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Maryland State ODP Players Selected for Region I ODP Events!

[Updated 9/2/2015]                                                                                                          

Maryland State ODP Players Selected for Region I Events

The 2015 Maryland State ODP season concluded with the Region I ODP ID Camps. The U13-15 boy's ID Camps were held at Rider University in New Jersey. This is where the top boys' soccer players from across Region I (Virginia to Main) came to compete for a spot on the Region I ODP training pool for their age group. During the ID Camp, players were also vying for a spot on the Inter-Regional teams. The Inter-Regional teams for each age group represent the top 17 or 18 players from across the region. Maryland State ODP had 4 players (U13-14) earn this honor and they will be traveling to Casa Grande, Arizona over Thanksgiving to compete against the other three regions in a tournament while being scouted for inclusion in the National Team. The Maryland State ODP U13-14 boys players are as follows:

U13 Boys (2002):

Diego Navarro

Anthony Parra

Augustus Sam III

U14 Boys (2001):

Bryan Langford

The 1999 Boys who were selected to participate in the upcoming Inter-Regional event in Lakewood Ranch, Florida later this fall are as follows:

U16 Boys (1999)

John Eskay

Justin Hahn

Felix Wu

The girls' ID Camps were held at the University of Rhode Island. This is where the top girls' soccer players from across Region I (Virginia to Main) came to compete for a spot on the Region I ODP training pool for their age group. During the ID Camp, players were also vying for a spot on the Inter-Regional teams. The Inter-Regional teams for each age group represent the top 17 or 18 players from across the region. Maryland State ODP had 9 players (U13-17) earn this honor and they will be traveling to Boca Raton, Florida over Thanksgiving to compete against the other three regions in a tournament while being scouted for inclusion in the National Team. The Maryland State ODP U13-17 players are as follows:

U14 Girls (2001):

Heather H. (last name omitted as the required release was not submitted)

Alyssa Minnick

Juliana Lynch

Jenna Snead

Phoebe Canoles

U15 Girls (2000):

Bethany Bruck

Abigail Hanks

U16 Girls (1999):

Teresa Reid

U17 Girls (1998):

Jadyn Wilneski

Additionally, four Maryland State ODP U12 Girls (2003) were invited to train with Region I on December 11-13 in Hershey, PA:

Talia Halem

Caroline Murphy

Ashlyn Palmere

Mia Piazza

 

Congratulations to these players on their most recent accomplishments!

 

World Cup Champions Played US Youth Soccer ODP!

All 23 players from the 2015 World Cup Championship U.S. Women's National Team have ties to US Youth Soccer including 22 who are US Youth Soccer ODP alumni.

If you desire to one day play for your country then you should register to tryout for the 2016 Maryland State ODP this fall. Information pertaining to online tryout registration will be available on the MSYSA website beginning early September.

2016 Maryland State ODP: Improvements

[Posted 8/3/2015]                                                                                                             

Maryland State ODP

Improvements for the 2016 Season

 

The Maryland State Olympic Development Program is always looking to improve in an effort to continue providing the best program possible for the high-level soccer players in the state of Maryland.

The improvements being made each year are the direct result of feedback from coaches, players, parents/guardians and other stakeholders. These improvements have contributed to the record-breaking tryout registration numbers for each of the past two seasons and are some of the reasons why players and coaches are enjoying their experience and are excited to return in 2016!

The improvements for the 2016 Maryland State ODP season are as follows:

Improvement #1: Select team managers for the U12 boys and girls

Additional Information: One U12 team manager per gender will be secured, educated along with the full program team managers (U13-17) and provided with the same ability to contact parents/guardians (e.g. One Call Now) beginning with the 2016 season. The U12 team managers will help to communicate with parents/guardians of players participating in the Maryland State ODP U12 and will be an additional set of eyes and ears at the field.

Improvement #2: Increase the total number of U12 training sessions from 6 to 9

Additional Information: The Maryland State ODP U12 is primarily focused on developing players, as such the total number of training sessions will be increased by 50% so that the U12 boys and girls receive 9 training sessions beginning with the 2016 season. The rain date will be maintained as it is currently offered so that in the event a training session is missed due to inclement weather the training session can attempt to be made up.

Improvement #3: Increase the U12 program fee by $100, from $400 to $500

Additional Information: As the number of training sessions has increased, the cost of the program will also increase to cover the increased cost of training facilities and coaches’ remuneration etc. The $100 increase brings the total program cost to $500.

Improvement #4: Increase the U16/17 Girls program from 6 to 9 training sessions

Additional Information: Offering three additional training sessions will provide the coaches with more time to learn the players and to prepare them for the Region I ODP Tournament. Additionally, the players will now have more opportunity to receive high-level coaching while forming relationships with the other quality players from across the state.

Improvement #5: Increase the U16/17 Girls program fee by $100, from $750 to $850

Additional Information: As the number of training sessions has increased, the cost of the program will also increase to cover the increased cost of training facilities and coaches’ remuneration etc. The $100 increase brings the total program cost to $850.

Improvement #6: Increase the Maryland State ODP coaches base pay by $150 per coach

Improvement #7: Offer make-up tryouts for the U12 portion of the Maryland State ODP

Additional Information: Every age group within the Maryland State ODP, except for the U12’s, offered a make-up tryout to players who registered for tryouts and were unable to attend due to injury or illness for the 2015 season. Beginning with the 2016 season, the U12’s will have a make-up tryout block and this will further help to ensure that every player is given every opportunity possible to tryout for and earn their spot on the Maryland State ODP.

Improvement #8: Hold Callback tryouts for the U13/14 training pools

Additional Information: The U15, U16 and U17 training pools held callback tryouts as part of the tryout process for the 2015 season. Beginning with the 2016 season, the U13 and U14 training pools will also have a callback tryout block. This will provide the professional coach assessors with the opportunity to view all of the top players on the same field in direct comparison with the other top players. This will help to continue ensuring that the absolute best players are ultimately being selected. 

Improvement #9: Institute a “Coach's Pick” element to the current tryout process

Additional Information: Providing the head coach of each training pool with the option to invite up to a set number of players (based on a consistent %) to be included in the training pool will further help to ensure that no players are missed and will create an additional level of “buy-in” from the coaches.

Beginning with the 2016 season, the head coach for each training pool will have the option to select up to 10% (rounded up to the next whole number) of the training pool from the players that registered and attended tryouts. Every one of the available spots that the head coach does not choose to use will be filled by selecting the next player in line according to the depth chart.

Improvement #10: Optional indoor training for first sessions in February and March

Additional Information: For the past two or three seasons the first training session for the U13-17 Boys and the U13-15 Girls has been cancelled due to the remnants of an inclement weather event. While it is not desirable to hold training sessions indoors, it is important for the players to get together as a training pool at least one time before attending the VA Friendlies (late February) and it is better to train indoors as opposed to not at all. Beginning with the 2016 season, the Maryland State ODP will contract with indoor facilities to create the option to hold the first few sessions indoors in the event of remnants from inclement weather events.

Improvement #11: Implement a “Rain Date” make-up session for U13-17

 

Online tryout registration for the 2016 Maryland State ODP will begin in early September. See you all at tryouts!

Phil Gordon- Interim Girls ODP Technical Director

[Posted 7/23/2015]                                                                                                              

MSYSA welcomes Phil Gordon as the interim Girls ODP Technical Director and the new Director of Coaching Education.  For more information on Phil please click here.

Maryland State ODP Players Earn Spot on Region I ODP Pool

[Posted 7/13/2015]                                                                                                                      

Maryland State ODP Players Earn Spot on Region I ODP Pool

Each year the Maryland State ODP season concludes with the Region I ODP ID Camps. The 2015 Region I ODP ID Camps were held the first two weeks of July. The U12-17 Girls' ID Camps were held at the University of Rhode Island while the U12 Boys were at Washington College, the U13-15 Boys were at Rider University and the U16-17 Boys were at Kutztown University. The Region I ODP ID Camps are where the 15 state associations from Region I send their state ODP players to compete for a spot on the Region I ODP training pool for their age group and gender. Selected players attend training sessions and have the opportunity to participate in an inter-regional tournament throughout the year where they are assessed for potential U.S. National Team participation.

The Maryland State ODP is run by the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) and the MSYSA is one of 15 state associations that collectively comprise Region I. As a result, it is expected that MSYSA should, on average, maintain a 6.6% representation at regional events. However, as every state association is slightly different, a more appropriate measure to determine a realistic representation percentage is the overall size of the state association measured by registered players. Based on the total number of registered players for MSYSA (46,368 as of May 31, 2015) in comparison with the total number of registered players within Region I (839,274 as of May 31, 2015), MSYSA should expect to have a 5.5% representation at any Region I level event.

The 2015 Maryland State ODP concluded with 64 players earning their spot on the Region I ODP training pool for their age group and gender. This represents 18.7% of all Maryland State ODP players and 12.9% of all players selected to Region I ODP training pools for the 2015 season.

Please click here to view a table displaying the breakdown for each training pool.

Four of the Maryland State ODP training pools secured nearly three times the expected representation based on the size of the MSYSA pool of registered players (U13 Boys, U14 Boys, U14 Girls and U15 Boys). Additionally, of the eight girls from the Maryland State ODP U14 (2001) training pool that were selected for the 2015 Region I ODP training pool, six players were selected to participate in the tournament scheduled for Boca Raton, Florida this coming November. These six players represent 33% of all the U14 Girl players selected to attend this event from Region I. Additionally, both of the goal keepers selected to attend this event are from the Maryland State ODP. 

Congratulations to all of the players who participated with the 2015 Maryland State ODP and who earned their spot on the 2015 Region I ODP training pool for their age group and gender!

Players desiring to represent their state, while receiving high-level training and the opportunity to earn a spot on the Regional or National pool for their age group and gender, should register to tryout for the 2016 Maryland State ODP this fall. Information pertaining to online tryout registration will be available on the MSYSA website beginning early September.

 

 

 

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Heather Hinz: Scores Amazing Last Second Goal!
Player Spotlight Series

[Posted 6/23/2015]

Heather Hinz (2001-U14)

Heather Hinz has participated in the Maryland State ODP for multiple seasons and is currently a member of the 2001 (U14) girls training pool. Heather recently scored an amazing goal while playing her last game for the Maryland United Football Club in the final seconds of the game to keep the team from losing.

Heather is a goal keeper and was pulled forward for the corner kick which was sure to be the final play of the game. At this point, Maryland United was losing 1-0. Heather made a near post run, raised up, made contact with the ball and directed it into the back of the net with authority! Heathers goal was captured on video and has been placed on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50XMEnUf2Zk&feature=youtu.be 

Goal keeping runs in the family as Heathers older sister, and former Maryland State ODP player, Megan Hinz is now playing for the University of Michigan Womens Soccer team. Megan started 17 games for the Wolverines in 2014 and amassed an 11-3-3 record.

Heather participated with the Maryland State ODP as field player for the 2014 season but has been transitioning from a field player to goal keeper over the past 12 months. Heathers transformation has been credited to Maryland State ODP Coach Michael Elfman. Coach Elfman traveled with the U13 girls on the 2014 Maryland State ODP International Trip to England. This is where Coach Elfman challenged Heather to pursue playing in the net. Heather accepted the challenge and has truly excelled in this position.

Heather stated, Ending my season with a header goal felt so amazing.  Now that I play primarily in goal, I don't get a lot of chances to score.  I forgot how good it feels to put the ball in the back of the net. It almost feels as good as keeping it out of the net. Additionally, Laura, her mother, added, "Maryland ODP has provided Heather an opportunity to explore multiple positions, and focus on developing her as a well-rounded soccer player.  Watching Heather score as a goalkeeper was absolutely trilling and made me realize the value of focusing your training beyond your specific position."

Everyone from the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association congratulates Heather on this fantastic goal and looks forward to watching her continue to grow and develop as a person and as a player in the coming years!

Players desiring to represent their state, while receiving high-level training and the opportunity to earn a spot on the Regional or National pool for their age group and gender, should register to tryout for the 2016 Maryland State ODP this fall. Information pertaining to online tryout registration will be available on the MSYSA website beginning early September. 

Maryland State ODP Performs at 2015 Region I Tournament

[Posted 6/10/2015]

[Updated 6/22/2015]

 

The Maryland State ODP sent 16 teams to the 2015 Region I ODP Tournament in Mercer County, New Jersey this past weekend. The participating Maryland State ODP teams were as follows:

Team                         Record                        Team                         Record

2002 Boys A               2-0-1                            2002 Girls A               3-0-0

2002 Boys B               0-2-1                            2002 Girls B                1-2-0

2002 Boys C               1-0-2                            2002 Girls C                0-3-0

2001 Boys A               1-0-2                            2001 Girls A               3-0-0

2001 Boys B               0-1-2                            2001 Girls B                1-2-0

*2000 Boys                 2-0-1                            *2000 Girls                 3-0-0

*1999 Boys                 1-0-2                            *1999 Girls                 2-0-1

1998 Boys                   2-1-0                            1998 Girls                   2-1-0

*Advanced to the semi-finals

The 2002 (U13) and 2001 (U14) age groups played a festive format while the 2000 (U15), 1999 (U16) and 1998 (U17) age groups played a championship format where they participated in bracket play this past weekend. Every team played three games over the course of the weekend. The 16 teams representing the Maryland State ODP played a total of 48 games and had a combined win-loss-tie record of 24-12-12 with 104 goals for and 60 goals against. Maryland tiered the 2002 and 2001 teams where the top players were placed on the A teams. The A teams for Maryland did not lose a single game all weekend (9-0-3).

Maryland State ODP had four out of the possible six teams (U15-17’s) earn their place in the semi-finals which were held in Kirkwood, Delaware on June 20. The four teams were the 2000 Boys, 2000 Girls, 1999 Boys and the 1999 Girls. The 2000 Boys lost in the semi-finals while the 2000 Girls, 1999 Boys and the 1999 Girls advanced to the finals. The 1999 Boys lost 1-0, the 2000 Girls lost 4-1 and the 1999 Girls lost 5-4 in PK shootout. These teams proved that they contained some of the best players in the entire region by beating nearly every team that they played from across Region I. These players will be looking to earn a spot on the Region I Pool for their age group and gender at the upcoming Region I ODP Identification Camps.

Please visit the Region I ODP Tournament website for more information regarding the Maryland State ODP opponents and individual game scores from this past weekend and to see the game times and opponents for the upcoming semi-finals (once made available by Region I): http://events.gotsport.com/events/Default.aspx?eventid=44694

Players desiring to represent their state, while receiving high-level training and the opportunity to earn a spot on the Regional or National pool for their age group and gender, should register to tryout for the 2016 Maryland State ODP this fall. Information pertaining to online tryout registration will be available on the MSYSA website (http://www.msysa.org/odp/index_E.html) beginning in early September.

2015 Maryland State ODP Coach Selected to Work National Training Camp

[Posted 11/24/2014]

Coach Phil Gordon is the head coach of the 2015 Maryland State ODP U14 (2001) Girls training pool. Coach Gordon earned a spot on the Region I Girls ODP coaching staff during the 2014 Maryland State ODP season and has recently been selected to work the U14 US Youth Soccer Girls ODP National Training Camp being held January 22-27, 2015 in Lake Mary, Florida.    

Coach Gordon is one of 50 professional coaches that currently comprise the 2015 Maryland State ODP coaching staff. Collectively, these 50 professional coaches represent one of the finest coaching staff's in the entire region.

Everyone from the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association congratulates Coach Gordon on his appointment to work the upcoming National Training Camp and is excited for another record-breaking Maryland State ODP season!

The Maryland State ODP is healthy. The Maryland State ODP is strong.

What is ODP?

The US Youth Soccer ODP is a national identification and development program for high-level players.  The program identifies  and develops youth players throughout the country to represent their state and regional associations.  At the state association level, pools of players are identified in each eligible age group, and brought together as a team to develop their skill through training and competition.  From the state pools and subsequent teams, players are identified for regional and national pools and teams.  Maryland State ODP teams are comprised of the best Maryland players in various age groups.

Click here to read about the ODP Advantage

US Youth Soccer segmented the United States into four regions (see below). Maryland is part of Region I.

More information concerning Region I can be found by clicking here

More information concerning US Youth Soccer can be found by clicking here

What it Takes to be Successful in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program
by John Ellinger

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