ODP Participation Details
Director of Coaching Gareth Smith
now runs the Iowa ODP program and is in the process of implementing changes and finalizing tryout dates/times for summer 2016. We appreciate your patience and will be in touch when information is ready for release.
ODP PROGRAM CHANGES FOR 2015-16 beginning with August 2015 Tryouts
After the Iowa 2015/2016 Olympic Development Program (ODP) tryouts were confirmed, USYS Region II announced significant changes to the Region II ODP and consequently there will be changes to the Iowa ODP that may affect your child’s participation.
Beginning in 2016 there will no longer be a Region II Showcase event in July and the Region II ID/Holdover will become “invitation only”. However, although the Iowa ODP tryouts will go ahead as scheduled on August 15-16, 2015, the number of Iowa teams created and players selected will be fewer than in the past. Teams or “training groups” (14-18 players) will be formed by birth year (similar to now) or combined birth years e.g. 1999/2000. The decision to create a birth year or combined team will depend upon the depth of ability in a birth year.
Training groups will train November through March, work with Iowa ODP staff, Iowa-based college coaches and play in inter-state events. In early April 2016 the Iowa ODP staff will select players to attend the Region II ID camp (approx. 5-10 per birth year). ODP (both state and Region) will now focus more on the elite players and hopefully offer more opportunities and exposure for those players.
Iowa ODP Coaching Staff - 2015-16
Mike Regan & John Sheridan