ERIN MILLS ADP TOUR MARCH 12-21 2010: Planning Information

Wednesday, February 20
Additional School Visits
Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne, Malone College, Duquesne, Bucknell, Campbell, Francis Marion, Newberry College, Furman, Eastern Tennessee State University, Radford, Cornell
TOUR of America 2008 Game Schedule - Some TIME changes
Wednesday March 5th 3:00pm Men's Game Butler University - Indianapolis, Indiana
Thursday March 6th 8:30am Women's Game University of Akron - Akron, Ohio - Indoor Field House
Thursday March 6th 10:30am Men's Game University of Akron - Akron, Ohio - Indoor Field House
Friday March 7th 4:00pm Men's Game Lafayette College - Easton, Pennsylvania    - Football Field
Friday March 7th 5:30pm Women's Game Lafayette College - Easton, Pennsylvania   - Football Field
Saturday March 8th 10:00am Women's Game Long Island University - Brooklyn, New York
Saturday March 8th 12:00pm Men's Game Long Island University - Brooklyn, New York
Sunday March 9th 4:00pm Women's Game Coastal Carolina University - Conway, South Carolina
Sunday March 9th 6:00pm Men's Game Coastal Carolina University - Conway, South Carolina
Wednesday March 12th 10:30am Women's Game Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
Wednesday March 12th 1:00pm Women's Game Lynn University - Boca Raton, Florida
Wednesday March 12th 3:30pm Men's Game Lynn University - Boca Raton, Florida
Thursday March 13th 8:00pm Men's Game Clemson University - Clemson, South Carolina
Friday March 14th 4:00pm Women's Game Tusculum College  -Greeneville, Tennessee
Friday March 14th 6:00pm Men's Game Tusculum College - Greeneville, Tennessee
Saturday March 15th 3:00pm Men's Game James Madison University - Harrisonburg, Virginia - Different Fields
Saturday March 15th 3:00pm Women's Game James Madison University - Harrisonburg, Virginia

Monday, January 21

ALL of our athletes should know that having a learning disability doesn’t mean that you can’t go to university. 

… there is a school for every kid and a kid for every school!You might want to add to your ever-growing list of resources for future reference:·        CollegeBoard (  Check out their information on Services for Students with Disabilities, Disability Guidelines,   Accommodations, Learning Disabilities, and Eligibility

·        College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees has a section on the various universities that make accommodations for students with learning disabilities.  The page is Colleges with Programs for Learning Disabled Students.  Just looking at the list, I see that a couple of Erie, PA schools have programs for kids with learning disabilities … Mercyhurst College and Gannon University.  I’m sure that there are many more, but take a look through the list to see what you can find.


(Topic research courtesy of Guy Streeter)

Sunday, February 18
A reminder to all that the final travel roster will be announced this week.
At this point, we have more players than we have seats.


Tentative Game Itinerary - 2007 Tour of America

Men's Games

March 7th 6:00pm Cleveland State University - Cleveland, Ohio - Game field - On Campus - in Bubble

March 8th 1:00pm Malone College - Canton, Ohio - Game Field off-campus - TBA

March 9th 7:00pm University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati, Ohio - Game Field - On Campus

March 10th 7:30pm Union University - Jackson, Tennessee - Game Field - On Campus

March 11th 7:30pm Centenary College - Shreveport, Louisiana - Game Field - On Campus

March 12th No Game

March 13th 5:00pm University of Mobile - Mobile, Alabama - Game Field - On Campus

March 14th 7:00pm Mercer University Macon - Georgia - Game Field - On Campus

March 15th 5:00pm Francis Marion University - Florence, South Carolina - Game Field - On Campus

March 16th 5:00pm University of North Carolina Wilmington - Wilmington, North Carolina - Game Field - On Campus

March 17th No Game

March 18th 1:00pm University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, North Carolina - Finley Field - Near Golf Course

March 19th 4:00pm Robert Morris University - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -Game Field - On Campus

Ladies Games

March 7th 1:30pm Gannon University - Scrimmage, Erie, Ohio - Game Field - On Campus

March 8th 8:00am Cleveland State University - Cleveland, Ohio - Game Field - in bubble - on campus

March 8th 4:00pm Youngstown State University - Youngstown, Ohio - Game Field - on campus

March 9th 5:00pm University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati, Ohio - Game Field - On Campus

March 10th 5:30pm Union University - Jackson, Tennessee - Game Field - On Campus

March 11th No Game

March 12th 5:00pm Southeastern Louisiana University - Hammond, Louisiana - Game Field - On Campus

March 13th 5:00pm University of Mobile - Mobile, Alabama, Game Field - On Campus

March 14th 5:00pm Mercer University - Macon, Georgia - Game Field - On Campus

March 15th 3:00pm Francis Marion University, Florence, South Carolina - Game Field, On Campus

March 16th 7:30pm University of North Carolina Wilmington - Wilmington, North Carolina - Game Field, On Campus

March 17th No Game

March 18th 3:00pm University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, - Finley Field - Near Golf Course


Thursday, February 15
You need to draft INDIVIDUAL letters / e-mails to schools - introducing yourself - and your interest in their programs. A sample letter is attached.

DO NOT just copy it verbatim, and broadcast it. There are 50 players going on trip, and the odds are good your letter will end up on the coaches desk the same day as 10 other letters from Erin Mills Players. Take the letter as a template, put in your own content, in your own words, and send it to coaches at schools you are interested in.

There are 1000 schools.................

Coaches want players who WANT to go their schools.

If we are visiting the school or playing the school, make sure that is mentioned, and if you THINK you MAY be interested, say so. Mention you are looking forward to seeing their campus, and hearing the coaches plans and interests for the team, and the players.

If the school is NEAR where we are playing, try and convince them to come see YOU play.

Do we have players at that school? Use them - talk to them - ?


Sunday, February 11
NOTE: if you are hoping to go to school in the USA this fall - you must write either the SAT ot ACT - NOW!

College Feature Three Down-and-Dirty SAT Tips


1. Order of Difficulty (OOD)
Each SAT section is divided into three levels of difficulty: easy, medium and hard. The first third of each group are easy, the second third are of medium difficulty, and the last third are hard. (The only exception is the Reading Comprehension passages, which do not follow this order.) An easy question is one that almost everyone gets right. A hard question is a question that almost everyone gets wrong.

So, if a group has nine questions, the first three are easy, the second three are medium, and the last three are hard. Since easy, medium, and hard questions are worth the same amount, spend the majority of your time making sure you get the easy and medium questions right.

2. Process of Elimination (POE)
Instead of trying to find the right answer, try to find the wrong answers. By eliminating wrong answers, you greatly improve your chances of getting the question right because even if you can't narrow your choices to a single answer at the end, you will have only two or three to choose from instead of all five. Physically cross out the wrong answer choices in your test booklet, and then guess among whichever answer choices remain.

Only a quarter point is subtracted for every wrong answer, while a full point is added for every right answer. So, if you can eliminate at least one answer choice, guess among the two, three, or four remaining choices.

3. The Joe Bloggs Approach
Joe Bloggs is a fictional, average American student. On the SAT he scores exactly what the average American student scores: 500 Math and 500 Verbal. So why is Joe Bloggs important? He's important because he's predictable. Joe gets all the easy questions right, half the medium ones right, and none of the hard questions.

When you are taking the SAT, think about how Joe Bloggs would answer an easy, medium, or hard question. Joe Bloggs always picks the answer that seems right. If you can narrow down the answer choices to two or three choices on an easy question, you should pick the answer that seems right -- the Joe Bloggs answer. On hard questions, find the answer that seems right and eliminate it -- that's the Joe Bloggs answer. If you can eliminate even one answer, you should guess and move on. Easy questions have easy answers, and hard questions have hard answers.

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Sunday, February 11
Path to the Corner Office Often Starts at a State School
Article - Remember it is ONE opinion

Path to the Corner Office Often Starts at a State School

by Carol Hymowitz Provided by

The college diplomas of the nation's top executives tell an intriguing story: Getting to the corner office has more to do with leadership talent and a drive for success than it does with having an undergraduate degree from a prestigious university.

Most CEOs of the biggest corporations didn't attend Ivy League or other highly selective colleges. They went to state universities, big and small, or to less-known private colleges.

Wal-Mart Stores CEO H. Lee Scott, for example, went to Pittsburg State University in Kansas, Intel CEO Paul Otellini to the University of San Francisco, and Costco Wholesale CEO James Sinegal to San Diego City College.

This information should help allay the anxieties of parents and their college-bound children who believe admission to a top-ranked school with a powerful alumni network is a prerequisite to success in the upper echelons of business management. Today's crop of chief executives are, of course, at least a generation older than current college students, but they are in the position to hire and say they don't favor job candidates with certain degrees.

"I don't care where someone went to school, and that never caused me to hire anyone or buy a business," says Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, who graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

What counts most, CEOs say, is a person's capacity to seize opportunities. As students, they recall immersing themselves in their interests, becoming campus leaders and forging strong relationships with teachers. And at state and lesser-known schools, where many were the first in their families to attend college, they sought challenges and mixed with students from diverse backgrounds--experiences that helped them later in their corporate climbs.

Bill Green, CEO of Accenture, never planned to go to college. The son of a plumber, he took a construction job when he graduated from high school in western Massachusetts because he didn't think he had the ability to pursue more education. He changed his mind when he visited friends at Dean College, a two-year community school near Boston.

"Walking around campus, listening to my friends talk, I realized they were being exposed to a big world--and I had a chance to take another shot at learning," he says.

At Dean, he got help from faculty members who devoted themselves to their students, not "doing research and writing books like professors at four-year schools," he says. Rather than post student-meeting times on their office doors, they posted their class schedules. "All the other time, they were available to any student who needed help," says Mr. Green, who worked part-time to pay for part of his tuition.

Inspired by an economics professor who made the subject "fun and relevant," Mr. Green went on to Babson College to earn his bachelor's and M.B.A. degrees. But he credits Dean with teaching him to think analytically, to gain confidence in his abilities, and to learn to work with people.

"You can go to a top-end school and end up dramatically underperforming, or you can go to a place that cares and blow away what everyone thinks," says Mr. Green, who still stays in touch with his economics professor, Charlie Kramer. A trustee at Dean, he feels angry when he encounters "parents who are afraid or ashamed to say their son or daughter is attending a community college," he says.

Some 10 percent of CEOs currently heading the top 500 companies received undergraduate degrees from Ivy League colleges, according to a survey by executive recruiter Spencer Stuart. But more received their undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin than from Harvard, the most represented Ivy school.

Harvard's nine current CEOs include United Technologies' George David and Microsoft's Steve Ballmer. Among Wisconsin's ten current CEOs are Pitney Bowes's Michael Critelli, Kimberly-Clark's Thomas Falk, and Halliburton's David Lesar. Carol Bartz, chairman and former CEO of Autodesk, majored in computer science at Wisconsin and used a scholarship she'd won for women gifted in math to help pay her tuition.

Some non-Ivy League schools have long been training grounds for particular industries. The University of Texas-Austin, the alma mater of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, has churned out numerous oil executives. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, is known for its computer-science graduates. But some of today's most successful CEOs got their start on small, isolated campuses.

A. G. Lafley, Procter & Gamble's CEO, chose Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., because he wanted a solid liberal-arts education and to be assured a spot on the intercollegiate basketball team. A history major who graduated in 1969, he was elected president of his sophomore class, became a fraternity officer, and spent his junior year studying in France.

"I learned to think, to communicate, to lead, to get things done," he says, adding that those qualities are what he seeks in job candidates at his company. "Any college will do."

Berkshire Hathaway's Mr. Buffett didn't even want to go to college. He enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School as an undergraduate at his father's behest. He stayed just two years, then returned home to Omaha and graduated from Nebraska within a year.

At his father's urging again, Mr. Buffett applied to Harvard Business School, which rejected him as too young, he says. By then, he was devouring the books by investors David Dodd and Benjamin Graham, who advocated investing in companies that had "intrinsic business value"--a view that became Mr. Buffett's guiding investment principal.

When he learned the two men were teaching at Columbia University's business school, he wrote to them to ask if he could attend their lectures. He earned a master's degree in economics at Columbia in 1951. "But I didn't go there for a degree, I went for those two teachers, who were already my heroes,'' he says.

One reason more Ivy League alumni aren't CEOs may be that many have traditionally chosen careers in investment banks and at big law firms, where they could earn big sums quickly and wouldn't have to start in entry-level management jobs.

"A lot of people who earn degrees from tier-one universities and business schools aren't willing to start at the bottom of a huge company" and spend years scaling layers of management and hoping to reach the top, says Richard Tedlow, a business historian at Harvard Business School.

The exceptions are some founders of high-tech companies who never completed college. They found their classroom studies less compelling than their own ideas. Bill Gates quit Harvard to start Microsoft, Michael Dell quit the University of Texas-Austin to start Dell Computer, and Steve Jobs quit Reed College in Portland, Ore., to work at Atari and then found Apple Computer. None ever returned to college to complete a formal degree.

What do they think about this decision today--and would they advise young people to copy them? In a graduation speech at Stanford last year, Mr. Jobs said college, like any life decision, is up to each individual. "You have to trust your gut," he said.

His decision to quit Reed after one semester was "pretty scary" but ultimately "one of the best decisions I ever made," because instead of taking required courses that didn't interest him he spent the next 18 months auditing classes that did.

A calligraphy course he audited strongly influenced his design of the Macintosh computer ten years later. "If I'd never dropped in on that single course, the Mac would never have had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts," he said.

Quitting college also eased his guilt about spending his adoptive working-class parents' savings "when I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure that out," he said. But dropping out "wasn't romantic," he warned. "I didn't have a dorm room so I slept on the floor of friends' rooms and returned Coke buy food."

Thomas Neff, chairman of recruitment firm Spencer Stuart U.S., warns: "It's the exceptionally inventive person who can do this. If you have a big, big new idea, you can get venture financing--and if you wait to graduate someone else may capitalize on your idea first," he says.

But for everyone else who wants a professional or management job at a big company, a college degree is a necessity--including for jobs at Apple, Microsoft, and Dell. And increasingly, employers also expect graduate degrees for management-track candidates. Close to two-thirds of top CEOs have either an M.B.A., law, or other advanced degree, according to Spencer Stuart's survey--and some executives who didn't go to Ivy League colleges got Ivy credentials as graduate students. P&G's Mr. Lafley has a Harvard M.B.A.

Robert Iger, CEO at Walt Disney Co., decided in high school that he wanted to work in television and attended Ithaca College in upstate New York because he felt its strong communications program would nurture his career dreams. "I was in a place that supported creativity and individuality with a focus on what I was most interested in," says Mr. Iger, who took liberal-arts and hands-on broadcast courses. After college, he got a job working for ABC-TV, now a unit of Disney.

Anyway, by the time someone has been working for a few years, or held one or two jobs, their employment record counts more than their educational background, recruiters say. And companies seeking to fill CEO and other senior jobs rarely consider candidates' degrees. "It's what you've accomplished that matters," says Mr. Neff, "not what you were doing at 21."

Thursday, February 1
Link to 2007 OSA Insurance
Click on the web site link.

Here you will find details of the new OSA member insurance program announced today.

Make a point of understanding the details of your coverage both within and without Ontario.

Any program and claim applications should be made via your clubhouse staff.

Reminder, those who need out-of-province health coverage for the Tour need to identify themselves asap.

Your Tour registration does not include out-of-province coverage and must be supplemented with additional private coverage.

Don't leave this to the last minute please.

Bob T

Tuesday, January 16

To all of the girls who have registered to date:

This email is a simple test of all of the email addresses I have on record and to confirm your registered interest in the 2007 ADP Tour.

Please reply that you have received this note.

I have included an NCAA link below forwarded by Frank Marchese.

Feel free to forward any similar information that you come across and I will distribute to all.

Be prepared for a regular flurry of email communication which will require your prompt attention over the coming weeks.

As questions arise please feel free to drop me a note or give me a call anytime day or night at 416-347-0037.

We are moving ahead with the understanding that your interest is sincere.

If anyone is wavering on "uncertain" I need to know that right now so that we can plan accurately.

At this moment the fee is anticipated to be $1,200 CDN and a call for a $200 non-refundable* deposit will be made shortly.

*Deposits are only non-refundable if you pull out at the last minute and we need to fill a spot urgently.

Exceptions for illness etc. that can’t be avoided.

On a closing note.....some players should reconsider their email addresses.

Understand that you will be communicating with many coaches over the coming months and clearly identifiable addresses are best.

My work email is It identifies me clearly and is easy to explain. is not easily remembered or explained, nor does it identify me directly.

Underscores and dashes are particularly difficult to determine - especially those "double" underscores that look like just one.

Feel free to use whatever email you want - just my humble opinion (as one who hires people).

You don't have to trash your old one, just make another (perhaps).

Player profile templates to follow tomorrow (or as soon as all have confirmed back to me).


Bob Twidle

Sunday, January 21
Attached is a generic ADP profile that every player must complete.

You should have your profile (resume) on file whether you are selected to travel this year or not.

This is the document you will hand out to coaches who have come out to watch you anywhere you play.

We will also provide these coaches with a summary roster of everyone present.

Involve your coach as necessary for "Coach's Comments".

Be sure that your information is correct and plan on editing this regularly.

Plan on bringing not less than 30 HIGH QUALITY colour copies of your profile on the trip with you. (Consider Business Depot and photo paper).

You can also use this to send to prospect coaches via email and regular mail as you see fit.

Make sure that the profile accurately describes your skills and accomplishments.

There is no sense in overstating yourself since scouts will ultimately "see" what you have to deliver.

BUT, this is not time to be shy either so blow your own horn loudly - just be true to yourself.

You shirt number will be assigned in due course so any number for now will do.

You will not necessarily wear the number your are normally accustomed to on your own team.

You will need at least one good quality "head and shoulders" photo to replace the cartoon in the generic version.

You can add a couple of smaller action shots for colour if you have them.

For those who need photos done we can arrange a photo shoot (I'll do the pictures) at a local botanical garden for that "summer" surroundings look.

The 1990's from the team last year should all have these profiles on file already. If not, let me know and I'll forward the last version I have on file.

I also have a broad selection of on-field photography from last summer.

If you have any difficulty installing your photography into the document send me your profile and your pictures as attachments.

Remember this is your job application and spelling, grammar and overall appearance is absolutely paramount.

You can add supplements to this profile if you wish. That is your business.

Please forward your completed profile as soon as you have it completed and I will make any recommendations necessary.

Regardless, I need a copy in hand before we leave.

Have you registered to take your SAT yet?

Bob T

Wednesday, January 24
ANYONE without a CANADIAN passport needs to identify themselves immediately.
Holders of FOREIGN passports may need a VISA.

Recently a team was held at the CANADIAN border - they
would not let in one of our players who had a USA passport and no proof of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.

Essential Paperwork

Each player must be formally registered with the Erin Mills Soccer Club.

Each player and adult travelling with the team must have appropriate documentation to satisfy US Immigration.

Safest bet is a passport.

If you have any doubt, contact US Immigration NOW and verify that your documentation is adequate.

Players who are refused entry into the US will significantly delay our trip while we wait for Mom or Dad to come to the border and bring you home.

Medical Coverage

You will need extended health care coverage for travel outside of Ontario.

Even brief hospital involvement in the US can be very, VERY expensive.

Proof (document copy) of extended health care coverage must be provided to me before departure.

If you do not have extended health care through parents' work plans we can purchase this coverage through the OSA but we'll need to start planning that now.

For those who think they have coverage in the US please discuss what the players will be doing with your plan administrator and make sure their sports activity is covered.

Please let me know now if anyone plans to travel without a valid passport.


Sunday, January 21
One of the areas that ALL Student athletes planning or hoping to attend and play soccer at any USA college or University needs to be aware of is the Transfer rules.

They are NOT SIMPLE. And vary depending on circumstances. These are rules that apply specifically to student-athletes, not students. A student can in theory transfer as many times as they want -assuming the accepting school admits them academically. A student-athlete has to pass the same academic criteria, but also must adhere to athletic transfer issues. It is a good idea to order the TRANSFER GUIDE off the NCCA website, at the same time as the Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete.

If you are attending an NCAA school - and want to transfer - it is possible - ONCE. Without losing a year of Eligibility. There are two key things to understand.
The rules state a transfer must sit out a year at the new school - but there are exemptions to the rule - the most common is the "One-Time Transfer Exemption". There are others.
Your CURRENT Coach/AD must release you - in other words, agree to the transfer.
In theory you could transfer a second time, but you would not be able to play at the new school for a year. If you want to get athletic aid, without being able to play - it is very difficult.

There are different rules about transferring from a D1 school to another D1 school, D1 to D2, D2 to D1, D3 to D1, etc.

There are also rules about transferring from an NAIA school to the NCAA. There are rules about transferring from a Junior College in the USA to an NCAA school. There are rules about transferring from any of those schools into an NAIA school.

There are also rules about transferring from a CANADIAN college or University. As soon as you enrol at any Canadian post-secondary school, Sheridan or UofT, to go to the USA and go to school, you are now a "Transfer Student", and most of the rules for 'high-school graduates" go away. The NCAA Clearinghouse is no longer how you qualify - this can be a plus or a minus depending on circumstances

If you go to Sheridan or Uof T - and play soccer for those schools - you will have to sit out a year in the USA at a D1 school.

So if coming out of high school you are not ready - academically or athletically - there may be a MULTI-step path to both an education and a soccer career.

Sunday, January 21
Acceptance into US university or college athletic programs begins here (click on link below).

You need to address the "international student athlete" material.

Not light reading, but important to understand all the same.

If you have any specific questions ask and we'll find you an answer.


Sunday, January 21
This link discusses the costs associated with a US education.

"The difference in the US between "College" and "University""

In simplistic terms....

Colleges provide 4 year bachelor programs only - with no post grad offering MBA, MSc, PhD, etc.

Universities provide the 4 year programs plus post grad programs.