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Old 02-02-2018
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I'm not even sure how you can be one about changing clubs. Just say your goodbyes and hellos. Problem solved.
There was this player at OW. She was a regular starter on the team. Got >75% playing time.

Season ends, she "tries out" at Ow again, no plans to go anywhere else.

Meantime, all Ow coaches have team meetings with players and parents to stress, "let us know if you're trying out somewhere else."

Gotcha.

So, then they go and cut this girl with no notice whatsoever. Just cut her. From starter who gets lots of playing time to no club in one conversation. Done.

When my kid jumped to ECNL from OW, we listened, tried out at ECNL, and left. No bridges burnt. But, I'll always remember the way they treated that one kid ... shambolic.
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burning bridges is our biggest worry. Soccer community can be small. We are torn. We made a commitment to current team but training and enjoyment would be better at other team.
Your current coach should be a pro and understand that the decision is made. You don't owe any money. Say, so long and thanks for all the fish, and leave. If he takes it some way as a burned bridge, then there's nothing you can do to prevent that; it just shows the guy's character.
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burning bridges is our biggest worry. Soccer community can be small. We are torn. We made a commitment to current team but training and enjoyment would be better at other team.
does the team have enough reserves on the roster so they're not struggling for players/subs?
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I'd say coach, and don't burn bridges.
agreed-dont burn a bridge you dont need to
the reasons you gave are legit and not offensive in any way so its not a big deal also you are switching leagues and states so again not a direct conflict
everyone will be fine to part ways so theres no need to make it ugly when you dont have to
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How do you burn bridges? Your kid wants to move, everybody should be cool with that.
It's a small area so definitely don't burn bridges. You never know who may come across in a few years. If you're paid up they can't hold you and it's different league so they can't hold the pass. Lucky the new club will wave the fees. Just say "thanks for the opportunity but..." Clubs are used to it. If they make a big deal out of it then you were probably at the wrong club.
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does the team have enough reserves on the roster so they're not struggling for players/subs?
That's not your problem and should not be an issue for burning a bridge. The coach has the team he selected. If it is too light on players or too many players are leaving, then some introspection is needed. If the coach feels a bridge is burned because you leave for your own reasons and career, then that coach is an azzhat and should be more professional.
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At OW, they make you swallow 12 veinless hot dogs at one time before you get permission to leave the cult
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At OW, they make you swallow 12 veinless hot dogs at one time before you get permission to leave the cult
Better than the 12 veined ones you have to swallow to join the cult.
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Going to Vale will not be well received. Just saying
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Realize that no teams care about the player. In the old days, they only had try-outs for openings. Now kids are disposable. Once parents understand that, then burning bridges is not a worry and they will look out for their kids only as the clubs do for themselves.
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