Beginning in the 2019/20 Montana Development Program season, Montana Youth Soccer is introducing two sub-programs to MDP. The introduction of these sub-programs is meant to improve MDP by providing players with more effective and pertinent soccer opportunities based on their age and level.
Birth Years: The MDP Junior Academy will be available for players born 2005 through 2008.
Structure: The Juniors will operate and be structured as all MDP age groups were during the 2018/19 season. 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.
Junior Academy Identification will consist of 3 weekend events in late July through mid-August:
July 27-28 in Helena
August 3-4 in Billings
August 17-18 in Kalispell
Registered players will be able to attend all 3 weekends as they like and are available. 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.
To improve efficiencies with players, coaches and the use of multiple sites simultaneously, MDP will consist of just two (2) regions for the 2019/20 season. The state will be split between the East region and the West region. These regions will 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.
The MDP Junior Academy schedule will largely mirror the MDP schedule from the 2018/19 season. Pool teams will continue to train once a month, as will be the case for State teams. Training will begin in late September and conclude in March. The Event schedule for MDP Juniors will mostly consist of the same events as previous seasons, with some potential changes.