But, ECNL does offer some additional exposure and the tournaments tend to attract quite a few college coaches. Getting the exposure is the name of the game. You are correct, it does not have to be ECNL, but if not ECNL then ODP or RPL. I am not saying it is impossible to get a D-1 scholarship otherwise, but your odds are certainly greater if playing for one of the three listed above.
You are correct, what I stated are not facts for everyone. But, in our experience, this is what has occurred. I am not on here to argue with anyone about what is the best, etc. because at the end of the day this is a sport that these girls/boys are playing because they have a love for the game. What is "best" for one may not be for another. However, there are definite choices that put a kid in a better position if they want to continue to play in college. If your child is not "the best of the best" you definitely have to put more legwork in to get them a scholarship. That was my main point. The colleges do not seek out and find them as some of the individuals stated. Just offering up our experiences!