Recent Posts by Emanuel Lusca

 

What is the Olympic Development Program?

The Cal North Olympic Development Program (otherwise known as ODP) provides players the opportunity to compete in quality competitions against other state association ODP teams, exposing players to college coaches, and regional/national team coaches for further advancement.

The Cal North Olympic Development Program is directly affiliated with the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program formed in 1977. The Olympic Development Program is a national identification and development program for players of the highest-level. Each state association identifies and develops youth players throughout the country to represent their State Association and the United States in regional, national, and in some cases international soccer competitions.

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Keep Moving with Tommy Thompson's Soccer Drills At Home

With the current uncertainties surrounding social distancing and the effect on sports in general, it’s understandable for athletes to feel that they are missing major components of their daily training.

By accepting to see the worldwide situation as a necessary precaution to help keep members of the community safe, athletes can use their creativity to strengthen the most technical aspects of their sport while unable to physically practice with their team and coaches. Soccer players can modify daily training to work on their individual footwork, agility, and endurance skills that collectively contribute to a successful team. As Bruce Lee once said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” 

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Soccer Without Borders Is Organizing a 5-Week Challenge

We know how challenging it has been for our youth to not be able to participate with their friends and teammates in the activities that they love. Social distancing is challenging for us as adults, and we can only imagine how much more difficult it is for our children.

With that said, we want to share a resource to support the remote coaching and mentorship work many of you are doing during this time of social and physical distancing. One of Cal North's partners, Soccer Without Borders (SWB) is organizing a free 5-week challenge. The Stay Home Season starts April 27th (registration deadline is April 24th):  https://www.stayhomeseason.org/

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