Just opening up this thread as we are about to kick off the official season. Any schools to watch? Who are the players that we should look out for? So far, it's been a fun preseason. Wishing all the girls a great season and lots of fun! As for my DD, this is her first year of HS and she's enjoying thus far. I've noticed a few things over the preseason play. One, there's a lot of positives to HS soccer, beyond the social aspect. Over the past month, it's been interesting to see the dynamic evolve, game adjustments and coaches playing players in various positions. I know there has been a lot of talk about DA disallowing HS soccer (or the DA clubs doing so), so now HS soccer will suck because the best players can't play, blah blah blah. But, what we need to talk about is what value HS soccer adds to the female player and why it't important to their development. I'm looking for input. Thus far, I see these things (just my thoughts): Socially expands their friend base (a given, but not as big a deal I had thought) Teaches them to adjust and be more accepting, not everyone has the same skill as their club mates, but that doesn't mean they aren't still part of your team Team work is important!!!! Now more than ever. Helping your teammate be better will help your HS team be better. Selfish players stand out, and not always for the better and your HS schoolmates will call you out. Respect! There is a hierarchy to HS and that is very similar to College and life. Deal with it! Earn your respect. There are those that take it serious and will improve over the HS break and then there are others that will use it as a "break". I can see how this can be good or bad when players return to their club. HS soccer is not a vacation, but it can be. I shouldn't have been shocked into this thought, but I was tonight....HS soccer is very much a precursor to college soccer, given the coaching changes, tactical differences, personality adjustments, position adjustments, etc. For me, I believe HS soccer is very much more than just fun and social. It's a lesson and a good precursor to how college will be. Am I wrong? I welcome opinions.