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Prospective Elite Player Development Members
Added 1/29/2015

Dear Prospective Elite Player Development Members,

Thank you for your interest in the Elite Player Development program with Alabama Soccer Association. We are very excited to begin the EPD spring season for Alabama’s Under 10 – Under 12 players. We are coming off of a very successful inaugural season in the fall of 2014, where we had over 250 youth players participating from across the state. EPD is a club within Olympic Development Program (ODP) and requires registration for both the EPD Club and each individual training session you plan on attending. Initial registration is $50.00 and the individual training sessions will range from $10-$20. The sessions are based from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) curriculum and include small-sided games to promote individual creativity and improve decision making.

The costs will cover admin fees and one training t-shirt for the spring only.  Non-ASA members will need to pay an additional $20 per player to register with USYS (this includes all AYSO and US Club Registrants). All players will be required to register and pay for each Training Event that they attend.  Players are strongly encouraged to plan to attend at least 3 sessions to benefit from the program. 

Special to the spring season: A group of older EPD players will be selected to participate in a sub-regional event on Saturday 3/28 and Sunday 3/29. A boys and a girls team will be formed to participate versus Louisiana and Mississippi’s teams. More information will come regarding this event. However, while registering, please place your availability for this event.

The registration link for the EPD Club can be found here: al.2015epdspring.affinitysoccer.com

Mission: The Elite Player Development program is a precursor to the Olympic Development Program (ODP) designed to offer elite players additional training to compliment the training they receive within their club.  The EPD program offers an opportunity for the Alabama Soccer Association staff to become familiar with and train some of Alabama’s upcoming talent.  The emphasis is on individual player development, with specific attention on technical growth.

Core Principles:

1) To encourage individual player development through technical skills training

2) Basic Goal Keeper skill development to include handling, shot stopping, and distribution

3) Teach individual and small group tactics based on the foundations of the Principles of Play, “Attacking, defending, transition”

4) To foster an environment for competitive players to seek additional training with likeminded players

5) To promote the game of soccer here in Alabama by supporting local colleges and universities and by developing coaches

For more information on EPD including event schedule and field locations, please visit: http://www.alsoccer.org/odp/elite_player_development_1012_years_old/

Thanks,

Alabama Soccer Association

Elite Player Development (U10-U12 years old)
Added 1/29/2015

Elite Player Development

Alabama Soccer Association

 
 
Mission: The Elite Player Development program is a precursor to the Olympic Development Program (ODP) designed to offer elite male and female youth soccer players aged 10-12 years old additional training to compliment the training they receive within their club.  The EPD program offers an opportunity for the Alabama Soccer Association staff to become familiar with and train some of Alabama’s upcoming talent.  The emphasis is on individual player development, with specific attention on technical growth.
Core Principles:
1) To encourage individual player development through technical skills training (juggling will be included in every session)
2) To teach each player basic goalkeeper skill development to include handling, shot stopping, and distribution
3) Teach individual and small group tactics based on the foundations of the Principles of Play, (Attacking, defending, transition)
4) To foster an environment for competitive players to seek additional training with likeminded players
5) To promote the game of soccer here in Alabama by supporting local colleges and universities and by developing coaches within the US Soccer Curriculum
Program: The regionalized training sessions will be ~1.5 hours long and will be based on US Soccer Curriculum and conducted by licensed coaches.  If numbers permit, the format will be stations of activities where groups of developmentally appropriate players will rotate among the different coaches/stations.  Goalkeeping will be included in every session for ALL players. The EPD Coaching Staff will follow a curriculum that is based off of the U.S. Soccer Curriculum.  Each session will finish with small sided games.  Club coaches will also be invited to the sessions to continue their development and familiarity with the U.S. Soccer Curriculum.
Players need to understand that they may not be grouped with their friends/teammates.  We want to encourage players to learn to play with and against different players.  Players will be split into a group for that session.  The groups may change from session to session (and even within sessions) so players need to remain flexible and open to the challenge.  Genders will be mixed; boys and girls will play together.
There are around 20 events scheduled throughout the state and we have structured the schedule so that we have 3-4 events in each of the following areas- North Alabama, Central Alabama, South Central Alabama, and South Alabama.
New to this season will be an opportunity to play 11 v 11 Sub-Regional matches against other states as part of March 28-29s Alabama ODP Sub-Regional in Decatur, AL.
Cost: $50 for the Initial Registration for the Spring 2015 Program.  This will cover admin fees and one training t-shirt for the fall only. Returning EPD players from the fall season will be offered a $5 promo code for the initial registration. This will expire 1 week from Thursday, January 29, 2015. Non-ASA members will need to pay an additional $20 per player to register with USYS (this includes all AYSO and US Club Registrants). All players will be required to register and pay for each Training Event that they attend.  Each event will cost between $10-$20.  Players are strongly encouraged to plan to attend at least 3 sessions to benefit from the program.  Only a select number of players will be invited to the Sub-Regional Event, which will cost $100 per player.
Registration:  Open to ASA registered male and female players aged 10-12 years old (please see below for 9 years old, or for players turning 13 during the time frame).  Players will self-select into this program so we encourage that players with the desire to be around other elite players should register. Registration will be open August 13.  Please register for each Training Event at least one week prior to the event so that the appropriate number of coaches can be scheduled. There are no refunds or prorated charges. Click Here for the Initial Registration. Once you complete the Initial Registration, you will be sent a confirmation email that will include the link to register for the Training Events (this email usually takes 5-15 minutes after you complete it, depending on how busy the server is during that time).  Please do not share the Training Event Registration link with others.  If you are experiencing registration issues, please contact Program Administrator Martha Disko at martha@alsoccer.org or 205-991-9779.
What do I need to bring?:  Players will be issued a training t-shirt at the first training event.  You must first complete the initial registration.  The training shirt must be worn at all training sessions.  Players should bring their own soccer ball, shin guards, and something to drink.  Most importantly, bring a great attitude! 
Parents are encouraged to attend, but must be as silent observers.  Any parent coaching from the sidelines will be asked to leave.
9 Years Old or 13 Years Old Players: Some players that are 9 years old may be capable of participating in EPD, however, we want to make sure that it is a good fit.  Therefore, your club Director of Coaching must email State Technical Director Zac Crawford @ zac@alsoccer.org stating that they believe the player will be a good fit for the program.  Players that will turn 13 during the fall season will also be allowed to participate.
Make-Up Policy: If an event is cancelled due to weather, your registration fees for that event will be applied to the next scheduled event in your area.
 
Schedule: as of 1/29/15 @ 12:30 p.m., this is a tentative schedule and subject to change.
Elite Player Development Schedule Fall 2015

Date

Day

City

Location

Time

2/6

Friday

Birmingham

Homewood Park

5:00 - 6:30 PM

2/8

Sunday

Montgomery

Montgomery YMCA

1:30 - 3:30 PM

2/11

Wednesday

Birmingham

Trussville Sports Complex

6:00 - 7:30 PM

2/15

Sunday

Birmingham

Sports Blast Complex

1:30 - 3:30 PM

2/20

Friday

Mobile

Founders Park

6:00 - 7:30 PM

2/21

Saturday

Huntsville

Merrimack Park

5:00 - 7:00 PM

2/22

Sunday

Mobile

Founders Park

1:00 - 3:00 PM

2/28

Saturday

Birmingham

Rathmell Sports Park

4:00 - 5:30 PM

3/1

Sunday

Montgomery

Montgomery YMCA

9:00 - 11:00 AM

3/13

Friday

Daphne

Trione Park

6:30 - 8:00 PM

3/15

Sunday

Daphne

Trione Park

5:00 - 7:00 PM

3/18

Wednesday

Birmingham

Rocky Ridge

7:30 - 8:30 PM

3/22

Sunday

Birmingham

Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex

4:00 - 6:00 PM

3/31

Tuesday

Birmingham

TBA - Spring Break Camp

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

4/1

Wednesday

Birmingham

TBA - Spring Break Camp

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

4/2

Thursday

Birmingham

TBA - Spring Break Camp

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

4/11

Saturday

Huntsville

Merrimack Park

3:00 - 5:00 PM

4/12

Sunday

Montgomery

Montgomery YMCA

2:00 - 4:00 PM

4/18

Saturday

Birmingham

Sports Blast Complex

2:00 - 4:00 PM

4/26

Sunday

Montgomery

Montgomery YMCA

2:00 - 4:00 PM

5/1

Friday

South Alabama

TBA

5:30 - 7:00 PM

5/3

Sunday

South Alabama

TBA

4:00 - 5:30 PM

 
Directions to Fields:
Auburn Soccer Complex 2340 Wire Road Auburn, AL Directions- http://mapq.st/1pUABFC
Gadsden State CC- 1001 George Wallace Dr, Gadsden, Alabama 35903 - Google maps link - http://bit.ly/1zufRdl
Founders Park- Founders Drive Fairhope, AL  36532
Jack Allen Complex 2616 Modaus Road SW, Decatur, AL 35603
Jacksonville State University Stadium Field 466 Nisbet St NW, Jacksonville, AL 36265– Directions http://bit.ly/1sR4QNN
Liberty Park Vestavia- 17025 Liberty Pkwy, Vestavia Hills, AL  35242-7539 Directions-http://bit.ly/1lPyVIF
Merrimack Park- 3501 Triana Blvd, Huntsville, AL  35805 Directions- http://bit.ly/1Bc5XMP
Montevallo University – 75 College Drive, Montevallo, AL, 35115 Directions- http://bit.ly/1oEdHgB
Montgomery YMCA – 300 Brown Springs Road Montgomery, AL 36117 Directions- http://bit.ly/1yobqvM
Orange Beach Sports Complex, Gulf Oak Ridge Trail, Orange Beach, AL 36561, Google Maps - http://bit.ly/1nKazGy
Rathmell – 3577 East Street Birmingham, AL 35223 Directions-http://bit.ly/1ujuCNN
Rocky Ridge – Directions found here - ROCKY RIDGE Field Directions
Sokol North – 6555 Watermelon Rd, Northport, AL 35743 Directions- http://bit.ly/VdbO3I
Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex (SHAC) – 4700 Sicard Hollow Rd, AL 35242 Directions- http://bit.ly/1sRcS9k 
Spirit of America -  2900-C Point Mallard Park, SE  Decatur, Alabama 35601 http://bit.ly/ZUil5i
Springhill College Game Field – 4000 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL, 36608 http://bit.ly/1p6bfE9
Sports Blast Complex - 19220 Highway 280, Birmingham, AL  35242
Trione- 8600 Whispering Pines Road, Daphne, AL 36525
Troy University – JESSE H. COLLEY Track/Soccer Complex Luther Drive, Troy, AL 36082- Directions-http://bit.ly/1A8n68A  Practice Field -
University of Alabama – 500 Fifth Avenue East, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401 Directions-http://bit.ly/1pLcWWW
University of Alabama at Birmingham – 900 11th Street S Birmingham, AL 35205 Directions- http://bit.ly/1uHi4wR
University of Alabama at Huntsville game field – John Wright Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35805 Directions- http://bit.ly/1kwSgTE
Practice Field - 205 Spragins Hall Huntsville, AL 35899 (Field located opposite Spragins)
University of Mobile – 5735 College Parkway Mobile, AL 36613
University of South Alabama Practice Field Directions- http://bit.ly/1oEdrOB
University of West Alabama – 100 U.S. 11, Livingston, AL, 35470 Directions-http://bit.ly/1B9xQVO
Vivian Lee Maddox (Gadsden) -  4573 Rainbow Dr, Rainbow City, AL 35906 Directions-http://bit.ly/1mDhQS9
 
Registration Issues- please contact
Martha Disko, Program Administrator
martha@alsoccer.org 
Office: 205-991-9779
 
General Questions- please contact
Ivy Duggan, Program Coordinator
Elite Player Development
ivy.w.duggan@gmail.com 

 

ODP Overview

 Purpose: The mission of the Alabama Soccer Association is to identify and train the elite player, providing opportunities for these potential region/national players.

Through the years, clubs have become modern and sophisticated, with year-round programming circulating around player development. The Olympic Development Program acts as a supplement, giving elite players opportunities to play with and against the best, while providing them exposure at the regional, national, and international levels.

ASA State Staff is comprised of coaches at the club, high school, and college levels. All coaches are nationally licensed, and are committed to enhance the development of each player, while assisting them in obtaining college scholarship opportunities.

 Click here for the "ODP Pyramid"

The Program:  1997 – 2000 Age Groups
Scouting: Alabama Soccer Association will institute a scouting system for these age groups, which will be the primary method for identifying players. We believe a player competing in their own environment gives a more accurate assessment of his or her strengths/weaknesses.  Reducing the calendar for these athletes limits overtraining and decreases overuse injuries.

Players can be evaluated primarily in events, such as State League, Region 3 Premier League, National League, State Cup, and Southern Regionals. The scouting staff will consist of ASA, Region 3, and US Soccer personnel. The ASA Technical Director will coordinate and have final approval on invitations to the ASA State Pool.

It should be noted that Club DOC’s can also recommend in writing players to be evaluated. This enhances the relationship between club and ODP, allowing clubs to participate and make the program meaningful for all parties involved.


IdentificationBelow are the following ways players will be identified and invited to the program 

1.      State team members from the previous season will automatically be invited

2.      The players who have been identified through the scouting system

3.      Combine – There will be an open trial (late fall) for any player that was potentially overlooked in the process 

The above groups will comprise a squad of players called the ‘State Pool’. The State Pool phase will take place in the winter. This phase will consist of approximately 4 training opportunities. 

Selection: After the winter training sessions/events, 22 players (18 players and 4 alternates) will be selected in each age group to represent the ‘State Team’.  The state team will continue to train/compete and represent the state of Alabama at Region 3 Camp in July.

2001 Age Group: 

Alabama Soccer Association offers a format to our youngest age group, which will expose our players to the program and staff.  We hold a tournament, open to any 2001s. 02s may be eligible, based on recommendations from the club’s DOC. The tournament is a weekend event held in December, where players are placed on ‘teams’ and participate in games. Each ‘team’ has a district staff coach which manages the group throughout the weekend. State Staff will observe and evaluate players, gaining input from the district staff as well.

 It is at the tournament where we select the top players to form a ‘State Team’ in each gender and represent Alabama.  The State team will continue to train/compete and represent the state of Alabama at Region 3 Camp in July.  The state reserves the right to add or release players at any time.  

 

 

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