hey all- I'm pretty pumped this week. In the past I haven't had the option to try out for ODP, but now I've worked out all of the off the field kinks, much thanks to the league administrator, coaches that live by me, and the UYSA technical director. Now all I have to do - is make it. Yes, I can play with the best, and I play at a very high level. I play with a club team that is in Division 1, and the players that live farthest apart live 3 miles away. I could make one of the highest ranked club teams, but I'm preparing for high school with the club I'm at now, we're all from the same high school, while other teams are split up from a wide range of High schools, however none are from one. I won't leave the club team for that reason. I have a REALLY GREAT shot at a high school state championship. My fear is, that because I play for a team that isn't playing at the highest level, even though the talent pool we have for that small area is absolutely incredible, that I won't be recognized. I don't play for Utah Futbol Club or Inter (two very high ranked teams in Utah), so I think that the technical director and coaches may look right past me. Because of this, I don't just need to play up to the level of the other players trying out for ODP, I have to stand out. In addition, since ODP is run on a calendar year, and our league is not, I play for a club team and league where most of the kids are born in '90, however I am born in 89 (today, october 22). I will have a size weakness, I am not one of the bigger kids in our league. The advantages - Probably the biggest thing I have is ball control. Because I hardly ever have anyone to play with, I spend the majority of my time practicing free kicks, or corner kicks, because it's quite hard to practice passing and field awareness without anyone else (there are no good walls close that I am allowed to kick against.) Our team practices 4 days a week during the summer, and the other 2 are individual workout days (sunday is off). Our team has come from the very bottom of double A (the county) to be at the highest level that any team from our club has ever been. I do the 1,000 touches drill every day, and I feel that I have good field awareness. I love taking free kicks, and in the past 4 games I've had 3 free kicks (one was a PK, the other 2 from 25+ yards out) and I've scored on all of them. I think that the coaches would be impressed with my ability to strike the dead ball, but I doubt I'll ever get an opportunity. I think that if the coaches come to know the situation that our team has come from, to what we've been able to become, they will respect us. The only problem is - they won't, and I won't ever have a chance to explain myself. What can I do to make myself better? The cold air is starting to come in, and luckily I have access to an unused indoor basketball court whenever I want it, but the ball can't hit the walls . What can I do to make myself better (I may have a couple of outdoor practice days. Thank you all Austen Allred edit: PS: Our team has 4 games left, Sat, Mon, Tues, & Sat. so I don't know if I"ll be able to get training in on those days, or possibly not thurs, friday.