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Grassroots Training (4-8 years old)



The Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy is excited to announce the continuation of our Grassroots Training Program this Winter.   Led by Program Director Rich Hackenberg, and Assistant Director Riley Butler, the Grassroots Program will be year-round and focus on both boys and girls ages 4 to 8 years old. After launching the program in the Summer, we are now in session with the Fall. Information on the Fall can still be found at the bottom of this page. if you're interested in registering for the Fall at a pro rated amount please contact the email addresses at the bottom of the page. You can see the Winter information below.

The Riverhounds Academy places a heavy focus on building its overall foundation and structure, instilling its top coaches and technical trainers into the grassroots phase of the developmental model. This will provide quality in all the sessions and provide a positive experience for the youngest of players.

The Grassroots Program goals and emphasis is on the following:

  • Technical development – ball mastery

  • Building good habits in all our players

  • 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4 training

  • High-energy sessions

  • Providing an emotional connection with the player and giving them confidence

  • A platform where young children can fall in love with the game and have fun



Location - Cool Springs - 1530 Hamilton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234

As we move into the Winter, we will continue to improve and grow our highly successful Grassroots program. The Grassroots program was launched in the Summer and has provided an excellent platform for our youngest players to train and improve. Our current Fall session is in progress and we will transition right into the Winter in November. We have instilled our top coaches and technical trainers into the Grassroots phase of our developmental model and the program keeps getting better and better. 

Age Groups:

  1. 4/5-year-old boys and girls (2015-2014 Birth Years)
  2. 6/7/8-year-old boys (2013/2012/2011 Birth Years)
  3. 6/7/8-year-old girls (2013/2012/2011 Birth Years)

We can move players throughout the age groups at any time. We will put the players in the correct developmental age group based on the level of the player. This may also split out into more groups and this will be determined by registration numbers. As a program we will be very flexible with this and will have a player to coach ratio of 1:15.

We will be offering three program options for families this Winter at the Grassroots level.

1) Full Program (2 sessions per week – Wednesday and Saturday) 
32 sessions 
Total Price - $400
$200 due at Sign up;
$200 remaining balance due February 15th, 2020
Starts Wednesday November 20th, 2019 - Schedule Below

2) Saturday Only (1 session per week – Saturday) 
16 Sessions
Total Price - $200
 Starts Saturday November 23rd, 2019 - Schedule Below

3) Wednesday Only (1 session per week) 
16 sessions
Total Price $200
Starts Wednesday November 20th, 2019 - Schedule Below


If a player enrolls in the Grassroots area of the program then they will be required to purchase a uniform. Please print the form from this page (attached below), complete,  and mail it directly to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. We will then have the uniform prepared for you and a follow up email will come from the club on pick-up. You can also input your sizes on the registration page when you complete your registration but this form will need to be filled in and mailed below with payment. The cost of the training uniform is roughly $50. We want all our grassroots players looking the same at training sessions.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Attn: Jason Rice
510 West Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Checks - Made Payable to "Riverhounds Academy"

If a player was either in the Summer or Fall (Current) Grassroots program no uniform purchase is required. If the family was in the Training Academy last winter (Grassroots didn’t exist) then only the Grassroots training jersey is required as the shorts and socks are the same as last year.

We will be releasing the Spring 2020 Grassroots program very soon.


8 weeks
2 sessions per week (Wednesday and Sundays) – 16 sessions
1 hour per session

Group 1 – 4/5 Boys and Girls (2015 and 2014 Birth years):
Group 2 - 6/7/8 Boys (2013/2012/2011):
Group 3 - 6/7/8 Girls (2013/2012/2011):

Wednesday, September 11 – 5:45pm – 6:45pm @ Coraopolis
Sunday, September 15 – 9:00am – 10:00am @ Highmark Stadium

Wednesday, September 18 – 5:45pm – 6:45pm @ Coraopolis
Sunday, September 22 – 9:00am – 10:00am @ Coraopolis

Wednesday, September 25 – 5:45pm – 6:45pm @ Coraopolis
Sunday, September 29 – 9:00am – 10:00am @ Highmark Stadium

Wednesday, October 2 – 5:45pm – 6:45pm @ Coraopolis
Sunday, October 6 – 10:00am - 11:00am @ Coraopolis

Wednesday, October 9 – 5:45pm – 6:45pm @ Coraopolis
Sunday, October 13 – 9:00am – 10:00am @ Coraopolis

Wednesday, October 16 – 5:45pm – 6:45pm @ Coraopolis
Sunday, October 20 – 9:00am – 10:00am @ Coraopolis

Wednesday, October 23 – 5:45pm – 6:45pm @ Coraopolis
Sunday, October 27 – 9:00am – 10:00am @ Coraopolis

Wednesday, October 30 – 5:45pm – 6:45pm @ Coraopolis
Sunday, November 3 – 9:00am – 10:00am @ Coraopolis


Rich Hackenberg – Program Director

Riley Butler – Assistant Program Director

Scott Gibson – Academy Director