Where will the teams play their home games?
All RDS Regional Teams will play their home games at the New York Red Bulls Training Facility in Hanover, NJ.
Which leagues and tournaments will the teams play in?
All RDS teams will compete in the Eastern Development Program (EDP) during the spring and fall seasons.
All teams will participate in four high level tournaments each year, included in the base registration fee. Teams will also have access to exclusive MLS events such as the Generation Adidas Cup, and the Toronto FC Kia Fall Invitational (additional fees may apply for out-of-state events).
How big will the rosters be?
Each team will carry a small roster of between 12 and 14 players, maximizing contact time between player and coach and allowing for ample playing time.
How does the tryout process work?
Tryouts will take place throughout March, and will consist of a three stage process.
Stages one and two will both be regionally based, with three different tryout locations available. All players who successfully navigate the first two rounds of tryouts will then be invited to the final tryout, which will take place at Red Bulls Training Facility, in Hanover, NJ.
To ensure only high-level, committed players apply, a one-time non-refundable try-out fee of $30 applies.
Players may tryout at any of the three regional locations, and are not tied to the area in which they reside, or the team for which they wish to play.
Final announcements on team rosters will be made no later than May 1st, 2017.
What player development initiatives will the players be exposed to?
Pre-season orientation - Players, parents and families will be hosted at Red Bull Arena for their official welcome to the team as we go behind the scenes at our first team's home. Not only will this event act as signing day for the players, but will also lay the foundation for the season to come. Families will receive a detailed overview of the program and the development processes and how they can expect to be supported over the course of the year.
Pre-season training camp - All teams will begin their seasons with a week long residential pre-season training camp. Set in the idyllic surrounds of Golden Goal Tournament Park in the Lake George region of upstate New York, this 200 acre purpose built sporting retreat will give the players the perfect opportunity to bond as a team and lay the foundations for a successful season to come. Players will enjoy access to the 8 professionally maintained fields, athlete's village and recreation center, woodland based challenge courses and multiple classroom spaces.
Please note, participation in the team pre-season training camp is optional, but highly encouraged. The cost of this training camp and transportation to and from the facility (if required) is not included in the seasonal registration fee.
Pre-season goal setting - All players will participate in a detailed self-assessment at the beginning of the season, from which their individual development plans will be created.
Individual development plans - With guidance from the coaching staff, players will identify the areas that they would like to improve in, and develop a structured plan in order to achieve these goals.
T4 athletic testing - During pre-season training camp, players will be measured in their speed, agility and endurance. Throughout the season, players will be re-assessed in the same areas in order to measure the growth of their physical abilities.
Mid-season reviews - Written mid-season assessments (once in the spring and once in the fall) will provide players with an update on their progress, highlighting areas of strength in each players game, and aspects that they should continue to focus on in order to improve.
Video analysis - Video feedback will be provided throughout the season as a tool to help the players improve their technical and tactical skills. Team video meetings will also be held to address team shape and principles of play.
Post-season review meetings - In person player/parent meetings will be held at the end of each season (spring and fall) with the team coach, giving all team members an open forum to discuss each player's progress.