The NJ Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program will begin programming for its Young Olympians program (birth years 2008 and 2009) starting in July and August.
The Young Olympians Program, designed for players born in 2008 and 2009, is an introductory stage for players who aspire to play at a high level and provides a path to participate in ODP.
Players’ abilities will be assessed and the sessions will be segmented so that players are training with others of like ability. Sessions are hosted in three regions (south, shore/central and north) to facilitate participation throughout the state.
While the programs are customized for each age group, the Young Olympians Programs include three training sessions, a training camp and a festival featuring small-sided games. Pre-registration is required, and the cost is $150. To ensure a proper training environment, registration for each YoungOlympians (2008 and 2009) group will be limited to forty (40) players on a first come, first served basis. If demand exceeds capacity, NJ Youth Soccer will create a waiting list and seek solutions for those individuals desiring to participate.
These programs will be run with support from Sky Blue FC, the New York Red Bulls, and the Philadelphia Union. Over the last two years, NJ Youth Soccer has worked closely with Sky Blue FC across its girls programs and the Red Bulls for its boys programs. Since partnering with the Red Bulls in 2014, the Young Olympians Program has also identified players for the Red Bulls’ Academy. Last year was the first year collaborating with the Philadelphia Union in the south location.
“We are very excited to continue our partnership with Sky Blue FC, the New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union,” said James Galanis, NJYS ODP technical director. “These partnerships help ensure our programs will continue to grow and thrive for these young players.”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What area should I sign up for?
A. Please reference the below chart regarding recommended training locations by counties.
- North (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic and Sussex)
- Shore (Monmouth and Ocean)/Central (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Union and Warren)
- South (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem)
- *Players may select their preferred training locations. Please see the ODP page of our website for schedules.
Q. Can I train at a different location than where I signed up for?
A. In order to maintain sufficient training numbers and coaches per location, changing locations will not be permitted.
Q. Why is Young Olympians limited to 40 per location?
A. In order to ensure a proper training session with ample space, player to coach ratio as well as maximize touches on the ball per player, 40 is the maximum number of players to ensure this.
Q. What is the purpose of the Young Olympians Program?
A. The purpose of the Young Olympians program is to provide quality soccer training while introducing the players to the Olympic Development Program (ODP) process. We are not a club team but rather a training program with the purpose of increasing the player’s talent beginning at a young age.
Q. What is the purpose of the Young Olympian Program?
A. The purpose of the Young Olympians Program is to bring high level talent together to prepare them for ODP, while also sending them back to their club teams as better players.
Q. Is there a tryout for these programs?
A. There is no tryout for the Young Olympians program, however it is limited to the first 40 players that sign up per area.
Q. What if I cannot attend all sessions?
A. While the training sessions are not mandatory, we encourage you to attend as many as you are able to. The fee will not be prorated for missing a training session.
Q. Who are the trainers?
A. Training sessions are led by ODP coaches. On the boy’s side we have a partnership with the Red Bull Training Programs that started in 2014 and initiatives a partnership with the Philadelphia Union and will look to get coaches from both of those programs involved in select sessions. On the girl’s side, we will look to get coaches from Sky Blue FC and the New York Red Bulls involved in select sessions.
Q. Will NJYS still run the Club NJYS program?
A. The Club NJYS program is being rebranded and will now be referenced as the Young Olympians Program. The intent is to better align with ODP, which is the next progression in the pathway for these players.