The highest level of play in the area is the SESA Under 23 Select Program. The u23 program is designed for our local college players and the college bound high school players in the area. For many college players, returning home during the summer and winter is a struggle to maintain the level of play they had been training at with their college team, let alone actually make improvements. And for the players attending a local college, having an option to remain in the area and train and play is very valuable. In 2017 SESA started the u23 program so that the growing number of local college players would have a program to play with during the summer off season.
The program trains multiple times each week, and is coached by current college coaches and former college players who know exactly what it takes to play at the college level. The program also plays regularly in the 11v11 league. There are separate men's and women's teams. The u23 is open to all high school players going into 9th grade, and all college age players and recent college players up to age 25. This year we are introducing a Men's First Team that will be competing in the Midwest Premiere League. The Women' First Team will also have a number of exhibition games in preparation of joining a competitive league in the near future.
Players will receive two team training/game tops, have access to college recruiting resources, a fitness program, and networking opportunities.
Summer program schedule: Starting early June, 3 training sessions a week; Monday and Wednesday evening and Friday TBD. Program ends early August. It is acceptable for players to miss some sessions due to travel, vacations, work, etc. and is expected during the summer months. Some absences do not prohibit participation in league games. Training will take place at the SESA training grounds at the Burlington RecPlex, which is also the site for the 11v11 Sunday league. First Team players are expected to be available for the majority of games and practices and may have some additional responsibilities or expectations as part of the first.
During registration players will indicate their interest to be selected for the First Team. Roster spots are limited, but all players will be able to train and play at an appropriate level.
The SESA u23 program has facilitated the playing career of more than 50 players at all divisions and levels of play since it's inception. We are pursuing additional opportunities to provide high level training and play by participating in competitive amateur leagues, such as the Midwest Premier League in 2023 & Women's Premier Soccer League in the near future; continued success and participation is the key to making those goals possible.
For any questions please contact Program Director Baret Ertzinger at ADOC@SESASoccer.com