Evaluation Dates Set For 2014 Winter Academy
The Evaluation process for the upcoming 2014-2015 Winter Academy training season is now open. The Riverhounds Academy Winter Training program is open to ALL players regardless of club affiliation and offers top technical, tactical, and Speed and Strength training for boys and girls ages 3-17yrs. Led by current professional players and coaches, The Academy's enrollment has grown to 1000+ players since 2007 and has swiftly become recognized as the top training environment for young aspiring players.
Quick facts about the Winter Academy - 15 week program that starts the week of Monday November 3rd, 2014
The first step for ANY player that would like to potentially participate in the training Academy is the evaluation. The evaluation allows the Academy trainers to assess the standard of each player prior to the start of the training program in November. The evaluation serves as the entry point to the Academy and allows the staff to make a decision on what group a player will be placed for the Winter.
The Riverhounds Academy follows a tiered structure at each age group (U9+) This varies across the age ranges but usually follows the following format -
Riverhounds Development Academy (RDA) (STRONGEST)
It is important to remember that we only offer the Tier 3 groupings at the most popular age groups. This format is determined by the evaluation numbers and is an ongoing process. A player can move between the groups at ANY time throughout the Academy. This is a system that we have had in place for the last six years and the results of this have produced groups of players who are at the same level technically. This produces training groups that are efficient in size, quality, and overall competition.
It is important for families to understand that, as we grow, we are expanding our offerings to include as many players as QUALITY CONTROLS will allow. As families in our Academy will support, we make a total commitment to everyone involved. Our evaluations aim to identify those players who display a total commitment to the game. Rather than accept everyone and interfere with our strong teaching ratios for financial gain, we work diligently to provide the best experiences possible for all involved. Not all players that attend an evaluation will be invited into the Academy program.
Who does not require an evaluation? 1) Any player that is younger than 6 years old as of September 1st, 2014 will NOT be required to register for an evaluation. That player will be eligible for the Regular Futures program and can sign up for that program accordingly. For the Winter Academy we will not be accepting any players that are under the age of 5. The player must be 5 by the start of the evaluation process.
2) Any player that is interested in the Riverhounds GK Academy. The registration for the Winter GK Academy will be open very soon and all information will be released at that time.
3) Any player that is invited into the Riverhounds Development Academy (RDA) fall program. The fall RDA invites will come from players that participated in the summer program and remain at the standard required. The staff will use the fall as an evaluation tool for winter placement.
The Evaluation The evaluation process will start the week of Monday September 15th, 2014 and will run for three weeks. It will be broken up per age group with the format described below.
As noted above the 2014-2015 Winter Academy Evaluation Sessions will be capped at 25 players per session, so that the Academy Staff can reasonably assess five main areas of interest:
1) Dribbling: a player's ability to maneuver a ball through a variety of sequences and exercises using both feet
What Age Group is my child in? The Riverhounds Academy follows the following age breakdown -
Age as of August 1st, 2014 Example - If a player is age 11 prior to the August 1st date then that player would be a U12 player for the Riverhounds Winter Academy.
How to register for an Evaluation
Registration for an evaluation can be done in the following ways -
1) ONLINE REGISTRATION - PREFERED
2) PHONE - Call - 412-224-4900 and ask for Amy Wisniowski or Scott Gibson
Evaluation Week 1 - Monday September 15th - Sunday September 21st
Monday 9/15 - Greentree SportsPlex
Tuesday 9/16 - Greentree SportsPlex
Wednesday 9/17 - Greentree SportsPlex 6:00pm - 6:50pm - U9.10 Boys Group 4
Thursday 9/18 - Greentree SportsPlex
Friday 9/19 - Highmark Stadium 5:30pm - 6:20pm - Academy Prep U8 and Futures (U7) Group 1
Sunday 9/21 - Greentree SportsPlex
Evaluation Week 2 - Monday September 22nd - Sunday September 28th
Monday 9/22 - Greentree SportsPlex 6:00pm - 6:50pm - U11.12 Boys Group 1
Tuesday 9/23 - Greentree SportsPlex
Wednesday 9/24 - Greentree SportsPlex
Thursday 9/25 - Greentree SportsPlex
Friday 9/26 - Highmark Stadium
Evaluation Week 3 - Monday September 29th - Sunday October 5th
Monday 9/29 - Greentree SportsPlex
Tuesday 9/30 - Greentree SportsPlex
Wednesday 10/1 - Greentree SportsPlex
Thursday 10/2 - Greentree SportsPlex
Friday 10/3 - Greentree SportsPlex
Post Evaluation The following age groups will be notified of the evaluations results via email -
Academy Prep U8 and Futures (U7) - Saturday October 4th, 2014
At that time the player will be notified if they have been selected or not for the Academy. It will have follow up information regarding group placement, schedule and pricing.
Registrations will be accepted on a first come first serve basis, and competition for places will be highly competitive due to the extraordinarily high interest level in The Riverhounds Academy and RDA Programs
"The Riverhounds Academy - The Way to Develop"
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