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Grassroots Training (4-8 years old)


Spring 2020 

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy is excited to announce the continuation of our Grassroots Training Program this Spring.   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 of 2019, we are now progressing through our current Winter session that has over 150 players in session. Information on the Winter can still be found by contacting the contacts at the bottom of this page. If you're interested in registering for the Winter at a pro rated amount please contact the email addresses at the bottom of the page. You can see the Spring 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 - Coraopolis - Montour Junction Sports Complex - 2419 State Avenue, Coraopolis, PA 15108

As we move into the Spring , 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 Winter session is in progress and we will transition right into the Spring in April. 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.

Dates and Times: (6 Week Session)

Monday April 6th, 2020
Monday April 13th, 2020
Monday April 20th, 2020
Monday April 27th, 2020
Monday May 4th, 2020
Monday May 11th, 2020

Time - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

If your child is taking part in the current Winter session and plans on returning for the Spring you will be offered a discounted rate for the program - $50.  This will also apply to any player that took part in the Summer or Fall of 2019. You will not be required to purchase a training uniform and can use the current winter one. 

To Register (Returning Players Only) Click here

If your child is new to the program the price of the Spring program is the following - $75

To Register (New Players) Click Here

If a new 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"


Rich Hackenberg – Program Director

Riley Butler – Assistant Program Director

Scott Gibson – Academy Director