What is ODP?
The Olympic Development Program was formed to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for international competition; to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected, and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.
At the first level (state) pools of players are formed at each age group, throughout the state and brought together to draw upon their skills and to develop their talents further by providing coaching at a high level of expertise. The Program also allows them to gain recognition of their abilities through competition with other State Select ODP teams.
How are players selected?
Players are evaluated and selected on the four components that make up a soccer player: technique, tactics, fitness and athletic ability, and psychological component (attitude)
What are Regional Camps?
US Youth Soccer is divided into four regions, each of which offers a Regional Camp for State Association ODP teams in each eligible age group. The camps are designed to provide high-level competition and training for participating players. During this training and competition, players who are capable of performing at a higher level of play are identified for possible National Team Camp, Pool, or team participation.
Regional camp fees are in addition to the WV ODP fees. Commitment to camp is due by January 31st and partial payment is due by April 1st. The cost of the camp is just a slightly higher fee than any area overnight camp that players might attend. To be eligible to attend a Regional camp, the ODP player is expected to participate in all activities of their team and season fees paid in full.
What are the benefits of participating in ODP?
1. Development as a player. The opportunity to train and play with the best players in one's age group.
2. Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches.
3. Quality competition. Games against other state association ODP teams.
4. Exposure to Regional and National Team Coaches.
5. The opportunity to represent one's state, region, or country in competition.
6. Exposure to college coaches.
The total cost of the ODP program for the 2016-2017 is $600. The registration fee of $50 (included in the total) is due prior to tryouts and is non-refundable regardless of whether the player is selected into the pool. The second payment of $550 is due when the player is accepted to the program. This program runs as a self-sufficient program meaning that the fees collected are used exclusively to cover the costs of running the program, all training sessions, all tournament fees, staff/coach salaries, and all administrative supplies. Players are expected to attend all events as outlined in the ODP calendar. No refunds will be given to players who chose not to attend a training session or an event which they have been chosen for, or to players who chose to drop out of the program. Players who become injured during the season (with a signed medical excuse) may receive a partial refund for the remainder of the events he/she will be unable to attend.
For more information on the Olympic Development Program, please read our WV ODP Handbook or contact:
Amanda Wyatt - WV ODP Administrator
PO Box 3360
Beckley WV 25801