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What is ODP?

The U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, or ODP as it is more commonly known, is a National, Regional, State and District Team Identification and Development Program for high level players.

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Why has ODP changed so significantly from years past?

Two main reasons; a congested calendar and weather.
 
It was clear from feedback we received from players, Club Directors of Coaching and parents, that something needed to be done. Club teams train more often, play more games and travel further than at any other time in youth soccer. Calendars are congested with very little space in the fall and spring time periods. Unfortunately, many players had direct conflicts with their club responsibilities and ODP – in short, many times they had to choose which activity to attend.
 
Anyone who has lived in Ohio for a few years will tell you that the April and May time periods are traditionally very wet. We found that multiple training sessions were impacted – not just in cancelations – but also rain soaked fields impacting the quality of play.

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The new ODP at a Glance.......

2003 Birth Year begin at Phase 1
2002 Birth Year begin at Phase 1
2001 Birth Year begin at Phase 1
2000 Birth Year begin at Phase 1
1999 Birth Year begin at Phase 1
 
1998 Birth Year begin at Phase 2
1997 Birth Year begin at Phase 2
1996 Birth Year begin at phase 2 (College Showcase only)
1995 Birth Year begin at phase 2 (College Showcase only)
 
Phase 1: District Training
1999 – 2003 birth years only
  • There are 6 total training dates in Phase 1 (ODP District Training)
  • Five training dates are in November (Outdoors). These are held in three separate locations in Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus
  • One training date is in December or January (Indoors). Due to the specific indoor training space requirements, this session is held in Columbus.
  • After Phase 1 is completed in January, 1999 – 2002 District Teams are selected and players invited back for Phase 2. District Team selections will be posted on the OSYSA website and players notified in late January
  • After Phase 1 training is complete, all 2003 age group players have completed the ODP experience for the year
 
Phase 2: ODP District Festival
1999 – 2002 birth years only
  • Those players selected to represent their district will compete in the District Team Tournament. This is a two day tournament in late March/early April. The winning District will be presented with the magnificent OSYSA District Champions trophy
  • After the tournament is completed, State pools are selected and players invited back for Phase 3. State Pool selections will be posted on the OSYSA website and players notified by mid April
 
Phase 2: ODP College Showcase
1995 through 1998 only
  • Open tryout – 3 training sessions over two days
  • 1995 and 1996 age group players enter the ODP process at this phase.
  • 1995 and 1996 age groups participate in the College Showcase only
  • 1997 and 1998 age group players enter the ODP process at this phase
  • After the tournament is completed, 1997 and 1998 State pools are selected and players invited back for Phase 3. State Pool selections will be posted on the OSYSA website and players notified by late April
 
Phase 3: State Pool Training
1997 – 2002 birth years only
  • There are 8 scheduled training sessions for each State Pool. All training sessions will be in the month of June and early July. The schedule is twice a week – usually Wednesday and Saturday sessions
  • There are 16 State Pool groups (see table below)
 
Boys   Girls
1997
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
1997
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
1998
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
1998
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
1999
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
1999
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
2000 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
2000 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
2000 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
2000 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
2001 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
2001 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
2001 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
2001 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Regional camp)
2002
Pool of 40 - 50 players
(3 teams of 12 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
2002
Pool of 40 - 50 players
(3 teams of 12 players usually attend Regional camp)
 
  • Older State Pools consist of January through June birth months
  • Younger State team Pools consist of July through December birth months
  • In mid/late June, players selected to the State Teams attending Regional Camp are announced. State Team selections will be posted on the OSYSA website and players notified.
  • Those players from the State Pool not selected will be named alternates to the State Team and will continue to train until their team leaves for Regional Camp. Every year, players withdraw due to family emergencies, injuries or other situations that impact their ability to attend Regional Camp. At that time, alternates will be offered a position on the State Team
  • State Teams attend Regional Camp in early July over a three week period. For 2014, this time period will probably be the first three weeks in July
 
Phase 4: Regional Camp
1997 – 2002 birth years only
  • Girls Regional camp is scheduled to be in DeKalb, IL
  • Boys Regional camp is scheduled to be in Rockford, IL

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What is different?

1. The biggest difference is the spring time period. We have attempted to remove as many conflicts as possible for our players with their clubs; we now train outside of most club training sessions, league play, and State Cup/Presidents Cup events!
 
2. We are now training indoors in the winter time period. This is a time period where many players are doing limited training, if any, with their clubs. It just made sense!
 
3. All State Pool training will be conducted in the month of June and early July. This is a relatively quiet period for many players
 
4. The process is much simpler for advancement;
 
District Training.......District Team.......State Pool......State Team
 
 5. At the request of Region II, all players who have their player card through Ohio South but reside in a state other than Ohio South are welcome to attend ODP training with the permission of their home State Director of Coaching and the Ohio South Director of Coaching - Gordon Henderson. These players are now eligible to attend Regional camp with Ohio South
 

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What does the new ODP calendar look like?

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Why is the indoor training only in District 3?

ODP requires a lot of indoor space; Superkicks is the only available indoor facility in Ohio South that is large enough and that is willing to accommodate our training needs. We will be taking over their entire facility for the time that we are there. They have been incredible to work with and follow our ODP philosophy of training the elite level athlete.

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How are the ODP age groups determined?

ODP age groups are determined by birth year. They are different than those used for your club team. Therefore, all 1997 birth year players will be grouped together, all 1998 birth year players will be grouped together, etc. If there are two teams that will be attending Regional camp for a birth year, some age groups will be split up as the first 6 months of the year (Older), and the second six months of the year (Younger). This sometimes happens in the younger ODP age groups due to the varying growth rates of the players.

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What are State Teams?

After the ODP State Pool training sessions are completed in the summer, State teams are selected to represent Ohio South at Regional camp. In addition, some age groups will have more than one team attend Regional camp.

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What are Regional Camps?

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 age group National Pool or on the age group National Team.

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What are the ODP Hotline Numbers and when should I use them?

Cincinnati Hotline number is (513) 333 - 5730

Dayton Hotline number is (937) 285 - 0008

Columbus Hotline number is (614) 470 - 3949

Please note that you should always call your local hotline. Once the Festival weekend and State Pool sessions begin, where everyone is in one central location, you may still call your local hotline. We will update all hotline numbers so that a player/family does not have to call long distance. You should always call the hotline before traveling to ODP even if the weather is fine. Changes or cancellations can be made at any time and will save you some frustration if you get to a site and find out there is no training that day. Please note the hotline is only a recording. If there is not current information on the recording, it means that there have not been any changes to the schedule.

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What are the fees associated with ODP?

1999 – 2003 Birth Years
  • Early Registration opens on August 26th
  • The early registration fee for ODP is $120.00 (Phase 1). There are no fees associated with Phase 2. On September 30th, the Standard Registration fee changes to $150.00. Fee covers registration, six district training sessions (outdoor and indoor) and t-shirt
  • Late Onsite Registration is $160.00. Please note that any player that registers on site is not guaranteed an ODP t-shirt
  • For those selected to their District team (Phase 2), the Festival tournament is also included
  • For those selected to the State Pool (Phase 3), the early State Pool training fee is $85.00. After May 11th, the standard State Pool fee is $105.00. This includes all State Pool training sessions
  • If a player is selected to Regional Camp (Phase 4), the camp fee is estimated to be anywhere from $575-$795 (depending on number of days at camp). This includes Regional Camp fees, bus transportation to and from camp, housing, meals while at camp, uniform (if required by Region II), training Shirt(s), shorts (s) and sack pack

1996 and 1997 Birth Years
  • Early Registration opens on January 6th
  • The early registration fee for ODP is $75.00 (Phase 2). On January 27th, the Standard Registration fee changes to $95.00. Fee covers registration, three district training sessions and t-shirt. Please note - we anticipate this event to have a waitlist and be full by this date
  • If a player is selected to Regional Camp (Phase 4), the camp fee is estimated to be anywhere from $575-$795 (depending on number of days at camp). This includes Regional Camp fees, bus transportation to and from camp, housing, meals while at camp, uniform (if required by Region II), training Shirt(s), short(s) and sack pack.

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What if I cannot attend an ODP session?

Players will be evaluated based on the sessions that they do attend. For example, if a player makes one of the six Phase One district sessions, then they will be evaluated based on how they perform during that one session. The more sessions that a player attends, the better chance the staff will have to see and evaluate that player.

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What if I am injured during a step of the process (ie Fall districts, State Pool, etc) and can attend none of the training during that period?

Players who are injured need to call or email the Ohio South office directly at 513-576-9555 or office@osysa.com. We will need a doctor’s note mailed or faxed to our office before the training begins. Gordon Henderson, Director of Coaching, will make a determination if you are able to participate in the ODP cycle for that year.

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Do I receive an evaluation?

There are no evaluations for Phase 1 or Phase 2. All players will receive an evaluation if they are selected for the State Pool (Phase 3). If a player voluntarily quits the program or does not show for required training sessions, he/she will not receive an evaluation.

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I reside in a state other than Ohio. Can I attend ODP in Ohio South?

Players who have their player card through Ohio South but reside in a state other than Ohio South are welcome to attend ODP training and can be selected for Regional Camp. Players must receive permission of their home State Director of Coaching and the Ohio South Director of Coaching - Gordon Henderson during the registration process.

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I am a 2003 player. Can I participate in ODP?

Yes, this is an age group at the district level only. It's purpose is to help prepare players for the ODP environment they will encounter the following year. This age group will have no selections and will not travel or attend Regional camp.

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I am a player who plays up but I am younger than the 2003 birth year. Can I still participate in the ODP Program?

No, we do not allow players younger than 2003 birth year to participate this year under any circumstances.

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I cannot attend the session for my age group. Can I train with another age group?

No, we do not allow players to train with any other group.

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Should my daughter or son get involved?

Yes, ODP is a great way for players to do a self evaluation as well as meet new players and learn from different coaches.

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What will my player get out of ODP?

ODP is an additional optional program to a soccer player’s current soccer team. ODP’s goals are to train and identify players in a non-competitive environment where players can experiment and fail without retribution. This environment will potentially help players gain confidence and help elevate their game to the next level.

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How are players selected?

Players are selected based on the following criteria:

Technique
Tactical Understanding of the Game
Fitness and Athletic Ability
Attitude

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How do coaches get involved?

Coaches can get involved by going to the osysa.com website, then to the ODP coaches section from the ODP dropdown. Alternatively, use the link below.
 
This form is called "ODP Coach Application". The form is fillable - just save your information and e-mail completed form to Gordon Henderon at; henderson@osysa.com

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Where do the ODP coaches come from?

Coaches come from within the State Association’s clubs and leagues, colleges and high schools.

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Will ODP help my child get a scholarship?

There are NO GUARANTEES with anything in life and a sport is one of those. Being a part of ODP and having it on your resume no matter how far you progress shows a college coach that you are willing to take chances and take yourself out of your comfort zone. College coaches see this as a MAJOR plus.

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Do college coaches know about ODP?

 
YES, YES, YES… College coaches are on Ohio South’s ODP Staff as well as make guest clinician appearances multiple times throughout the year.

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