July 10, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Over the next three weeks, July 3-23, the University of Wyoming and city of Laramie will play host to the Region IV Olympic Development Soccer Camp on the Wyoming campus. This will be the fifth year that UW has hosted this event.
Olympic Development Program (ODP) teams from the 14-state West region will be participating in the event. Over 1,300 female high school age soccer players will be in Laramie for the three one-week camps. States represented include, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Idaho, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Montana, South Dakota, Alaska and Hawai'i.
The Olympic Development Soccer Program provides an environment in which those serious junior soccer players can train and compete with the goal of making the United States National Teams. The USA team, which competed in the Women's World Cup, is the highest U.S. national team. Current team member and World Cup Champion Brandi Chastain was a featured guest lecturer at last week's camp.
Teams from each state compete in tournaments at one of four regional camps around the U.S. From those state teams a regional pool of players is selected, and then those regional squads compete at the Olympic Festival for a spot on the national team in their age group.
"The University of Wyoming has been a wonderful site for the ODP girls soccer camp. It has been a plus as far as the facilities, not only the fields, but the dorms, cafeteria and meeting rooms," said Girls Olympic Development Program Region IV Head Coach Jerry Smith. "The people also helping with the camp have been especially helpful. Bruce Hemphill, Anne Moore and the facilities staff have bent over backwards to make sure everything is running smoothly, which is essential for this large of a camp. This is a serious camp for girls who eventually may play on a future Olympic team, so the people and facilities are vital in the running of the camp."
The camp is also a tremendous recruiting site for college coaches. Most collegiate soccer players have played on ODP teams in high school, and most of the ODP staff is made up of college level coaches.
"We are very excited to have the Olympic Development Camp back for another year. This is a great opportunity for the UW coaching staff to see some of the top junior players in the West region," said Anne Moore, Head UW Women's Soccer Coach and Camp Administrator. "We get to watch some good soccer, and having all these top players on campus helps with recruiting. The large number of people in town also benefits the city of Laramie and gives the University revenue during the summer months."