The US Youth Soccer and Louisiana Soccer Association State Select Teams and Olympic Development Programs Philosophy
For more information about the State Select Teams Program for 2012 -2013 please read the attached
2012-2013 Louisiana State Select Team Information Packet
The LHSAA allows participation in the ODP program according to the rule below from their handbook. Link to LHSAA Handbook - ODP Exemption can be found section 4.2.9 #10 on page 46 of the LHSAA handbook
4.2.9 Other legal participation include the following situations:
10. Participation with an Olympic Development soccer program as approved by the Louisiana Soccer Association.
Our State Select Teams Program is designed to identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis for the purposes of developing their skills and abilities; and creating sustained success for the U.S. National Teams in the International arena.
The State Select Teams and Olympic Development Program Provides Superior Benefits
The Olympic Development Program is an integrated and comprehensive approach that provides benefits superior to other elite player concepts:
- Focus upon the individual player
- Development of the individual player is enhanced as he or she trains and plays against the best players in their age group
- Development of the individual player is enhanced because they must learn to adjust to varying groups of teammates. This requires the player to respond to the varying styles, strengths, weaknesses and abilities of the other elite players, rather than becoming dependent on habits of a fixed group
- The highest quality of competition against the best of the best drawn from the entire state rather than one or two clubs or associations
- Exposure to regional and national team coaches
- Exposure to college coaches within the environment of the highest quality competition
- The opportunity to represent our State, Region and Nation in domestic and international competitions
- Non-profit sponsorship and administration. Our Olympic Development Program does not carry the burden of a profit orientation. As a result, we will continue to drive down participants’ costs. Our goal is to be significantly less expensive than other elite soccer concepts.