Northern Nevada players and parents please see the "Northern Nevada News" tab for information on the ODP try outs.
Does a player have to attend all try out times to be considered? NO, abosolutely not! A player can attend just one or all sessions depending on their schedule, the price is the same.
My player was in the Regional pool, do they have to try out again? YES, in order to be considered for a team this year EVERYONE must try out each year.
What is "Regional pool" or Region IV? The United States is divided up into 4 Regions with approximately 12-13 states in each. Each State is given the opportunity to select up to 18 players per age group to represent their State in different events that Regional Coaches attend and identify players that could be selected for the "Regional Pool", or even Regional team, that will be evaluated for the National Pool and team. A "pool" of players is more than the 18 that are on a team, coaches use this to finalize their selections to a "team". The Region IV web-site is www.regioniv.com
What age can my player try out? Each year there are ONLY 5 years that are evaluated during try outs. We allow one year younger, but no more than that. This year the ages are '97, '98, '99, '00, and '01
That means that, this year, we can not have players born in 2003 or younger attend these try outs.
How are the 2002's evaluated if there is no team for them? 2002's that attend, but will be evaluated along side the 01's players for a spot on the '01 team.
If my player plays on a '97 team, but was born in '98 which try out do they attend? You child will be evaluated on THEIR birth year, not what team they currently play for, so they should attend the 1998 try outs.
What is the ODP Championships? It is a tournament in which all of the Region IV ODP teams participate to see which state has the top team and players. Additionally, Region IV ODP staff use this tournament as their primary time to evaluate players for the Region IV camp/team. In the past the tournament has been held in Arizona, and will be again this year.
Will my player have to miss school to attend the tournament? Unfortunately, yes, the ODP Championships is a three day tournament beginning on Thursday, January 9th through Sunday, January 12th. The first games for some of the teams starting at 2pm on Thursday, the 9th, and all teams in the tournament will play sometime on Thursday, so it will be necesary to take Thursday and Friday off.
If my player makes the team, are there additional costs? We have not estimated the costs this year, but yes, there are additional costs, last year it was $250.00 (This did NOT include any necessary travel for your player.)
What is the ODP team fee for? The cost for ODP includes; tournament fees, pre-tournament training, coaches travel, and uniforms. (sweats will be offered for an additional cost)
Pre-tournament training? Where is it and is it mandatory? The additional college coach training is NOT mandatory, however, this is where some of the coaches meet their team that they might be coaching during the ODP Championship tournament. These trainings have not yet been set up yet in the North or South, but it IS already included in the one ODP team fee.
I live in the North, can we opt to attend trainings in Las Vegas? Yes, anyone that makes a team CAN attend the trainings in Las Vegas prior, but it is usually during the week and you player would miss school.
If my player from the North makes the team and we can only afford to send him/her and we don't attend who will take care of them? Players from the North that make the State ODP team that need a chaperone will be arranged on an as needed basis by letting me know @ email@example.com. We DO have chaperones that will be attending, and they can fly with that person and stay with that person, sharing the cost of the hotel rooms. This way the Northern players can keep their costs as low as possible.
What if I am planning to travel with my player, do I have to stay in any specific hotel? No, you can make your own hotel/travel arrangements to fit into your budget.
IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN E-MAIL FROM STACY OJERS REGARDING FORMS NEEDED FOR THIS CAMP PLEASE CONTACT HER AT SLOJERS@SBCGLOBAL.NET
Cherry Island Soccer Complex; 2699 U Street, Rio Linda, CA 95673
Batholomew Sports Park; 10150 Franklin High Rd., Elk Grove, CA 95757
Friday, June 7th; Check in ALL AGES at Cherry Island starting at 3pm
Saturday & Sunday times for each age group will be announced later.
Nevada has partnered with Cal North to offer a "Sub-Regional camp". This event will take place in Sacramento, California the location/fields are currently being negotiated, but these events are OPEN to ALL ODP participants born in 1997 - 2000. Not only ODP pool players, but any player that tried out for the ODP team!
These events are bring held for the Regional staff to have the ability to see all possible players to invite to the ODP camp or to invite into the ODP Regional pool. This way if you do not receive an invitation to camp you can possible receive one through this avenue. Additionally, if you DID receive an invitation you can attend to continue to work on your soccer skills with Regional coaches, or with some of the highest level of training possible.
I have included the link to register for this Sub-Regional camp below.
The camp dates are June 7 - June 9th, and the cost is only $75!
Transportation and housing is NOT included, and everyone will be responsible for their own, however I am working with Cal North when they secure some Hotel blocks they will let me know and I will post them on our State's web-site to offer a lower group rate for everyone.
Please don't mis-understand, this camp is NOT mandatory to attend, just an opportunity for additional training with college coaches and very high level training at a reasonable cost.
ALSO - REMEMBER THIS CAMP IS FOR PLAYERS BORN IN 1997 - 2000 ONLY!
Universal Registration Form
Player Registration Form
The Sub-regional event is a GOOD thing for our players to attend! The
opportunity to work with college coaches with a high level of training at a
reasonable cost is good for our players, and Cal North was gracious enough
to include and invite us in their event.
If you are planning to attend ODP summer camp, you CAN attend the sub-regional camp, and it will NOT jeopardize your place for the ODP Regional camp if youshow poorly there for some reason. If you have been invited to attend Regional Camp, and pay to attend, nothing changes, nor is that opportunity taken away from you.
Decisions made at the sub-regional camp by the Region IV staff will not
be processed or conveyed until after the completion of the camp, and will be
sent out via e-mail the following week regarding those further selected to attend the ODP summer camps.
Here is a little more information about a sub-regional event from Region IV;
Region IV Is pleased to announce the "Official Designation" to the following
events as: ODP Sub Regional Events. Region IV ODP Staff will be in
attendance to identify and select players to participate in ODP at the
Regional level. ODP Sub Regional Events are not meant to "compete" or
"replace" ODP summer camps, but enhance the selection process for the elite
players in Region IV.
If a player attends the sub-regional even they can possibly be asked
to become part of the Regional pool from attending the sub-regional camp
without attending the summer camp.
If your player can not attend summer camp, due to dates conflicts, the
sub-regional events are a way to be selected to the Regional pool without
attending regional summer camps.
Finally here is some standard information about the ODP program if you
haven't already read it.
About US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) - US
Youth Soccer ODP, established in 1977, is the original Olympic development
program in the United States. Formed to identify a pool of players in each
age group from which a National Team could be selected for international
competition, selected players are exposed to the nation's top coaches from
collegiate institutions, U.S. Soccer and the professional leagues. Programs
exist in each state and with competitions such as the US Youth Soccer ODP
National Championships, Interregional Training/Competition, Regional Camps
and International play. US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way in
elite player identification and development. US Youth Soccer ODP is an
approved program of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
The different levels of the ODP program are as follows;
A. Level 6 - State Pool
B. Level 5 - State Team
C. Level 4 - Regional Pool
D. Level 3 - Regional Team
E. Level 2- National Pool
F. Level 1 - National Team