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ODP Tryouts to restart October 2020

PLEASE NOTE- ODP for 2020/21 will begin soon. There will be an updated process for selecting this ODP cycle's teams and we are excited to restart in October with events planned throughout the year and an opportunity to attend the June 2021 sub-regional selection. If you have any questions, please contact Kostas Hatzikoutelis, Director of Coaching & Player Development, at director@georgiasoccer.org.
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Q: What is the Purpose of ODP?

A: Check out our What is ODP page for this information.

Q: Which age groups are eligible for ODP?

A: For the 2020/21 (cycle) seasonal year, the following age groups are eligible: '04s, '05s, '06s, '07s, and '09s. The boys will have six (6) age groups from 2009 to 2004. The girls will have five (5) age groups since the girls combine the 2005s and 2004s.

ODP Costs

Q: What are the costs associated with ODP?

A: The costs of the ODP program can vary slightly year to year but this provides a good baseline of what costs to expect. 

Tryout Fees
Preliminary Tryout: $45
State Tryout: $45

Training Fees$300

Sub Regional Event Fees: $170 plus travel expenses

US Youth Soccer ODP is Launching a New Structure and Exciting New Format

US Youth Soccer has revamped the ODP nationwide, with a new pathway to the top that has been created. A scouting system and more events are added, including a National ODP Camp as well as an International ODP trip for the top ODP players. 

The New Pathway and Player Selection Process

The critical first step in the process starts with the selection of the Georgia ODP squad. 

State pools will be selected in all six (6) boys age groups and the five (5) girls age groups and train with a highly qualified staff to ideally prepare each player for the best opportunity to be identified to perform and be selected for the next level. All the age groups pools will attend the January Sub-Regional event in North Carolina from January 4 to 5, 2020. 

Based on player evaluation at practices and the January Sub-Regional, a state team in each age group will be selected to participate in the newly created Regional ODP Championship. 

Regional ODP Championships are in the process of being planned for January and June each year; generally, January in Florida and June in Tennessee (2021 events are to be confirmed).

During the early summer, additional Sub-Regional events will take place. 

Scouting and Player Selection Process

Region ODP scouts will attend all the Sub-Regional events as well as the Regional ODP Championships and use these events to identify players for the Region ID Camp which will take place in July each year. US Youth Soccer will invite the identified players to the Region ID Camp which means states will no longer send state teams to the Region ID camp. 

At the Region ID Camp, a region team will be selected for each age group and will participate at the Inter-Regional even in November (girls) and December (boys) in Florida

From the Inter-Regional event, a pool of 24 players will be selected and invited to attend a National ODP Camp from January in Florida. This camp will be free for the players. 

At the National ODP Camp, a team of 18 players will be selected in a couple of age groups to travel on an international trip which will be free for the players. The international trip will take place in the spring

Player Selection at the State Level

Q: Can players be added to the State Pool after tryouts are over?

A: Club coaches who feel strongly that the evaluators missed a quality player can contact the Director at director@georgiasoccer.org as the first step in the process for re-evaluation. The player in question may be invited to an ODP practice for a second evaluation or a staff coach may be sent to watch the player play in a club game. 

Typical scenarios that might warrant a player added to the pool are: 

  • Quality player moving into Georgia after the tryouts
  • Quality player missing the tryouts due to injury
  • Quality player identified by State, Regional or National staff coach after the tryouts through the scouting network

Players who excel at the District Training Centers may also be promoted into the state pool.

The ODP at the state level has an obligation to identify the best players and put them in front of the regional staff as its critical mission for the program. 

Q: What is the tryout process like at the State Level?

A: For most ages, the tryout process in Georgia starts with preliminary tryouts in September, followed immediately by the state tryouts in September or October. Some of the older age groups do not have preliminary tryouts due to the smaller number of players involved. In those instances, all the players go directly to the state tryouts.

Q: What is the tryout fee?

A: The state tryout fee is $45. When you register your child for ODP tryouts online, you will be prompted to pay the fee. If you advance from the preliminary tryouts to the state tryouts, you will have to register again online for the state tryouts and pay the additional $45 fee.

Q: What is the Exempt List?

A: In the age groups that start with a preliminary tryout, the exempt list is a list of players who can skip the preliminary tryouts and go directly to the state tryouts. The list includes players from the previous year’s state pool as well as a few players who excelled at the state’s District Training Center (DTC) program and those identified via the pre-ODP scouting program.

Q: What is the District Training Center (DTC) program?

A: The DTC Program is an identification and developmental program for the outlying areas of the state that serves both as a high-level training program to supplement development and as a feeder system into the state ODP. 

Georgia Soccer currently supports District Training Centers in DaltonRichmond Hill/SavannahTifton and  Warner RobbinsThe DTC runs parallel and independent to the ODP, with its own selection process and weekly training sessions in the winter and spring. 

Players who excel at the DTC are promoted to the state ODP through a constant communication link between the DTC and ODP staff. Information about the DTC is posted on the District Training Center page and typically appear in mid-October with tryout details. 

ODP Region ID Camp

Q: What is a region?

A: US Youth Soccer split the country into four regions for administrative and logistical purposes. The four regions are known as East Region, Midwest  Region, South Region, and West Region.

Each region is comprised of 12 to 14 states. We are in South Region with Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Texas, North Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Q: What is the purpose of Region ID Camp?

A: The main purpose of Region ID Camp is to evaluate the players from all the states within our region and select a region pool of players in each age group for further evaluation and competition and held in July each year. 

Q: What is the player selection process at the Region Level?

A: At Region Camp, players are assigned to a team and are evaluated for selection into the region pool in each age group.  At the end of camp, a region pool of 40 to 60 players is selected with a final 16-18 identified to participate in national camps, inter-regional events, and/or international trips. 

Q: What is the role of the Region Staff?

A: The Region Head Coach appoints Age Group Coaches and support staff. Each age group has a Head Coach, a couple of Assistant Coaches, a Keeper Coach, and additional staff coaches. At Region Camp, each staff coach is assigned to work with one or two teams for the duration of the five-day session.

Q: How many players from Georgia typically make the region pools?

A: Historically, Georgia players have been well represented at the Regional level. Although there is no guarantee, and the numbers vary from year to year. On average, about 60 to 70 of the 200 or so Georgia boys and girls who attend region camp each year get selected to the region pools. 

It would not be unusual to have 20 to 30 make the region teams and 6 to 10 make the national pools in their age groups. This makes Georgia one of the top states in the country for success at placing players at the next level.

Q: What benefits do players who are not selected to region pools get from Region ID Camp?

A: Region ID Camp has many other benefits for all the players. It is a chance for players to challenge themselves and gauge themselves against the best in the region. Good players thrive on playing against quality opponents and Region Camp provides a competition level that is rare.
 

Region Camp exposes players to top college and national staff coaches. College coaches regard ODP participation and attendance in region camp as an indication of the players’ ability and ambition. 

Youth Soccer Program

National League

The US Youth Soccer National League competition is for the nation's top teams in the 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U and 19U boys and girls age groups. The National League offers additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches and offers the highest level of competition in the country as each team must earn their place in the league.

Teams play a seven-game schedule over two events, facing each team within its age group division one time. The League consists of three total events for boys teams and four total events for girls teams, with each team playing in two of the events.

The top teams from each division advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, the oldest and most prestigious youth soccer national championship in the country. The four National League representatives will join the four Regional Champions in the 14U through 19U age groups to play for the National Championship. The top teams in each 14U through 18U division also secure a spot to return to National League play the following season.

The National League’s alumni have gone on to prove themselves at the collegiate and professional levels, with former players competing in NCAA Division I, II and III, Major League Soccer, National Women’s Soccer League, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The National League, which held its inaugural season in 2007-08, is the national tier and highest level of competition in the US Youth Soccer Leagues Program. Following a restructuring of the Leagues Program in 2018, the program also features 13 Conferences (formerly Regional Leagues) that offer multi-state competition across the various geographical areas of the country.

Piedmont Conference

The Piedmont Conference is one of 13 conferences that fall under the scope of the US Youth Soccer Leagues Program and operate at a multi-state level—providing high-level competition on a consistent basis at a targeted local level (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and parts of Tennessee).

The Piedmont Conference’s Premier I Division tier offers its teams an opportunity to qualify for the following season’s National League. In addition to providing a pathway to qualifying for the National League, the Piedmont Conference provides teams with a chance to advance to the US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships, which are held annually each summer.

Note: Beginning in the 2020-21 seasonal year, the Piedmont and Sunshine Conferences will compete as one Conference. This modification will further enhance the quality and value of the Conference while supporting development and qualification pathways at the state association level.

The US Youth Soccer Leagues Program provides annual league competitions at the multi-state and national tiers for the highest levels of boys and girls teams in US Youth Soccer.

The multi-state tier of competition is comprised of US Youth Soccer Conferences. The Conference structure debuted in the 2018-19 season, replacing what was previously known as the US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues.

Georgia Premier League (GPL)

The purpose of the Georgia Premier League is to provide the highest standards for the most competitive match environment possible among the best teams in Georgia Soccer, in preparation for National League play, in terms of quality, organizational structure, and culture of excellence with appropriate alignment for the level number of games through a full season of play.

The league’s inaugural season started with the 13U age group and an 11 game Fall season; 12 teams playing each other once with the plan to increase that across all divisions for both boys and girls, in a home/away format, while providing the feeder/pathway into national-level play.

The GPL will provide the ideal transition level for teams moving down from the National League and will create a high-level of competitive matches within the state, in support of high-quality club teams in their goals to play one game each week, avoid long disruptive time gaps of several weeks between games and avoid the time and expense of multiple games per weekend for consecutive weekends (whenever possible).

Additionally, the GPL will be supported by a higher branding impact and will showcase opportunities for teams and clubs that earn the opportunity to participate.

The 12U Competitive League is assigned to be the Pre-GPL that will provide the natural developmental step towards the GPL and utilizing the highly successful format.

Pre-Georgia Premier League (Pre-GPL)

The purpose of the Pre-Georgia Premier League is to create the most competitive match environment possible, in preparation for the 13U GPL Select seeding for both boys and girls divisions, by identifying the most competitive teams before the transition to Select play and maintaining the principles of the Academy philosophy that have served the Georgia Soccer membership so well. In other words, the state association aims to find that sweet spot, the perfect balance between the clear need for results, and the pressure of the consequence from those results.

Classic and Athena

At 13U-19U Georgia Soccer offers Select Leagues. Classic league (for boys )has five (5) divisions and Athena league (for girls) has four (4) divisions. A team can start in the lowest division and get promoted all the way to Classic 1 and Athena A divisions based on play.

Academy

Most Georgia Soccer clubs offer Academy-level play for ages 9U to 12U. This provides more practice, better coaching, and more competitive games in an environment where they keep score but not records. Academy focuses on player development.

Recreation

Almost all players start in recreational soccer; some play recreational all their lives. Georgia Soccer has recreational programs for ages 3 to 80.

Youth Insurance

Filing Medical Insurance Claims

The Report of Injury needs to be electronically completed by the coach, assistant coach, or team manager, not the parent.  The coach should fill out the injury form for all injuries.  Many times, what does not look so bad on the field later turns out to be quite serious. Please click here for the Pullenins Accident Medical Claim form.

In order to complete the case report you must have the following information:

  • Player name, address, date of birth, and player ID number 
  • Parent name and email
  • League and Team information
  • A specific description of body part injured (ie: right ankle)
  • Details of what occurred to cause injury
  • A case report of injury (must be completed by a league official (coach, team manager, referee, etc.) and not the parent)

Once the injury report is received, Georgia Soccer will verify and forward it to the insurance company.  The coach will receive notification that the injury report has been received and approved or disapproved.  If disapproved, the coach needs to make corrections and resubmit the form or contact us to update information. 

The insurance claim form is then emailed to the parent to complete. It is usually sent within one (1) to three (3) business days. Sometimes the email will go to the junk/spam box. If not immediately received, please check there. 

The parent then completes the claim form online.  After completing the form, the parent should print and sign the claim form.  Attach the completed claim form, a copy of all itemized bills, and an explanation of benefits and mail directly to Pullen Insurance.  Please do not return information to Georgia Soccer.

From speaking to parents, we have received very positive information that claims are usually processed and completed with our insurance quite efficiently.  If, at any time, a parent is unsatisfied with the service, they should contact Georgia Soccer immediately.

Depending on the circumstances, some exceptions are made to the above-listed procedures. If you have a parent that has particular circumstances or questions about our coverage, if there is no primary insurance coverage available, or if further assistance is needed, please contact Laura Halfpenny, Executive Director.

 

Submitting a Youth Soccer Accident Claim Form

  1. Complete all questions on the Accident Claim FormNote: This must be done by a coach, assistant coach, or team manager.
  2. File this new report of claim within 30 days of the date of the accident or as soon thereafter as is reasonably possible.
  3. Once the injury form received and approved, an email with the claim form will be sent to the parent. 
  4. If you have other insurance, submit your itemized bills to the other carrier first. You will receive a payment Explanation of Benefit worksheet (EOB) from your carrier. Do not wait until your other carrier has processed all your bills before filing a Youth Soccer Accident Claim Form.
  5. You may attach itemized bills and your other carrier’s EOBs that are ready at the time of submitting this Claim Form.
  6. Upon receipt of the claim form from your state association, we will forward an acknowledgment form advising you of your claim. All future correspondence concerning your claim should be directed to K&K Insurance, who is the claims payor for National Union Fire Insurance Company, at the address and phone number listed on your acknowledgment.

Helpful Reminders

Each claim is also subject to the application of an 80/20 co-insurance provision with a $50 physical therapy/chiropractic limit per visit/$2,000 total maximum.

Each itemized bill must show the following:

Provider of Service Name Date of Service
Provider's Address Diagnosis Description or Codes (ICD-9)
Provider's Federal Tax ID # Procedure Description or Codes (CPT)
Provider's Telephone # Charge for each Procedure
 

Additional bills to be submitted at a later date (after the initial submission of your claim) should be mailed directly to K&K Insurance with the following information: Name of the claimant, date of the accident, and name of the State Youth Soccer Association. Please allow time to properly process your claim.

Please respond promptly to any correspondence requesting additional information. It is the Parent / Guardian / Claimant’s responsibility to request this information from the provider of service or from your primary carrier.

An Explanation of Benefits will be sent to you by K&K Insurance on behalf of the National Union Fire Insurance Company.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is an itemized bill?
    An itemized bill is a detail of the procedures performed by a licensed provider of service, i.e. hospital, clinic, physician, etc.

  • What if I don’t have an itemized bill?
    The parent/guardian must request this information from the provider of service. Some providers only mail a balance due statement. This claims payor, K&K insurance, is unable to process this charge without an itemized bill. Again, request this information from the provider service. Explain that you have Youth Soccer Excess Accident Coverage.

  • Can you process this claim with other insurance carrier’s worksheets alone?
    No, the Payment Explanation (EOB) from your other insurance does not have complete information to process this claim.

  • What if I don’t have my other carrier’s payment explanation (EOB)?
    The parent/guardian must request the EOB from their other insurance carrier.

  • Who do I contact if I need further assistance?

    State Association Contact Pullen Insurance Contact
    Georgia State Soccer Assoc. Pullen Insurance
    2323 Perimeter Park Drive NE 2560 River Park Plaza, Suite 300
    Atlanta, GA 30341 Fort Worth, TX 76116
    ATTN: Laura Halfpenny ATTN: Cecilia McDonald
    (678) 993-2100 (817) 738-6100
    laura@georgiasoccer.org cmcdonald@pullenins.com

Adult Insurance

Procedures for Filing Medical Insurance Claims

  1.  Complete the USASA Special Risk Accident Claim Form: English | Spanish You will find plan limitation and exclusions, rates of pay, and filing instructions contained in this form.
  2. Once the accident claim form is received, Georgia Soccer will verify and forward it to USASA.
  3. USASA will complete additional verification and forward the form to K&K Insurance.
  4. The injured person will then receive a claims acknowledgment letter directly from K&K Insurance. This letter will verify that the claim form has been received and also provide a claim number, which can be given to providers and hospitals as needed or requested.

Depending on the circumstances, some exceptions are made to the above-listed procedures.

If you have a particular circumstance or questions about our coverage, or if further assistance is needed, please contact Laura Halfpenny, Georgia Soccers Executive Director at laura@georgiasoccer.org.

Submitting a USASA Special Risk Accident Claim Form

  • The claim form should be completed in its entirety and sent to Georgia Soccer within 90 days from the date of injury.
  • Part B- Question 8, Line A must be signed by a coach, team manager, referee, or league official. Part B- Question 8, Line B will be signed by a Georgia Soccer official.
  • Please be sure to sign page 3, Authorization.
  • If you have other insurance, submit your itemized bills to the other carrier first. You will receive a payment Explanation of Benefit worksheet (EOB) from your carrier.
  • You may attach itemized bills and your other carrier’s EOBs that are ready at the time of submitting this Claim Form. “Balance due” statements are not acceptable.
  • Upon receipt of the claim from USASA, K&K Insurance will provide an acknowledgment letter advising you of your claim. All future correspondence concerning your claim should be directed to K&K Insurance.
  • The claim form may be sent to Laura Halfpenny via fax at (770) 452-1946email (laura@georgiasoccer.org), or USPS (2323 Perimeter Park Drive NE, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30341).
  • Claims will NOT be processed unless they are submitted through Georgia Soccer.

For further assistance, please contact:

State Association Contact Insurance Contact
Georgia Soccer K&K Insurance
2323 Perimeter Park Drive NE 1712 Magnavox Way
Atlanta, GA 30341 PO Box 2338
ATTN: Laura Halfpenny Fort Wayne, IN 46801
(678) 993-2100 (800) 237-2917
laura@georgiasoccer.org  

 

 
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