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Season Overview - 2020/21

Sub-Programs
Junior Academy
Birth Years: The MDP Junior Academy will be available for players born 2006 through 2009.
Structure: Players will enjoy a development focused program through 1-2 training weekends a month along with various events during the season, all with some of the best club and college coaches in Montana.
Placement: Players will be placed on either the State Team or Pool Team for their respective age groups after the Identification (ID) events are complete.
 
Senior Academy
Birth Years: The MDP Senior Academy will be available for players born 2002 through 2005.  *Interested 2006 Birth Year Sophomores can contact Katja Andrew for Information.
Structure: The Seniors will be structured differently from the Juniors. Beyond just focusing on player development, the program will provide players with increased soccer opportunities outside of Montana. Teams will attend showcase events throughout the West in an effort to increase their exposure to college coaches and chances to play beyond youth soccer, all alongside the best players from Montana.  
Placement: Players will be notified if they made the final team after the Tryout events are complete.
 
Identification
Junior Academy
Junior Academy Identification is scheduled for August 8-9 in Helena.
 
Saturday, August 8 ID: These sessions will be by invite only for 2006-2009 players. Invites will be based on recommendation of Montana Youth Soccer member clubs. Session #1 - 1-2:30pm, Session #2 - 4-5:30pm.
Sunday, August 9 ID: These sessions will be an open event for all 2006-2009 players from across the state that are interested in being part of the program. An invite is not needed to attend. Session #1 - 10-11:30am, Session #2 - 1-2:30pm.
 
MDP coaches will evaluate each participating player based on a variety of on-field areas. At the conclusion of the ID process, players will be placed on either the State Team or Pool Team for their age group based on their evaluation(s). No players will be cut from the program.
 
Senior Academy
Senior Academy Identification is scheduled for August 8-9 in Helena.
 
Saturday, August 8 ID: These sessions will be by invite only for 2002-2005 players. Invites will be based on recommendation of Montana Youth Soccer member clubs. Session #1 - 1-2:30pm, Session #2 - 4-5:30pm.
Sunday, August 9 ID: These sessions will be an open event for all 2002-2005 players from across the state that are interested in being part of the program. An invite is not needed to attend. Session #1 - 10-11:30am, Session #2 - 1-2:30pm.
 
At the conclusion of the ID process, players will be selected to participate on the final Senior Academy Team for each age group. Not all players are guaranteed a spot on the team, which will be based on their evaluation(s).
 
Two Regions
MDP consists of two (2) regions. The state is split between the East region and the West region. These regions only apply to the Junior Academy.
The East will consist of Billings, Bozeman and Butte, as well as the surrounding areas to these communities.
The West will consist of Kalispell, Missoula, Helena and Great Falls, as well as the surrounding areas to these communities.
 
Season Schedules
Junior Academy
Pool teams and State teams will each train once a month. Training will begin in late August and conclude in March. The Event schedule for MDP Juniors will mostly consist of the same events as previous seasons, with some potential changes.
 
Senior Academy
The MDP Senior Academy schedule will not start until the conclusion of the high school soccer season. Training will begin in early November, and on average, the MDP Seniors will train once a month through March. Between December and February, and depending on the availability of each Senior team, MDP will aim to send teams to one out-of-state event (at most) each month.
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