Re: Top Club Teams in Southern California

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Posted by Old Timer on June 17, 2017 at 21:32:18:

In Reply to: Re: Top Club Teams in Southern California posted by Goodmanity on June 15, 2017 at 21:25:44:

: : : : : : Thanks to all of you who posted regarding top coaches in Southern California. After reading lively posts about many different clubs, I ask who do you think runs the best club? Again, base this on the coaching, the professionalism of the staff and quality of play.

: : : : : : Thanks to all who comment.

: : : : : The two big names are California Supreme and Compton Magic. Also Earl Watson Elite seems to be a big deal. Some are just about numbers and selling parents a load of goods. I've heard SGV is just about the money.

: : : : At least 80% of these club tournaments is only about making money. I see elite level listed teams well under .500 as well as many others. One can not be upset with the clubs. Parents have the right to give their money whom they want to. A fool always finds someone willing to take their money. Many, far too many parents love to have their ears hear what they want to hear and hand over the cash with no problem.

: : : I know there are HS coaches who create club teams to use as feeder systems into their schools. I know the coach at St Francis is doing it. Does this really develop kids as players or just a money making recruiting arm?

: : I am a fan of club ball and I will be posting a list of the top local programs with these prerequisites: they must have 5 teams or more year round, they must have won at least one major 17/u tourney in the last three years ( Double Pump, Pangos, Bigfoot, Fab 48 to name a few). I am going through websites, tournaments archives and talking to coaches. Should be done in about two more weeks.

: A list like that would be great.

Southern California is fortunate to have several high-caliber high school programs. There is no single club that is head and shoulders above the rest--just not the case, too many variables. But, in terms of the referenced qualities of professionalism of staff and consistent quality of play, it is hard to overlook the LA Rockfish, the granddaddy out west. Also, Compton Magic, Cal Supreme, Pumps (to name just a few) have stood the test of time. There are also less known programs that serve their local communities very well. The keys are doing your homework and finding a good fit.

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