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Junior Academy FAQ

  1. Who can attend the MDP Junior Academy Identification Weekends?
    • All players that fall within the offered age groups for that season. Eligible birth years for the 2019/20 season are 2005-2008.
  2. What forms do I need to fill out to participate in an Identification Weekend?
    • Online Registration Form (Completed through GotSoccer)
    • Medical Release Form (Completed through GotSoccer)
    • Concussion Form (Completed through GotSoccer)
  3. How much is registration and what does it cover?
    • The non-refundable MDP Identification Registration Fee is $100. This fee will be due at the time online registration through GotSoccer is completed. Once the Identification Weekends are complete, players will be named to the State Team or Pool Team.
    • Players offered a spot on the State Team will be responsible for an additional $300 Training Fee should they accept their invitation. This fee will be non-refundable.
    • Players offered a spot on the Pool Team will only be responsible for an additional $150 Training Fee should they accept their invitation. This fee will be non-refundable.
    • These registration fees cover rental of facilities, coach's fees and administrative costs for training throughout the season.
    • Additional fees will be required by those players attending events or camps as they are scheduled to cover those costs.
  4. What are the benefits of participating in the Junior Academy?
    • Player development
    • The opportunity to train and play with the best players in one's age group
    • Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches
    • Games against teams from other State Association programs
    • Exposure to Regional and National Team Coaches
    • The opportunity to represent one's state, region and country in competition
    • Exposure to college coaches
    • Experience new things and meet new people
  5. How will MDP notify me whether my player has made the State Team or Pool Team?
    • Emails will be sent to players and parents shortly after the last scheduled Identification Weekend.
  6. How many players will be named to the State Team?
    • This may vary by age and gender group.
  7. Does my player have to attend all scheduled sessions on a given Identification Weekend?
    • No. However, players are encouraged to attend as many Identification Sessions and Weekends as possible. The more exposure your player has to MDP Evaluators the better your player can be evaluated. 
  8. What if my player misses an Identification Weekend?
    • MDP will always schedule multiple Identification Weekends.  Please look at the MDP Junior Academy ID page for a full list of those dates.
  9. How long is the MDP Junior Academy season?
    • The Junior Academy season begins in August and ends in July. Training dates will begin in late September and conclude in March. Regional and National ODP events go through July.
  10. Once a player is selected to either the State Team or Pool Team, when will these teams train?
    • MDP's goal is for State Team players to train twice a month and for Pool Team players to train once a month. This may be impacted by weather, availability and other scheduled MDP events.
  11. What other costs will there be for events and camps?
    • Event costs will be dependent on event registration fee, travel costs, etc. Final event fees will cover everything for the player with the exception of their food and airline tickets (if necessary).
  12. How do I determine what event I should attend when there is a soccer conflict between my club and MDP?