What if I cannot attend tryouts?
All players that wish to participate in ODP, must register for tryouts. If you are unable to attend tryouts, please contact your respective ODP Director (Boys, Girls). You will be invited to attend a single ODP Training Session to be evaluated OR we will scout an LCLS or local LSA Tournament. Generally, invitations for selection are 7days post event. However, with the recent opening of "return to play" and the schedule congestion, the invitation process requires adjustment. Details are forthcoming to registered players. Again, all players must register for tryouts to be considered for ODP selection.
For players interested in ODP, but cannot attend tryouts- LSA is offering a Scouting Program.
1. Register for tryouts - in the confirmation email, there is a link to file details for Scouting Profiles
2. Send your game, tournament schedules into LSA (details in the Scouting Form)
3. Results of the scouting program will either be: a) no invitation to join LSA ODP; b) invitation to attend a training session for further evaluation; c) invitation to join LSA ODP directly
4. Scouting is a complement to tryouts. LSA recommends attending Tryouts.
LSA Scouting Staff is attending the following events:
A) Sept. 25-27: STYSA Fall Classic: https://soccer.sincsports.com/TTContent.aspx?tid=SANTAFEF&tab=1
B) Oct. 9-11: Gator Classic: https://soccer.sincsports.com/TTContent.aspx?tid=GATORC&tab=1
C) Oct 16-18: Mandeville Midnight Madness: https://www.mscsoccer.org/page/show/268840-tournaments
D) Oct 30- Nov 1: BRSC United Cup: https://brsoccer.org/events/tournaments/united-cup
E) Nov 6-8: CABOSA Cup: https://www.cabosa.org/page/show/537908-tournaments
LSA ODP recommends utilizing those weekends for LCSL games, if possible. We will also look to attend different games, if possible.
What are Regional and National ODP Scouts looking for in an ODP Player?
Here is a link to what US Soccer utilizes in their approach to defining key player qualities:
Here is a link to see how the South Region applies those qualities by position:
Both documents provide insight into the qualities, roles, and responsibilities of Regional and National Team Players that State ODP Players should employ in their personal development plans.
Last year MLS (Philadelphia Union, FC Cincinnati) and NWSL (Houston Dash) scouts recognized and invited multiple players into Academy Trials. The South Region invited 9 Boys and 6 Girls to represent the South Region at the November 2020 Event.
How many roster spots are available?
Determination of roster spots depends upon the South Region ODP Programming as well as the overall talent within the age group in Louisiana. Some age groups may be combined based upon the number of players who attend tryouts. Generally the rosters are 12-16 players at 12U and 16-20 players at 13U and older. Alternates may also be selected. They pay the training and administration fee. The event fee is paid only for those players selected to attend events by the staff coach and directors.
How are players told whether they make ODP or not?
Selection invitation is through email and occurs 7 days after the event unless otherwise notified.
Has ODP Changed at all?
There have been some changes to Louisiana ODP Programming. Younger ODP age groups will emphasize individual and team-oriented training with a focus on playing through the lines, out of the back, and combining in attack. Events are team-oriented with an emphasis on individual roles and responsibilities.
Older ODP age groups will focus is on individual and position-oriented training. Specifically, players will train based on the positions and the connections of those positions across vertical and horizontal lines. Events are individually-based similar to player combines. Players maybe scrambled with players from other states to execute and perform within a game environment. Older ODP age groups will begin after the High School season has concluded. Sub-Regional Events for Older ODP Players involve individual players "shuffled" on teams to train and compete, tasking the individual to adapt and demonstrate proficiency in the roles and responsibilities of the position.