Holderman benefits from ODP team experience

Bobby Holderman hasn’t slowed down this summer when it comes to soccer.

The Navarre sophomore represented the area on an Olympic Development Program team that competed in a tournament at the University of Alabama.

It was the third year he has been a part of the team, which faced off against teams from Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. It finished with a 3-1 record.

“The competition is really good,” Holderman said. “I enjoyed it and I felt like I did well. It was a good experience for me.”

The Florida Youth Soccer Association created the ODP program to give players an opportunity to train, play and compete against the best players in their age group, which enhances their development as soccer players.

Making the team isn’t easy, though. Players are selected from the open tryouts based on their technique, tactics, fitness and athletic ability and attitude.

Holderman said he went through several tryouts before the field was narrowed down. He said he took part in back-to-back training weekends in May and June as part of preparation for the tournament.

“The big thing is learning how to adapt to different styles because you are playing with players you don’t really know,” Holderman said. “It takes time to get used to.”

Read the full story in the Aug. 13 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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