NJYS sent out a boys ODP update with practices, over a week ago. Apparently on the second day of practice in December, the 98s will play the 99s and then play the 97s directly afterwards, wow...I don't know if they sent anything out for girls ODP yet. If you didn't get an email and your son did make ODP, you should contact NJYS about it. They want paperwork for any new players.
so I am curious. since the girls do absolutely nothing until the final tryout in April. do the boys pay more? the boys teams are set now? no second tryout?
I posted the below on a different board also - I'm curious with 3 NPLs in the area, US club soccer has it's id2 for the national level. But they use their "Player Development Programs which are directly tied to NPL teams in their specific region. They invite the best players from those regional teams for an evaluation camp that lasts about a day and a half. The best players from those camps, sometimes scouted directly by the USSF, are then invited to the national id2 camp. "Will this weaken the R1 ODP pools? and how does the EDP TIP play out is it part of the PDP?Below are the ECNL/NPL clubsFC Copa Academy (NJ)Jersey United Spartans (NJ)Match Fit Academy FC (NJ)Morris United/STA (NJ)New Jersey Rush (NJ)NJ Crush (NJ)NJ Stallions Academy (NJ)NJ Wildcats (NJ)NJSA 04 (NJ)Parsippany SC (NJ)PDA (NJ)South Jersey Elite Barons (NJ)TSF Academy (NJ)Albertson SC (NY)Brentwood SC (NY)East Meadow SC (NY)HBC (NY)ISA (NY)Manhattan SC (NY)Massapequa SC (NY)New York Rush (NY)New York SC (NY)NY Rockland Sting (NY)Smithtown Kickers SC (NY)World Class FC (NY)Aztec Soccer (MA)Boston Breakers Academy (MA)FC Stars of Mass (MA)Mass Premier Soccer (MA)NEFC (MA) Connecticut FC (CT)Oakwood SC (CT)SoccerPlus Elite (CT)Yankee United (CT)Continental FC (PA)FC Bucks (PA)Lehigh Valley United (PA)Penn Fusion (PA)Seacoast United SC (NH)Maryland Rush (MD)
these are the only ECNL and NE NPL (pre-ECNL) in the northeast:North Division:•Albertson SC (N.Y.)•Boston Breakers Academy (Mass.)•Connecticut FC (Conn.)•East Meadow SC (N.Y.)•FC Stars of Mass (Mass.)•SoccerPlus Elite (Conn.) South Division:•FC Bucks (Pa.)•Match Fit Academy FC (N.J.)•PDA (N.J.)•Penn Fusion (Pa.)•World Class FC (N.Y.)all the other NJ teams you listed are in the New York club soccer league NPL. two different leagues and one doe s not play the other.many of the best players no longer do ODP because of ECNL. they just don't need it as a pathway to college.
There are only 3 ECNL clubs in NJ, PDA, WC, and MF.
For some reason I think of World Class as a NJ club, they are not. Matchfit and PDA are the only NJ ECNL clubs, and Matchfit is new this year.
All the clubs I listed are from an NPL league in the Northeast. The NE Girls NPL is for ECNL Club 2nd teams.My question was with all these clubs using the PDP/TIP programs to identify the best talent for id2 - what does this do the ODP player's pool on the Girls Side - Does it make it weaker? and what does it do the Boys side after you take out the Academy teams and that player pool? Is ODP on it's way out - Do you think people still view it the way they did 5 years ago?It's still an option, which is great (for all the kids not in an Academy Program or ECNL/NPL program that make it to id2). I'm just talking about the player pools and if it's still worth the extra cash us parents have to pay.
no, not all teams are in the NE NPL. NPL (pre-ECNL) teams as I listed them:http://nationalpremierleagues.com/NortheastGirls/Schedules/index_E.htmland the NEW YORK CLUB SOCCER LEAGUE, team web pagehttps://www.nyclubsoccerleague.com/html/npl/home/member_clubs_girls.aspno most people you speak to view ODP as watered down especially on the boys side. and yes, it gives player not on ECNL teams a chance they probably would not have otherwise.
PA final rosters out. Some ages Girls side dominated by ECNL clubs. Is that because of politics or are the ECNL clubs concentrating talent as predicted.
10:04 My bad - NE like Region 1 not NE Girls NPL.The Northeast has three NPLs1. NE Girls NPL (ecnl B Teams)2. NYCSL NPL3. EDP NPLAll three are Club based. The list I provided is for all the clubs in those 3 NPLs.10:07 I would think the Girls not selected to id2 would tryout for ODP - and since most of the top talent is going to ECNL clubs I think the ODP pool being flooded with girls from these clubs is as predicted.
PA ODP pool includes at least 4 kids in the 99s who have been to USSF U14WNT national camps (not odp national camp) Many were also chosen for id2. Seems like ODP still has its attraction even for top girls. Boys doesn't seem to be the case in PA and NJ
Okay So how exactly does this ODP Process work?You have a player who makes all the way to the National Pool for the u14 WNT. They don't get elected and as a u15 they have to start at the State Level again? Get Identified once more to move up to R1 before getting invited a 2nd time to the NT pool? If this is the process then what you said is expected every year. Regardless of ODP or id2 - If you start from scratch every year.For players that have the talent to play - if their club plays ECNL/NPL and id2 doesn't pick then ODP is an option of course ODP will still attract players.What do you think will happen after this year's u17 failure not to qualify. Do you think USSF will say enough is enough with ODP on the Girls side and create an Academy system for the Girls like on the boys side and if they ever do ECNL looks like the obvious starting point. Did any of you ever picture USA girls not getting out of CONCACAF? That is a huge punch in the face for ODP.
Uh you know the '93s did not qualify a couple of cycles ago. Same situation in that a CONCACAF host country getting one of the 3 CONCACAF spots. US goes out in the semis, I think to Canada that year. ODP will not respond to this, but I hope the USSF does. There were a couple of great technical kids on the U17 team most notably Mia Gyau who were great on the ball, but didn't see much of the field and when they did, they didn't have the support of enough high soccer IQ technical players to really shine. Specific example, Gyau lays the ball off as an outside forward (she also played outside back) expecting the outside back to overlap her. Outside back on her heels and there is a turnover. Outside back plays nearly every minute of every game despite obvious tactical and technical deficiencies, but she is tall and lightening fast. That is what the USSF should be looking at- how do we select the kids for the highest level based on a decision to play a style identifed as American. What is that style? They don't know and that it part of the problem. I wold suggest in a 433 that they look to play more technical attacking midfielders (maybe gyau at u20), with the fun to watch magic, and similarly smart wing backs and wing forwards. There is a place for typical American physicality in one of the 2 centerbacks and the d-mid. Also the athletic tall and fast American target forward probably still has a place. Just sayin...have fun with that
End goal is playing where? Give it a break.
11:34 Finally some soccer talk. Thank You. I couldn't agree more with you. But even so, two CONCACAF spots or one - it should be ours - we have so many registered players and we can't get out of an easy conference. That tells me ODP is a failure and the people selecting don't understand soccer.So if this has happened already maybe USSF does step in and starts up an Academy System like on the boys side for the serious soccer players and leaves ODP for the kids looking to get into college and the parents looking to save a buck or two.I'll take it a step further and say the Pros MLS and NWSL should get rid of the College draft and go 100% with the "homegrown" player rule. You find the player early on and bring them up through your academy system. I think we are getting closer to that.
Anyone know anything about the Maryland U15 (1999) team? Is it already set? Is there a new team every year? We have a tryout on Dec 4th at the Gaithersburg Sportsplex. My daughter plays on a Premiere Club team (HFC United) in Harford County, MD and played Varsity Soccer as a Freshman.
2014 Maryland State ODP (U13-U17) "Girls" Tryout ScheduleALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE (updated 8/28/2013)Players must attend at least one tryout session to be eligible for placement on a Maryland state ODP team roster. If a player is unable to attend any of the below tryout sessions they must register for tryouts and then notify the state office in writing (email@example.com) to receive a callback tryout in March/April, 2014.Additionally, all 2000 (U14) and 2001 (U13) players must select and attend two (2) (and only two) of the available tryout blocks.ALL dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please check this page often for changes in the tryout schedule.
Just go to Maryland ODP page
Most states have an outstanding ODP program and web site for info.Highly recommend it for u-15 Girls and above if interested in playing D1 soccer. Not a must or deal bracker, but another feather/achievement in the soccer resume and exposure/training.
Anyone know what time Sunday the cancellation was posted on the NJ Youth Soccer home page that 1999 training was cancelled on Sunday, Dec. 8th? I missed it and drove almost all the way to Moorestown.
VA Friendlies cost 150 pp. I have to assume that of the 234 boys chosen in the appropriate age groups that 75% will go. 177 x 150.00 a person = $26,325. Where does that money go?Why does it cost 150.00 per person?
Tax it. The new budget deal takes 30% of youth sport fees. If you are wealthy enough to pay for youth sports you should be taxed more. It is only fair.
What? You are an idiot.
What happens next for the U-11 girls, that makes ODP try outs?
My son plays for Maryland ODP and NJ ODP is terrible and should get their act together
There is no reason other than incompetent management that NJ ODP shouldn't be hugely successful. NJ has fewer DA and ECNL teams compared to the absilute number of players than PA and NY. There are many outstanding players that could benefit from a well run program. That Nj ODP is so pathetic speaks to the underlying disaster that is NJ USYSA programming. Similarly the USYSA leagues have been replaced at the higher levels by US club. US club has id2 but only for recommended players. They should consider an open tryout id program similar to ODP and it would be hugely successful and a valuable service to the players. Clean sweep of the NJ USYSA office or USYSA is doomed (if it isn't already dead) in NJ
In other words, your kid did not get in.
From my experience as a club board member dealing with us youth and us club, I will take US youth any day. Rarely have I seen anything so political as US club soccer. Id2 is filled with coaches kids. No value to our organization and we have discontinued our participation.
Actually my child is a region 1 player from PA so think again. There are players traveling from NJ to PA for ODP in case you were unaware.
How can a NJ resident play for Pa?
They can't. Someone is posting here from U.S. Club Soccer to garner support for their id2 program. Get a life.
Not trueA player who lives in NJ and plays for a EPA team can play EPA ODP. In fact there are DE and MD residents participating in EPA ODP
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Looking forward to RBNY's involvement in ODP, and wouldn't mind some northern sites for ODP practices!
150.00 per person for a tournament is not unusual. The fields are mostly good, the tournament is very organized, and usually they have two coaches per age group or at least one extra coach per two teams.I don't mind the cost, and I'm pleased they are added some practices beforehand. Talking to some people from ENY, NJ does not get started early enough.
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Just read all 90 comments here. I loved Anon 11:34 's (Nov. 22, 2013) analysis. It is interesting to note that there really is a confusion about what style we want to play. We have to be careful about investing too heavily in the "big, fast American" style of play on the women's side. Japan's technical skill is creeping up on the infallible Americans. It's exciting to see the younger players on the WNT exhibiting technical skill and making their impact on the game. About ODP. Before I go further, I really hope the host of this blog will make a boys and a girls ODP discussion as the variables affecting each program are so different right now. That's not to say that we parents of female players can't learn something from the structure being discussed on the boys side. Our experience last year with Maryland ODP was a mixed bag. I think the coaching varies from team to team and I think things like academics and logistics affect the program. The opportunity to play with a groups of really strong players who kick it up a notch when they are together is invaluable to any player looking for improvement. The 97 girls team last year had some beautifully skilled players. I also heard discussion that some of their club/high school rivalry spilled over and they didn't like each other much. My bias is that, often, male coaches just can't see this and fail to address it. That team had the skill, power and talent to win the Regional tournament. One of ODP's biggest problems is Maryland is scheduling. When players are in high school...and Maryland is SERIOUS about academics...why are they holding practices that end at 10 PM when more than half the team has a one hour drive to get home? Maryland is surely a large enough state to field two teams and two practice locations? For that reason alone, we just can't repeat the experience this year. It would be so nice to have a better practice schedule. I am aware that a lot of good players simply chose not to try out for the team because of this. I think at least half the team didn't go up the camp in Rhode Island for consideration for the Regional Team. Again, there is something in the scheduling and the inconvenience that leaves a lot of kids out of consideration...so I'm fairly certain the USSF isn't getting a good look at all the players. We had just one unsettling experience at the Regional tournament. While we waited for our daughter's game to start, we sat in our car with the windows open trying to read, but right next to us was a coach (wearing an ODP coaching shirt) holding forth on his cell phone (he even had it on speaker.) No big deal, but we couldn't help hearing him rant about players and their parents and his contempt for specific players and their parents...and he was having this discussion with a parent. He wasn't from our state, but his license plate said New Jersey. I am happy he is not my daughter's coach.
I am glad you found the post useful. If interested and its still listed, you might find the Disney U17 girls final game interesting. You may still be able to view it on espn3.com. The game featured a typical US physical team, Toms River (the announcer said this was the number one u17 team in the county- got soccer at work I assume), versus a tiny Japanese team. The Japanese looked like a team of 13 year old boys. They played entertaining, creative, technical and tactical soccer and dominated the larger team. The US should be looking to develop the maestro players like Gyau and more selectively deploy the bulls. Players like Gyau will appear more successful if they are surrounded by more sophisticated players who will make the overlapping run they are expecting...
anonymous 3:31--- I SO agree with you. Have many of you watched the California teams? There's a lot of technique on those teams...and one reason I suspect Ohio & Illinois teams some out well in national contests is a combination of skill/tactical and very physical play. Too much reliance on physical play, however, really bites your players when they run into a ref who insists on a cleaner game. I suspect this is the reason Tom's River didn't fare as well at Nationals as their GS ranking would suggest. The only meaning anyone can take from GS is by comparing how your team did against similar teams... Report A Score has a Beta in the works right now that will instantly allow you to enter your team's name and that of an upcoming opponent...and you'll get a list of recently played teams if both of you have played them...you can compare those contests. Of course, personnel and team circumstances shift quickly even at this age so if you played a team 1 year ago and the other team played that same team last month, you might be comparing apples & oranges. Still... the Feb 14th rollout of that ranking system might be interesting. (He does give a lot of weight to ECNL games over other league games. But GS applies more weight to east coast tournaments than west coast tournaments and that is misleading as well.
97 and 98's still have a training session this Sunday? Website says it will most likely change but no information available. Snow on the turf? Anyone know?
NJ ODP Weekend Update:ODP TRAINING THIS WEEKEND IS ON!1997 and 1998 Boys:SUNDAY, FEB. 24-6pmLocation: Mercer County Community College Turf Field2003 “North” (Uppers (North/Central) Boys and Girls U11s:SUNDAY, FEB. 2• Girls 5-6:30pm• Boys 6:30-8pm Location: Turf City, Wayne 2000s: SUNDAY, FEB 92-4pmLocation: Mercer County Community College Turf Field1999 Boys:SUNDAY, FEB 94-6pmLocation: Mercer County Community College Turf FieldFor the latest updates and changes for NJ ODP and any New Jersey Youth Soccer events, please connect with us on social media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Jersey-Youth-Soccer-Association/140022801366Twitter: @njyouthsoccer
Way to have updated info njys.
FEBRUARY 2 UPDATE:Even with the warm afternoon, Mercer Cty. CC turf is not playable. Unfortunately, we are forced to cancel the outdoor trainings for Boys 1997 and 1998 scheduled for today. This training will not be rescheduled.The 1998 roster for the VA Friendlies is closed. A few spots remain open for the 1997s. Please call the office on Monday if you were selected for the 1997 State Pool and wish to participate.2003 BOYS AND GIRLS TRAINING:Today's indoor training in Wayne will proceed as scheduled.
So that either means: a) they didn't have enough (quality) 1997s tryout or b) they did, but offered spots to the regional players coming back, and those kids turned down ODP.Fewer kids = more playing time in VA and more chance to make the final team I guess. But fewer kids = less money for NJYS.I have seen as many as 28 kids on the sidelines for a single VA friendly game, I hope that is not the case this year.
I have never seen that many. I have seen them cap the number at 22 so everyone plays one half per game.
Anyone know if there is snow on the ground in Williamsburg?
It's supposed to be in the 50s next weekend there, so it should be fine in two weeks.They did have 9.5" of snow in the past month though.IIRC, it was FC there last time we went, definitely invest in the Underarmor for your child. And you.
My son, a 1997, was selected for ODP for the first time (ODP was not previously available without 4 our drive to nighttime practices - but now we have satellite training much closer to home). Great for younger kids. But I'm looking for opinions from those of you who have been around. What's the benefit of attending region 1 ID camp as a rising HS junior? It conflicts with ID camps at colleges he's very interested in. Better to be seen by 3-4 coaches who he wants to play for? Or be challenged at Region 1 and seen by a more random selection of coaches? All opinions welcome.
My opinion for what its worth: Ask his coach (ODP and club) if he is potentially regional team level. If not, then may be better to go to the college camp. If he is a contender, having region 1 team on his list of accomplishments is very helpful to get the coaches to give him a close look. It could also very well open doors. Additionally, many coaches will also be at region 1 camp looking at the kids playing in the ID pool games throughout the camp. Many are from very respectable colleges througout the northeast. In fact the college which conflicts may be sending an assistant. Maybe have your son email the coach of the conflicting camp and explain the situation. It may be that he will then instruct the assistant to give your boy a look. Good luck
College ID camps are not always useful. And NJ only has one 1997 team (yes, Virginia, the schedule for your 2014 friendlies is up on GotSoccer!) so his chances at the final pool, and therefore going to the Region 1 camp and ODP tournament, are good.We found the regional camp worthwhile. It did not see fair considering which kids were moved up to the regional pool games, and one kid made the Region 1 next camp round without being in a regional pool game. Another NJ defender made the second camp, and other than size, his outstanding characteristic was scoring own goals in the ODP tournament.Unless he is contacting the college coaches and they want him to go and tell him they will be recruiting there, not just to get the money, I'd say take the Region 1 camp over the college camps.Different if he is on their short list, but most coaches value tournament and league play over camp experiences, unless the camp is by invite only. The only camps my son found useful were those on the college campus with only that college's coaches attending, along with current players.We decided to go with a recruting service, and the first thing they tell you is that most college camps are not worth the money.
Sorry, here is the link:http://events.gotsport.com/events/Default.aspx?EventID=37376for the VA friendlies.If your son is a 1997, you can easily figure out when his games will be. Other ages have two or three teams.
That link does not tell me what team my son is scheduled to be on. Is there another link?
Good Luck to the NJ '97 girls who will be competing in the National ODP finals in Arizona in two weeks. They will be facing some tough competition in California, Illinois and Florida.
It says my son is on NJ team A is this based on skill level or just random because there is a regional player on it.
The comment above has to do with the virginia friendlies.
A and B have nothing to do with skill level, but where do you even see where your son was placed?
1997 boys only have one team at the Virginia Friendlies (U17 is 1997s). Therefore, if your kid paid the money and signed up, they are on team A.There are at least two teams in all other age groups. In that case, you should look at the schedule for the age group and at least have some idea when your son might play.I know that at the youngest ages, they have at least a North and South team, and maybe a Central team too. No email from NJ ODP yet this week, has anyone got one?
The best way to connect with NJ Youth Soccer and NJ ODP for the latest news and updates is via social media:FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Jersey-Youth-Soccer-Association/140022801366TWITTER: @njyouthsoccerCheck our homepage for pertinent links and information for this weekend's Boys ODP Friendlies at www.njyouthsoccer.com.SCHEDULE: http://events.gotsport.com/events/default.aspx?EventID=37376
How is it possible that so many players can come from one club team? An average at best club team. Do Club coaches have any pull in the decision process?
My son had a good time in VA, it was clear to him that some players should not have been there. There were good players and no one was horrible but lack of effort by some was evident. Why go through the process if you are not going to get back on defense?
9:33 Maybe those were the best players that were at tryouts?11:24 My daughter also had a blast they really lucked out with the weather, besides Friday's Tornado Watch - 67-71 can't be beat in February.I also did notice not to many players getting back on defense. To much "for self" at this tournament - to much dribbling which caused way to many "off side" calls all legit and a bunch of wrong decisions, maybe goes to 9:33's point of girls from the same team/club.In general - all the games were close - a little to direct for my liking but it was fun to watch my daughter play and make new friends.
I agree about the defense, it was pretty bad that there were center midfielders who were never near their own penalty box. I saw forwards making more contributions on defense because they had to due to mids and even defenders playing way too far up. A few players were clearly not fit and others wanted nothing to do with their teammates. I don't envy picking the final team, because there clearly were "big but not fast" and "small but fast" players and they didn't play the same style of soccer.Kudos to the ref crews, not only did we like the refs we saw, we saw very few complaints compared to previous years.
It is an individual event for NJ, no one really cares about the team because there is no actual team. Easy job for the refs.
And you really think the $30/hour ref is fully aware of that? A ref coaches a game. The make-up of each team has no bearing on his work.
You think they get paid 30$ an hour?
I was pleasantly surprised this year with ODP and the changes they've made. Simple changes like new shirts to what I consider major changes in attitude in the coaching staff and their interaction with the kids. Do I think there is room for improvement, yes, but I and my son like what we are seeing as both of us were skeptical going into this based on our previous experiences. I would love to see the team after the final selection and a few practices play some of the academy teams or an outside tournament. As far as the overall depth of the bench and the quality, I agree there are a few that are challenged at this level of play and fitness, the coach actually addressed this to the kids and parents at the end. It's a tryout and who knows who is going to stick around for the full commitment. Our team was very diverse, the other team had quite a few players from the same team but I didn't view that as politics. I see it as that team had a strong showing at the tryouts. My kids team only had one other that tried out. Had more tried out I'm sure the number representing our team would have been much higher as well. I agree the bar is set a lot higher than previous years and when it gets down to deciding those that are on the bubble it's going to be tough.
What birth year is your son?
Stumbled upon this blog while looking up upcoming tryout dates for my U11 daughter. I just wanted to say that NJ ODP has been a positive experience for my U15 daughter. She made it to Region 1 after the Rhode Island camp her first year. Her second year she didn't make Region 1, and so now she has to start the process over, starting again to tryout at the state level. Through ODP she has been exposed to so many different coaches, and different styles of training, which has made her a better player. Also, there are hundreds of girls in her age bracket, and it has only pushed her to work harder in attempts to stand out. It was hard for her when she didn't get "pulled" for National camp after attending Region 1, and then again when she didn't get "pulled" for Region 1 last year. But that too has made her stronger, and she doesn't want to quit. Most importantly, she has met so many girls throughout the state of NJ, and the Region, and has made lasting friendships. She keeps in touch with a lot of the girls throughout the year, and that too has made her a better, and mature player. I can't say enough positive things about the program, and I am hoping my youngest follows in her older sister's footsteps. :)
My daughter is also a NJ 1998. She has loved her ODP experience. She has met a lot of good friends, teammates, and coaches through ODP.
My daughter is also in ODP and has been having a great experience and wonderful friendships. For the folks asking about the boys side of ODP, my son plays for USSDA academy so they are not allowed to tryout for ODP as USSDA is a direct link to National team and Colleges. The reason you may not have seen more top talent 99, 98, 97's etc from a variety of academies at tryouts is likely for this reason. If your son has strong college potential, have him tryout for an academy. 4 in NJ: Red Bulls, NJSA04, PDA, Matchfit.
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