VT ODP Overview
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WHAT IS ODP?
VT/US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program or ODP as it is commonly called is a national identification and development program designed to identify youth soccer players throughout the country, to represent their state (VT) association, Region, and the United States in soccer competition.
ODP teams are formed at the state and regional levels, made up of the best players in various age groups. At the state association level, pools of players are identified in each eligible age group, brought together as a team to develop their skills through training and competition. From the state pools, players are identified for regional and national pools and teams. Vermont ODP is one of 13 states within US Youth Soccer Region I (East).
Read "The ODP Advantage" by Region I Boys Head Coach Keith Tabatznik (click here)
What makes a successful ODP player? US Youth Soccer Technical Staff put together the following article for players looking to improve their ODP experience.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF ODP?
1. To identify a pool of players in each age group from which a United States National team will be selected for international competition.
2. To provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels.
3. Through the use of carefully selected and liscensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the enhancement of ideas and curriculum to imporve all levels of coaching.
- WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
- Any soccer player who is a Vermont resident and is in good standing with the VSA is eligible for consideration to participate in ODP provided that he/she meets the age requirements for the established age groups. A player may not tryout for ODP in more than one state association.
HOW ARE PLAYERS SELECTED?
Vermont ODP selects players on the basis of open tryouts, as well as evaluations of play during school and club competitions. These tryouts/evaluations are conducted by licensed state association coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players. Players can also try out at the invitation of the state team coaches. Players can be referred to a state team head coach or can be identified through scouting.
Selection of these players is not an easy task. The state association head coach or state coach has the sole responsibility for final selections, but will, in most cases, be assisted in the selection process by several other qualified coaches from the club or league level. Players are evaluated on the following components: technique, tactics, fitness, athletic ability, and attitude.
Read more about what it takes to be successful in the program (click here)
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR TRYOUTS?
Online registration is strongly encouraged. All players wishing to try out must complete a VT ODP online registration form and pay a registration/tryout fee. Registration information can be found on the VSA website under the ODP Tryouts and Forms tabs.
WHEN ARE TRYOUTS?
State Pool Team tryout sessions are usually in November and will be posted on the VSA website.
***All players should arrive to fields early to check in and warm up. Players will need to bring a properly inflated size #5 soccer ball and water.
ODP Age Groups are based on birth year (January 1st-December 31st)
U12 age groups Players born in 2003 and 2004
- U13 age group Players born in 2002
- U14 age group Players born in 2001
- U15 age group Players born in 2000
- U16 age group Players born in 1999
- U17 age group Players born in 1998
- U19 age group (Girl's only) Players born in 1996/97 should contact Karen Harlow at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLAYERS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND BOTH TRYOUT SESSIONS.
WHEN DO I FIND OUT IF I MADE A STATE SELECT POOL TEAM?
All players will be notified of the results by email or mail within 2 weeks following the final tryout session. Selections for the ODP Tournament Team will be made late April or early May.
HOW MANY PLAYERS WILL BE SELECTED FOR THE TEAMS?
Pool teams will consist of 20-30 players in each age group pool. Only a maximum of 18 players will be selected from each age group pool for participation in the ODP Tournament, June 2015 at the Rider University/Princeton, NJ area.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE TRAININGS HELD?
Indoor/outdoor training sessions will be held at various locations in Vermont. Information on training times and locations will be posted on the VSA website under the ODP tab. Outdoor trainings will begin as weather permits in late April.
WHAT IS MINI-CAMP?
Mini-camp trainings are directed by coaches from Region I or college coaches from Vermont. It is part of the identification process to select players for further Region I and National Team activities and events. Each pool team will have two to three 1 ½ hour sessions with the Region I coaches/college coaches. There is one session in the morning for training and one afternoon or evening scrimmage session. All pool team players will participate in Mini-camp and it will be held in one indoor location.
WHAT IS THE ODP TOURNAMENT?
This tournament is held only for United States ODP Region I State Teams at Rider University, NJ and other locations in the Princeton, NJ area. It will be held in June. The tournament is a scrambled format on Sat and Sun for the U13 and U14 age groups. It is a three day (Fri, Sat and Sun), three game tournament for the U15 and U17 age groups with those teams able to advance to a semi-final and finals later in June. This tournament is attended by much of the Region I Staff who spend their time watching and evaluating players on every field. From these evaluations the identification process continues for the opportunity to play on the Region I Team. This tournament is also highly attended by college coaches from all over the country. The college coaches are provided with team rosters and spend the entire weekend watching the U15 and all the U17 games identifying potential players for their schools.
There is a separate fee for this event which covers the cost of the tournament fees, coach’s room/board and travel expenses. The Vermont teams will stay together at one hotel, but the hotel costs and related travel and meal expense will be the player’s responsibility. There are no chaperones, players stay in hotel rooms with their families.
HOW ARE PLAYER SELECTIONS MADE FOR THE ODP TOURNAMENT?
Selections to the Vermont ODP Tournament team are made by the state team coaches based on the player’s performance during training sessions and mini-camp. The tournament team will be chosen late April/early May 2015. ODP players may damage their chances of selection to the tournament team through poor attendance, poor punctuality or an inappropriate attitude.
WHAT IS THE ODP CAMP?
Every Vermont pool team player is eligible to participate in the ODP Camp. The dates and locations of these camps are posted both on the VSA website and on the Region I website www.region1.com. The camp is geared around providing all the players with intensive high level training. The camp is the final process in identifying players to be selected to the Region I ODP pool/team. The camp provides several hours of training as well as games each day. Each player has the opportunity to work with other State ODP coaches (who are most often college coaches), Regional ODP coaches and National ODP coaches. Often members of the National Team Staff are at the camp evaluating as well. The cost of this camp is included in the Vermont ODP fee.
HOW ARE PLAYER SELECTIONS MADE FOR THE ODP CAMP?
ALL pool team players will participate in the ODP camps in July in their age appropriate group.
WHAT IS A NATIONAL CAMP?
National Camps and Inter-regional events are held throughout the year at various locations in the United States. The National Team Coach or a National Staff Coach is present at these events to observe, train and identify players for placement in the national pool or on a national team.
DOES ODP REQUIRE CHAPERONES?
Yes, chaperones are required for our players to participate in the ODP Camp. If not enough parents volunteer from an age group, to chaperone at camp, we cannot send our players. Chaperone costs are included in the player fees.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN ODP?
1. Development as a player with the opportunity to train and play with the best players in one's age group.
2. Quality instruction from state, regional and national team licensed coaches.
3. Quality competition with games against other state association ODP teams.
4.The opportunity to represent one's state, region or country in competition.
5. Exposure to college coaches.
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PROGRAM?
VT ODP is a 100% self-funded non-profit program.
ANTICIPATED Pool Player fee - $950* includes all indoor/outdoor trainings, mini-camp, coaches’ fees, facility fees, and ODP Camp. Fees can be made in three installments: $400* is due upon acceptance into program or by Dec 5, 2014; $275* is due on or by Jan 16, 2015; $275* is due on or by Feb 13, 2015.
ODP Tournament fee - $100* includes tournament fees, coach’s room/board, fees and expenses. Due by May 15, 2015.
*These numbers may vary depending on what facilities charge us to rent indoor and outdoor space, and what Region I charge us to send players to the tournament and camp.
ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?
There are limited partial scholarships available based on financial needs. Scholarship policy and application are on the VSA website. All scholarship requests are confidential and applications need to be submitted by November 28, 2013. Monies will be awarded by December 12, 2014.
IS THERE OPPORTUNITY FOR FUNDRAISING?
We are looking for individuals interested in forming a committee to pursue fundraising activities that will help reduce the overall cost of the program. Please contact the VSA office if you can help.
If a player is selected to and accepts this program then participates in even one training session and decides it is not for him/her, the fee is not refundable. Any unpaid fees at the point the player leaves the program, are still the responsibility of the player's family.
If a player is selected to the ODP Tournament and declines to participate, the player is responsible for the entire fee.
All pool players are expected to participate in the ODP Camp so no refunds are possible for this event.
If a player is selected to an ODP event, but is unable to attend that event because of injury, the player MAY be refunded ( if withdraws 1 month prior to camp) for that event, if a doctor's note is provided.
WILL PARTICIPATION WITH A VT ODP TEAM CONFLICT WITH CLUB SOCCER?
The VT ODP acknowledges the importance of club soccer in the state and strives to work with clubs to identify the top players in Vermont. Efforts are made to minimize conflicts with larger club events. Participation in all ODP trainings and events is expected of players. Club participation is encouraged and ODP should be understood as an important supplement and an opportunity for further player development, exposure to college coaches, and possible identification for regional and national pool teams.
The information above is meant to give an overview of the Vermont ODP program and some of the policies. Information regarding the calendar, policies, news and updates can be found on the VSA website under the ODP tab.
Karen Harlow, Vice President
Vermont Soccer Association
US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program