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BYSA Players Chosen for the Olympic Development Program


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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

BYSA is proud to announce that Sofia Cabral, Sam Hogan, Patrick Larson, Victoria Sousa, Kaelyn Silveira and Nick Williams have been selected to join US Youth Soccers Olympic Development Program (ODP) and will represent <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Rhode Island in US Youth Soccer events.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

The US Youth Soccer ODP Philosophy is to identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis, which will lead to increased success for the U.S. National Teams in the international arena.

The program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for international competition; to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.

Each State Association holds ODP try-outs on an annual basis and players are selected on the basis of open tryouts. These tryouts are conducted by SoccerRI coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills.  Selection of these players is not an easy task and players are evaluated on the four components that make up a soccer player: Technique, Tactics, Fitness/Athletic Ability and Attitude.

By participating in this program, these athletes will have the opportunity to train and play with the best players in their age group.  They will also receive quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches while playing against other state association ODP teams.

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