Olympic Development Program 2015 Boys' Try-outs Complete
RIPON—On Sunday, Nov. 8, Cal North hosted its third and final Olympic Development Program (ODP) boys’ try-out at Mistlin Sports Park.
Formed in 1977 by U.S. Youth Soccer, ODP is designed to identify the highest caliber players in each age group from which the National Teams will be created for international play.
During a try-out process that began on Sept. 13, several hundred boys, ages 12 to 17, were given the chance to display their abilities in front of a contingent of coaches and talent evaluators selected by Cal North under standards set by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC). Players are selected to their respective pools based on technique, tactics, fitness and athletic ability and psychological commitment, according to U.S. Youth Soccer.
With the recent completion of the three-stage try-out process the Northern California pool has been decided upon by those coaches and talent evaluators. The list of players selected will be made available by Cal North on Friday, Nov. 13, with the announcement of the girls’ pools to come a week later after their final tryouts.
Those talented enough to have been selected will now enter a grueling training phase, where they will have the opportunity to play in front of scouts and coaches, not just from the USOC, but also colleges. Benefits to this program also include access to instruction from nationally licensed coaches, the opportunity to test one’s self against the highest level of competition and the chance to represent the state (or in the case of Northern California, Sub-Region).
Starting in January, the Northern California pools will begin regional play in hopes of qualifying for the regional (Region IV) team pool.
The ODP try-out and program process resets each year, so be sure to maintain access to calnorth.org for future updates regarding ODP and anything else youth soccer related.