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 Senior Academy will be available for players born 2001 through 2004. *Interested 2005 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.
Senior Academy Tryouts will consist of 2 Sunday events in late July and early August:
July 28 in Helena
August 11 in Helena
The July 28 Tryout will be an open event for all 2001-2004 players from across the state that are interested in being part of the program. An invite is not needed to attend.
The August 11 Tryout will be by invite only for 2001-2004 players. Invitations will be sent to players individually from Montana Youth Soccer in advance of this Tryout. Invites will be based on recommendation of Montana Youth Soccer member clubs, as well as evaluations for players in the July 28 open Tryout. At the conclusion of the Tryout 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).
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 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 February. 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.