About Olympic Development Program (ODP)

“Guided by the strategic initiative Project Pipeline, US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) provides world-class coaching support to promising American youth sailors in high-performance classes.

The ODP supports a number of programs including training camps, travel teams and select regatta coaching. The ODP also manages Team USA for the Youth Sailing World Championship and Youth Olympic Games.”

US SAILING’S OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM:

INCLUDES THE UNDER 19 AND OLYMPIC CLASS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

UNDER 19 (Youth World Classes)
Olympic Class Development
  • iQFOiL, Formula Kite, 49er/FX, ILCA 7, ILCA 6, 470 mixed, Nacra 17
  • Travel teams for select events
  • Calendar

The ODP wants athletes who take initiative. Athletes are encouraged to CONTACT ODP Staff to discuss opportunities.

CONTACT ODP STAFF

ODP U19 Training Camps

World-class coaching provided at annual camps for invited athletes in youth world classes. Regional Programs may also be invited to attend specific camps with their coach. ODP hosts three AYW (all youth world class) camps annually: Labor Day Weekend (California), Columbus Day Weekend (Miami) and Thanksgiving Weekend (Miami).

ODP Travel Teams

World-class coaching and logistical support provided to identified athletes for specific international events.

ODP Olympic Class Training Camps

The ODP runs a number of training camps annually for Olympic Classes.

ODP Olympic Class Training Camps begin with an annual event in early January that serve as a training block ahead of the Sailing World Cup Miami regatta. Subsequent training blocks are planned for the different classes, overlapping training camps when beneficial, to support Olympic Class sailors based on the class schedule that calendar year. Sailors attending the clinics receive coaching from some of the top coaches in the world, and often train alongside US Sailing Team members. The schedule for the year will be released at the end of the prior calendar year via the ODP Master Schedule.

Invitation

Participation in an ODP Olympic Class Training Camp will be determined by invitation. Being invited to one camp does not ensure participation in subsequent camps. Sailors invited to the training camps will meet the ODP Olympic Class Sailor Criteria.


ODP Olympic Class Travel Teams

The ODP supports a select number of Travel Teams annually in Olympic Classes, based on the class event schedules.

The Travel Team events will be announced early in the year and will be listed on the ODP Master Schedule. A sailor selected to be a part of the Travel Team must fit into the ODP Olympic Class Sailor criteria. Travel Team sailors are provided with event coaching by one of the ODP's top coaches, typically with a number of training days at the event venue in advance of the competition. Sailors will be invited to be a part of the travel team 60 days in advance of the event.

ODP Olympic Class Sailor Criteria

High Skill Level:

  • Previous success in the Youth Worlds Classes
  • Top results in class Nationals and North Americans
  • Competitive results in international class events such as Worlds or Europeans

High Fitness Level:

  • Have an existing fitness program

High Commitment Level:

  • Passionate about the sport
  • Personally driven
  • Responsible and accountable for planning, logistics and e-mail communications

Calendars

Under 19 Years Old  2022 Calendar

Dates Category Event Invitation Dates
February 4-6 Youth Worlds Qualifier #1 US Open Sailing Series (USOSS)-Clearwater

iQ FOiL, ILCA 6, N15, Formula Kite

February 19-21 Youth Worlds Qualifier #1 420 & 29er YWQ
March 25-27 Youth Worlds Qualifier # 2 ABYC Regatta

iQ FOiL, ILCA 6, N15, Formula Kite

March 25-27 Youth Worlds Qualifier # 2 ILCA MWW @ M del Rey, CA
June 20-22 ODP Pre-Worlds Camp (Supporting Regional programs) ILCA 6 Class Pre-worlds camp supported by ODP Mar 30, 2022
June 23-29 TBC YWT Camp (by Invitation) YWT Training Camp @ Long Beach Mar 30, 2022
June 17-19 Evaluation Event USOSS-San Diego
July 15-17 Evaluation Event USOSS-Long Beach
July 8-15 Youth Worlds Team Youth Worlds @ The Hague, NED April 30, 2022
August 12-14 Evaluation Event USOSS-San Francisco
Jul 29-Aug 6 ODP Travel Team 29er Worlds @ Barcelona, ESP April 30, 2022
August 6-8**
NOTE DATE CHANGE
ODP Camp (Regional Programs Invited) ODP Heavy Weather Camp (NOTE DATE CHANGE) June 30, 2022
Aug 22-28 ODP Travel Team iQFOiL Youth & Jr Worlds @ Silvaplana, SUI May 31, 2022
October 8-10 ODP Camp (Regional Programs Invited) ODP Speed Camp August 31, 2022
November 25-27 ODP Camp (Regional Programs Invited) ODP Racing Camp. Evaluation Event September 30, 2022

Olympic 2022 Calendar

By Invitation Only

Dates Event Description Class Venue Invite date
Jan 4-10 ODP invited to USST camp US Team Training Camp All Olympic classes Miami, FL sent Dec'21
Jan TBD 470 NA's Training and regatta coaching 470 open Miami, FL TBD
Jan 14-17 USOSS-Lauderdale Training and regatta coaching ILCA 6 & 7 Fort Lauderdale, FL sent Dec'21
Jan 15-17 IQFoil Midwinters Training and regatta coaching IQFoil Miami, FL sent Dec'21
Jan 20-23 USOSS-Miami Training and regatta coaching FX, 49er, iQfoil, 470 Open, Nacra 17 Miami, FL sent Dec'21
Jan 28-30 St Pete Regatta Training and regatta coaching Formula Kite & IQfoil St. Petersburg, FL sent Dec'21
Feb 4-6 USOSS-Clearwater Training and regatta coaching Formula Kite, iQfoil, ILCA 6&7 Clearwater Beach, FL sent Dec'21
Apr 1-9 Princesa Sofia Travel Team TBD Palma de Mallorca, ESP February 14
Jun 1-6 ILCA 7 Worlds Travel Team ILCA 7 Puerto Vallarta, MEX April 2
Jun 17-19 USOSS-San Diego Training and regatta coaching ILCA 6&7, Formula Kite, iQfoil San Diego, CA April 15
Jul 8-14 ODP Oly Camp ODP Oly Training Camp All Olympic classes Long Beach, CA and others TBD May 15
Jul 15-17 USOSS-Long Beach Training and regatta coaching All Olympic classes Long Beach, CA May 15
Jul 21-25 ODP Oly training camp ODP Oly Training Camp iQfoil Gorge, OR May 15
Aug 1-15 470 Jr. Worlds Travel Team 470 Hungary June 1
Aug 21-28 U21 ILCA worlds Travel Team ILCA 7 & 6 Portugal June 20
Aug 31-Sep 4 Skiff & N17 Worlds @ CAN Travel Team FX, 49er & Nacra 17 Canada July 20
Aug 12-14 USOSS-San Francisco Training and regatta coaching All Olympic classes San Francisco, CA July 20
Nov 19-22 ODP camp ODP Oly Training Camp All Olympic classes Miami, FL Aug 20

ODP “FAQS”

Frequently Asked Questions About US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP)

HOW DO I GET INVITED TO AN ODP CAMP?

Top performers in youth world classes are invited to ODP camps to receive direct support from world-class coaching. See the 2022 calendar for dates invitations will be sent. Sailors competing in youth world classes may also attend with their regional program coach. Top performing regional programs in youth world classes are invited to attend select camps annually.


WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE A REGIONAL PROGRAM IN MY AREA?

Athletes who did not receive an invitation to the ODP U19 Camp, not affiliated with a regional program should contact ODP to learn if attending the camp is right for you.  In email: please provide information about yourself, your current training plan (including fitness) and sailing goals. We will try to help you align with a regional program attending the clinic that can support your attendance.


HOW DO I GET INVITED TO OLYMPIC CLASS CAMPS AND TRAVEL TEAMS?

The ODP offers camps and regatta support to athletes in Olympic Class boats who have not qualified for the Olympic Team. Attendance is by invitation only and is based on major regatta performance (class Nationals, North Americans, Junior Worlds, etc.).

ODP Olympic camps are collaborative environments for sailors to practice with other highly skilled sailors and top-level coaches.

ODP Travel Teams provide fully supported,  high-level coaching, to US athletes at major events.


WHAT IS THE CRITERIA THAT COACHES WILL USE TO EVALUATE OLYMPIC CLASS ATHLETES FOR TRAINING CAMPS AND TRAVEL TEAMS?

ODP staff invites sailors to ODP Olympic Class Training Camps and ODP Travel Teams, using the following selection criteria:

  • Top performer in Youth World Class events
  • Competitive in Olympic Classes ( Nationals, North Americans, Junior/U21 Worlds, etc.)
  • Meets Fitness benchmarks
  • Competitive height/weight for demands of boat/board class
  • Passionate about the sport
  • Personally driven
  • Displays growth mindset
  • Coachable

WHAT NON-SAILING SKILLS WILL I LEARN FROM TRAINING FOR THE OLYMPICS?

Those who choose the Olympic path and develop the skills to succeed in this elite environment are prepared to lead. Olympians and campaigners become experts in sport and in life. Successful athletes must develop: people skills in communication, collaboration, and negotiation; organizational skills like logistics, planning, and management; and personal skills like psychology, discipline, and accountability. There are few arenas one can test their skills, fail learn, and grow in a supportive environment while pursuing their dream. For those ambitious and bold enough to pursue an Olympic pathway the journey is the reward.


WHAT IS THE ROLE OF PARENTS IN THE ODP?

Support and encouragement. To promote individual growth as an athlete and a person, at the ODP level, feedback and communication are directly between the athlete and coach as much as is possible. Parents can be immensely helpful as a support system throughout the triumphs and disappointments that will inevitably occur on the Olympic path.


ODP Invitation Criteria

Youth Worlds Travel Team

US Sailing and the Olympic Development Program (ODP) annually supports the U.S. Youth Worlds Team (YWT) with YWT specific camps, coaching and logistical support.

Team Selection: Team members must qualify for the team each year, based on their on-the-water results at predetermined qualifying events. Athlete selection procedures and requirements for the current US Sailing Youth Worlds Team can be found HERE.

Training: In years where the World Sailing Youth World Championship takes place in December, the three annual ODP Youth Training Camps will serve as the training event for the Youth Worlds Team. In years where the Youth Worlds takes place in July, there will be an additional Youth classes training camp added to the calendar ahead of the Championship. In these years, the Youth Worlds team will also attend the US Youth Championship as a training event.

Runner Ups: The top 2 runner ups from each class in the Youth Worlds Qualification series are invited to attend the ODP Youth Worlds training events as training partners to the Youth Worlds team. These will act as training opportunities for these sailors to practice ahead of their own peak events for the year.

Code of Conduct: All athletes participating in the Youth Worlds Travel Team and related training events must adhere to US Sailing's most up to date Code of Conduct.

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