Youth Academy Ages for 2020-21 Seasons

U5 – Kids born in 2016

U6 – Kids born in 2015

U7 – Kids born in 2014

U8 – Kids born in 2013

Fall Season – Sept 22nd – Nov 14th
Weekday sessions when time changes in Nov TBA
Spring Season – March 9th – May 1st

Youth Academy Referrals & Free Session Coupon

Dear Youth Academy and U9 parents,

We are always looking to increase the number of kids playing youth soccer and we are currently in a position to add players to our younger age groups for this year. One of the best ways we can add players is utilize our current families to help recruit players/families they know from school, church or other sports groups. As an incentive we will give current families a $25 credit for every family they are able to refer to the club (that ultimately registers to play). Families can refer as many new players as they want.

Any questions please feel free to contact Director of Soccer Operations, Chris Brennan, at chris.brennan@riorapids.org

Fall 2020 – Youth Academy Schedule

Boys & Girls Coaching Director Info:

Director: James Salazar   james.salazar@riorapids.org  505-250-5973

EASTSIDE

Tuesdays

Arroyo Del Oso Park
7001 Osuna Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

4:45pm – 5:30pm (2017, 2016, 2015)
5:45pm – 6:30pm (2013)

 

Fridays

Arroyo Del Oso Park
7001 Osuna Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

4:45pm – 5:30pm (2017, 2016, 2015)
5:45pm – 6:30pm (2014)

WESTSIDE

Wednesdays

Ventana Ranch Basin
10000 Universe Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114

4:45pm – 5:30pm (2017, 2016, 2015)
5:45pm – 6:30pm (2014, 2013)

 

Fridays

Ventana Ranch Basin
10000 Universe Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114

4:45pm – 5:30pm (2017, 2016, 2015)
5:45pm – 6:30pm (2014, 2013)

Saturdays

Arroyo Del Oso Park
7001 Osuna Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

9am-9:45am (2014)
10am-10:45am (2013)

 

Play Days (All Players Invited)

Saturday. November 7th
Saturday, November 14th

Arroyo Del Oso Park
7001 Osuna Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

9am – 9:40am (2017, 2016, 2015)
10am – 10:40am (2014)
11am – 11:40am (2013)

Youth Academy U5 & U6

  • Professional Coaching Staff
  • Three Sessions Per Week
  • Includes RRSC Training Shirt for All players
  • Includes a new Adidas soccer ball for NEW players
  • Need-based scholarships available
  • Locations:
    EASTSIDE: Arroyo Del Oso Park (ADO) (Tue & Fri)
    WESTSIDE:  Ventana Ranch Basin (Wed & Fri)
  • Colorado Rapids Alliance Benefits

Boys & Girls Coaching Director Info:

Director: James Salazar   james.salazar@riorapids.org  505-250-5973

Yearly Club Fee

$225

Spring Only Club Fee

$115

League Fees

In Registration Cost

Uniforms

NONE

Youth Academy U7 & U8

  • Professional Coaching Staff
  • Three Sessions Per Week
  • 8 games in Spring, True Academy Format
  • Includes Rio Rapids SC Training Shirt
  • Need-based Scholarships Available
  • ADO/Ventana Ranch Park
  • Additional Playing Opportunities, including USYSA Club Pass
  • Colorado Rapids Alliance Benefits

Boys & Girls Coaching Director Info:

Director: James Salazar   james.salazar@riorapids.org  505-250-5973

Yearly Club Fee

$295

Spring Only Club Fee

$150

League Fees

In Registration Cost

Uniforms

None

Rio Rapids Youth Academy Skills Videos

We will be posting weekly videos to challenge your players to master new skills. Videos will be posted on our YouTube channel. Encourage your child to watch the video and try what coaches can do! Take a video or picture of your child doing it and share it one our social media accounts (see below) using the hashtags #RioRapidsSC #RioRapidsYA and #RioSkillChallenge.

Youth Academy Overview

Rio Rapids SC Youth Academy has built a strong reputation for developing 3-8 year old kids of all ability levels and graduating players to the competitive teams and programs of Rio Rapids SC. The Club aims to promote a healthy environment, which enables each player to fulfill his or her potential both on and off the field. Players, parents, and coaches should feel confident and comfortable that key areas of development—technical, tactical, academic, personal and social—are the primary concern in each and every decision the Club takes.

Youth Academy Structure

Every player can attend any two age-group training sessions each week. The Club will host themed “Play Days” for the U5s and U6s 4 times in the Fall and Spring. The Club is also transitioning to a true Academy format for U7s and U8s in which players will compete in 8 games in the Fall and Spring against developmentally appropriate competition. This will help to maximize each player’s technical, tactical, and social growth, and enjoyment of the game. Guest clubs will be brought in to compete with Rio Rapids SC in a structured game-day environment, aligned with USSF Game Standards and Policies.

Program Elements

  • Eastside and Westside Locations
  • Parent Education
  • Professional Curriculum
  • Professional Coaches
  • Player Safety and Welfare
  • Age and Gender Specific

Boys & Girls Coaching Director Info:

Director: James Salazar   james.salazar@riorapids.org  505-250-5973

Parent Testimonials

The coaches were very patient with the kids and taught them so much.
Soccer School Parent

The students have fun learning and enjoy being on the soccer field.
Soccer School Parent

I like that the children are learning the right skills for their age, not just being thrown on a field and told to kick ‘that way.’
Soccer School Parent

The coaches all seemed to be happy to be at each session and really engaged with all the kids. The kids really seemed to bond with them and have fun the whole season.
Soccer School Parent

We love the way they are teaching the game of soccer.
Soccer School Parent

The coaching is great and the friendlies are a lot of fun.
Soccer School Parent

They really interacted well with the children. Took time to learn their names and their personalities.
Soccer School Parent

Our son grew to love the game.
Soccer School Parent

All coaches provide positive feedback to the boys and girls. All children are engaged, all activities are structured to keep all the kids involved and not waiting to participate. No time is wasted all the coaches are prepared with their lessons at practice.
Soccer School Parent

Coaches always redirect children what to do in different situations in soccer which helps child know what to do.
Soccer School Parent

The coaching. Everyone is approachable, kind, and genuinely seems to care about these kids.
Soccer School Parent

The coaches all know my son by name and are friendly, caring, and knowledgeable.
Soccer School Parent

Youth Academy ADO Field Map