Created on Thursday, 07 August 2008 07:55
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2008 07:55
Sam Boylan, age 13, of Waitsfield, has been selected to play soccer with the national pool of players his age. Boylan was a member of the Vermont ODP (Olympic Development Program) this year. In July, he participated in the Region 1 camp in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, and was identified to be part of the Region 1 pool of players.
Region 1 includes New England, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and D.C. Boylan was the only player chosen from Vermont. He then participated in a second camp in Kutztown and was chosen to be part of the national player pool. He is now at a national camp in Massachusetts.
The U.S. Youth Soccer ODP philosophy is to identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis, which will lead to increased success for the U.S. National Teams in the international arena. The program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a national team will be selected for international competition and to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels. Regional ODP camps are designed to provide high level competition and training for participating players. During this training and competition, players who are capable of performing at a higher level of play are identified for possible national team camp, pool, or team participation.
Boylan is entering eighth grade at Harwood Union Middle School. He is the son of Joanne Duhl and Jim Boylan.