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 professional 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.
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 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.
Mid-Year Review Meetings
In person player, parent and coach meetings will be held at the mid-point of the year with the team coach, giving all team members an open forum to discuss each player's progress.
Professional Game Day Opportunities
Players will have the opportunity to enjoy exclusive experiences as player mascots, ball kids and flag bearers for professional MLS games at Red Bull Arena. These opportunities allow our young players to get a closer look at the professional game and build a deeper love and connection for the sport.
Winter Futbolinho Sessions
All players will enjoy 12 weeks of indoor Futbolinho sessions, Red Bulls version of futsal as well as one futsal tournament.
Players also have the option to partake in additional RDS clinics during the spring and fall seasons at no additional cost.