ODP In The Spotlight spotlights players from Houma-Terrebonne Soccer Association who have furthered their soccer education by trying out and being selected for the Louisiana Olympic Development Program (ODP).
Dakotah Purvis is a goalkeeper and central defender for the Blackhawks 04 Black, competing in LCSL 14U Comp 1 for the 2017-18 season, coached by Chris Staszak.
HoumaSoccer.com caught up with Dakotah recently and asked him to tell us about his time with Louisiana ODP in more detail...
ODP coach name: Philip Silverman
ODP age group: 2004 (U13)
Position at ODP: Goalkeeper
Played against (results): Mississippi ODP (won 6-0), Arkansas ODP (won 4-1), Alabama ODP (lost 1-3), South Carolina ODP (won 4-0).
For how long have you been representing Louisiana at ODP?
I’ve been playing for Louisiana at ODP for one season.
Why tryout for Louisiana ODP in the first place?
My coach recommended it to me but I had heard of it before and wanted to try-out so I could further myself as a player.
Tell us a little about the tryout process for Louisiana ODP?
The tryouts were pleasant. They had multiple tryouts at different locations. You are recommended to go to two but you only needed to go to one.
Tell us why you think the Louisiana ODP coaching staff selected you.
I don’t want to sound full of myself but I would say because of my ability to play most positions and that I never gave up.
What were your goals when you first joined Louisiana ODP?
My goal when I joined Louisiana ODP was to further myself as a player and possible play for the regional team.
Tell us a little about how you have grown and developed as a person and as a player during your time there.
As a player I’ve improved a lot, learning how to better position myself on the field and how to work more as a team player.
What is your most memorable individual moment from your time with Louisiana ODP?
My most memorable time at ODP was probably when I started bonding with my new teammates better.
Talk us through a typical practice.
Practice always started with stretching and a small jog. Then we would go into various training sessions. Practice was usually twice a month at different locations – Baton Rouge, Lafayette etc.
What is the best part of Louisiana ODP?
The best part was bonding with other players from around state and becoming a better player.
What is your advice to a player from Houma-Terrebonne Soccer Association thinking about trying out for Louisiana ODP?
Keep trying if you don’t make it your first time. Some great players fall through the cracks, so come back and give it your all!
To find out more about Louisiana ODP, click here to visit the Louisiana Soccer Association website.