Blue Jays send two to Illinois for elite-type soccer camp – Jamestown Sun

Jamestown – In just a few weeks, Connor Trout and Brady Harty will be heading south.

The two hope to return to Buffalo as one of the best footballers on the field.

Trout and Harty are invited to the ID Regional Football Camp in Rockford, Illinois, July 8-10. The duo was selected from a former camp for the state through the Olympic Development Program (ODP).

“It’s a very intense camp where you get pushed to your limits,” Trout said. “To go to this camp, you must be chosen by your state ODP coach. And in the team, three to five kids are chosen to go to represent the North Dakota and South Dakota ODP teams.

“I think choosing to go to this camp shows that the person is a very experienced player. Picking players from our club is fantastic. I think it shows that Blue Jay Athletics are very dedicated and hard working kids who will not stop until they reach their goals.”

ODP began in the late 1970s as a form of identifying the best football talents in the country. Until nearly 15 years ago, it was the primary development tool and identification platform for finding US national players for national teams.

Harty has been selected for the Regional ODP ID camp in 2019, 2020 and 2022 while Traut has been invited twice – in 2021 and 2022.

Jamestown athletes will be ranked according to their age. Trout, who will soon come of age at JHS, will be part of the 2005 boys’ team while Harty will be grouped among other athletes born in 2007. Athletes are eligible for the program during their final year of high school.

“Since the best kids from across the country are chosen to go to this camp, it’s not based on skill development,” Trout said. “I think the goal of the camp is to help players adapt to different environments with different groups of players with great talent.

“I think it’s supposed to give the kids an idea of ​​what the next level might be, and it’s also great for the college coaches to notice them because they’re spread out all over the camp.”

Through ODP, each state has at least one state team – teams made up of the best talent among the state’s football community. After the state teams are developed, the teams compete against other state teams. From there, each state association takes its best players from the state team and sends them to the regional event.

“The Olympic Development Program is a team you’re trying to do,” Harty said. “All I had to do was play in the Tests and the Championship and then the coaches choose who would go to the district camp.

“(From there) you can go to the district camp and if you make up the zone team, you go to the nationals.”

Harty said there is a different coach for each age group and once assigned to the team, team members train together and play games throughout the camp. Harty said the ODP regional camp helps him develop as a player as he spends time with other top-level footballers.

Jamestown member Brady Harty ends up kicking during Blue Jay football action on August 24, 2021, at the Rotary Stadium.
John M. Steiner/The Jamestown Sun

Harty and Trout said they are excited to be joining other people across the Midwest who will be testing their skills and other coaches investing time and effort in developing the duo’s skills.

“I’m always open to learning new things – maybe coexistence is the best thing for athletes,” Trout said. “But I want to improve my decision-making and my technical capabilities while I’m there.

“I am excited to meet new people and see how my skill builds with other players across the county. I think it will benefit me a lot in our high school season. Not only technically but also physically and mentally.”

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