[4/12/13] Summer Camp Lists and Details Posted
We have posted the selection lists for the 2013 ODP Summer Camps, and registration for all camps is now open. We appreciate every player's participation in ODP this year, and have made every effort to match players with the events that offer the best fit with their current developmental needs.
In addition, please note that the dates for the Girls ODP Subregional Camp in Norman, OK have been pushed back by a few days from what was previously posted. This camp will now run from June 12-16, which will avoid conflicts with the Presidents Cup Regional Tournament and with the end of the school year in Texas. Please make note of the new camp dates on your calendar!
As another benefit of participation in Arkansas ODP, we have made arrangements to provide all our Arkansas ODP players with free "iSoccer Plus" accounts. This is an online training resource to use at home that shows you a variety of skills to work on (and how to practice them on their own) to improve as a player. The system includes a set of 16 different activities that were developed as part of the "National Standards Project" to let players see how they compare with players across the country at different levels of play (from beginners to the top Division 1 college players). There are now more than 1 million test scores in the iSoccer database, which provide objective baselines for comparison and assessment of a player's technical abilities.
We want all our ODP players to participate in this program, and will be tracking their progress over time within the system. We will also be conducting some of these tests at upcoming training sessions, so this gives you a chance to start practicing these test activities in advance.
Please take a moment now to create your account. The process takes only a few seconds, and will allow you to take immediate advantage of this interactive learning tool. Your email address will not be used by iSoccer to "spam" your inbox with any other offers. If you have any questions about the system or your iSoccer account, you can get them answered by going to help.isoccer.org. We hope you enjoy this addition to your ODP experience!
[2/1/13] Change to ODP Academy Camp Dates
We were recently advised that many school districts in Arkansas and Texas have pushed back the end of the spring semester to as late as June 11th this year. As a result, we have moved the ODP Academy Camp back by several weeks. The camp will now be held on June 23-26, 2013, as shown on the ODP Schedules page.
Please make note of the new camp dates on your calendar!
[1/12/12] Rescheduled Sessions from 1/13/13
Due to extensive rains across the state this week and weekend, we have relocated some training sessions for Sunday, January 13, and postponed others sessions into February...
- All groups that usually train in NW Arkansas will now train at Southside HS in Fort Smith tomorrow afternoon.
- The 01 boys and 01 girls who usually train in Central Arkansas will now train at Cabot HS tomorrow afternoon.
- All other groups (95s-00s) that usually train in Central Arkansas will not train tomorrow, and this session has been rescheduled to the first designated Rain-out Date (Sunday, February 13).
Please see the ODP Schedules page for full details, and make note of these changes on your calendar!
[12/3/12] ODP Schedule Updates
We have recently made two updates to the ODP Schedules page...
- Most of the training locations have been posted for the entire year. We are waiting to confirm one specific location for NW Arkansas in late-February, and expect to have that updated on the website soon.
- The dates of the Boys ODP Subregional Camp in Jackson, MS have changed to avoid conflicts with the 2013 NCS Southern Regional Tournament. The camp will now be held on June 11-15, 2013.
Please make note of these updates on your calendar!
[10/17/12] ODP Returns for 2012/13!
Registration for the upcoming 2012/13 ODP cycle has begun, and we are now working to finalize plans for the rest of the coming ODP campaign. We have updated the ASSA web site with the schedule of ODP training sessions and events through July 2013, including the expected dates and locations for a variety of Subregional and Regional camps that will take place next summer.
In each of the past three years, we have provided training for approximately 600 players statewide in two different training locations. This year, we will once again retain an extended "Winter Training Segment" (running from December through March), to be followed by a selection process (in April), and then a "Summer Camps Segment" (in June and July). During the Winter Training Segment, players will receive instruction from a highly-experienced coaching staff while also being evaluated for selection to the Arkansas State Team pools.
To help minimize travel time, all players in our four youngest age groups (98s-01s) will again be able to train in either NW Arkansas or North Little Rock for most training dates. However, to allow us to meet the developmental needs of our most-experienced players, we are consolidating all training for our oldest age groups this year (95s-97s), with most of these sessions being held in North Little Rock.
To learn more about this year's ODP schedule and to submit your registration, please see the links below:
Also, be sure to stay up-to-date by following us at the Arkansas ODP Facebook page. In addition to breaking ODP news and reminders, you can also see pictures from many ODP events on our Facebook page.
Finally, if you'd like to learn more about last year's ODP events and accomplishments, please see our ODP News Archives.
[8/7/12] Arkansas Players Named to Region III Pools
Following the conclusion of the 2012 ODP cycle, Region III has announced that the following Arkansas players have been named to the Regional Pools for their age groups:
- Wes Carson (95 Boys)
- Jack Fleming (95 Boys, Alternate)
- Lance Sanders (96 Boys)
- Joshua Howard (96 Boys, Alternate)
- Marin Carter (97 Girls)
- James Eldred (97 Boys, Alternate)
- Zack Estrada (97 Boys, Alternate)
- Magnus O'Gorman (98 Boys, Alternate)
- Angel Parga (98 Boys, Alternate)
Congratulations to all nine players on their achievements!