West Coast PDP Showcase Kicks Off

The 2nd Annual West Coast PDP Showcase kicks of Tuesday in Medford, showcasing the top players out of the 2001 Boys and 2000 Girls age groups from the NorCal Premier League, Oregon Premier League, and the Puget Sound Premier League. 

The camp is designed to closely model the US Club Soccer id2 and US Youth National Team training camps, giving players training sessions and high-quality matches over the course of the two and a half day camp. 

"The idea isn't to overload the kids," explains Puget Sound Premier League Technical Director Eddie Henderson. "We want to give them every opportunity to play at their highest level, so they will only play two games with light training sessions over the course of the camp. We want them fresh and at their best every time they step on the field to represent their group." 

In addition to the training and games, video analysis and lecture sessions will also be a part of the players' time in Medford. Each group will provide their players with their own video/lecture session, along with a group session scheduled for the entire camp on Wednesday. 

"This a great introduction for the players at this age, and something we're excited to come back and do with NorCal," said NorCal PDP Director Paolo Bonomo. "This year both groups will start to be exposed to the different national camps, and it's important that any player who is serious about taking the next step in their development is well served by this camp." 

After two and a half days of training and games, the camp will conclude midday on Thursday with an all camp lunch, featuring the legendary barbecue of Tim Holmes of Tim's Backyard BBQ. 

"We are excited for this great opportunity for our kids," Angela Harrison of the OPL Player Academy said. "This will be a great learning experience for these player pools, and we're hoping this is a big step for many of them on their developmental paths." 

The camp kicks off Tuesday morning, with all sessions and games at US Cellular Park, and will follow this schedule: 

Tuesday, July 22
8:30 - 10:00 am - Training [All Teams]
1:15 - 3:00 pm - Lectures [All Teams, various times]
6:00 - 7:15 pm - NorCal Training
7:30 - 9:00 pm - Oregon v Washington

Wednesday, July 23
8:30 - 10:00 am - Training [All Teams]
1:15 - 3:00 pm - Lectures [All Teams, various times]
6:00 - 7:15 pm - Oregon Training
7:30 - 9:00 pm - Washington v NorCal

Thursday, July 24
8:30 - 10:00 am - Training [Washington}
8:30 - 10:00 am - NorCal v Oregon
11:00 am - All Camp Barbecue, featuring Tim's Backyard Barbecue



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