Training & Identification Opportunities Information
Training & Identification Opportunities (TIOs)
Training & Identification Opportunities (TIOs) are the first step in the ODP & YOP pool training selection process. They are free training sessions for players to receive instruction from ODP head, assistant and staff coaches as well as a way to make the ODP or YOP training pool for their respective age group. At a TIO, players participate in training sessions and then play small- and/or full-sided games. During this process, the ODP coaches provide instruction, evaluate the players and recommend those they feel should be invited to join the ODP or YOP training pool.
As stated above the TIO's are free to all, but in order to participate you must register online. If you are new to the program for ODP, create an account and then register for the TIO date(s) that fit(s) into your schedule! Please see the ODP home page for the link to the TIO schedule.
If you have already created an account or if you have an existing account with your Club, just login to your existing account and then register for a specific TIO.
For the 2014-2015 ODP & YOP seasonal year:
ODP includes players born in calendar years 1998 - 2002
YOP includes players born in calendar year 2003 - 2004
How are Players Selected?
Team selection always begins with an assessment of individual players. There are four criteria that generally form the basis for most evaluation schemes. These criteria are collapsed into the acronym “TIPS,” which was first developed by the KNVB in Holland and stands for….
Technique — The most critical quality for all soccer players is technique. This would include the player’s overall range of techniques and the speed and ease with which they secure and use the ball. How comfortable are they under pressure? How economical do they play?
Insight — The ability of a player to read the game and make the correct decisions. Are they making a contribution both on and off the ball?
Personality — The ability of a player to understand their role within the team and how they play within those roles. Are they able to play with confidence regardless of role? Do they compete?
Speed — This is measured by speed on the ground and speed of reaction. If one or the other qualities is weak or missing it is very difficult for a player to play quickly and be effective in the game.
What to Bring to a TIO?
Soccer appropriate attire (shinguard's, cleats, etc.), a ball and water.
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