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AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL GIRLS SOCCER FAMILIES

March 1, 2006

Much has been said and talked about recently concerning the pros and cons of playing high school soccer. At AJAX FC, we feel that several points have been overlooked by organizations that openly encourage players not to play high school soccer.

AJAX FC supports an athlete's decision to play high school soccer. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate and enjoy camaraderie and school spirit that can only come from playing for your school at this age. There are also benefits  that can be derived from learning to play for other coaches and with other players outside your normal club team - both skills critical to the next level of soccer, and to the real world. High School coaches are also advocates for college bound athletes and are an excellent resource for the NCAA and other college contact.

For those players committed to playing at the next level (college), please remember that recruiting is a multi-year process. It is also year-round, with multiple tournaments and college showcases. We feel it is short sighted to think that the few tournaments one might miss during the high school season are the only ones that college recruiters attend. Some college recruiters also attend high school games. AJAX FC makes it a priority for college bound players to participate
in high profile recruiting events throughout the year to gain significant exposure for college recruiters.

AJAX FC is an elite soccer club. An integral part of of our long standing and highly successful Senior Program is advanced high level training and exposure for players whom for their own reasons have elected not to play for their high school. We do not however, actively discourage, penalize, or otherwise entice players to opt out of their high school teams. The last time we checked, high school was being attended by young adults, not professional athletes.

Please contact us at AJAX FC or visit www.ajaxfc.org for more information.

Thank you.

AJAX FC


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