This past week my brother, Jade and I tried out for Michigan ODP.
ODP stands for Olympic Development Program. It’s a system created by U.S Youth Soccer to identify and develop up & coming soccer players to represent their state, region and ultimately the United States in global competition. Every year, some of the best players from each state gather on a specific location for open tryouts.
Jade’s tryouts (u11) were held in Kentwood, Michigan and took place over the course of 3 consecutive evenings. His track is ODP 101 – which involves ODP prep, training and identification for a select group of kids who are good enough to make the cut. Jade made the squad for the west side of Michigan.
My tryouts (u14) were held in Canton, Michigan and took place over the course of 2 days. During tryouts coaches and instructors evaluate the performance of each player based on such things as technique, tactics, fitness, athletic ability and attitude. At the end of the last session, parents and players are gathered and the head coach reads the numbers of the players who made the team.
I’m grateful to have made the team again this year. It’s an awesome opportunity and privilege. Over the winter months I’ll travel to the east side of the state to train and play with the rest of the guys who made the state pool team.
My goal is to be selected as one of the players to represent Michigan at the regional camp tournament and get picked for regional holdover next summer. Looking forward to working hard and giving my best. Stay tuned.