North Texas Players Selected to the 2012 Region III Pool
A total of 259 North Texas Players attended the Regional ODP Camps in Alabama this summer and, of that group, many have been selected to the Region III ODP Team Pool based upon their outstanding performance.
The purpose of the Region III Team is manifold:
- To provide the top players in Region III opportunities to develop and reach their goals.
- To showcase Region III players to college coaches.
- To showcase Region III players to national team staff.
- To expose Region III players to foreign soccer cultures and different playing styles.
- To showcase Region III players to international scouts and professional clubs.
Planned events for the Region Team this coming year include:
- The Thanksgiving Interregional held in Chula Vista, Calif., for the ’98 and ’99 age groups.
- NCAA Final Four Interregional in Birmingham, Ala., in December, for the ’95 and ’96 age groups.
- International trips in February and March.
This is an outstanding opportunity and we want to congratulate the following North Texas players that have been selected for the 2012-13 Region III Team:
|‘99 Boys||‘98 Boys||‘97 Boys||‘96 Boys||‘95 Boys|
Alexis Gomez (alt)
|Eric Ortiz (alt)
Cody McLemore (alt)
Skyler Simmonds (alt)
|‘99 Girls||‘98 Girls||‘97 Girls||‘96 Girls|| |
Size Doesn’t Matter for North Texas ODP Player
Due to her hard work, commitment and determination to never back down from a challenge, one North Texas ODP Player has found herself on the verge of making it to the top. Jordan “Jordi” Harr, a four-foot, 10-and-one-half-inch tall member of our ‘98 Girls State Team, was selected this year to the National Pool, where she has stood out to coaches and staff as one of the top performers.
Jordan is a member of the Sting Club and plays midfield. She is currenty ranked:
Top 150 Ranking: #10 – 2016 Girls
Regional Ranking: #1 – 2016 Texas
Positional Ranking: #4 – 2016 Midfielder
At the conclusion of her last National Team training session, we received a call from Jordi’s parents, Scott and Rebecca Harr, who informed us she received outstanding reviews from her coach. In fact, word has it … we might even be seeing Jordi participate in the next U-17 World Cup!
We are all very proud of Jordi’s accomplishments and wish her continued success in her soccer journey.
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Reaching Out to Friends in Kneed
Injuries are a part of the game for any athlete. Unfortunately, for some of us, injuries are more than the normal pulled muscle or sprained ankle. Instead, they are of a nature that may require surgery, causing long periods away from the sport we love — or even career-ending, which can be very hard to deal with. This was the type of injury that Kris Gordon, a member of our 96 Girls ODP team, incurred.
The following is her story and, the positive thing that resulted from what, at first, was a very dark moment in her life:
“After tearing my ACL back in September of 2011, I felt lost and alone. With so much ahead of me, I didn’t even want to think of everything I’d have to go through in order to get back to my game. It was the worst day of my life! Helpless and in ‘kneed,’ I searched for a way to learn from others my own age. I found nothing, so I created a website called “Friends in Kneed,” a support forum for injured student-athletes, so we all could benefit from each other.
“When my injury first occurred, I thought I was the only one having to endure such mental and physical pain. Of course, I was wrong, but it sure felt that way. No one really understands how it feels until it happens to them, and while those who have gone through it may offer support and sympathy to the recently injured (in my case, my Texans, ODP and high school coaches and players all reached out and supported me), all the attention goes away pretty quickly.
“In the beginning, in the first days post-injury, it seems that there are so many roads to take. It’s easy to get lost. With Friends in Kneed, I hope I can help athletes and their families to get going the right direction and keep a positive attitude all the way through. There are useful tools on the site, including articles about injuries and questions one might ask their coach, doctor or therapist. These questions give the player (and their family) an idea of where to start, because it’s so hard trying to figure out what to do next when you don’t know the right questions to ask. Even talking to your coach becomes stressful when you’re hurt. You feel like you’re letting down the entire team. Feelings like this are all shared on stories posted to Friends in Kneed.
“Friends in Kneed not only encourages and motivates athletes to persevere, it also gives them the support and advice they need in order to succeed. In the future, it is my plan that Friends in Kneed will help provide financial aid to families and athletes that are unable to pay for the cost of surgery and rehabilitation. Friends in Kneed started with my thoughts, struggles and stories, and I am determined to keep it going, and keep it doing well for others.
“Soccer and my ACL injury have changed my life in so many ways; creating and growing Friends in Kneed is how I am giving back to the soccer and sports community. Please visit www.friendsinkneed.com and either submit your story, or forward it to athletes and families who are in “kneed.” Together, we can get them back, even stronger, to the game we love!”
East Texas Area Event Announced
Who: 1996-2001 Birth Year, Boys and Girls
When: Friday, Nov. 9 — 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10 — 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11 — 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Lindsey Park; 1255 Spur 364 West; Tyler, TX 75709
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West Texas Area Event Announced
Who: 1996-2001 Birth Year Boys and Girls
When: Friday, Nov. 16 — 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17 — 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18 — 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Burl Huffman Athletic Complex, 2506 Landmark Lane, Lubbock, TX, 79415
2012- 2013 ODP Year Off To a Good Start
Fall tryout registration reveals the North Texas Program is alive and healthy. We had very sizeable increases in our tryout registrations for every age group:
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