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Youth Competitive - Program Description

Red Star Soccer Academy is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to youth player development. We offer world class training for eager young athletes who aspire to reach their full potential in soccer. We are affiliated with the US Soccer Federation and US Club Soccer. Red Star teams compete in Nor Cal Premier League and US Club Soccer sanctioned tournaments.

Red Star competitive teams are coached by licensed professional coaches. The coaching staff is carefully selected to meet the needs and capacities of the players. The Red Star coaching staff is led by a nationally licensed and recognized Technical Director who oversees and monitors the effectiveness of Red Star coaches as they implement an age and developmentally tuned curriculum.

TEAM FORMATION

Open Tryouts are held twice annually, typically in June for the Fall season and November for the Spring.  Players will be notified after tryouts if they have earned a spot on a team within their age group, then final team rosters will be made following the conclusion of the Red Star Summer Training session.

At any time, drop-in assessments are available. To arrange a drop-in assessment, contact the Technical Director.

All soccer decisions, including player placement/movement and playing up an age group, are made by Academy coaches.

We strive to field 4 teams in each U8-U10 age group and at least two teams in each age group U11 and older. U8-U10 teams play 8 players to a side, from a typical roster of 12 total players. U11 and older teams play 11 players to a side, from a typical roster of 16 total players.

PLEASE NOTE: For Fall 2014, Red Star has limited itself to U8-U14 boys and U8-U11 girls teams.

ANNUAL CALENDAR
The competitive soccer calendar runs Aug. 1 thru Jul. 31. The academy’s annual calendar is divided into two 4.5-month playing seasons with optional 2-month rest, recovery and cross-training sessions between.

Fall Season

  • Approx. 4.5 months, Aug. thru mid-Dec.
  • Pre-Season Camp in early Aug.
  • Practices 2x per week, approx. 90 min per session
  • 3rd optional practice - Goalkeeper, Agility/Balance/Coordination, Street Soccer
  • NorCal Premier Fall League
  • Games can be scheduled on both Saturdays and Sundays
  • Approximately 8-10 league games, plus possibly 7-9 NorCal State Cup Tournament games (dependent on team level and performance)
  • 1-3 tournaments (As players mature, tournaments and travel increase in order to find appropriate competition.)
  • Individual written player evaluations and parent meeting.
  • Season ends with semi-open tryouts.

PLEASE NOTE: Red Star encourages children to explore and enjoy multiple sports. During the primary soccer season (Fall season), Red Star expects that children participating in multiple sports will make soccer their first priority when inevitable schedule conflicts arise. Missed practices and games due to sports conflicts are discouraged because of the impact on both the player and the team, both in training and in competition.

Winter Session (Optional)

  • 1 month, mid-Dec. thru mid-Jan.
  • Rest, Recovery & Cross-Training
  • December-mid Feb. (Optional Futsal)

Spring Season

  • 5 months, mid-Jan. thru mid-Jun.
  • Practices 2x per week, approx. 90 min per session
  • 3rd optional practice - Goalkeeper, Agility/Balance/Coordination, Street Soccer
  • NorCal Premier Spring League
  • Games can be scheduled on both Saturdays and Sundays
  • Approximately 8-10 league games
  • 1-2 tournaments (As players mature, tournaments and travel increase in order to find appropriate competition.)
  • Individual written player evaluations and parent meeting.
  • Season ends with open tryouts.

PLEASE NOTE: Red Star encourages children to explore and enjoy multiple sports. During the secondary soccer season (Spring season), missed practices and games are somewhat less of an issue when schedule conflicts arise.

Summer Session (Optional)

  • Approx. 1.5 months, mid-Jun. thru July.
  • Rest, Recovery & Cross-Training
  • Summer Camps (Optional)
  • Summer Futsal (Optional)
  • Summer Red Star Training Session (mandatory for all members of youth competitive teams)

PROGRAM FEES
Fall and Spring season fees typically range from $900-$1100 depending on actual length of season and the number of practices and games.   As examples (but not a guarantee of future fees), the Fall 2014 fees were $1055 while the Spring 2014 fees were $905.  For more information, please see our program fee structure.

Our week-long (Monday - Friday) Summer Training Session is mandatory for all our youth competitive players. The full-day session (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) is $250.  NOTE: the cost of Summer Training is included in the Fall Program Fee for U8 players.

Scholarships and payment plans are available upon request. Please contact Red Star staff for details. Red Star offers convenient online registration and accepts credit cards.