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ODP to Regionalize
Youngest Age Group

By Erik Lyslo

It's been in the works for a few years now, but the Oregon ODP staff is excited to announce that we will regionalize the youngest age group ('97s) in ODP in four parts of the state. These four regions will consist of ODP pools (pool sizes will vary) in Portland, Bend, Eugene and Medford. Tryouts will be held in the four regions, directed by OYSA and the Oregon ODP staff, Dec. 5-6 and Dec. 12-13, 2009.

Why Regionalize ODP?

Creating four different pools in four parts of the state creates a better environment for players. It creates excitement to play for a select team in your area of the state. It limits traveling for parents and players, and it gives players the opportunity to play on a select team and improve as soccer players. It also creates a competitive environment, especially when you throw in an Inter-Regional Tournament over spring break which brings all four regions together for a 2-3 day tournament. This tournament gives all four regions the opportunity to earn bragging rights in the state.

How does the process work?

Each region will hold tryouts on the dates given below in the timeline. OYSA will assign coaches in each region to run the pools. Each group will be assigned a head coach and an assistant coach. Each region will keep around 30 players in their pool. Portland will likely keep more players due to the large numbers in the area. Each region will then be given three months to train their groups at least six times. Coaches are welcome to train their players more, but at least six sessions will be required.

The goal is to find the top 18 players in each region to compete in the Inter-Regional Tournament over spring break in March. At this tournament, all four regions will compete against each other in a tournament format. Players will also be evaluated by the State Head Coaching staff and evaluators from each region. After the tournament is complete, we will name a pool of 40 players who will represent Oregon at the State ODP level. At this point, those 40 players will be given a training schedule for the remainder of the ODP season.

Timeline for Youngest Age Group

Dec. 5-6ODP Tryouts in Portland and Bend
Dec. 12-13ODP Tryouts in Eugene and Medford
Dec. 13-Mar. 19Six training sessions required by each region (More sessions welcomed)
Mar. 22-24ODP Inter-Regional Tournament (Location TBA)
Mar. 25thODP staff will name State Pool of 40 players (two teams)

Coaching Breakdown

Again, the Oregon ODP staff will name two State Head Coaches and two State Assistant Coaches for the '97 age group. The Oregon ODP staff will also name one head coach and one assistant coach for each Regional Team in your area. In all, we'll have close to 12 coaches involved with one age group. This will happen on both the boys' and girls' sides.

Regional Boundaries for Tryouts
(If you live in this area, this is where you tryout)

  • Portland Pool: Portland Metro Area, Astoria, Vancouver, Hood River, Forest Grove, Wilsonville
  • Eugene Pool: Woodburn, Keizer, Salem, Albany, Corvallis, Central Coast, Eugene area
  • Bend Pool: Bend area, Redmond, Sisters, Madras, Pendleton, La Grande, Hermiston
  • Southern Oregon Pool: Roseburg, Grants Pass, Medford, Ashland, Klamath Falls, Southern Coast

*If you have questions about this, please ask. Players are welcome to tryout in any location, but we recommend you tryout in your region.

Training Schedule during December-March

We will encourage our coaches to train on the weekend to accommodate players who need to travel. But the benefit of having a Regionalized Program is that travel is cut down considerably to the point where weekday sessions may be more beneficial, and necessary. We will also recommend that coaches train in multiple locations within your region. For example, Salem, Corvallis and Eugene all have two sessions.

Uniforms, fees, paperwork, tryout information?

Each player will receive two training t-shirts that include a number on the back. This shirt will be yours to keep. It will also be necessary to wear when training and competing in the Inter-Regional Tournament. We will use the number on back to evaluate players at all times during the season. This number will be assigned by the Oregon ODP staff.

Fees! The tryout fee for all players is $65. The participation fee for players who make their Regionalized Pool is $115. Once players make the State Pool, there will be a uniform fee (roughly $150) for your gear and a state fee (roughly $115) for your continued participation.

Your tryout application will be used as your paperwork until the Final Pool of 40 is named in March. The players who make the pool of 40 will then be given additional paperwork to fill out and send back to the OYSA office. Directions and information on this will be given out at a later date.


We are very excited to put this new program in place this next ODP year. We honestly feel this gives players and families the opportunity to play their best soccer while not having to worry about so much travel, and the financial and logistical issues it raises.

This allows players to play with the elite players in your area, and then gives them the opportunity to make the state team and play for Regional bragging rights. We anticipate great numbers for this opportunity and we look forward to seeing everybody at tryouts soon. Additional information on each tryout will be given out, so please visit the all-new oregonyouthsoccer.org for the latest updates.

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