The VYSA’s Olympic Development Program has a designated five districts. The initial player identification stage begins with the District tryouts. A District Pool of players is selected from the District tryouts by our high level coaching staff. The District tryout registration fee is $40 online or $60 at the tryout site. The registration link is taken down 7 days before the tryouts; registering online saves you $20.
Once started, the District Pools will have ten training sessions. Players can also be added to the district pool, at any time, through the scouting of games. The district training sessions are generally held on a Friday night or weekend day so as to minimize conflicts with other soccer activities the players may have. For 2015-2016, the fee for District ODP is still to be determined.
The last two training sessions in the district pool are called the Inter-District Scrimmages. These events are held either in Williamsburg or Richmond on two separate weekends. From these scrimmages the state pool is selected by the state coaching staff. On the first weekend, the districts will compete against each other. On the second weekend, the players will be mixed into different teams in order to compete against each other. Once selected, the state pools will have a minimum ten training sessions and a variety of events. For 2015-2016, the fee for State ODP is still to be determined.
Not every state pool player goes to every event. The teams are picked by the state coaches but all players will participate at some time during the season. The events start in January with the North Carolina Friendlies and in February there is the Virginia Friendlies. There is an international trip in the March/April timeframe for two age groups. In June, the Region I Tournament and in July, the Region I camps are held.
All events are priced separately and the budget is based on costs such as transportations, hotels, meals, coaches, etc. They generally range anywhere from $250 - $435 per event. We try to keep the costs as low as possible for the players. The cost of camp can range from around $600 - $800. There is financial aid available for those families that may need assistance.