Academy!

Going forward, we will be registering via the Rangers and NOT NASA.  DO NOT sign up for Academy on the NASA website if you want to play for the Rangers.   If you have any questions on Rangers Academy, please see contact information below.

If you want to register for the Central/Austin Academy, which trains at the St. Louis fields, use this link:
https://www.gotsport.com/asp/application/reg/Default.asp?ProgramID=55061&Type=PLAYER

If you want to register for the Round Rock Academy, which trains at the RRSA fields at Voight Elementary, use this link:
https://www.gotsport.com/asp/application/reg/?ProgramID=55084&Type=PLAYER

Mission

The River City Rangers' Academy program is designed for U8, U9 and U10 (birth year 2009, 2008, 2007) recreational players, boys and girls, who have an exceptional desire to improve their skills and their understanding of the game.  The program is accredited as a recreational program, and all U8-U10 recreational players are eligible to join. If at all possible, every applicant is placed on a team – there are no tryouts – and all teams and players are registered through Rangers. All coaches in the Academy program are experienced, dedicated professionals – members of the River City Rangers coaching staff – rather than parent volunteers. The expectation is that players who join the Academy program will look forward to trying out for a team in a select club when they reach U11, and the program prepares committed recreational players to advance to a select level of play.

Curriculum and Training

A key feature of the Rangers Academy program is that all teams in a given age group generally train together under one or two Rangers coaches, following a graduated curriculum that emphasizes the development of confident ball control and effective, independent decision-making under pressure.

All Academy practice sessions are held on week nights (Monday through Thursday), 5:30 – 7:00 PM, and each team attends two practice sessions per week, on a regular schedule to be determined sometime in August, after teams have been formed. Practice sessions typically are held at St. Louis Church or another Rangers practice field. As with practice times, practice locations will be determined only after teams have formed.  The same is true if new teams are formed in January.

Games

Academy teams typically play one or two games per weekend. Home games probably will be played at a Rangers field. The location of an away game depends on the location of the opposing team's (club's) field. Often, away games will be played somewhere in the Austin or Round Rock areas, but an Academy team might be expected to travel as far away as Georgetown, Pflugerville, Bastrop, or even Temple. Most Academy teams will have the opportunity to participate in the same tournaments as River City Rangers select teams, which could entail travel to San Antonio, Waco, or similar distances.

Cost and Registration

The cost to participate in the Rangers Academy program for one season, Fall or Spring, is $320.00 per player.  The Academy uniform, which includes a jersey, shorts, and socks, is an additional expense, typically somewhere between $25.00 and $50.00.  Please note that as with Rangers select teams and unlike ordinary recreational teams, Academy uniforms are expected to last for one to two years.  Each player may purchase extra socks or other uniform pieces, as desired, but is required to purchase only one uniform while in the Academy program.  

The registration deadline for the Fall season usually is a date in early August, and for the Spring Season usually a date in early to mid-January.  Registration forms will be accepted after the deadline but placement on a team is less assured after that date.  For answers to questions about the River City Rangers Academy program, please contact Ben Crawley (bcrawley11@gmail.com, 512-659-5175); Darrell Best (everything0312@yahoo.com, 512-925-4456); or Danno Busch (danno_busch@msn.com, 512-626-7434).

Select players are more likely to make and start on their middle school and high school soccer teams!

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