2021 Proposed Schedule
Thank you for your continued commitment and participation to our Olympic Development Program. Due to the many new COVID-19 guidelines, capacity limitations, etc., we have been compelled to make some changes to our Indoor Training Schedule and staffing. To ensure the best possible experience for our players and families our goal is to continue to provide indoor training for the 12U, 13U, 14U teams and GK’s. Each age group will have 5 indoor training sessions at Forekicks in Marlborough. These sessions will take place on Sunday’s between 12-4pm through the months of January through March. For 2021 there will not be any Indoor Trainings scheduled for the 15U and 16/17U teams. The 15U’s and 16/7 U’s will begin in mid March 2021 once we start outdoor sessions.
Coaching Staff for the winter training will be delivered by Mass Youth Soccer State Technical Staff. This includes Mass Youth Soccer Technical Director, Ian Mulliner, as well as Assistant Technical Directors, Tommy Geis and Loy Urbina. Director of Marketing and Communications, Rob Holliday, and Director of Programs and Events, Lynn Gugliuzza, will also be on the coaching staff.
The coaching staff all hold an A license from the United States Soccer Federation and decades of coaching experience.
The goalkeeping staff will continue to deliver their “Best in Class” GK training sessions.
For the spring season, the plan is to continue with outdoor training sessions at our facility in Lancaster. These sessions will take place on Monday night’s from 5:30-7:30pm. We are hoping to have two weekends of matches against other state associations, one taking place in MA, one taking place in NJ / DE. Lastly, an Identification camp for the East Region State Associations to take place in NJ in July 2021.
Due to the unknown future we all face and the times we are currently living in, this is the plan but as with every plan during this pandemic we must be flexible and be able to adapt to new challenges that arise.
Olympic Development Program
The environment in which elite youth soccer players are identified in the United States is expanding. While U.S. Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development Program is the original and, to date, most effective method of identifying and developing elite players, there are an increasing number of paths a young player can take to achieve regional and even national recognition.
- Mission is to identify and develop elite players
- Create a challenging and competitive environment for every player
- Develop individual players and geared solely to the identification of the elite player. Unlike environments in which team achievement is paramount, ODP is free to develop the individual player with only his or her best interests in mind.
Player and Parent Handbook 2021
FIFA “The 11”
FIFA “The 11” is a comprehensive warm-up program designed by FIFA’s Medical Assessment and Research Center (FMARC) in cooperation with a group of international experts to reduce injuries among youth soccer players aged 12 years and older. The program will be performed as a standard warm-up at the start of each training session.
12U, 13U Program
- 12U-13U will tryout as split age groups. Players born January through June will tryout together as the “Olders” and players born July through December will tryout together as the “Youngers”.
- Studies have shown that most national team programs selected 80% of their players who were born within the first half of any given year. It is aimed to take an equal amount of “Olders” and “Youngers” for the 12U and 13U.
Player Pool Sizes
In the Olympic Development Program, the pool sizes, or number of players offered a spot will always be based on the talent level of the players attending tryouts. Massachusetts ODP will aim for about 35 players for the 12U group, about 30 for all other age groups.
We will be continuing a goalkeeper academy for the Olympic Development Program. During tryouts, players who want to try out for the goalkeeper position will be evaluated as they always have been with goalkeeper specific training followed by a scrimmage which includes both field players and goalkeepers. The goalkeepers will be assessed on their ability to stop shots, distribute the ball, and organize the defense in front of them. The top performing goalkeepers will then be invited to join the goalkeeper academy.
They will have five dates during the winter months of both training and classroom sessions. Once the spring season begins they will train at the same time as the field players. Every other week, the top two goalkeepers from the previous week’s goalkeeper training session will be selected to join the team training session (based on player availability). The remainder of the goalkeepers will work with the goalkeeping staff.
Our hopes are to continue to create a more competitive training environment for the goalkeepers as well as make a better connection between the top goalkeepers and the field players within each given team.
East Region Tournament
The 13U through 16/17U teams will be participating in the East Region Tournament which includes all State Associations in our region. (https://www.usyouthsoccer.org/east/) This tournament takes place in June. Location TBA
East Region Identification (ID) Camp
East Region ID Camp will be on an invite only basis. Players will be identified through sub-regional scouting events taking place. Regional staff will observe Massachusetts players at these events which will lead to individual player invites to attend the East Region ID camp in July.
Players will be required to purchase a kit (New Balance: Red Jersey, White Jersey, Black Shorts, White Socks) from soccer.com. Goalkeepers will be required to purchase a kit (New Balance: GK Jersey, Black Shorts, White Socks) from soccer.com. Once players are invited into the program, they will be sent a separate link to purchase their kit via a soccer.com email with a designated uniform number.