The Rise SC Jr. Academy program serves as a developmental bridge between Rise Rec and the Rise SC Competitive program.
Rise Jr. Academy: 2012 (U7) - 2011 (U8)
The Rise Jr. Academy introduces players with their first experiences in competitive soccer. Rise Jrs. in these ages must demonstrate a steady commitment to training at all times to ensure proper development through consistent touches on the soccer ball and regular instruction from professional coaches. All players on Rise Jr. teams in these ages play at least 50% of every game.
Rise Jr. Academy: 2009 (U9) - 2008 (U10)
This phase of the Rise Jr. Academy is the most significant and final developmental phase before the Rise SC Competitive program. Rise Academy players must demonstrate a level of commitment to training that exceeds that of the younger phases of Rise Jrs. at all times to ensure proper development and to establish an accurate trajectory toward initial placement within the Rise SC Competitive program. All players on Rise Jr. teams in these ages play at least 50% of every game.
Rise Jr. Academy Teams:
- Play in local leagues of the highest quality.
- Annually participate in one in-house tournament and a minimum of two Houston-area tournaments.
- Train two times per week following an age-appropriate, developmentally sound curriculum aimed at laying a sound technical foundation, fostering curriculum and furthering the player’s love for the game.
- Are formed according to player skill levels with player development as the priority.
- Do not require a commute for training sessions.
- 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.
- Require no travel for league play or tournaments outside of the greater Houston area.
- Low player-to-coach ratio.
To further enhance player development in these critical ages, where developmentally appropriate we may:
- Have players and/or teams may play against older teams or genders
- Have a variety of staff coaches work with teams in addition to your base coach. This is to put players and teams in situations where they are being exposed to a different communication and coaching styles. This also allows our coaching staff to have a broader evaluation perspective on players and teams.
- Play games against other Rise teams, which allows our coaches to manipulate game environments to ensure teaching points from training sessions are carried out in games.