2014/15 ODP Information Packet

South Carolina Youth Soccer Association
Olympic Development Program
Parent Information
2014-15
Updated 9-2014
7436 Broad River Road, Suite 211 Irmo, SC 29063 Phone (803) 798-5425 Fax (803) 749-4352
Players and Parents:
Welcome to the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association Olympic Development
Program. We thank you for the time and commitment you have made to your player and
the sport of soccer in the state of South Carolina. This information packet describes the
purpose of the Olympic Development Program and its focus upon the growth and
development of soccer players in South Carolina. Also included are a listing of Olympic
Development Program Events and a fee schedule. The event and fee information is
preliminary and subject to change.
The Olympic Development Program is designed to compliment a player’s club training.
ODP events are scheduled around SC Youth Soccer play dates and major College
Showcase Tournaments. US Youth Soccer ODP is not only the first and original ODP
program, but also the only elite player development program that can claim members of
Major League Soccer and Women’s Professional Soccer, as well as a majority of
current and past national and youth team members, as alumni.
The South Carolina Olympic Development Program demands a commitment to
excellence as the program offers the experience of being developed, exposed and
identified by some of the State and Region’s top Collegiate, Club and National team
coaches! Those participants who are selected will be representing our state at the
highest level of youth soccer.
If you have any questions about the evaluation process or the Olympic Development
Program, please do not hesitate to contact the state office. Again we thank you for your
time and commitment. Good luck at evaluations!
Yours in Soccer,
Gregory Vallee
Technical Director
South Carolina Youth Soccer Association
[email protected]
(803) 636-7547
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What are the Parents Expectations?
South Carolina Youth Soccer Association appreciates the time and commitment parents
make on the behalf of their sons and daughters. This information pack was developed in
an effort to educate both parents and players of the ODP process. Please utilize this
information pack as a tool to answer most of your questions as well as giving you an
insight into our ODP program.
IT IS THE PARENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK E-MAILS AND OUR WEBSITE
PRIOR TO ALL TRAINING DATES. FIELDS CAN BE CLOSED UNEXPECTEDLY
FOR REASONS OTHER THAN WEATHER. Please pay particular attention to ALL
deadlines and instructions for various activities. Adherence to these dates is the key to
reducing hassles and costs. IT IS THE FAMILIES’ RESPONSIBILITY TO RESPOND
TO CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE STATE OFFICE. Not doing so in a timely
fashion will jeopardize the players’ opportunity to participate in an event.
The US Youth Soccer/South Carolina Youth Soccer Association Olympic
Development Program Philosophy
Our Olympic Development Program is designed to identify players of the highest caliber
on a continuing and consistent basis for the purposes of developing their skills and
abilities; and creating sustained success for the U.S. National Teams at the
International level.
The Olympic Development Program Provides Superior Benefits
The Olympic Development Program is an integrated and comprehensive approach that
provides benefits superior to other elite player concepts:
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Focus on the individual player and total player development
Development of the individual player is enhanced as they train and play against
the best players in their respective age group
Development of the individual player is enhanced because they must learn to
adjust to varying groups of teammates. This requires the player to respond to the
varying styles, strengths, weaknesses and abilities of the other elite players,
rather than becoming dependent on habits of a fixed group
The highest quality of competition against the best players drawn from the entire
state rather than one or two associations
Exposure to regional and national team coaches
Exposure to college coaches within the environment of the highest quality
competition
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The opportunity to represent our state, our region and our nation in domestic and
international competitions
Non-profit sponsorship and administration. Our Olympic Development Program
does not carry the burden of a profit orientation. As a result, we will continue to
drive down participants’ costs. Our goal is to be significantly less expensive than
other elite soccer concepts
How Are Players Selected?
Players are selected in South Carolina on the basis of open evaluations conducted by
the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association ODP Coaching Staff. Players can also be
invited into the ODP program if they are scouted and identified by our extensive ODP
staff.
Selection of Olympic Development Program players is not an easy task. Players are
evaluated on the four components of soccer:
1. Technique
2. Tactics
3. Fitness and Athletic Ability
4. Psychosocial (attitude/desire for excellence)
What Will Happen at Tryouts - Policies and Procedures
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ODP is organized by birth year. For example a player born in the year 1998 is in
the 98 ODP age group
Dates and locations of ODP try-outs/ training sessions can be found on the ODP
calendar http://www.scysa.org/programs/odp.aspx
Players must participate at one of the two scheduled tryout dates.
Players will receive two numbered T-shirts
Coaches will receive a list with players designated numbers (no names)
SC Youth Soccer ODP Staff will follow the ODP evaluation process established
by the State Director of Coaching. This information will be posted online.
Players will be assessed and identified by the ODP staff. The staff will determine
those players selected to the initial State Pool.
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Communication with Identification and Selection
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All Players must currently be registered with South Carolina Youth Soccer
Player status after tryouts/training sessions will be posted on the South Carolina
website, by the following Tuesday afternoon at 5 PM.
Players can be released from the State pool after any session.
Players must pay for all training sessions in which they are invited, whether in
attendance or not; to stay in the ODP Program.
Payment is required prior to the training session. Payment can be made online.
PLEASE DO NOT PAY AT THE FIELD.
If withdrawing from the ODP program please notify the South Carolina Youth
Soccer State Office and the Director of Coaching, via email of your intentions at
[email protected] and [email protected] Players need to notify the South
Carolina ODP Administrator to formally withdraw from the program or they will be
responsible for all training fees.
What are Regional Camps? (SC is in Region III)
US Youth Soccer is divided into four Regions. All Regions offer a Regional Camp for
ODP participants in each eligible age group. The camps are designed to develop elite
players through high-level competition and training. During Region Camp training and
competition, players who are identified for possible selection to the Region pool for
possible selection to the Region team. Region team players attend events that place
them in contention to be selected for US Soccer Youth National Teams. The specifics,
as well as the cost, of these Regional camps will be provided by South Carolina Youth
Soccer Association to all invited players.
What is a National Camp?
National Camps and Interregional 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
National pool or on a National team.
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How Can I Learn More?
South Carolina Youth Soccer Association is committed to providing the highest quality
Olympic Development Program at the lowest possible cost and with fully informed
parents and players. Additional information can be found at www.scysa.org or contact
Greg Vallee, Director of Coaching Education & Player Development at
[email protected]
What are the Players Expectations?
South Carolina Youth Soccer Association provides several avenues for players to
improve, but it is their own enthusiasm, and commitment to excellence, along with the
support from their club coaches, that promotes players to the State, Regional and
National Teams.
The Olympic Development Program expects a lot from its players:
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Commitment to Excellence
Work Hard – Play Smart!
Personal responsibility – each player must sign the Code of Conduct. Violation of
this contract will be dealt with fairly and firmly.
Attendance – players are expected to attend all training/competitive events, and
any absences must be documented.
ODP events are scheduled around club commitments (SCYSA play dates and
College Showcases) therefore players are not expected to miss events.
What happens if I miss a Training Session?
Be aware that players are always being evaluated at every training session and players
can be released from the program at any time. If you are going to miss a training
session please email the age group head coach as well as the State Director of
Coaching. Coaches plan their sessions early in the week based on the number of
players attending. The sooner the coach knows the number of players missing the
better they can plan. Please contact the age group head coach and the State
Director of Coaching NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY AT 9 AM prior to a training
session. Remember that you are responsible for the training session fee
regardless whether you attend or not.
What dates will the final Pools be selected?
Coaches are always evaluating the players so that they can select the best players to
represent South Carolina ODP. The final pool selection for the Region Camps in
June/July will be selected after your respective training sessions in May.
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State Team Pools/Player Selection for Region Camp
Players for each age group will be selected for the State Team Pool
o Player Pools will be posted online at the SCYS ODP Website the
Wednesday after tryouts with instructions on how to accept position and
register and pay for the Sub-Regional event in January
o The player pools will attend the ODP Sub-Regional Event in January in
NC for the boys and GA for the girls
After Sub-Regional events SCYS ODP Pool Players will be asked to pay online
for 6 predetermined training sessions.
 Dates to be determined by DoC and Staff
o ODP Staff will work with SCSCL and PMSL Administrator to block off
dates for ODP training
24 Players from the player pool will be selected to attend Region 3 Camp
o The 24 will consist of 18 players picked to attend Region Camp with 6
alternates
o 24 players will be posted on SCYS ODP Website
 18 selected players will be asked to register for Region Camp
 Alternates will be notified in order only if a position becomes
available
*this process will give coaches ample time to train and evaluate players to ensure
proper selection for Region 3 camp. This will also help foster a competitive and
challenging environment for all players.
* predetermined training sessions will allow dates to be published up to 6 months ahead
of time to allow for proper planning. This will also allow for all boys teams to train at one
location and all girls teams to train at one location. This will give the DoC and other
specialized ODP Staff time to work with and evaluate all of the players at one time in
one location.
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When are Tryouts
November 9th, 2014
Boys – Liverpool FC America Gibson Road Facility
Girls – West Metro Soccer Club
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Registration at both sites 9am -10am
o 1998-2001 9:00 am - 9:30 am
o 2002-2004 9:30 am - 10:00 am
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Evaluation at both sites 10am – 12pm
December 14th, 2014
Boys – Liverpool FC America Gibson Road Facility
Girls – West Metro Soccer Club
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Registration at both sites 9am -10am
o 1998-2001 9:00 am - 9:30 am
o 2002-2004 9:30 am - 10:00 am
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Evaluation at both sites 10am – 12pm
Players must register and attend at least one tryout to be considered for ODP. We
strongly encourage players to attend both if possible.
Online Registration will open September 15, 2014 @ www.scysa.org
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Tentative Training Dates & Sites
February 8th (Rain Date – February 22nd) - Boys @ Liverpool FC America Gibson Road,
Girls @ West Metro Soccer Club
March 8th (Rain Date – March 22nd) – Boys @ Liverpool FC America Gibson Road,
Girls @ West Metro Soccer Club
April 12th (Rain Date –April 19th) - Boys @ Liverpool FC America Gibson Road, Girls @
West Metro Soccer Club
May 17th & May 31st (Rain Date – May 24th) – Boys @ Liverpool FC America Gibson
Road, Girls @ West Metro Soccer Club
June 7th – Boys @ Liverpool FC America Gibson Road, Girls @ West Metro Soccer
Club
June 14th & 21st (Rain Date June 28th) – Boys @ Liverpool FC America Gibson Road,
Girls @ West Metro Soccer Club *only for players selected to attend Region 3
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Training Dates
Training dates will consist of two training sessions per day of up to 120 minutes.
One session in the morning and one session in the afternoon.
o 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm
All girls age groups will train at one location
All boys age groups will train at one location
Both locations will have goalkeeper specific training.
This is done to maximize the coaching availability and to create mini-showcase
events in which statewide college coaches can attend
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Tentative Budget 2014/15
Tryout Fee $75.00 if registered before November 1st
$95.00 for Registrations between November 2nd and November 20th
$100.00 Walk-up fee if not pre-registered for try-outs
$150.00 for six training dates. All training dates are double sessions with a morning and
afternoon session. (The number of sessions is tentative and subject to change.)
Pool Players are strongly urged to attend one of the Sub –Regionals with their team:
Sub-Regional Event (Boy-NC) $120.00 for player and coaching fee only
Sub-Regional Event (Girl-GA) $120.00 for playing and coaching fee only
Sub-Regional Event (North Myrtle Beach Boys & Girls) - $120.00 for player and
coaching fee only
Sub-Regional Event (Boy/Girl-Wilson NC) $120 for playing and coaching fee
Region III Camp for 2014-2015 is $525.00 (includes room, meals & transportation)
($250.00) (Non-refundable Deposit is required for Region III Camp by May 1st if
selected to tentative State Pool for camp)
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Total Estimated Cost $345 (State Pool Player) to $870 (State Team Player)
(Costs subject to change and do not include lodging and transportation to sub-regionals)
Financial Assistance
Financial assistance is available for those in need. All players must pay the
registration/tryout fee. After this, families may apply for scholarship assistance.
Scholarship applications will be emailed upon request by contacting the ODP
Administrator. All financial assistance information needs to be in the office by
March 31st of each calendar year.
South Carolina Youth Soccer Association Olympic Development Program is financially
self-supporting. It will be the policy of this administration to keep the total cost of this
program as efficient as possible. Costs are determined by facilities, hotels, coaches,
transportation, entry fees and other projected miscellaneous expenses.
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