Olympic Development Program
Christina Maciel - Director of ODP
The SRI Olympic Developmental Program is a supplemental training program aimed at identifying top players within the state. Selected players will have the opportunity to showcase themselves and vie for spots on the Regional and National ODP pools.
The ODP philosophy is to identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis, 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
ODP try-outs are held on an annual basis. Age groups and dates may vary based on seasonal considerations. Tryouts are conducted by Rhode Island state association coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills. At times open tryouts might be combined with scouting techniques and invitations to certain players. Selection of these players is not an easy task. The 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)
Of those players selected to participate in ODP, a further selection of eligible players will be invited to participate in regional camps. These 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.
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.