fifa
reebok
Print Email
 

FAQ

Questions And Answers

(Updated August 2015)

back to top

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.

back to top

Why has ODP changed so significantly from years past?

U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives
 
In August 2015, U.S. Soccer released the beginning of new Player Development Initiatives. These include a standardization of small sided games (4v4, 7v7 and 9v9), regulated field sizes for age groups, enhanced curriculum development for coaches and a movement to clear guidelines (including defined player roles & responsibilities) for youth players. The new ODP model will reflect these initiatives in order to bring our players the most current guidelines influencing our top players.

back to top

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

2006 Birth Year begin at Phase 1 (ODP Developmental Group)
2005 Birth Year begin at Phase 1 (ODP Developmental Group)
 
2004 Birth Year begin at Phase 1 (ODP developmental Group)
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
 
 

Phase 1: District Training

 
2001 – 2006 birth years only
  • There are 6 total training dates in Phase 1 (ODP District Training)
  • Six training dates are in November (Outdoors). These are held in three separate locations in Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus
  • After Phase 1 is completed in November, 2001 – 2004 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 December
  • In addition, all 2005 & 2006 age group players will be involved in their own event in Phase 2. This will give the players a 'taste' of what to expect the following year when selections occur

 

Phase 1: State Pool Tryouts

 
1999 & 2000 birth years only
  • There are 4 total training dates in Phase 1 (ODP State Pool Tryouts)
  • Four training dates are in November (Outdoors). These are held in the Dayton area at Hobson Freedom Park
  • After Phase 1 is completed in November, 1999 & 2000 State Pools are selected and players invited back for Phase 3. State Pool selections will be posted on the OSYSA website and players notified in December
  • Note - there is no Phase 2 for these two age groups. 1999 & 2000 age groups are selected straight into Phase 3 (ODP State Pool Training)
 

Phase 2: ODP District Festival

 
2001 – 2006 birth years only
 
  • Those players selected to represent their district (2001 - 2004 birth years only) will compete in the District Festival. This is a two day tournament in late March/early April. The winning team 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
  • In addition, 2005 & 2006 birth year players will be involved in their own event at the Festival. All players will be 'scrambled' on teams playing against each other. This gives the players extra training and an experience of the event for next year. This event will mark the conclusion for the year for the 2005 & 2006 age group.
 

Phase 3: State Pool Training

 
1999 – 2004 birth years only
 
  • There are 7 scheduled training sessions for each State Pool. All training sessions will be in the month of June. The schedule is usually Wednesday and Saturday sessions
  • There are 16 State Pool groups (see table below)
Boys
 Girls
 
1999
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2000
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2001
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2002 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2002 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2003 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2003 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2004
Pool of 45 - 55 players
(40 players usually attend Region II Developmental camp)
1999
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2000
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2001
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2002 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2002 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2003 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2003 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2004
Pool of 45 - 55 players
(40 players usually attend Region II Developmental 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 the Sub-Regional Event 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 the Sub-Regional Event. 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 the Sub-Regional Event in late June.
 

Phase 4: ODP Sub-Regional Event - ODP Challenge Cup

 
1999 – 2003 birth years only
 
  • Girls & Boys Sub-Regional event is scheduled to be in Dayton, OH
  • June 27 - 30, 2016
  • Note - 2004 age group will not compete ion this event. Instead 40 players will be invited to the Region II Developmental camp in Saginaw, MI

 

Region II ODP Elite ID camp

 
1999 – 2003 birth years only
  • This is new for the 2016 season
  • All players selected for this event will be invited directly by the Regional staff
  • Players will be selected based upon prior performances in Regional Pool/Team training, holdover camp and performance at the ODP Challenge Cup
 
 

Region II ODP Developmental Camp

 
2004 birth year only
  • This camp will remain unchanged with the 40 players selected to the Ohio South State team (40 boys & 40 girls) attending this event
 

back to top

What is different?

1. The biggest difference is the addition of a ODP Developmental Group (2006) and elimination the the ODP College Showcase. Instead the 1999 and 2000 age groups will go straight into ODP State Pool tryouts in Phase 1
 
2. All State Pool training will be conducted in the month of June and early July. This is a relatively quiet period for many players
 
3. The process is much simpler for advancement;
 
District Training.......District Team.......State Pool......State Team
 
4. 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
 

back to top

What does the new ODP calendar look like?

2015 - 2016 ODP Cycle
 
 

back to top

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 1999 birth year players will be grouped together, all 2000 birth year players will be grouped together, etc. If there are two teams that will be attending the Sub-Regional Event 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.

back to top

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 the ODP Sub-Regional Event. In addition, some age groups will have more than one team attend Regional camp.

back to top

What is the Region II Elite ID Camp?

National camps and Inter-Regional events are held throughout the year at various locations in the United States. The Regional 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 Regional Team events.
 
  • This is new for the 2016 season
  • All players selected for this event will be invited directly by the Regional staff
  • Players will be selected based upon prior performances in Regional Pool/Team training, holdover camp and performance at our Sub-Regional Event - ODP Challenge Cup

back to top

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

These numbers are used by parents and players to find out the most updated information on training and events - especially in case of bad weather.

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 Phase 2 Festival weekend and Phase 3  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.

back to top

What are the fees associated with ODP?

2001 – 2006 Birth Years
  • Early Registration opens in late August
  • The early registration fee for ODP is $145.00 (Phase 1 and 2). After September 27th the standard registration fee is $175.00. Fee covers registration, six district training sessions and t-shirt
  • Onsite Registration is $185.00. Please note that any player who registers on site is not guaranteed an ODP t-shirt
  • For those selected to their District team, the Phase 2 Festival tournament is also included with their registration fee
  • For those selected to the State Pool (Phase 3), the early State Pool training fee is $100.00. After May 8th, the standard State Pool training fee is $125.00. This includes all State Pool training sessions
  • The fees for the Sub-Regional event, Region II Elite ID camp and Region II Developmental camp have yet to be determined

 

1999 & 2000 Birth Years

  • Early Registration opens in late August
  • The early registration fee for ODP is $100.00 (Phase 1). After September 27th the standard registration fee is $130.00. Fee covers registration, four state pool tryout  sessions and t-shirt
  • Onsite Registration is $140.00. Please note that any player who registers on site is not guaranteed an ODP t-shirt
  • For those selected to the State Pool (Phase 3), the early State Pool training fee is $100.00. After May 8th, the standard State Pool training fee is $125.00. This includes all State Pool training sessions
  • The fees for the Sub-Regional event or Region II Elite ID camp have yet to be determined

back to top

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.

back to top

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 and cannot participate in the ODP process further, 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.
 
We do not require do be notified if you simply cannot make any of the training sessions. You will be evaluated on the sessions you attend.

back to top

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.

back to top

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.

back to top

I am a 2004 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.

back to top

I am a player who plays up but I am younger than the 2004 birth year. Can I still participate in the ODP Program?

No, we do not allow players younger than 2004 birth year to participate this year under any circumstances.

back to top

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.

back to top

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.

back to top

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.

back to top

How are players selected?

Players are selected based on the following criteria:

Technique
Tactical Understanding of the Game
Fitness and Athletic Ability
Attitude

back to top

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

back to top

Where do the ODP coaches come from?

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

back to top

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.

back to top

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.

back to top

Can't find what you are looking for?


 
 
 
©2014 Ohio South Youth Soccer Association
Home | Privacy Policy | Sitemap
 
usyouthsoccer.org