Elite / Premier

Rise Programs  /  Elite / Premier

The RISE SC Competitive program for boys and girls, U11 through U19 age groups, is divided into two levels, according to player ability and level of commitment

Level 1: Rise Elite: 2007 (U11) - 2000 (U19)

RISE Elite is the highest competitive program within RISE SC.

Rise Elite Teams:

  • U.S. Development Academy (DA) team(s), exist within the RISE Elite program and operate within the guidelines set forth by U.S. Soccer.
  • Play in regional and national leagues of the highest quality, such as the U.S. Development Academy (DA), USYS National League and USYS Southern Regional Premier League.
  • Annually participate in at least four college showcases or other events of national prominence, in addition to various local and in-state events, including USYS National Championship Series / STYSA State Cup.
  • Are formed of the strongest players from across the entire RISE SC player pool.
  • Train 2-4 times per week, depending on age and other factors, following a highly challenging and intricately designed curriculum aimed at preparing players for top college programs and for opportunities with the U.S. and other national teams.
  • May require a short commute for some training sessions.
  • Receive, in addition to technical and tactical training, futsal, TRX training and speed/agility/quickness training to round out the top athlete and prevent injuries.
  • Are coached by highly licensed, imminently capable members of our technical staff.
  • Receive thorough instruction, an array of tools and continuous support in the college recruitment process.
  • Travel regularly for league and showcases / tournaments to provide our players and teams with maximum opportunity and visibility

The RISE Elite program is incredibly rewarding but tremendously challenging. RISE Elites must demonstrate the highest level of commitment to training at all times in order to maintain physical and mental readiness for competitions, as roster positions and playing time are 100% earned on merit. There are simply NO SHORT CUTS to developing world class players or creating an environment that breeds this tradition. Philosophically, we believe that the best results are achieved with preparation.

RISE SC TRAINING SESSIONS
It is important to understand how our preparation to understand how our preparation fits into the greater player development pathway and philosophy at RISE. The purpose of training is to improve game performance; therefore, training activities must resemble the game and prepare players for their games. The RISE player development curriculum dictates that our teams work on pre-determined training concepts for a six week cycles. We use a six week cycle so that players have time to master a topic while it is continually reinforced and fresh in their minds, rather than jumping from topic to topic.

Our six-week cycle covers the following basic building blocks:

  • Technique
  • Coordination
  • Tactics
  • Futsal/soccer tennis
  • Functional training
  • Athletic training
  • Playing the game
  • Regeneration and Recovery

LEARNING AND PERFECTING TECHNIQUE EXERCISES BY PLAYING
Every session involves some technique training during the warm-up and/or the main part of the session. Coaches alternate between predetermined concepts that are created for players to focus on weekly, such as:

  • Passing/receiving
  • Dribbling/faking
  • Passing/shooting
  • Ball control
  • 1 vs. 1 play

Coaches look for players to display precise technical execution of these exercises before challenging players by increasing defensive pressure or limiting touches, etc. By default, coaches must stress precision first, then speed!

Once players display technical comfort in these exercises, opposition pressure is gradually increased, and players must be encouraged to use both of their feet. While exercises are the main form of technique training during warm-up, during the main session, coaches at each age-level generally switch to practice games. The advantage of playing games is that players can practice their techniques in game-like conditions.

COORDINATION WITH AND WITHOUT THE BALL
After warming up with technique exercises, players spend part of each session working on their coordination, alternating each week between running, jumping and ball handling. The main focus of running training is fast footwork. Jumping training involves jumps of various heights, direction and proper landing techniques, with both feet on the ground for a split second for explosive takeoffs. Ball training focuses on mobility and ball- handling skills, using one or more balls of various types and/or sizes.

As a rule, coordination training also incorporates speed training in the form of races or games of tag. After the first few rounds of these games, the ball is added so players can also work on the week’s technical concept. Practice games are also used from time to time for coordination training.

FUNCTIONAL TRAINING
A unique feature of our curriculum incorporates a “functional training” component for DA and Elite teams which require a minimum of three (4 for DA teams) training sessions weekly. During these functional training sessions, players will be separated into their target position groups for position specific training. For Premier teams that have optional third training sessions, functional training concepts will be introduced occasionally. During functional training sessions, players are divided into the following general position groups:

  • Backline
  • Midfielders
  • Forwards
  • Goalkeepers

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Level 2: Rise Premier: 2007 (U11) - 2000 (U19)

RISE Premier is the second highest competitive program within RISE SC.

Rise Premier Teams:

  • Play in statewide leagues of the highest quality, such as South Texas Youth Soccer Association’s State Classic League.
  • Annually participate in at least three tournaments and/or college showcases, one of which occurs outside of the Houston area and one of which occurs outside of Texas, as well as either the USYS National Championship Series/STYSA State Cup or USYS/STYSA Presidents Cup.
  • Are formed of the strongest players below the RISE Elite level on a community basis (e.g., RISE North Premier teams are formed from players who wish to train exclusively in the South Campus or West University areas; RISE South Premier teams are formed from players who wish to train exclusively in the Sienna Plantation/Sugar Land/Missouri City areas).
  • Train 2-3 times per week, depending on age and other factors, following a highly challenging and intricately designed curriculum aimed at preparing players for lower-level college programs.
  • Do not require a commute for training sessions.
  • Receive, in addition to technical and tactical training, futsal, TRX training and speed/agility/quickness training to round out the top athlete and prevent injuries.
  • Are coached by members of the RISE SC technical staff, licensed by the U.S. Soccer Federation and fully immersed in the RISE SC curriculum.
  • Receive thorough instruction, an array of tools and continuous support in the college recruitment process, where appropriate.
  • Require some in-state travel for league play and limited travel for tournaments and showcases.

RISE Premiers must demonstrate a high level of commitment to training at all times in order to maintain physical and mental readiness for competitions, as RISE SC desires all of its teams to hold or promote in league status from season to season. All players on RISE Premier teams receive playing time, but the amount of playing time and positions are at the discretion of the RISE SC technical staff based on player ability and commitment. Players on Premier teams are constantly evaluated by the Coaching Staff and often given opportunities to play with the Elite teams. Premier level players at RISE value being part of a team and have a desire to be standout players. Many RISE Premier level players have integral roles on their middle school or high school soccer teams.

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