The RISE Recreational Program is, at heart, a community-based program, with teams formed from numerous geographic locations, including: West University, Bellaire, River Oaks, Braeswood Place, Meyerland, Westbury, Sugar Land, First Colony, Missouri City, and Sienna Plantation. RISE Recreational provides a fun, safe, soccer experience for players that are new to soccer and/or trying to build their individual technical skills. The RISE Recreational curriculum focuses on individual skill development, building confidence in players, and maximizing creativity by allowing players to learn the game gradually in a fun, stress free and engaging environment
RISE RECREATIONAL PLAYER FUNDAMENTALS:
- Embracing being part of a RISE SC and a team
- Becoming an excellent teammate
- A desire to compete to the best of their abilities
- Following a healthy lifestyle
- Strive to maintain poise and technique under pressure with the ball at their feet
- Build your fundamental skills seasonally
- Quick and positive decision making with the ball
- Develop a confident first touch on the ball
- Progress to control the ball at a variety of speeds and heights
RISE Recreational Programming
RISE Recreational, for our youngest players, has traditionally been their first experience in organized soccer. There are several items to consider when selecting a recreational program that fits your player best. The first years in our recreational program are very formative and will greatly influence the pathway a player chooses. Why do we call our program Rec Advanced? Because the training sessions are led by RISE Staff Coaches.
The RISE recreational program is divided into subcategories differentiated primarily by your players age. Our programs are offered in their entirety or on a limited basis geographically. RISE will have a place for every player regardless of their level of play.
RISE REC ADVANCED (U4-U5):
An introductory soccer program for our youngest players. The training sessions for these age groups are led by the RISE Competitive Coaching Staff.
RISE REC ADVANCED (U6-U12):
The RISE Rec Advanced program is designed for players who aspire to develop a strong technical foundation and reach a high level of play. Rec Advanced players desire an engaging and consistent training environment with other like-minded players where training sessions are led by licensed coaches. Having licensed coaches guiding our youngest players allows RISE to deliver age appropriate training consistently and to drive individual player development.
RISE REC (MS/HS) MIDDLE SCHOOL / HIGH SCHOOL (U13-U19): The RISE Rec Middle School / High School (MS/HS) Program is a hybrid of our recreational and competitive offering designed for middle school and high school boys and girls who prefer to play seasonally and are seeking a less rigorous soccer environment.
RECREATIONAL PROGRAM OR COMPETITIVE PROGRAM
Our Recreational Programs are NOT competitive or designed to be. Our priority is to provide an environment conducive to learning for our players. At the Recreational play level, the club objective is to help our players build a strong technical foundation so that they are comfortable with the ball at their feet and confident in their decision making abilities when playing. Tryouts are not required; however, pre-season evaluations may be scheduled for certain age groups to assure that teams are evenly balanced. While teams in the Rec MS/HS program may play in leagues, they will be placed into recreational brackets.
RISE reserves the right to move any player between our program offerings if the RISE Executive Director or Technical Director determine that the said player is compromising the integrity of the non-competitive nature of the Recreational Program or its player development initiatives.
*If you are interested in a competitive environment, the Rec Advanced or Rec MS/HS Programs will NOT work for you.
RISE Recreational Program Overview:
Who Can Play
- All recreational level players welcome.
- No ZIP code restrictions.
- Designed for players who love soccer as a favorite pastime or a time to be with friends.
- Minimum participation age in RISE JRs. is 3 years of age by December 31 of the Fall season.
- Players must register for each season (Fall and Spring).
- Valid proof of age documents must be government-issued (e.g., birth certificates, passports, etc.).
- Hospital certificates are not valid proof of age documents.
- Parents will be able to upload proof of age documents during the registration process.
- Uniforms are not included in our registration fees and are worn on a 2 year cycle (4 season). All players must make 1 uniform purchase during each 2 year cycle.
- Players who purchase their uniform during the current cycle will not need to purchased another one until the cycle ends.
- The current uniform cycle runs from the Fall 2019 (Season 1), Spring 2020 (Season 2), Fall 2020 (Season 3), Spring 2021 (Season 4).
- Innovative, comprehensive curriculum, which is age appropriate and in line with the RISE player development philosophy.
- Focus on physical, social, cognitive and emotional development of players through fun and creative programming.
- A fun, stress-free learing environment.
- Rec Advanced (U4-U5): 1 weekly Competitive Staff led pool training session on Friday evenings and 1 game on the weekend led by volunteer parent Team Managers.
- Rec Advanced (U6-U12): 2 pool training sessions per week led by a licensed RISE Rec Coaching Staff member at a pre-designated field location and time. 1 game on the weekend led by a volunteer parent Team Manager.
- Rec MS/HS (U13-U19): 2 training sessions per week led by a volunteer parent Team Manager (RISE Staff Coaches available for an extra fee) at a pre-designated field location and time. 1 game on the weekend led by a volunteer parent Team Manager.
- Generally, games are played on Saturdays or Sundays, and sometimes Friday evenings.
Team Leadership & Coaching
- All RISE Recreational teams are managed by volunteer Team Managers who are subject to a background check by South Texas Youth Soccer Association.
- Before each season, the RISE Coaching Staff will host a mandatory parent education seminar for volunteer Team Managers and parents.
- No previous soccer experience is required for volunteer Team Managers.
- We highly recommend that each team has an Assistant Team Manager in addition to their Team Manager
- In all of the RISE Recreational Programs, weekend games will be led by Team Managers; however, the RISE Coaching Staff will often be on hand at play sites to ensure the game environment is consistent with the training environment.
- A player will not be assigned to a team unless RISE has his / her proof of age on file.
- “Play-up” requests from parents will not be accommodated.
- The RISE Executive Director or Technical Director may allow a player to “play up” if it is developmentally appropriate for the player and the player is in the ADVANCED Program.
- Every team will require a parent volunteer Team Manager to run the weekend games and act as a communication liaison between the parents and the RISE Coaching Staff and / or Club.
- It is our goal to provide a team for every player who wants to play. Occasionally circumstances will dictate players make a short commute to training sessions or games.
- Balanced teams are formed to ensure fair and meaningful games.
- To the extent possible, with an eye towards balanced team formation, each team will consist of players of varying skill levels.
- All RISE Recreational players shall receive a minimum of 50% play time during games, unless due to player’s illness / injury or for disciplinary reasons.
- Team assignments are final and not subject to appeal.
- The RISE Recreational Administrator is responsible for assembling most teams and the RISE Coaching Staff is responsible for initiating player movements.
- Team Managers for Rec Advanced teams are allowed 1 "Friend Request".
- When forming teams, RISE considers: Home Campus Designation, Birth Year, School Attended, Neighborhood Zone, RISE Coaching Staff Player Evaluation/Ranking.