Players must be formally invited to participate in State Pool Training. Each player is fairly evaluated in the four components of the game (technical, tactical, psychological, and physical), their creativity and problem solving ability, their ability to contribute to the team, an individual's versatility as a player, and the ability to be competitive within the current State Pool. Invitations come from the State Coaching Staff through a variety of programs. Please read the information below to find out more about our identification process.
Tryouts for the 2015-2016 season will continue into Phase 2. Players must be born in the following years in order to tryout for Phase 2: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004. Players that are participating in their high school soccer program may not try out until AFTER their season is completely over. If you would like to try out for the ODP State Pool, Indiana Soccer Olympic Development Program will hold tryouts on October 18 and November 1. The times for tryouts will be as follows (players are encouraged to attend both sessions on a given date if their schedule will allow):
October 18: Boys 10 a.m. - Noon and 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Girls Noon - 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
November 1: Girls 10 a.m. - Noon and 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Boys Noon - 2 p.m. and 3:30 - 5 p.m.
All tryouts will be held at Grand Park in Westfield, IN which is also the location for our state pool training sessions. All tryout players will receive an email within 5 business days of trying out letting them know their status for the state pool...either making the state pool, needing to tryout again, or not yet being ready for the state pool.
OPEN HIGH SCHOOL EVALUATION
Open High School Evaluation will begin on Sunday, October 18. Only players whose high school season is over can try out. So, before you register for one of the above dates, please make sure your own high school soccer season is complete. All links for registration are under teh "Evaluation Program/Tryouts" heading above. Please contact Joy Carter if you have questions.
The Indiana Olympic Development Program coaches also watch league and high school games to identify players through direct participation with their club and high school teams. Players identified through the scouting program will be invited directly into the State pool in their respective age group.
Players can also be recommended directly from ODP State, Regional and National Coaches, as well as from Club Directors of Coaching and high school Coaches. If a player is recommended directly to the Indiana Olympic Development Program the player will either be invited directly into the State Pool or will be asked to participate in a tryout.
JUNIOR OLYMPIANS: An Introduction to the Olympic Development Program for U10 and U11 Players
Indiana Soccer is excited to continue “Junior Olympians: An Introduction to the Olympic Development Program” for the 2015-2016 season. Junior Olympians is designed to be an introduction for U10 (August 2005-July 2006) and U11 (August 2004-July 2005) players into the ODP system and training environment that they will encounter in future years. The primary goal of the program is to improve each player’s technical ability, tactical awareness and understanding of Small Group Tactics. The Goalkeepers will be incorporated into the field player training and receive team training with no specific goalkeeper training. The overall program was created for the player who desires a unique learning and training experience, has an ambition to improve their game, and ultimately dreams to play the game at its highest level! To read more about this program, go to our Junior Olympians Page.
For additional information regarding the Junior Olympians Program please contact Tony Hriczo, Junior Olympians Program Director
INDIANA SOCCER OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM GOALKEEPER SCHOOL
Indiana Soccer ODP will offer a Goalkeeper School for all players interested in refining the craft of goalkeeping. Goalkeeping is a unique and specialized position. To assist in both the mental and athletic growth and development of goalkeepers in the state of Indiana, the Indiana Olympic Development Program Goalkeeper School is designed to challenge goalkeepers of all skill levels in the technical, tactical, and psychological demands of the position. This is accomplished through the use of a progressive curriculum that gradually builds on technical skills, tactical recognition and situational game management, and fitness specific to the demands of the position. This program is for all players in the state of Indiana regardless of affiliation or league. Indiana Soccer ODP welcomes any goalkeeper that is interested to participate. If you have questions about this program, please contact John Carter.