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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:

1.      Technique

2.      Tactics

3.      Fitness and Athletic Ability

4.      Psychological Component (attitude)

What are the Benefits of Participating in US Youth Soccer ODP?

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.

Who is Eligible?
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 2001
Boys & Girls born in 2002
Boys & Girls born in 2003
Boys & Girls born in 2004
Boys & Girls born in 2005
?Boys & Girls born in 2006
?Boys & Girls born in 2007

The Process...
In Hawaii, players begin the process by attending the Hawaii ODP Sub-Regional Camp, usually held in March.  Players are then selected in to the State Pool for their age group.  The State Pool will hold 3 training camps between April and August.  A Hawaii State Team will be selected for travel to the West Region ODP Championships in January.

Hawaii ODP Sub-Regional Camp 
The Hawaii ODP Sub-Regional Camp is held on Oahu in March. Players should attend the Hawaii ODP Sub-Regional to be considered for Hawaii ODP State Pool.  Region IV Staff coaches will also base invitations to West Region Camp on the Hawaii ODP Sub-Regional. The Hawaii ODP State Pool will be selected by the Region IV Staff after consultation with the Hawaii ODP Staff.  ll be conducted by a national, regional and collegiate coaching staff. Selection Camp will consist of eight sessions over four days.

What are Hawaii State ODP Pool Camps?
Players are selected from the Hawaii ODP Sub-Regional and invited to the Hawaii State ODP Pool. Each age group coach will conduct 3 training camps between April and September. If a player was unable to attend the Hawaii ODP Sub-Regional, they may try-out for the State Pool by attending a State Pool Training Camp.

What are Regional Camps?

US Youth Soccer is divided into four regions. Hawaii is a part of the West Region. 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.

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.

Deadlines/Refund Policy/Financial Assistance
Registration fees are non-refundable except in the case of injury.  If a player is injured, they may request a refund, in writing, accompanied by a note from a medical doctor stating their inability to compete.

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