FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What are the PDP DTCs (District Training Centers)?

            The District Training Centers are a component of the Player Development Program of Tennessee State Soccer.  The sessions are designed to give players the opportunity to practice skills with players outside of their local club while receiving instruction from high-level coaches.  

 

How often/where are the sessions held?

            Sessions are held on a bi-weekly basis in the 4 districts (Middle, Southeast, Western, and Northeast) of the state.  They are not always in the same cities/same locations, although sessions are usually located in/near the larger cities of Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, and Chattanooga.

 

Who can come to the sessions?

            Each PDP event date has 2 sessions.  The first session is reserved for the U9 - U12 players only.  The second session is for U13 - U17 players .  Any player registered through TSSA for the 2018/2019 season may register for these sessions.

 

How do I register for PDP District Training Centers?

            Registration links are found on the TN State Soccer website (tnsoccer.org) under the Player Development/District Training Center tab.  Click the link next to the age group you wish to register for.  Sessions require pre-registration and  payment via credit card through the Affinity site.  Sessions are $20 each.

 

What’s the difference between PDP and ODP?

             PDP stands for Player Development Program.  This is the large umbrella that covers both the District Training Centers (DTCs) and traditional ODP.  ODP stands for Olympic Development Program.  This is the traditional development program that includes State Trials, State Pools, and State Teams for each gender and birth year.  Select ODP players participate in the South Region ODP Camps each July in Alabama.

 

How does my player get into ODP?

            Players that are interested in ODP should register and attend the Tryouts/Trials for the applicable birth year at the beginning of the ODP season (October/November).  Players are evaluated during these events for possible selection as a State Pool Player.  State Pool Players then attend (by invitation) State Training sessions in order to be evaluated for possible State Team placement.  Those chosen for State Teams attend sub-regional events as well as South Region Camp.