Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Who can try out for ODP?

Everyone that falls within the age parameters below is eligible and may try out for ODP. You do not have to be registered with a club to try out for ODP, however, you must be a member of USYSA (for non-members there will be an additional $50.00 fee if you make the pool).  The 2017/18 ODP season runs from August 2017 through July 2018.

2001 Pool-Players born Jan. 1, 2001-Dec. 31, 2001
2002 Pool-Players born Jan. 1, 2002-Dec. 31, 2002
2003 Pool-Players born Jan. 1, 2003-Dec. 31, 2003
2004 Pool-Players born Jan. 1, 2004-Dec. 31, 2004
2005 Pool-Players born Jan. 1, 2005-Dec. 31, 2005
2006 Pool-Players born Jan. 1, 2006-Dec. 31, 2006

 

2. How much is registration and what does this cover?

Upon registering for ODP tryout there is a NON-REFUNDABLE fee of $75.00 due when you complete your online registration. If your player is invited and accepts the invitation to participate in ODP there will be an additional $250.00 due when you accept your invitation. Your registration fee covers rental of indoor facilities and fields, coaches’ fees, and administrative costs.
 
 

3. What are the benefits of participating in ODP?

    1. Development as a player
    2. The opportunity to train and play with the best players in one's age
            group
    3. Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches
    4. Quality competition
    5. Games against other state association teams
    6. Exposure to regional and national team coaches
    7. The opportunity to represent one's state, region, or country
            in competition
    8. Exposure to college coaches
 
 

4. How will we be notified if my player has made their age group pool?

You will be notified through email.
 
 

5. How many players do you keep?

We form pools of players from which we pick teams to represent ODP at different events. We invite players we feel should be in the program since ODP is not limited to the number of players we can keep like club teams are.
 
 

6. Does my player have to attend all the sessions at tryouts?

The short answer is no, but the more we see your player the better we can evaluate them. We highly recommend your player attend both sessions. 
 
 

7. What if I couldn't attend the first tryout?

Please see our calendar for all tryout dates and locations. 

TRYOUTS WILL BE CONDUCTED OUTDOORS, WEATHER PERMITTED. NO INDOOR FACILITY WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR TRYOUTS.
 
 

8. What time of year is ODP held?

ODP begins in August and ends in July.
 
 

9. If a player is selected where and when do you meet for practice and games?

We will train approximately once every three to four weeks all over the state depending on field and facility availability. ODP does not train as often during the club season (April & May).
 
 

10. What forms do I need to fill out to try out? 

ONCE YOUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR TRYOUTS IS COMPLETED YOU WILL RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL THAT WILL CONTAIN LINKS TO ALL NECESSARY REGISTRATION FORMS.

    1) On-line registration form
    2) Hard Copy registration form
    3) Medical Release
    4) Medical History
    5) Code of Conduct
    6) Player Profile
 
 

11. What other costs will there be for events and camp?

Camp cost is set by Region IV.

Event costs will vary due to travel distance, number of players going to event, tournament entrance fee, lodging, etc.. Cost for events will cover everything with the exception of the players' food and airline tickets if we travel by air.

 

12. Tentative training schedule for 2017/18 season.

The State Combine is where all three regions come together to train in the same location. The following is the tentative Combine schedule.

November 5 & 6 - HELENA (MANDATORY ATTENDANCE TO MAKE THE STATE TEAM)
OVER CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY - BELGRADE
3RD WEEKEND IN FEBRUARY - MISSOULA
WEEKEND BEFORE SUB REGIONAL EVENT (USUALLY IN MARCH)

 

13.How do I determine what I should do when there is a soccer conflict?

 

Conflict Formula:


ODP is designed to supplement club training. However, there are times that there are conflicts.  MYSA (ODP) works closely with our clubs and follow these guidelines:
·        ODP training takes precedence over club practice
·        Club games take precedence over ODP training
·        ODP game(s) take precedence over club practice
·        A club game takes precedence over an ODP friendly game
·        ODP tournament (Sub-Regional) game(s) takes
         precedence over a club games and tournament
·        Region IV games/events takes precedence over ODP and
         Club games and events

Unlike most states Montana has traveling tournament teams. These traveling teams do not fit into this formula because they carry no weight.

ODP takes into account the players' team schedule when scheduling the training sessions.  We do our best to schedule with as few conflicts as possible for the majority of the Player Pools. However, this is not always possible. Should a player find themselves in jeopardy of losing their “good standing” status due to conflicts, please contact Ric Plante, ODP Technical Director, at montanaodp@gmail.com or call 581-8606 to discuss alternative options.