Coaches are the key to player development. Rise SC is committed to developing our players by having the most talented and qualified coaches lead our players and oversee our program. Rise SC boasts one of the most highly licensed coaching staffs in the nation. Like professionals in any industry, your probability for success increases with education. Rise SC is committed to developing our players by having the most talented and qualified coaches lead our players and oversee our program. We firmly believe that better coaches = better players.
There are debates in youth soccer about winning vs. development. Rise believes in balancing both to have successful teams and, most importantly, successful players. Rise will not sacrifice development for the sake of winning. Player development, especially at the younger ages, must be more important than the win itself.
Our philosophy focuses on a balanced approach. We encourage players to take more risks and to value the fact that life’s best lessons are learned from our mistakes. In our younger age groups, we participate in a developmental league during the fall and spring. We use these games to apply training objectives taught in practice that week. We guide and observe the players in order to determine what to focus on in upcoming training sessions. We allow players the freedom to be creative in-game environments without fear. The balance to this is that there are events for each team in which we play to compete.
We focus on a strong foundation and teach the fundamentals of the game. We provide age-appropriate training for every player, at every level. We educate and communicate with players and parents on the balance between competition and development, and we establish goals and milestones for the team and each individual player.
Winning can be important for our older Elite teams to secure berths in elevated levels of competition such as leagues and showcases. Winning can also be important for team morale, recruiting, team dynamics, and confidence. It comes from utilizing the right training methods.
Development is important because you end up with a team of well- rounded players. Shortcuts lead to sacrifices, and Rise is not willing to sacrifice competition for development or development for competition.
In order for this balance to be realized, every component within the club and within each team must work together — from the Executive Director to team coaches, managers, players, and parents.
Rise SC Competitive Attributes:
Rise SC Competitive Player Attributes
- A desire to compete to the best of their abilities
- The ability to maintain poise and technique under pressure
- An understanding of the tactical concept of game situations
- Physical readiness
- Recognition of movement to vacate space for others to receive
- Early and positive decision-making on appropriate controlling surface
- An assured and confident first touch, be it to release or to secure
- The ability to control the ball at a variety of speeds and heights
Rise SC Competitive Team Attributes & Style of Play
- Focus on ball retention and player movement
- Forward and penetrative passing
- Desire to play through the “thirds”
- Good angles and distances of support
- Rotation and interchange of players to create positive attacking combinations
- Dictating the speed of play
All teams must try to keep possession of the ball. Players will be encouraged to support and move, thus creating passing options. Once the possession game is consolidated, the team must learn how to transfer the ball in the most efficient way from one area of the field to another. A positive response to offensive transition allows us to maximize the opportunity presented by a potentially disorganized opponent. A positive response to defensive transition restricts such opportunity for the opponent and allows us to implement our defensive priorities. Teams must be organized defensively, keeping their specific positions in the formation. However, players will look for spaces and movements to support forward when attacking by moving away from their original positions. Rise SC teams must feel comfortable playing the ball from the back through the midfield and from there to the final third of the field.