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LDC United Introduction
Introduction  
Mission

The LDC United Soccer Club is committed to providing a positive developmental environment that
benefits the long-term development of the youth soccer player. Our club structure enables players of all
abilities to love the game and experience the many life lessons it can teach.

General Information

This mission is accomplished by providing high quality coaching and playing opportunities.  Young
players improve most effectively when placed in a challenging but enjoyable training and playing
environment with other motivated and talented players.  

LDC United organizes strong competitive teams and provides a soccer training structure that produces
high caliber players. Teams train together year round and participate in advanced leagues and
tournaments.

The LDC United Coaching staff is composed of top professional coaches and highly qualified and
successful non-professional coaches.  Bill Becher is the Coaching Director of LDC United.  Our coaches
focus their efforts on a limited number of teams - usually one or two teams.  Our professional coaching
staff provides additional training to teams at all levels of the club.  

LDC United teams are competitive in State, Regional and National levels.  An LDC United team is formed
at each single year age group.  Additional LDC teams are formed if there are sufficient numbers of
quality and committed players.

It is important to make a distinction within the LDC United team structure that a difference in
commitment to soccer is expected.  For our younger teams we do expect that soccer is a primary sport
but recognize that other sports remain a critical part of their development.  We encourage and expect
participation in these other sports.  Our younger teams may still train most of the year.  It is recognized
that breaks and diversity is important.  

At Under 14 we expect soccer becomes a much higher priority.  Players are expected to participate in
the league, tournament and training activities of the team.  Attendance at tournaments is expected. We
acknowledge the high school season and plan accordingly.   Any concerns or questions regarding the
level of commitment expected should be discussed with the coach or our coaching director.

Key Information regarding the LDC program
Key Information
• The Club – LDC United is organized as a youth soccer club within the United States Youth Soccer
Association guideline and registered as a separate club within the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer
Association.
• The Name - LDC – What does “LDC” stand for?  When originally organized in 1999 LDC United stood for
Lebanon, Lancaster, Dauphin and Cumberland United.  With the introduction of our new logo in 2015 we’ve
now defined LDC Soccer as Learn Develop, Create Soccer.

•       Leagues and Tournaments
o CPYSL (Central Pennsylvania Youth Soccer League), PAGS (Philadelphia Girls Soccer League), Delco
(Delaware County Youth Soccer League), EDP (Eastern Developmental Program), Region One Premier League.
Our teams play in leagues that provide the competitive level to challenge their abilities.  
o Tournaments - Our Coaching Director directs teams to appropriate level tournaments for their age group
and ability level.  Younger teams play most often locally while our old teams may travel primarily in the
Eastern US.  With the success of our LDC teams’ entry to some of the biggest and best tournaments is
possible.
o State Cup – In 2016 three teams have advanced to the finals of the National Cup Series.  More than any
club in EPYSA.  In 2015 the U15 boys won the NCS State Cup.  Participation in State Cup competition is
expected of all LDC teams.
• Player Development
o Pro Coaching – We are extremely proud of our coaching staff.  All have solid high level playing and
coaching experience.  36 of the 42 teams in LDC United will have pro coaches in 2017-2018. Generally, non-
pro coached teams (U9-U10) have a pro trainer that works with the team in the fall and spring seasons.
o Early Development - At our U9-U12 age groups Technical Directors will oversee the development of all
teams.  Denis Clarke - girls and Austin Siodlowski boys will provide additional training opportunities for all
players.  They will assure that all players within an age group get opportunities to training and play at the
next level.
o Extra Training – Extra training opportunities are provided to include individual skills training, fitness
training, strength training and goalkeeper clinics.

•             Fee Structure
o             Registration Fee – The registration fee of $275 covers uniform package, program administration,
club operations,and LDMS field use. This fee must be paid to complete online registration and reserve a roster
position.  This fee is non-refundable.
o             Program Fee  – LDC United has established a baseline of activities that all United teams will include
in their yearly plans and have standardized the collection of fees for those activities.  The Program Fee covers,
tournaments (4), state cup entry fee, winter indoor facilities cost, special training activities, summer soccer
camp (U9-U12 teams), and if the team is professionally coached, the coaching fee and the coaches overnight
travel allowance for tournaments out the area.  Each team manager will collect this program fee and send to
the Treasurer as per the following schedule: Aug 15 40%, Oct 15 20%, Dec 15 20%, Feb 15 20%.  Teams
may do individual/team fundraising to cover the Program Fee.  Teams playing in more than four tournaments
or doing additional soccer related activities will need to collect additional funds.
Acknowledgement of the obligation to fully pay the Program Fee for the soccer year is required as part of a
parent and player acceptance to participate on an LDC United team.  
o             The program fees are customized by team depending primarily on coaching status, age group and
level of planned competitions.  In general, our U9-11 teams, have program fees of $300 -$850 per year,
ourour pro coached U12-U15 teams have program fees of $675-$1100.  Our U16-U19 pro coached teams have
program fees are $950-$1200.

• Player Participation Guidelines –
o LDC United is a year round program.  There is an expected level of participation for players, coaches
and parents.  This participation level is different depending on the age group.  For younger teams (U9-U13)
we recognize players are participating in other sports in their primary season.  We would encourage parents
and players to make every effort to continue participating in off-season soccer activities.  For the older teams
(U14-U19) the expectation is that players and parents have made a choice that soccer is one of their primary
sports and therefore will participate in all the training and playing opportunities available.  
o Playing Time – We are developing players first and foremost.  To develop, players need to practice and
play competitive games.  All players get equal practice time and from there earn their playing time.  Coaches
determine playing time and positional play based on their assessment of players and competition.  At the
younger ages playing time should be as equal as possible.
• Fields
o LD Middle School Fields – The club has controlled access to four excellent playing surfaces, the two
lighted field turf fields and two grass soccer fields.  All LDC United teams may use LDMS for training.
o Keller Field – Our game site for U9 to U12 teams.  U9 and U10 teams will play 7v7.  U11 and U12
teams will play 9v9.    
• Organization – We understand the importance of good communications.  We want to hear your
feedback, the good and the not so good.  The club administration is available via email, phone or face to face
meetings to deal with any problems and listen to concerns.  We are committed to making this the best choice
for premier youth soccer.
• LDC United – Since 1999




LDC United Website

This Website provides information on LDC United Soccer. For those players and parents interested in
learning more about the Club we suggest you visit our web pages. Information regarding our teams,
coaches, player development philosophy and plans of operation are available within this web site.  Visit
our College Connection link to see the success that our players have had moving to the college level.

If you have further questions about the program we encourage you to contact our Coaching Director, or
our VPs of LDC United Girls or Boys as appropriate.  Contact information is located in LDC Contacts.





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