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3.3.17

The final cost is in and will be $3,480 per person. We had some luck with price as it is under what we had anticipated, which was in the $3,500 - $3,700 range. The really good news is we were even able to add a day. The tour is now 11 days, instead of 10. The reason for this is that I felt one more day to have to prepare before the tournament on Italian soil would be beneficial for the team. I opted for a 10 day tour originally because the anticipated cost of an 11 day tour just seemed a bit too high. I am glad things worked to our advantage this time around. They don't always. Too often, it seems, I have to tell people the final cost is higher then original estimate.

If you have been keeping an eye on the itinerary page you know the second (of three) payments is due on March 15th. It will be $1,490 per person and links appear on both the tour page and the itinerary page.

Tour page: http://yptusa.com/mff.html

If you would like to pay by check please make checks payable to 'YPTusa' and send to:
            YPTusa
            515 Mt. Sidney Rd
            Suite B
            Lancaster, PA   17602 

If you would like pay the full balance for the tour feel free. If you prefer to pay online just let me know and I will get a link for your particular balance.

Training

Now that warmer weather is getting closer, we are gearing up for our first training sessions and I am very much looking forward to getting the players started on their journey.

As mentioned in previous emails, preparing for European Tours can be challenging when players come from different directions and varying distances but it has always worked out and past teams have always performed well. For this tour we are adding a component that, we hope, will make preparations even easier.

We offer another program called the Academy Sessions Program (ASP) that focuses on age-appropriate training. Basically, training curriculums at professional European academies vary from age group to age group. At the younger ages, for example, the emphasis is on technical development while at the older age groups more attention gets paid to decision making, strength training, and tactical understanding.

As often as we can, we will be scheduling ASP's in conjunction with the European Tour Program training sessions which means they will happen in the same location and at the same time. Of course, the focus of these sessions will be on preparing the team for the tour. Some upsides to this are:
           
           -players not participating in the European Tour Program can still get advanced training.

           -sessions can be scheduled in various locations to make it easier for more players to make sessions.

           -higher numbers at the sessions will make for more productive sessions.

           -higher numbers at each session will help offset the cost of each session.

To make this work we will need everyone's help in letting other good players know about these sessions when they are scheduled, especially when the session comes to your area. This will make it easier for us schedule more sessions. When European Tour Program sessions start being scheduled they will first be posted on the itinerary page on the website under 'training schedule'. Shortly after, we will send out an email update. When you see this information you can let any interested player know about the sessions and simply direct them to ASP page where they can register. A link will be provided in the update emails.

We can also use help in finding training locations in your area. If you have access to a decent field, or know someone who does, let us know and we will see if it can be secured. We are happy to bring the sessions to your area as often as we can.  

We still have a few more roster slots to fill, primarily another forward and definitely a goalkeeper. If you have someone in mind let me know. If there were players you know who could not go at Easter remind them that we are now going in July. It might be easier for them


3.27.17

Well, it looks like we made it through the winter.

Now that things are warming up it is now time to start scheduling training sessions / training camps and begin preparations for the tour. If you can, email me back with what your weekends look like through the end of April. In particular, I am trying to figure out if it would be possible to set a consistent day/time each weekend to make things easier such as Saturday mornings or Saturday evenings. As previously discussed, some weekends may have just one session scheduled, others may have multiple.

Training

Also remember that we are looking for other good players, who will not be traveling, to join us in training as often as possible. Ideally, it would be most beneficial to our progress to establish a consistent training pool over the next few months. If you do know any good players that might like to participate we will need to have their contact information ahead of time so they can pre-register for sessions and be kept up to date with the training schedule. Please send us their information (name/birth year/email address) or have them email us. The more we have at each session the better they will be.

We are close to completing the roster but are still in need of a goalkeeper and one or two more defenders.

Please let me know what questions you have.

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