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FAQ

ODP Questions

Is the training specific to just field players?

No. During the first 45 minutes of each training session, any player wishing to train as a GK will report to the GK training area.   Here they will work with the ODP GK staff for 45-55 minutes.  Afterwards they will return to their respective age groups and be incorporated into the training session.

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.

Phase I: District Training

2004 – 2008 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, 2004 – 2008 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 2009 & 2010 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 years when selections occur

Phase I: State Pool Tryouts

2002 & 2003 Birth Years Only
  • There are 5 total training dates in Phase 1 (ODP State Pool Tryouts)
  • Four training dates are in November (Outdoors) and a fifth training date in April (During the district festival). These are held in the Dayton area at Hobson Freedom Park
  • After the District Festival is completed in April, 2002 & 2003 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. 2000 & 2001 age groups are selected straight into Phase 3 (ODP State Pool Training)

Phase II: ODP District Festival

2004 – 2010 Birth Years Only
  • Those players selected to represent their district (2004 - 2008 birth years only) will compete in the District Festival. This is a one 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, 2009 & 20010 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 2009 & 2010 age groups

Phase III: State Pool Training

2002 – 2008 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
 
2002
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2003
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2004
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2005 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2005 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2006 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2006 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2007/2008
Pool of 60- 90 players
(60 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
2002
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2003
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2004
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2005 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2005 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2006 Older
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2006 Younger
Pool of 22 - 32 players
(18 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
2007/2008
Pool of 60 - 90 - 55 players
(60 players usually attend Sub-Regional Event)
 
  • 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 the Sub-Regional event. At that time, alternates will be offered a position on the State Team
  • State Teams attend the Sub-Regional Event in late June

Phase IV: Midwest ODP Invitational

2002 – 2008 Birth Years Only
  • Girls & Boys Sub-Regional event is scheduled to be in West Chester, OH
  • June TBD, 2020

Phase V: Midwest Region ODP Elite ID Camp

2002 – 2006 Birth Years Only
  • All players selected for this event will be invited directly by the Regional staff
  • Players will be selected based upon prior performances in Phase 1 - 3 ODP training, Phase 4 ODP Challenge Cup and prior year Regional Pool/Team training

How are the ODP age groups determined?

ODP age groups are determined by birth year. Therefore, all 2002 birth year players will be grouped together, all 2003 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 6 months of the year (Younger). This sometimes happens in the younger ODP age groups due to the varying growth rates of the players.

What is the Midwest Region 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.
 
  • All players selected for this event will be invited directly by the Regional staff
  • Players will be selected based upon prior performances in Phase 1 - 3 ODP Training, Phase 4 Sub-Regional Event ) and prior year Regional Pool training/Regional Team events

What are the fees associated with ODP?

2004 – 2010 Birth Years
  • Early Registration opens in late August
  • The early registration fee for ODP is $155.00 (Phase 1 and 2). After October 1st, the standard registration fee is $185.00. Fee covers registration, six district training sessions and t-shirt
  • Onsite Registration is $195.00. 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 $145.00. After May 7th, the standard State Pool training fee is $170.00. This includes all State Pool training sessions
  • The fees for the Phase 4 Sub-Regional event and Phase 5 Region II Elite ID camp are as published

 

2002 & 2003 Birth Years
  • Early Registration opens in late August
  • The early registration fee for ODP is $100.00 (Phase 1). After October 1st, the standard registration fee is $140.00. Fee covers registration, four state pool tryout  sessions and t-shirt
  • Onsite Registration is $150.00. 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 $145.00. After May 7th, the standard State Pool training fee is $170.00. This includes all State Pool training sessions
  • The fees for the Phase 4 Sub-Regional event and Phase 5 Region II Elite ID camp are as published

What if I cannot attend an ODP session? Will this be negatively held against a player?

The easy answer is "No".  We understand that players are going to have commitments (soccer tournaments, family activities, school obligations) that may prevent them from attending a session.   Missing a session will not be held against a player.   Players will be evaluated based on the sessions that they do attend. For example, if a player makes one of the six sessions, then they will be evaluated based on how they perform during that one session. The more sessions that a player attends, the more opportunities the staff will have to see and evaluate that player.

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. Bill Glaze, Director of Coaching, will make a determination if you are able to participate in the ODP cycle for that year.
 
We do not require to be notified if you simply cannot make any of the training sessions. You will be evaluated on the sessions you attend.

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 continue with ODP (after announcement of the State Team), he/she will not receive an evaluation.

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 the Sub-Regional event. Players must receive permission from both their home State Director of Coaching and the Ohio South Director of Coaching - Bill Glaze during the registration process.

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 unless under specific instructions from the Regional or National staff.

How are players selected?

Players are selected based on the following criteria:

Technique
Tactical Understanding of the Game
Fitness and Athletic Ability
Attitude

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. 

Where do the ODP coaches come from?

Coaches come from within the State Association’s clubs and leagues, colleges and high schools.
 
In addition, coaches from the Professional ranks - Major League Soccer (MLS), United Soccer League (USL) and National Womens Soccer League (NWSL) are also involved in a variety of the ODP Phases.

Do college coaches know about ODP?

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

Stack Admin FAQ's

Stack Support

Stack Support is available to anyone Monday - Friday, 8am to 8pm ET.

866-892-0777 (2-2-1)

We recommend calling - not email! The office is based in Texas and you'll reach a live person.

What information is needed to gain access to US Soccer Connect software and why do I need to complete a deposit account form if I don't plan on using Stack for payment processing?

To complete the paperwork portion of the onboarding process, Stack Sports needs clubs to complete the electronic signature on the software license agreement and the deposit account information.

Stack Sports will be providing services to you, the club, that establishes a business relationship. Those services include hosting content online, data security, online software tools and more. Club account information is collected to ensure proper handling of compliance and our fiduciary responsibilities to you.

What is the best browser to use?

Google Chrome, which can be downloaded for free. Firefox will also work.

We highly recommend using an incognito window in Google Chrome or a private window in Firefox when using Stack, that way you see the most up to date information.

Never use Internet Explorer or Safari with Stack.

What are the requirements for a player?

Competitive: Players must register to their league or club system, and during registration submit a current (within last 6 mo.) headshot photo, in color, with no animals, hats, sunglasses or other people (think school photo). Ideal dimensions are 150x300 px or 300x400 px.

Additionally, players must submit a birth certificate (PDF) for Age/ID Verification.

Recreational: Players must register to their league or club system. No photo or birth certificate is required.

Player Registration Tutorial (Video)

What are the requirements for coaches/board members/admins/trainers/etc?

These individuals have the most to complete. Please make sure you are brushed up on our SafeSoccer requirements here.

Coaches:

  • Register in Stack.
  • Submit a current (within 6 mo.) photo; color, no animals, hats, sunglasses or other people; 150x300px or 200x400 px.
  • Upload a current concussion training certificate (CDC or NHFS) in their coach Member Account.
  • Complete SafeSport training.
  • Hold a current background check.
  • Be assigned to their team (competitive only).

Board Members/Admins/Trainers/Other Identified Adults (not a coach):

What do the three uploads for Coaches mean? What do we have to do?

For anyone who registers as a 'coach', when they log in to their Member Account in your league or club system they will see three upload slots assigned to their name:

Safety Certificate: Ohio South has no requirement for this slot. Your league may require a coaching license to be placed there. Contact them for more information on their requirement.

Concussion Document: This is where a coach may upload his/her current concussion training certificate. Not required for anyone but coaches.

Abuse Prevention (aka SafeSport): This is where anyone who registers as a 'coach' should take SafeSport training. The button will say 'Begin Training' if there is nothing uploaded in this slot from last year. Once completed, the API that connects Stack to SafeSport will automatically change the dot you see as the admin from grey to green. The certificate itself does not need to be uploaded if the dot turns green. Please reference this email for more information on the Dot UI and how to utilize it.

If it says 'Manage', then the document currently there needs to be removed. You can do this as an admin by going into their account in the backend and removing the current document. Once you remove it, it should say 'Begin Training' for the coach after he/she refreshes the page.

Please note that if the dot is green, the coach is good to go.

Please also note the 5 criteria that must match in Stack and SafeSport accounts created in order for the API to connect: first name, last name, birthdate, gender and email address. If any of those is off in either account, the API will not connect and will not turn the dot green.

Background Check Info

Background checks are run by NCSI and take 5-10 days to clear.

Background checks are $18 for competitive coaches and adults. There is no cost for recreational coaches and adults.

Background checks need to be submitted if you are a:

  • Coach
  • Admin/Manager
  • Staff
  • Trainer
  • Board Member
  • In regular and routine contact with a child outside of your own at the organization

Background checks are submitted through an external link that must be clicked on in a waiver during registration. Please click here for instructions.

Neither Ohio South nor NCSI ever run a credit report for anyone. The information you see on screen during submission is mandatory information required by the Federal government for NCSI to show everyone who submits a background screening through them.

In Stack, BC Status and RMA Status are the words used to denote the background check status, and it will show Cleared or Not Cleared.

A coach or other adult who shows Not Cleared does not mean they have failed the screening. It could mean that the name submitted does not match the name in Stack, or that not enough time has passed and the check is not completed yet.

If you have a coach or other adult who flew past the waiver during registration and needs to submit a background check, they may do so at OSYSA NCSI.

Please contact Steve Wood if you have questions or concerns: swood@osysa.com.

What is SafeSport and how do my coaches/board members/staff/admins/etc complete it?

SafeSport Information

In Stack, SafeSport is managed through the Abuse Prevention slot for anyone who registers as a 'coach'.

The Abuse Prevention slot is where anyone who registers as a 'coach' should take SafeSport training. The button will say 'Begin Training' if there is nothing uploaded in this slot from last year. Once completed, the API that connects Stack to SafeSport will automatically change the dot you see as the admin from grey to green. The certificate itself does not need to be uploaded if the dot turns green. Please reference this email for more information on the Dot UI and how to utilize it.

If it says 'Manage', then the document currently there needs to be removed. You can do this as an admin by going into their account in the backend and removing the current document. Once you remove it, it should say 'Begin Training' for the coach after he/she refreshes the page.

Please note that if the dot is green, the coach is good to go.

Please also note the 5 criteria that must match in Stack and SafeSport accounts created in order for the API to connect: first name, last name, birthdate, gender and email address. If any of those is off in either account, the API will not connect and will not turn the dot green.

Where do I set up registration?

In your league or club specific Stack system. Go to the Directory.

How do I add additional categories to my existing event?

Please click here for instructions.

How do I open registration?

Please use these instructions for an already existing event.

I have parents/coaches saying they registered but I can't find them. Why?

Most likely, it is one of two things;

1) They are not a confirmed participant or coach.

2) They only created a Member Account and did not actually register into your event.

The most likely of the two is the second...this is a very common occurrence and means that the parent or coach only made their "universal Stack account" in your system, but they didn't complete a registration form to any event of yours.

Sign up for anyone new happens in these two parts;

  1. Member Account creation
  2. Registration to an event

When a parent or coach clicks on the Register Now button at your "yourclub.osysalive.com" site, or uses the direct URL from these buttons, it has them do both in progression at one time. The key here is that they have to keep going.

Stopping in the middle of registration will save their progress, but it only creates a Member Account - they must finish the registration in order to show in your backend.

We have also found that most parents get stuck on this page:

Choose_Player_Page

They just need to hit Continue Registration on this page to continue forward. They are not done.

So if you can't find a Coach or Player, they need to click the Register Now buttons or use the direct link you sent out, log in with the account they made, and continue through registration until done.

What are the dots I see in Find Player or Find Coach/Volunteer? What do they mean?

Please read this email.

How do I card my team?

Carding occurs through several steps;

  1.  All players and coaches need to register to their Age Group in your league or club Stack system. If returning, parents and coaches should use the same account from prior years to register!
  2.  Teams are formed to (under) the Age Group.
  3.  Players and coaches are assigned to the team.
  4.  The team is activated to the league that will do its carding via the Request Team Activation button. The league will then approve the team in their Stack system and Age/ID Verify any players that need it.
  5.  Once all players are verified, you should then register the team to the league via the Register for a league or tournament button on the team page, which should now be available.
  6.  The league will provide you with cards and rosters. Please be sure to communicate with your league!

Click here for instructions.

What is the procedure for teams switching leagues in the Spring?

Teams who are switching leagues for the Spring season will register to the spring league in the system, but will continue to be affiliated with the fall league.

The fall league will continue to process cards and revised rosters for any new players that are added to the team.

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