What are the characteristics of a Champion player?
Youth soccer players who are passionate about the game of soccer.
Individuals who standout on the field when participating in their hometown community soccer club.
Players who enjoy and are motivated to learn from professional soccer instructors.
Why choose the Champion’s program?
Parents who would like to accelerate their child’s soccer development in a safe learning environment at professional soccer specific training facilities with certified soccer instructors / educators.
Are there tryouts for the Champion’s program?
No, players are not cut from the program knowing that youth soccer players develop at different ages.
How are Champion players evaluated?
The first training class is designed to evaluate player characteristics in a stress-free soccer environment.
How are Champion players groups?
Champion instructors place players in appropriate groups based on ability level, age, maturity/behavior and listening skills upon completion of the first training session.
Are Champion players placed on teams?
Rough Rider instructors are careful to form set teams at an early age and instead concentrate on developing individual players who can transform a team based on their playing abilities, on-field leadership skills and sportsmanship qualities.
Do Champion teams play in matches?
Match play is incorporate within each training session.
Consideration of playing in outside competitions, including one day tournaments and/or leagues, will be assessed on a case by case basis for each age group.
Included variables to play in outside competitions consist of how parents conduct themselves on the sideline and if playing in competitive matches will enhance or discourage player development.
How long is the Champion’s program?
The Champions program takes place during the fall, winter and spring consisting of a total of 30 weeks with 10 week one-hour classes.
Do players have to commit to the 30-week program?
No, it’s not mandatory; however, it’s highly encouraged as the training curriculum is designed to progress a player’s technical skills each scheduled class over 10 weeks through 3 seasons. (fall, winter, and spring)
Who are the Champion coaches?
Certified Rough Riders technical coaches instruct all Champion sessions.
The Champion technical staff includes coaches who have an education in childhood development, licensed with US Soccer, USC and/or UEFA and/or have played at top collegiate programs or have played professionally.
What are Champion players taught?
Champion players are exposed to soccer exercises designed to improve motor skills, physical development, individual confidence and the necessary technical building blocks for progressive soccer development.
Training sessions are fun and safe yet challenging to nurture creative play, develop positive on-field characteristics and reinforce a player’s love for the game.
What is recommended if a player starts between seasons?
Pending a player’s ability level Rough Riders instructors would encourage registering for the Total Training clinics as the curriculum at the Essential Level is similar to the first few weeks of the Champion’s program.
Does a Champion player receive a uniform?
Yes, all Champion players are provided with a customary uniform. Rough Riders Champion uniform consisting of one jersey and one short. Additional Champions jersey / shorts can be purchased at a discount.
Champion uniforms are required to worn at each training session.
Can a Champion’s uniform be customized?
Yes, for an additional fee a player’s name and preferred jersey number can be customized.
At least two weeks prior to the first training session is needed to allow a uniform to be customized.