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spursyMom

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PSPL Juniors Academy
« on: May 01, 2017, 10:08:31 AM »

We recently put our son into the newly formed PSPL Jr Academy hoping that the kinks in the Surf Academy had been worked out by now.  It appears they have not.  To date, we have paid $525 for a single training day, and it now looks that 1 of the 2 promised tournaments may not take place.  The tournament is in 3 weeks, and there has not been a peep from the coach or from the academy.  My wishful thinking that this would turn out to be a solid program are fading fast.  I think it’s just a money maker.
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Re: PSPL Juniors Academy
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2017, 05:57:04 PM »

PSPL is absolutely a moneymaker for  whoever it benefits- Stanley, coaches- but most certainly not the kids.  $500 is outrageous for the Juniors.  You are better off getting your kid enrolled with Coerver or Eagleclaw.  They will learn more and you will actually see a return on your investment via tangible improvement. 

We left PSPL Academy after multiple years of wasted money.  We too wanted to believe in the potential, but sometimes you just have to call a spade a spade.
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Re: PSPL Juniors Academy
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2017, 07:01:28 PM »

I've only been in the area for a year now and I'm still trying to figure out which Academy programs offers the best coaching. It seems to be pretty inconsistent from club to club and even between age groups. What's the concensus in the area?
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Re: PSPL Juniors Academy
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2017, 09:25:46 PM »

Go to coerver.  A lot if possible until age 13 at least
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Re: PSPL Juniors Academy
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2017, 09:32:43 AM »

I'd agree with the Coerver comment.  It's a great way for kids to work on their foot skills in a competitive environment.
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Re: PSPL Juniors Academy
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2017, 10:54:27 AM »

PSPL won't get their kinks worked out because they simply will not acknowledge that there is a problem and where it truly lies. I was a manager for our Surf Academy team for two years, one year when it was under the control of Eddie Henderson and Amanda Axelson, and then the following year when it was under the control of Steve Richards and Marlon Mejia. The experiences were VASTLY different.

The biggest difference was communication between the Academy and Managers and the Academy and parents. Under Eddie and Amanda the communication was MUCH better, you asked a question, you received an answer. Under Steve and Marlon, you asked a question you typically never heard back until maybe three follow-up emails later and then getting Stanley Holmes involved (and sometimes that didn't even work)

The other thing that was different was the relationship and interest that they took in your kid. Eddie and Amanda and other coaches knew your kid and advocated for them with college coaches.

Under Steve and Marlon, many kids seemed like just a number and it was obvious that if your DS/DD wasn't a favorite, they spent no time getting to know him or her. 

Another interesting difference was the quality of transportation, accommodations, and meals while away at tournaments.
Under Eddie and Amanda your kids were well taken care of. This is obviously where PSPL decided to cut costs under Steve and Marlon, we ran into situations where the kids ran out of food for breakfast at a tournament in Canada so we had to go to Denny's that was next door and the kids to pay for it out of their own pockets, or the food was rationed to a point where there wasn't enough to eat (you cannot cut a regular sized slice of pizza in half and say that you allowed them to have two slices. No, you only allowed them to have one technically. You also cannot expect that will be enough food for 16 and 17 year old boys and girls after playing in two games of a tournament and expecting them to be able to perform the next day).
The list goes on and on.

If you want a good Academy experience go to Washingtonsay.org and look up Pass Academy. A lot of these coaches are the ones from Surf before Steve and Marlon had a hand in the organization.

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