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May Updates:
If you have registered for subRegion and Region camp. We are attending.  

The 2003 BOYS Age group, we were trying to add them to Region camp but they did not have enough numbers to make a team.  

Other Updates and REMINDERS:  

Reminder for Training June 4th for Girls at Ben Geren, Fort Smith:
03-05 Girls 9-11am and 1-3pm
99-02 Girls 11-1pm and 3-5pm

Boys Training is June 5th at Ben Geren, Fort Smith:
03-05 Boys 9-11am and 1-3pm
99-02 Boys 11-1pm and 3-5pm

Players will receive new jerseys for the Games in North Texas and Region Camp. If you are unable to attend the training sessions, let me know. We will discuss roommates for Region camp also.  

The games will be played 8-5 Saturday and Sunday in North Texas. We will send the schedule to everyone as soon as we receive it but it probably won't come out until the week of the event.  

Region Camp:
July 6-10 03 Girls
July 12-16 99, 02 Girls
July 18-22 00, 01 Girls

July 8-12 00, 01, 02 Boys
July 13-17 99 Boys
July 13-15 00, 01, 02 Holdover Boys-Boys that are selected by the Region to stay and train

Expect to Arrive for region camp by 4pm on the first day and check out by noon on the last day. Everyone stays in the dorms and eats on campus. We do need some parents for chaperones for the teams so let me know if you are interested in escorting the age group to the fields, do laundry, and supervise dorm life.  

Bus Tickets:  
We will not have a bus this year due to low interest. We will refund those fees today so expect them on your card within 72 hours.
 
April 26th Updates:
ODP invitations for selected players were sent via email on April 15th.  Please check your spam for ODP in the subject line.  If you did not receive an email, then you are an alternate for the age group.  If you have questions or want if you were on the select player list, just send me an email doc@arkansassoccer.org.
 
Players need to register for the age specific events by May 4th so we can call alternates.  All 99-02 selected players should register for subRegional event in Plano, TX and the Region III Camp in Alabama.  If you are a 2003 selected player, then you will need to register for the subRegional event in Plano, TX and we may bring some of the 03s to the 2002 Regional camp if we need additional players.  The training session in early June is preparation for the events so the players meet one another and we can start sorting out team shape and style of play.  If you are an 04-05 selected player, then you will register for the subRegional event in Tulsa and you will attend the team training in June.  
 
The SubRegional event for the 99-03s in Plano, TX has been relocated to High Point Park, 6500 Alma Drive, Plano, TX 75023.  Here is the hotel list.  The players will be staying with their families for the subRegional event in Plano, TX.  Players will be expected to arrive to the field at least 45 minutes prior to scheduled start of games.  We will be playing against teams from Oklahoma, North Texas, South Texas, and perhaps Louisiana and Academy teams.  This is a preparation event for Region III camp so we will be prepared as a team to compete against other players in the age group for positions on the Region III rosters.  We may have additional 99-02 training sessions prior to Region III camp.  
 
The subRegional event for the 04-05 players at the University of Tulsa is a drop-off event for the players to be supervised by the ASSA staff and college staff from the University of Tulsa on the college campus.  All staff will be with the players for the entire weekend and will have the background checks and safety Management protocol of US Youth Soccer and Arkansas State Soccer Association.  The players will have a tight soccer soccer and will probably sleep the entire drive home on Sunday.  We understand this may be the first overnight camp away from home.  Parents are welcomed to stay in hotels and watch sessions/games in Tulsa.  We are working on a schedule to start early afternoon on Friday and go through until Sunday around 4pm.  We will have a specific schedule and list of items to bring as we get closer to June.  This is an event with Oklahoma so we will play games and have training sessions by teams, abilities, and age groups.  It is an introduction to the Region III process for the future development of players in Arkansas.  
 
Region III camp is a drop-off event from the start of the camp until the end.  Players will stay on the college campus in dorms with coaching staff and administrators to help supervise players for the duration of the camp.  Players typically play games in the mornings, train in the evening, and have educational sessions in the afternoon.  Players from each state in the Region are competing for roster spots on the Region III teams for their specific age groups.  Region III teams travel both domestically and internationally to compete against other Regions for ultimate call up to US Soccer teams.  Most of the staff at Region III camps are college coaches also so it is exposure for the future college players.  
 
April 1st
 
We hope you enjoyed your Spring Break and Easter Holiday Celebrations!  
 
Thank you to all of the players and parents who stayed in town and attended the ODP Functional Camp.  We have posted the iSoccer Testing information on the About ODP website if you want to retest your scores from camp at the end of the season or need some ideas for soccer touches/fitness for at home: http://www.arkansassoccer.org/about_odp/
 
We have had some questions about what is next for ODP?  We will have rosters posted by next Friday, April 8th for players invited into the summer training and team selections in June and July.  All of the dates are posted for the summer on the schedule page on the very bottom.  We hope to have all of the costs and registrations open by next week also.  It is another cost associated to events in June and July and we have last years events still posted under ODP so you can see how much it costs last year to give you a ball park estimate.  
 
Not everyone will be selected for the subRegional and Regional Events in June and July.  We will have a roster and a list of alternate players for the events.  We are looking to bring full teams to the events for each age groups.  The older ODP teams may be combined with other states in the region but we will know what states prior to the Region.  We will not send partial teams anymore to Region camp in July.  It is best to train as a team and compete as an Arkansas State Team against other states in the Region for better opportunities to be selected to Region III Pool Rosters.  
 
We are also working compiled evaluation for all players from the ODP Winter Training sessions.  We probably won't get those out until May due to the amount of time it is consuming to write each individual evaluation.  
 
thank you for your time.  let us know if you have further questions.
Week of March 5-6
Registration for 4v4 for 02-05s (if you are in 01 and not playing HS then you can register also) this weekend is open and listed on the ODP Schedule page or you can register here:  https://www.gotsport.com/asp/application/reg/?ProgramID=46505 
Register by Thursday, March 10 for the weekend 1-3pm Boys then 3-5pm Boys at Burns Park
 
?Registration for ODP Functional Camp March 21-23 in Russellville is open:  https://www.gotsport.com/asp/application/reg/?ProgramID=46507
Players will need to Register by Thursday, March 17.
 
Thank you to all of the High School players who participated in ODP.  We should have 98-01 selections for the summer out by April 1st.  
We hope to have all younger selections out by May 1st.  The first training sessions for the Arkansas State teams is June 4-5 at Ben Geren
and all of the summer events in June and July are posted on the ODP schedule.  
 
Schedule for this weekend: 
Sunday, March 6 @Burns Park training for 02-05 Boys from 1-3pm then 02-05 Girls from 3-5pm
We will work on keeping possession of the ball and changing the point of attack to include throw-ins
 
Week of Feb 21
Registrations are closed for Sundays games
 
4v4 Games for 03-05 Boys from 1-3pm and 03-05 Girls from 3-5pm in NWA Centerton Fields.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start times
 
7v7 Games for 98-02 Boys and Girls at Burns Park Field 3 &4 on Sunday.
Here are the Rosters  and the Schedule
 
Common Sense Soccer Rules for Sunday:
Arrive early to meet your team and be ready to start at 12pm for first boys games.  We will not warm-up as a group.  Games are 25 min with Running Clock on Jennifer's watch.  Captains will be the oldest player listed on the team. Teams make their own substitutions and call their own fouls (ODP Coaches can call fouls from sidelines).  Captains report scores to Jennifer following their game.  Win is 3 pts, Tie is 1pt, 3 points max for goals scored.  After three games if tied:  Goal differential, Least GA, Most GF then toss of coin.  
 
3pm are final games with College Panel on Stadium Field 1 following the games 3:45pm until 5pm.  ALL ODP Parents and players are welcomed to attend.
 
 
Week of Feb 13-14
We have a light schedule for ODP this weekend with training on Saturday only.  Happy Early Valentines Day to everyone!  
 
Training for this weekend :
Will Montgomery and Jennifer Pfeiffer will be running sessions for these groups
Saturday, February 13

1-3pm

3-5pm

Select Boys and Girls 98-01

GK Academy 98-05 Boys and Girls*

Burns Park 16-17

Burns Park 16-17

 
Bill Birnie will be Lead Instructor at Ben Geren:
Saturday, February 13

1-3pm

3-5pm

02-03 Boys and Girls

04-05 Boys and Girls

Ben Geren

Ben Geren

 
The group at Ben Geren will working on transition games in the midfield to the final third with GKs in the final games.  We understand there is GK training for everyone at Burns Park so you can choose what training to attend if you are a GK.  The GK session we will be working on breakaways and specific communication in games.  
 
The Select Training 98-01s  session invitations have not gone out yet for this Saturday to players.  My computer locked up so I wasn't able to access my files but now it is up and running but we still need to input notes from this weekend.  We should be sending those out later tonight.  The session from 1-3pm on Saturday for 98-01 players is invitation only through your GotSoccer account/email (this email).  
 
Future Events :
The 7v7 Showcase has been changed to Games for 98-02 Boys and Girls on Feb 21 @Burns.  Teams will be formed and schedule will be made for at least three games for the day.  We have invited college coaches to the event to watch players and we will have a college panel at the end with current and past college players and college coaches for a great question and answer session at 4pm.  When you register you will be asked for your current GPA and test scores (if taken) so we can give them to the college coaches.  Registration is now open and you must register by Tuesday, Feb 16:   https://www.gotsport.com/asp/application/reg/?ProgramID=45823
 
4v4 Festival for 03-05 Boys and Girls on Feb 21 @Centerton.  We have split the time frames to better manage the players and the field setup for the event.  Boys are 1-3pm and Girls are 3-5pm on Feb 21. The first hour will be a series of 4v4 games set up on the fields and players will be assigned teams to play in the games to rotate in the first hour.  The second hour will be a 4v4 tournament with points taken for each team to build to final Championship game (hopefully, enough time to make it to this).  Registration is now open and you must register by Tuesday, Feb 16:
 
Questions:
  • Players are welcomed to attend sessions in either location for their age group.  
  • If you lose your number, you will need to make another one with the same number.  
  • Each training session is a tryout to make the final selection for teams this summer.  Players will be selected for the summer events June-July which means some players will not be selected based on ODP coaches notes from each session.  
  • If you have questions on what we are looking for as a State/Regional player, please review the guidelines from Region III ODP Player Manualon our about ODP web page:   http://www.arkansassoccer.org/about_odp/
Week of Feb 6 & 7:
Another weekend of ODP has arrived.  Please make sure your player is dressed for the weather outside.  If you have lost your player number, you will need to make another one of the same number. 
 
Northwest Arkansas:  Bill Birnie is the Lead Instructor
Saturday, February 6

1-3pm

3-5pm 

98-01 Girls

98-01 Boys

Centerton

Centerton

Central Arkansas: Will Montgomery is the Lead Instructor
Saturday, February 6

1-3pm

3-5pm

02-05 Boys

01-98 Boys

Burns Park 16-17

Burns Park 16-17

Sunday, February 7

1-3pm

3-5pm

02-05 Girls

01-98 Girls 

Burns Park 16-17

Burns Park 16-17

 
The topic for this weekend is to Improve Finishing in the Final Third at both locations.  Goalkeepers should get plenty of work so make sure you bring your gloves. 
 
Recent Questions:
  • Players can attend sessions in their age groups in either location.  We base the number of staff according to the age group and players registered.  
  • Players will not receive a separate evaluation from the subRegional event since they will receive an evaluation at the end of the winter sessions.  
  • We hope to have evaluations and final selections for the summer done by April 15.  
Schedule Updates 
  • We need players at the D License course at Veterans Park in Rogers on Sat, Feb 6 9-12pm & 1:30-3pm.  Also on Sun, Feb 7 from 11-3pm or when candidates are done.  We need players U13 and up for the coaches to teach their sessions.  We will update end times on Facebook as the coaches finish with their sessions.  It may end earlier or last a little longer.  If you can come for an hour, it would be helpful.  Nathan and myself will be at the course.  
  • Goalkeeper Academy next week will include all Goalkeepers 98-05s from 3-5pm.  
  • 7v7 Showcase for 98-02s will end with a college panel discussion from 4-5pm.  Registration will open on Monday with more information.
  • No Rainout Session needed for Sunday, Feb 7 in Centerton.  

 

ODP SubRegional Arkansas All teams Schedule (updated 1/22@2:30pm): Changes may still occur in the schedule, please be patient and flexible if teams times/locations are changed.  Here are the Player Rosters for all teams 02-04/05 Boys and Girls.  Updated Field Map
 
The schedule may change so please check back later tonight, tomorrow or Sat morning before heading to fields.  
 
Items to note:  
  • The 03 Boys team is playing 9v9, 03 Girls are playing 11v11
  • The 04 Boys team White is scheduled four games, 04 Girls team has fourth game for Red and White teams for 11v11 
  • These are Friendlies so referees are being trained and evaluated during games.  Parents will be removed if they are talking to the referees or players during the games.  
  • Coaches will be taking notes on players over the course of the weekend
  • Players may be playing various positions to support the team and tactically against the opponent
  • Coaches for the weekend:  Nathan Hunt, Will Montgomery, Paul Kimbrough, Bill Birnie, Tony Dawes, Michael Surtees
  • Light blue t-shirts will be handed out at the first games for the players.  Please wear black shorts and white socks.  Dress warm and ready to play...you can always shed layers.  Arrive to fields 45 prior to first game and coaches will adjust as needed for the weekend.  
  • Event t-shirts will be handed out over the weekend for all players
Here is the link to the South Texas page about the ODP Friendlies: http://www.stxsoccer.org/odp_friendlies/
 
Monday, January 18:  ODP 7v7 Games are Cancelled due to dangerous Road conditions
 
Updates Monday, January 11
Registration is open for the 7v7 games next Monday at Ben Geren from noon-5pm.  There is not a fee to register as it is part of the ODP program but if you register and do not attend, we will charge your ODP account $10 with the money going to the ODP scholarship fund.  We will be creating teams based on the players who register.  Registration will close on Friday, Jan 15.  Expect to play multiple games throughout the day and everyone should arrive at noon unless we send out emails prior.  As always check the Arkansas State Soccer Facebook page for immediate updates.  
 
We have increased the age group to be 98-03s.  We also changed the Feb 21 Showcase to include the 98-02s and the 4v4 event Feb 21 to include 03-05s so everyone is able to attend ODP on those days.  We also increased the March 13 4v4 to include 02-05s which should be everyone not playing High School soccer.  
 
IF you are a High School player, you will need to submit to us via email, hand to or mail the ASSA compliance form which is on our "about ODP" page on the website.  Your high school athletic director needs to sign the form so they are aware you are in the ODP program.  You are allowed to attend ODP sessions and be eligible to play high school soccer.  
 
Saturday, Jan 9 and Sunday, January 10
ODP Cancelled due to field closure.  Session will be moved to Feb 27.
 
Week of Jan 9-10
Welcome to the wet season!  We have moved training sessions for both locations this weekend and updated the website already ;)
 
  • If you have not received your t-shirts and numbers, you will receive it at the training sessions.
  • You can attend sessions at either locations for your age group
  • Showcase 7v7 has been moved to Sunday, Feb 21 due to wet fields at Burns
  • We moved the Monday, Jan 18 to Ben Geren for 7v7 games 98-02 G/B
 
NWA Arkansas: Northside High School, Football Turf,  2301 North B Street,  Fort Smith, 72901
Sunday, January 10

1-3pm

3-5pm

03-05 Boys

03-05 Girls

Northside HS Turf

Northside HS Turf

 
Central Arkansas: Rolling Oaks Soccer Complex, 1 FairPlay Way , Maumelle, 72113
Saturday, January 9

1-3pm

3-5pm

01-03 Boys

04-05 Boys

Rolling Oaks SC

Rolling Oaks SC

Sunday, January 10

1-3pm

3-5pm

01-03 Girls

04-05 Girls

Rolling Oaks SC

Rolling Oaks SC

 
Updates week of DEC 19-20
We head into a sunny weekend for both locations.  The players are working on Defending in the defensive half of the field for 98-02 and Defending principles for the younger ages building to team compactness in the defensive half.  
Central at Burns
Saturday, December 19

1-3pm

1-3pm

3-5pm

3-5pm

Select Boys 98-01

02-03 Boys

04-05 Boys

GK Academy Boys 98-03*

Burns Park 17

Burns Park 16

Burns Park 16

Burns Park 17

Sunday, December 20

1-3pm

1-3pm

3-5pm

3-5pm

Select Girls 98-01

02-03 Girls

04-05 Girls

GK Academy Girls 98-03*

Burns Park 17

Burns Park 16

Burns Park 16

Burns Park 17

 
 
NWA @Brunner and Lay:

Saturday, December 19

Reschedule from Dec 13

1-3pm

3-5pm

03-05 Girls

03-05 Boys

Brunner and Lay

Brunner and Lay

Sunday, December 20

1-3pm

98-02 Boys and Girls

Brunner and Lay

WE moved the Boys and Girls to one time slot since we have received a lot of emails about family conflicts and players invited to Select Session at Burns Park.
 
Questions:
  • Select Training Sessions for 98-01 players is for invitation only for Burns Park this weekend.  Invitations were sent earlier today.  If you are not available for the session, send me an email otherwise we will assume you are attending.  
  • Select Training Sessions are a continuous roster selection.  If you were not selected, you may be selected at the next one.  If you are selected at this one, it doesn't mean you will be guaranteed for the next one.  Each session will have invitations sent by 5pm on Tuesday prior to the weekend.  
  • We have limited GK coaches in the state.  We try to have a GK coach at each session so if you are a Gk, you will train for 45min specific to GKs then train with your age group.  If you are a GK 98-03 and the Academy is scheduled, you attend the GK Academy and your team session (if you have the time.  We realize some of you have a life outside of soccer)
  • If you have not received your shirt and number, you will receive it at the next session
  • There will be a parent meeting at 1:10pm and 3:10pm at Field 15 at Burns Sat.  Another round on Sunday at 1:10pm and 3:10pm at Field 6 at Burns.  
Future Schedule:
  • ODP Functional Camp Dec 21-23 from 1-5pm at Burns Park.  Cost is $90 includes dinner with coaching staff:  Nathan Hunt, Will Montgomery, Jennifer Pfeiffer so far...
  • Rosters for subRegional event at College Station for 02-04 Boys and Girls will be emailed by Dec 23rd.  We have hotels already blocked for the weekend Jan 22-24th.  
Jan 2-3 Sessions:  
Saturday, January 2

1-3pm

3-5pm

01-02 Boys and Girls

98-00 Boys and Girls

Burns Park 13-17

Burns Park 13-17

Sunday, January 3

1-3pm

3-5pm

GK Academy 98-03 Boys and Girls*

Select Boys and Girls 98-01

Burns Park 13-17

Burns Park 13-17

 

ODP DEC 15 Select Training Session Invitations have been sent.  We will select players for each session.  Keep training, listening, and working if you were not invited.  We are just at the beginning of the Select Training Sessions...more invitations next month.  

ODP DEC 13 CANCELLED Due to weather the sessions have been cancelled today.  

We have rescheduled both sessions:
 
Burns Park:
01-02 Boys have been added to Jan 9 session, 01-02 Girls have been added to Jan 10.  The session times have changed for the 04 players.  
Saturday, January 9

1-3pm

3-5pm

01-03 Boys

04-05 Boys

Burns Park 13-17

Burns Park 13-17

Sunday, January 10

1-3pm

3-5pm

01-03 Girls

04-05 Girls

Burns Park 13-17

Burns Park 13-17

NWA: Brunner and Lay
Todays session has been moved to next Saturday, Dec 19

Saturday, December 19

Reschedule from Dec 13

1-3pm

3-5pm

03-05 Girls

03-05 Boys

Brunner and Lay

Brunner and Lay

 
ODP WEEK of DEC 12-13
So I have been doing a "rain go away" dance all week but it has not helped.  We are still forecasted for rain this weekend.  Saturday doesn't look like a problem but Sunday will be questionable.  We will make decisions by 9am for both locations.  Please like our Facebook page Arkansas State Soccer because it will be the first place updated and confirm if training is a "go" or cancelled:https:// www.facebook.com/arsoccer/?ref=hl   We will email everyone also and post on the website under schedules if cancelled.
 
Schedules:
Burns Park:
Saturday, Dec 12
Field 5              GKs                         
1-3pm      Field 6          98-99 Boys     
Field 7          00 Boys         
3-5pm      Field 6          98-00 Girls     
 
Sunday, Dec 13
GKs          Field 5         
1-3pm      Field 6          01 Girls         
         Field 7          02 Girls         
3-5pm      Field 6          01 Boys         
         Field 7          02 Boys         
NWA:  Brunner and Lay 
Sunday, Dec 13          GKs will be with field players but go into goal in session
1-3pm                  03-05 Girls              
3-5pm                  03-05 Boys     
Topic this weekend:
05-03s     Small group defending and building into quicker defensive transition
98-02s     Improve transition to defense in the defensive half of the field
 
Leadership team at Burns Park this weekend:  Will Montgomery, Micheal Surtees
Leadership team at Brunner:  Bill Birnie
 
Future Sessions: 
  • NWA does have a built in Rainout on Saturday, Dec 19 so if the Dec 13 session is cancelled it will be moved to next weekend.  
  • If Burns is cancelled, expect the 01 group to be added to Dec 19-20 schedules.  
  • Reminder we do have ODP session Jan 2-3.  
  • If you are unable to make a session, it doesn't count against you.  It just means we don't have notes on your player for that weekend/session.  
  • Everyone is welcome to travel to any session in their age group.  For example if you are mainly in Central, you can travel to NWA for sessions.
Questions:
  • If you have not attended a session yet, you will receive your shirt and number at the first session that you attend. 
  • Everyone is always welcomed to attend any sessions for their age group, doesn't matter about location.  Location at registration just gives me a head count to assign coaches.  Let me know if you are unable to attend sessions or traveling to other locations.  
  • Select training sessions 98-01 are by invitation only.  Leadership team is meeting on Monday to review players and rosters for Dec 19-20 sessions.  Players will receive an invitation email by Tuesday at 5pm.  Rosters will continue to change for the Selection sessions.  Each session will be by invitation only.  
  • ODP Functional Camp 02-05s Dec 21-23 is a go with Nathan Hunt and myself as staff so far.  Additional coaches will be added as registrations increase.  Dinner with staff is included in the $90 cost.  We will do player evaluations also and meet with players 1v1 prior to exiting the camp.  You must be registered for ODP 2015-16 in order to attend the Functional camp.
Thank you for the opportunity to train your player at ODP. 

Updates week of Nov 30

Wow, already December.....we hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Holiday!

 
We have training again next weekend at Burns and NWA Brunner and Lay:
Saturday, December 12

1-3pm

3-5pm

98-00 Boys

98-00 Girls

Burns Park 15-17

Burns Park 15-17

Sunday, December 13

1-3pm

3-5pm

01-02 Girls

01-02 Boys

Burns Park 15-17

Burns Park 15-17

Sunday, December 13

1-3pm

 3-5pm

03-05 Girls

03-05 Boys

Brunner and Lay

Brunner and Lay

 
Topics : Team Defending in the defensive half while younger players will build from individual defending to group defending.  
 
ODP Functional Camp Registration is open on the website : https:// www.gotsport.com/asp/application/reg/?ProgramID=43867
If the above link doesn't work, just go to the ODP Schedule page or the ODP Registration and Training.  It is $90 for the Dec 21-25 from 1-5pm includes dinner with the coaches.  Schedule is posted on the ODP pages also.  Staff is myself and Nathan Hunt so far and other coaches will be added as the numbers increase.  If we have rainouts, the fees will be refunded. We also did add a camp in Russellville in March for those of you who are enjoying Spring Break in Arkansas ;)
 
We adjusted the schedule to make sure the 98 age group was included when the 99s train so you may see more sessions for the 98 players.  We are keeping ODP registration open with no additional fees until Dec 22.  We have a rainout date of Dec 19 in NWA so we may add another training session if we are all clear next weekend.  
 
Popular Questions:
  • January 18th College Showcase event is open to all players 01-98 who would like to play games in front of the college coaches.  We will have profile sheets for the players to fill out.  ODP staff will make rosters for all the teams to make sure we have balanced teams for the event. We hope to open registration by Dec 18.
  • We are working on rosters for the January subRegional event and hope to have it sorted out following training on Dec 20 and have players invited by Dec 24th.  We do have hotels blocked for players and their families near College Station.  
  • If you have not attended a session to get your shirt/numbers, you will receive it at the next session that you will attend.
  • Parent meeting for Central ODP will be Dec 19 and 20 right after check-in. Near the building in front of field 15.
  • Selected rosters for 98-01 sessions on Dec 19 and 20 will be posted by Dec 15 at noon.  

 

ODP Week of Nov 16
Thank you for the first full weekend of ODP in multiple locations and various age groups.  Thank you to those who helped at the D License coaching course as players for the instructors and candidates sessions.  We try to evaluate players in various environments and situations over the course of the winter training sessions.  We like to see who are leaders, step outside of the soccer safety box, and push themselves to become better players throughout the sessions and winter season.  
 
I will be at most sessions in one location or the other.  This week I spoke with the parents in Northwest at Centerton about the ODP winter sessions, objectives of the program and moving forward through the summer.  December 19-20 I will be at Burns to answer questions and have meetings with the parents following check-in for the players.  
 
This weekend we worked in the middle third of the field with central possession by separating from the defenders, rolling to open up and receive the ball across the body with the lead foot to the direction the players is attacking.  Goalkeepers in central worked on set position and dealing with the back pass.  We are asking the players to keep a journal of sessions for what they learned, what the coaching staff taught to the group and individual conversations.  Each session they are expected to the learn the names of the players that surround them, thank the players at the end, thank the coaches for the session, and thank their parents for the soccer support.  If you were not at the session due to games, we will see you at the next one where you can get your jersey and number.
 
ODP sessions are for the players to train.  We do not allow recruiting from the coaches, players or parents.  Only college coaches are allowed to recruit at sessions.  Please be courteous to other families and respect the ODP sessions for training purposes only.  
 
We have extended the registration date without increased fees through December 22, 2015.  Thank you for the privilege to coach your soccer player.  We look forward to the next session:  Improve defending in the defensive half to include transition individually and as a team.  
 
 
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