HAWAII OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The US Youth Soccer ODP Philosophy
To identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis, which will lead to increased success for the U.S. National Teams in the international arena.
The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program was formed in 1977 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.
The US Youth Soccer ODP Selection Process
Each State Association holds ODP try-outs on an annual basis. Age Groups and try-out dates may be different from state to state, based on seasonal and state considerations. Your first contact should be to your State Association for try-out information.
How are Players Selected?
Players are selected, in most states, on the basis of open tryouts. These tryouts are conducted by state association coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills. Some state associations combine scouting techniques and invitations to certain players with the open tryouts. Selection of these players is not an easy task. The state association head coach or State Coach will, in most cases, be assisted in the selection process by several other qualified coaches from the club or league level. Players are evaluated on the four components that make up a soccer player:
3. Fitness and Athletic Ability
4. Psychological Component (attitude)
What are the Benefits of Participating in US Youth Soccer ODP?
Who is Eligible?
1. Development as a player. The opportunity to train and play with the best player's 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.
Any soccer player is eligible for consideration in the US Youth Soccer ODP provided that he or she meets the age requirements for the established age group. A player may try out in the state association in which he or she is eligible to be registered. A player may not try out for the ODP in more than one state association.
Eligible Age Groups:
Boys & Girls born in 1995
Boys & Girls born in 1996
Boys & Girls born in 1997
Boys & Girls born in 1998
Boys & Girls born in 1999
Boys & Girls born in 2000
In Hawaii, players begin the process by attending an Island District Selection Camp on their island, then continues to the HYSA State Selection Camp, Regional Camp and National Camp.
Island District Selection
HYSA hosts five Island District Selection Camps on four islands. The Big Island, Kauai, Maui and Oahu. Players must attend one of the Island District Selection Camps and be selected to the Island District Team Pool in order to qualify for the HYSA Hawaii State Selection Camp. The Island District Selection Camp is conducted by the Hawaii ODP Coaching Staff. These are annually held in August each year consisting of four 2 hour sessions over one weekend. .
HYSA Hawaii State Selection Camp
The HYSA Hawaii State Selection Camp is held on Oahu. Players must attend the Hawaii State Selection Camp and be selected to the Hawaii State Team Pool in order to qualify for the US Youth Soccer Region IV Camp. The state selections will be conducted by a national, regional and collegiate coaching staff. Selection Camp will consist of eight sessions over four days. Only players invited from their district tryouts are eligible to attend the State Selection Camp.
What are Regional Camps?
US Youth Soccer is divided into four regions, each 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. Each region varies somewhat as to the specifics and the cost of their camps. Your state association or regional administrator should be contacted for more information.
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 indentify players for placement in the national pool or on a national team.
Deadlines/Refund Policy/Financial Assistance
Registrations will be accepted up until check in. To guarantee an event T-shirt your registration form and fee must be received no less than 7 days prior to the event starting date. Refunds will be made up to the day before the event starting date minus a $50.00 administration fee. Refund requests must be made in writing.
For further information, contact:
Herb & Michelle Schreiner
HYSA Hawaii O.D.P. Administrators
1161-E Wainiha Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825
Phone: (808) 381-3674