Wednesdays, there will be Hub practices at Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lafayette.

  • Where will home games be played?

    Home games will be played at facilities in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, or Lafayette.

  • How do I get more information?

    Visit our website at www.latdpelite.com

    Email Kiran Booluck at Kbooluck@brsoccer.org
    Email Bobby Velasquez at Bvelasquez@lafiresoccer.com
    Email Louie Smothermon at Lsmothermon@brsoccer.org
    Email Hubie Collins at Hcollins@lafiresoccer.com
    Email Kevin Mooney at dynamojuniors@yahoo.com