Alaska Development Program

The Alaska Development Program (ADP) is a NEW state run umbrella program encompassing several soccer development programs and opportunities for players in the state of Alaska. In the past, Alaska Youth Soccer has focused on a single developmental program structure, namely ODP and Pre-ODP. Said programs regionally and nationally spanned over the course of five to seven age groups, for example 97'-03's. The landscape of soccer regionally and nationally is always evolving and over the past few years there has been a shift in state-run programming to expand development programs in an effort to better suit the needs of players. By expanding Alaska Youth Soccer's (AYS) programming we'll be able to offer additional programs, trainings, tournaments and identification events for players over nine age groups (95'-03's) to participate in, PRE-ODP, ODP and ADP Showcase.

After reviewing the website pages (General Information, Schedules and Tryout pages) do you still have questions? Can't make the tryout dates? All questions regarding tryouts and ADP can be sent to: matt@alaskayouthsoccer.org (preferably before the August 9th registration deadline)

 
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2013-2014 Alaska Development Program (ADP) General Timeline

PRE-ODP - 02 and 03

            New this year: Tryouts and more training sessions. 

Tryout Fee: $25.  ADP Participation Fee: $150

  • August: Tryouts held at each Regional Training Center
  • September-February: Sessions will be held for these groups at Regional Training Centers to coincide with older-age group Training/Sessions.
  • May 17/18: Depending on number of participants, possible in-state mini-camp.

ODP - 97-01

New this year: More training opportunities and showcase travel events.       

Tryout Fee: $25.  ADP Participation Fee: $200, Projected Travel Fee per event-$650 (covers hotel, breakfast and catered dinners, ground transportation, uniforms and travel gear, coach/manager/administrator costs)

August

  • Alaska ODP tryouts: Anchorage-August 12/13, Fairbanks, Juneau and Kenai-August 17/18.
  • After all the tryouts are finished, up to 25 players will be identified into the state player pool for each age-group.  We will use the e-mail entered when you registered to let you know when the player pools are posted on the Alaska Youth Soccer (AYS) webpage: ADP Pools page. 
  • Players in the pool need to confirm their spot by registering again for the next step in the program.
  • Players interested in participating in the Nomads Thanksgiving trip must confirm their interest. We expect firm commitment to this event if offered a spot.
  • ADP Participation Fees will cover training.

 September – February

  • Regional Training Centers: Training sessions will be held in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Kenai.
  • Players need only attend sessions in their district, but are welcome to attend others Training Centers too.
  • Dates/times/locations for training will be posted on the AYS webpage: ADP Schedules page.

September

  • Players from 97-99 pools will be identified for the November Nomads Thanksgiving College Showcase event.  We will travel as U18-U15 teams for this event.

November

  • Players from 97-01 pools will be identified for ODP Championships to be held over January 9-12, in Phoenix, Arizona. We would expect firm commitment to this event from players.
  • Players from 97 pool will be identified for FC Portland Winter College Showcase to be held over January 17-20, Portland Oregon.  We will travel as U18 and U17 teams for this event.  We expect firm commitment to this event from players.  
  • November 16/17: Team Training in Anchorage for those traveling to Nomads Thanksgiving College Showcase.  These sessions are not mandatory, but we hope all players selected can make the training sessions.
  • November 29- December 1 in San Diego, CA, Nomads Thanksgiving College Showcase.  97-99 pools.

January

  • January 4/5: Team Training in Anchorage for those traveling to ODP Championships and/or FC Portland Winter College Showcase.  These sessions are not mandatory, but we hope all players selected can make the training sessions.
  • January 9-12 in Phoenix, AZ, 97-01 age-group teams will play in a tournament against other state ODP teams (Regional and National Staff will be in attendance, along with 80+ College Coaches).
  • January 17-20 in Portland, OR, FC Portland Winter Showcase, 97 pool.

February

  • Regional Training for 00-03, Dates TBA
  • Players from 00-01 pools will be identified for Portland Timbers Friendship Cup to be held over May 23-26, in Portland Oregon.  Identifying players this month will hopefully help families with getting travel arrangements sorted out at a reasonable price (Airlines are often having a sale on tickets around this time). We would expect firm commitment to this event from players.

May

  • May 17/18 Team Training in Anchorage for those traveling to Portland Timbers Friendship Cup.  These sessions are not mandatory, but we hope all players selected can make the training sessions.
  • May 23-26 in Portland, OR, Portland Timbers Friendship Cup, 00-01 age-group teams will play in a tournament against other ODP teams (Regional and National Staff will be in attendance, along with College coaches)

 

Summer 2014- Region IV Camp is by invite only (invites come from Region IV STAFF).

Players would hear from Region IV directly to be invited into camp and would play/train with players from all over the region, rather than play in a team format as they have in the past.

 

ADP SHOWCASE 95-96 (8/1/95-12/31/96)

New this year: Training opportunities and events.        

Tryout Fee: $25.  ADP Participation Fee: $200, Projected Travel Fee per event-$650 (covers hotel, breakfast and catered dinners, ground transportation, uniforms and travel gear, coach/manager/administrator costs)

August

  • Alaska ODP tryouts: Anchorage-August 12/13, Fairbanks, Juneau and Kenai-August 17/18.
  • After all the tryouts are finished, up to 25 players will be identified into the state player pool for each age-group.  We will use the e-mail entered when you registered to let you know when the player pools are posted on the Alaska Youth Soccer (AYS) webpage: ADP Pools page. 
  • Players in the pool need to confirm their spot by registering again for the next step in the program. 
  • ADP Participation Fees will cover training.

 September – February

  • Regional Training Centers: Training sessions will be held in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Kenai.
  • Players need only attend sessions in their district, but are welcome to attend others Training Centers too.
  • Dates/times/locations for training will be posted on the AYS webpage: ADP Schedules page.

September

  • Players from 95-99 pools will be identified for the November Nomads Thanksgiving College Showcase event.  We will travel as U18-U15 teams for this event. We would expect firm commitment to this event from players.

November

  • Players from 95-97 pool will be identified for FC Portland Winter College Showcase to be held over January 17-20, Portland Oregon.  We will travel as U18 and U17 teams for this event. We would expect firm commitment to this event from players.  
  • November 16/17: Team Training in Anchorage for those traveling to Nomads Thanksgiving College Showcase.  These sessions are not mandatory, but we hope all players selected can make the training sessions.
  • November 29-December 1 in San Diego, CA, Nomads Thanksgiving College Showcase

December

  • January 4/5: Team Training in Anchorage for those traveling to FC Portland Winter College Showcase.  These sessions are not mandatory, but we hope all players selected can make the training sessions.
  • January 17-20 in Portland, OR, 95- 97, FC Portland Winter College Showcase.
 
Player Evaluation and Selections
All final player selections are made by the ADP Lead Staff. During the tryouts and training sessions, players are evaluated in the following areas: Physical, Technical, Psychological, and Tactical.
For your benefit the regional level player evaluation form is available on the Coach Education and Player Development Resources page of this website. This document should be used as a guide for players during self examination and during event preparation.

Ultimately players are selected based on their performance at events. It does not matter if the player has attended ODP in the past, if their team has won state cup, or if they are the player on their club team. Top Performance is required for players to be selected into the State pool and the State Team. To be successful at the regional and national levels players will not be able to rely on past successes to be selected. This performance philosophy keeps all players moving forward and focused on increasing their character, skills, fitness, and decision making.

-See below for detailed information regarding what it takes to be successful in ODP from US Youth Soccer

What are the Benefits of Participating in US Youth Soccer ODP?
1. Development as a player. The opportunity to train and play with the best players in one's age group.
2. Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches.
3. Quality competition. Games against other state association ODP teams.
4. Exposure to regional and national team coaches.
5. The opportunity to represent one's state, region or country in competition.
6. Exposure to college coaches.
7. State & Region Level Identification & Competition Process for Elite Players