RISE Recreational

RISE SC’s principal mission is the promotion of youth soccer.

We strive to instill a love for the game in each of our players and to provide an environment where each player may participate according to his or her interest and ability. We take great pride in developing our players as athletes, students and responsible young men and women. Our players form lifelong friendships with their club mates, maintain healthy lifestyles and acquire leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship skills that ultimately prepare them for life beyond soccer.
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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, Sienna Plantation and Pearland.

RISE Recreational provides a fun, safe, instructional soccer experience for players that are new to soccer and 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
  • Become an excellent teammate
  • A desire to compete to the best of their abilities
  • Follow 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

Rec & Rec Advanced Programs

There are several items to consider when selecting a Recreational Program that fits your player best. RISE Recreational is our entry-level program, which has traditionally been our players’ first experience in organized soccer. The first years in our recreational program are very formative and will greatly influence the pathway a player chooses. The U7/U8 age group is the traditional year where players can choose to stay in the Recreational Program or choose to move into our Competitive Program and strive to reach the highest level of play. RISE SC will have a place for every player regardless of their level of play.

As part of the RISE Recreational soccer program, we offer two distinct models, a traditional low cost, less competitive, parent-led model "RISE Rec" and the "REC ADVANCED" model that is primarily led by the RISE Rec Coaching Staff, offers more training sessions and the fees included the tournament fee for the Friendship Cup. The Rec ADVANCED program allows our coaches to focus more on individual player development. Players who would benefit from the Rec ADVANCED are passionate about the game and dedicated to improving their technical abilities. Rec ADVANCED players will try to excel in a competitive environment by showing a willingness to learn and compete. RISE Jr. Advanced is the only program we offer for our youngest athletes.

Training sessions and games for RISE Recreational are geographically sensible. Upon registering to the program, players have the ability to designate their “home campus” so they are close to home. Due to the popularity and scale of our recreational program, RISE SC may organize cross-community play opportunities when age and developmentally appropriate.

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 in both our REC and ADVANCED Programs, 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.  

RISE reserves the right to move any, age appropriate, player out of the Recreational Program and into the Competitive Program if the RISE Executive Director or Technical Director determine that said player is compromising the integrity of the non-competitive nature of the Recreational Program and it’s player development initiatives.

*If you are interested in a competitive environment for your child, The Rec and Rec ADVANCED Programs will NOT work for you, please refer to our Competitive Program instead.
 

RISE Rec 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 Rec is 3 years of age by December 31 of the Fall season.

Registration Information

  • 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.

Programming

  • Innovative, comprehensive curriculum, which is age appropriate and in line with the RISE SC player development philosophy.
  • Focus on physical, social, cognitive and emotional development of players through fun and creative programming.
  • Fun, stress-free environment.
  • U4-U5 ADVANCED: 1 weekly pool training session on Friday evenings led by RISE Recreational Coaching Staff members.
  • U6-U19 Rec: 1 training session per week led by a volunteer parent Team Manager at a pre-designated field location and time.
  • U6-U19 Rec ADVANCED: 2 pool training sessions per week led by a professionally licensed RISE Recreational Coaching Staff member at a pre-designated field location and time.
  • U6-U19 Rec ADVANCED: Teams will not have the same Coaching Staff member at their training sessions, they will rotate. Volunteer parent Team Managers will be responsible for coaching the games for their respective teams.
  • All training sessions are 1 hour. Rec and Rec ADVANCED teams will train separately.
  • Generally, games are played on Saturdays or Sundays, and sometimes Friday evenings. Rec and Rec ADVANCED teams will play against each other in games.

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 SC 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 recommend that each team has an Assistant Team Manager in addition to their Team Manager
  • In both Rec Programs, weekend games will be led by Team Managers, however the RISE SC Coaching Staff will be on hand at most play sites to ensure the game environment is consistent with the training environment.

Team Formation

  • A player will not be assigned to a team unless RISE SC has his / her proof of age on file.
  • “Play-up” requests from parents will not be accommodated.
  • The RISE Recreational 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 act as a communication liaison between the parents and the Recreational Coaching Staff and / or Club.
  • It is our goal to provide a team for every player that 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 SC Coaching Staff is responsible for assembling teams and initiating player movements.
  • Team Managers are allowed 1 "Friend Request" (U6-U12)
  • When forming teams, RISE considers the following guidelines: Home Campus Designation, Birth Year, School Attended, Neighborhood Zone, Player Evaluation/Ranking
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Download the Rec Programming Chart


RISE Recreational Training/Playing Formats

Birth Year 2015 (U4) - 2014 (U5)

Team Composition

Coed

Training Session(s)

Fridays

Training Format

Fundamental Skills + Small Sided Games

Game Format

N/A

Goalkeeper

No

Ball Size

3

Birth Year 2013 (U6) - 2012 (U7)

Team Composition

Age Group Teams

Training Session(s)

1-2 Per Week

Training Format

Volunteer Parent Led Sessions

Game Format

4 v 4

Goalkeeper

No

Ball Size

3

Birth Year 2011 (U8)

Team Composition

Age Group Teams

Training Session(s)

1-2 Per Week

Training Format

Volunteer Parent Led Sessions

Game Format

4 v 4

Goalkeeper

No

Ball Size

3

Birth Year 2010 (U9) - 2009 (U10)

Team Composition

Teams

Training Session(s)

1-2 Per Week

Training Format

Volunteer Parent Led Sessions

Game Format

7 v 7

Goalkeeper

Yes

Ball Size

4

Birth Year 2008 (U11) - 2007 (U12)

Team Composition

Teams

Training Session(s)

1-2 Per Week

Training Format

Volunteer Parent Led Sessions

Game Format

7 v 7

Goalkeeper

Yes

Ball Size

4

Birth Year 2006 (U13) - 2005 (U14)

Team Composition

Teams

Training Session(s)

1-2 Per Week

Training Format

Volunteer Parent Led Sessions

Game Format

7 v 7 or
11 v 11

Goalkeeper

Yes

Ball Size

5

Birth Year 2004 (U15) - 2003 (U16)

Team Composition

Teams

Training Session(s)

1-2 Per Week

Training Format

Volunteer Parent Led Sessions

Game Format

11 v 11

Goalkeeper

Yes

Ball Size

5

Birth Year 2002 (U17), 2001 (U18), 2000 (U19)

Team Composition

Teams

Training Session(s)

1-2 Per Week

Training Format

Volunteer Parent Led Sessions

Game Format

11 v 11

Goalkeeper

Yes

Ball Size

5

Birth Year

Team Composition

Training Session(s)

Training Format

Game Format

Goalkeeper

Ball
Size

2015 (U4)
2014 (U5)
Coed Fridays Fundamental Skills + Small Sided Games N/A No 3
2013 (U6)
2012 (U7)
Age Group Teams 1-2 Per Week Volunteer Parent Led Sessions 4 v 4 No 3
2011 (U8) Age Group Teams 1-2 Per Week Volunteer Parent Led Sessions 4 v 4 No 3
2010 (U9)
2009 (U10)
Teams 1-2 Per Week Volunteer Parent Led Sessions 7 v 7 Yes 4
2008 (U11)
2007 (U12)
Teams 1-2 Per Week Volunteer Parent Led Sessions 7 v 7 Yes 4
2006 (U13)
2005 (U14)
Teams 1-2 Per Week Volunteer Parent Led Sessions 7 v 7 or
11 v 11
Yes 5
2004 (U15)
2003 (U16)
Teams 1-2 Per Week Volunteer Parent Led Sessions 11 v 11 Yes 5
2002 (U17)
2001 (U18)
2000 (U19)
Teams 1-2 Per Week Volunteer Parent Led Sessions 11 v 11 Yes 5

* All teams are scheduled for one practice per week, but teams / volunteer parent may choose to practice 2 days a week based on volunteer parent and field availability.

* U9 and older teams will be either age group specific or combined depending on numbers of players registered. Rise reserves the right to combine other age groups as necessary. Play formats for U13 and older teams may be modified to improve the player environment.

* U15 and older teams will be entered into a Houston area league where half of the games (the away games) may be played against teams from other areas in Houston. U13/U14 may play in-house or in the Houston area league depending on the number of teams and players registered.

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