South Carolina Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What if I cannot attend the tryout dates but want to participate in ODP?
If you would like to be evaluated for an ODP player pool but cannot attend the scheduled tryout dates you will then have the opportunity to be evaluated on one of the first two training dates for the player pools. You must still register online for the evaluation process and pay the evaluation fee.
2. How do I register for ODP if I do not play for a registered SCYSA club or program?
If you are not a registered SCYSA player but would like to participate in the SCYSA Olympic Development Program then you may do so by registering directly with SCYSA. You must submit the following information, full name, address, phone, e-mail, date of birth, copy of birth certificate and pay the $10 registration fee. Please contact the state office 803-749-4353.
3. How do I play for SCYS ODP if I am registered to play in North Carolina or Georgia but am a resident of SC or I live outside of SC but am registered to play in SCYSA?
You will need to complete an Interstate Permission Form and complete the ODP Declaration line choosing either the state you are playing in (Accepting) or the state you reside in (Releasing). If you did not complete this process during your initial registration for your respective league play you can find the form on our website under Registration Forms.
4. What is a player pool and how do I get selected to the player pool?
A player pool is the amount of players that are selected during an evaluation period that make up the age group. From this player pool, players will be selected in each age group for the Subregional event in January and for Region ODP Camp in July. The ideal number of players per player pool age group is 30 – 40 players but as few as 25 may be selected. Players are selected for a player pool by registering for tryouts and then being evaluated by the state ODP staff.
5. Will goalkeepers be evaluated separately by a goalkeeper coach?
It will be the job of the goalkeeper coaches to evaluate the goalkeepers and make recommendations to the head coaches of each age group. Goalkeeper coaches will remain with the Girls and Boys programs throughout the cycle and provide goalkeeper training at all pre-scheduled training sessions.
6. My player was born in 2007/2008. Can they tryout for ODP?
Yes players born in 2007 and 2008 can tryout for ODP. You must follow the same registration process that all other players complete to be eligible for the 2007/2008 player pool.
7. What will happen during the tryouts?
Players will be asked to arrive an hour to 30 minutes before the tryouts begin. Times will be posted online. Players will receive two numbered t shirts that must be worn during tryouts. Players will then be sent to fields where their respective age group will be evaluated by the age group head coach and assistant coach and other odp staff. The tryout procedure will be posted online one week prior to the first tryout for all to view.
8. What do I need to bring to tryouts?
All Forms list below must be completed online prior to tryouts
Medical Release Form
Player Data Form
Code of Conduct
Medical Insurance Card Form
We ask that all players wear black shorts and white socks. Tryout t-shirts will be provided that all players must wear. We ask that player refrain from wearing club specific gear.
Players should also bring their own properly inflated soccer ball and water.
9. What is Region ODP Camp?
US Youth Soccer is divided into four Regions. All Regions offer a Regional Camp for ODP participants in each eligible age group. The camps are designed to develop elite players through high-level competition and training. During Region Camp training and competition, players who are identified for possible selection to the Region pool for possible selection to the Region team. Region team players attend events that place them in contention to be selected for US Soccer Youth National Teams. The specifics, as well as the cost, of these Regional camps will be provided by South Carolina Youth Soccer Association to all invited players.
10. Is there financial assistance available?
Financial assistance is available for those in need for Region ODP Camp only. All players must pay the registration/tryout fee. After this, families may apply for scholarship assistance. Scholarship applications will be emailed upon request by contacting the ODP Administrator. All financial assistance information needs to be in the office by May 1st of each calendar year.