'00 ODP Open Tryouts Announced!

Who: 2000 Boys and Girls

{2001 Developmental Sessions in the Spring TBD}

What: NTSSA is seeking the BEST players, boys and girls, in North Texas! We are looking for technical players who are skilled and creative, smart, have strong character, and possess the competitive fire to compete at the highest level in their age group.

When: Oct. 16, Nov. 13, and Dec. 4, 2011

Where: McInnish Park, 2340 Sandy Lake Rd, Carrollton, TX 75006

Times: Boys - 12-3 p.m. — Girls - 4-7 p.m.

Cost: One-time fee of $75

Register Here

The Tryout Process

For the 2000 birth years, the tryouts will be over three days, comprising three, three-hour sessions. Cost is a one-time fee of $75, whether players attend one or all tryout dates. It is NOT mandatory to attend all tryout dates. However, players are HIGHLY encouraged to attend all tryout dates to ensure the best possible evaluation(s) for acceptance to ODP.

For the 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 birth years, the tryouts will be over two days, comprising two, two-hour sessions. Cost is a one-time fee of $50 whether players attend one or both tryout dates It is NOT mandatory to attend both tryout dates. However, players are HIGHLY encouraged to attend both tryout dates to ensure the best possible evaluation(s) for acceptance to ODP.

Birth Year

For the first tryout, boys and girls will be split by birthdates. Players born in the first six months of their birth year will be separated from players born in the second six months of their birth year. We recognize the difference in competitive experience of the boys and girls trying out and we cater for realistic versus unrealistic expectations in the initial stages of the tryout process. We have one eye on the present and one eye on the future soccer player. Nature must take its course.

Player Positions

Players will be divided by position for the first tryout (i.e. goalkeepers, fullbacks, central defenders, outside midfielders, center midfielders, forwards). They will stay in this group for the first tryout. For the second and third tryouts, players will be placed onto teams.


Boys and girls will be evaluated on their technical execution in the skills of the game:

Ball Control
Running with the ball

Opposed practice will be evaluated in the following:

1 v. 1
4 v. 4
8 v. 8
11 v. 11


There will be 2 NTX ODP staff coaches per 16 players. One staff coach will organize and run the session. The senior staff coach will evaluate/grade the players. The staff will be relaxed, player-centered, and helpful. At the tryout stage, no coaching/instruction will be given so we can see if the players know and can do the tasks assigned during the tryouts.

The Mission of North Texas ODP

The purpose of the NTX Olympic Development Program is to identify and develop the top players in the state, in partnership with the competitive clubs and teams statewide. Our focus is player development. Working together with our competitive leagues, clubs and teams, we complement each other and, through this process, the level of play within the state is impacted in a positive manner.

NTSSA ODP is an opportunity, a pathway, for elite player development, featuring the "best of the best" in the state. Participants will be challenged technically, tactically, physically, and mentally playing at this higher level. Gifted boys and girls will learn on their feet, play quicker, and be on their toes as every facet of their game will be stretched. We aim to elevate the game of the truly elite players.

Like a pyramid, we start with a big base — a strong foundation — and have a large pool of 100 players. From this pool we select four teams. Each year we reduce the teams from four, to three, to two, to one as the boys and girls mature. "The cream rises to the top" — only the gifted with the right drive, desire and determination to succeed persist and remain.

ODP provides an efficient, yet relaxed, environment where the truly gifted players will excel. The program is player development-oriented, not results-oriented. Practice is deliberate and progresses from simple to complex. Games are played at a high level. The coaching staff is player-centered, using a soft approach, few words — "one ounce of theory to a ton of practice" — with lots of praise; clear, concise, simple and honest feedback; and no shouting. Young players are given opportunities to make decisions and solve problems — we give them cues/clues, not answers.

We have found, over the years, that this developmental approach speeds up learning to create the best all-around experience. The list below is an example of just a few players over the years that have benefitted from this program:

1983:Clint Dempsey (USA, Fulham, Premier Div) Brittany Barakat (Univ. Connecticut))
1984:Drew Moor (Colorado, MLS) Kasey White (USA U21)
1985:Ramone Nunez (Leeds, Honduras) Kerri Hanks (USA U19, U20,Herman winner 2 yrs)
1986:Chase Wileman (USA U17) Amy Berend (USA U20)
1987:Jose Torres (Pachuca, Mexico 1st Div) Natalie and Cydne Currie (TX. A & M)
1988:Corben Bone (Chicago, MLS) Kat Lagow (LSU)
1989:Jarred Jeffrey (USA U20; Mainz,Bundesliga) Melissa Henderson (USA U23)
1990:TJ Eaton (USA U17) Ashley Rape (USA U18)
1991:Dillon Powers (USA U20; Gatorade player of yr) Alina Garciamendez (Mexico Natl. Team)
1992:Alfred Koroma (USA U17) Chioma Ubogagu (USA U20)
1993:Jeffrey Torda (Reg III) Taylor Smith (USA U17)
1994:Matthew Dunn (USA U17) Casie and Brooke Ramsier (Reg III)
1995:Kellyn Acosta (USA U17) Claire Wheatley (Reg III)
1996:Alan Winn (Reg III) Kristina Schultz (Reg III)
1997:Jacob Hernandez (Reg III) Mimi Asom (Reg III)
1998:Ben Hale (Reg III) Jordan Harr (Reg III)
1999:Paxton Pomykaal (Reg III) ?
2000:? ?


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