Alabama Soccer Association


ODP Region Camp Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Region Camp?

ODP Region Camp is the pinnacle of the State ODP Program. Players chosen to represent their State attend camp and compete against other players from the other State ODP teams from our Region. Each team plays games for evaluation and selection to the Region Pool for their respective Age Group. This is the ultimate goal for each player - to be selected as one of the best players in their age group in the Region. Players chosen for the Region Pool qualify for invitation to Region Pool Events throughout the next seasonal year (August - June).

NOTE: Our Region is made up of the following State Associations:

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Texas, & Tennessee.

2. When and where is Region Camp?

Girls Region Camp
July 6-10 2007s & 2006s
University of Montevallo
July 11-14 2005s & 2004s
July 16-19 2003s & 2002s
Boys Region Camp
July 13-17 2007s, 2006s, & 2002s
University of Alabama
July 8-12 2005s, 2004s, & 2003s

3. Where does my child stay during Region Camp?

Players stay in the college dorms with a roommate. Each room comes equipped with a bed/mattress and chest of drawers. Players must bring bedding.

4. How much does Region Camp cost?

This year, camp costs $730. This fee covers the camp fee to attend, staff salary, & all administrative duties. ASA makes zero profit from the camp.

5. What happens at Region Camp?

Here is a typical day's schedule:

8:00AM or 9:30am Game
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Lecture, Rest or Player Evaluation
5:00pm or 6:30pm State Team Training
4:00pm - 8:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Pool Games
10:00pm Lights Out

6. Who stays with my child during Region Camp?

Each team has an official Team Admin who serves as the chaperone for the team, goes everywhere the team goes, and is responsible for them 24 hours a day.

7. What happens if my child get injured at camp?

Athletic trainers are on sight and accessible 24 hours a day. Each player must complete a Medical release form that includes insurance information which is held by the State Administrator in the event of an emergency. Each Team Admin has access to this information and the emergency contact info for every player in their team.

8. Can I contact my child during camp?

Yes, you may contact your child via phone call during camp. However, access to players on campus including at the field and the dorms is restricted as part of the respective University and South Region's Risk Management protocol. Every adult with access to the players must go through a background check and receive credentials prior to working camp.

9. Can I watch my child play at Region Camp?

YES! You are welcome to observe your child play in games and training sessions on the side of the field opposite the players. No communication is permitted during play because coaches need to see that players are capable of making autonomous, uninfluenced decisions during play.

10. Why should my child attend Region Camp?

Players who want to get to the next level as a player, measure themselves against the best in the Region, and get scouted by US National Team Scouts, USYS Regional Coaches, and College Coaches should attend. This is a camp for the serious soccer player.

11. What should my child bring to Region Camp?

Players should bring all ODP uniforms, all necessary soccer gear including cleats, shin-guards, a soccer ball (with their name on it!), a water bottle, and training clothing.

Additionally, players should bring bedding, including sheets, blankets and a pillow. Toiletries, clothes to hang out/lounge in, and money for snacks like pizza

12. Where do the players eat?

Players eat in the school cafeterias which have many choices to accommodate various dietary needs.

13. How much soccer does my child play during Region Camp?

Players have 1 game in the morning and a training session in the afternoon. Because the goal of camp is to identify and develop the best players, camp organizers schedule soccer events to minimize fatigue and maximize performance as best as possible given the short nature of the camp. This means plenty of rest time during the heat of the day. This is NOT a normal camp with a full day of "ACTIVITY." Peak performance and development do NOT occur in a fatigued state.

14. What happens during the down time?

Players either attend lectures, hang out in the dorms resting, or have Player Evaluations with their respective Region Staff Coach.

15. What happens if the weather is bad and we cannot play?

Player safety is our first priority. As with all outdoor sporting events, we will not play if lightning is in the area. In the event that play must be suspended due to lighting, players immediately leave the fields of play.