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From Costa Rica with Region III ODP 00 Boys

Jacob Daniel- State DOC

The Region 3 Boys ODP 2000 age group is in Costa Rica playing a series of games against the youth academies of the top Costa Rican pro teams. There are 5 players from Georgia’s ODP in the 18 player squad, more than any other state.


With have played 3 games so far and our record is won 2 and tied one. We have one game left before returning on Thursday. This is the first time that I can remember where our Region team was able to come to Costa Rica and dominate possession in games.  The usual pattern of our past experiences involved a lot of defending and counter attacking without much possession. In the past we relied on our defensive organization to stay in the game. This time, we have improved the possession part of our game to a point where we can keep the ball and take the pressure off our defenders.

Our region ODP ’99 and ’98 teams are traveling to Italy in early March and that will be another, more difficult test of our progress in terms of possession abilities. Stay tuned for more.


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