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Grassroots Training (4-8 years old)


Summer 2020 


The Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy is excited to announce the continuation of our Grassroots Training Program this summer. We have added a second session that will continue after the completion of the current session.  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, the program has being a huge success and we look forward to helping the youngest players in the area develop. You can see the Summer Session II 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

Age Groups:

  1. 4/5-year-old boys and girls (2016-2015 Birth Years)
  2. 6/7/8-year-old boys (2014/2013/2012 Birth Years)
  3. 6/7/8-year-old girls (2014/2013/2012 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.

Dates and Times: (12 Sessions)

The current Summer Session ends on Monday August 10th. The Session II will be on the following dates:

Price - $75

Saturday August 15th - 9:00am - 10:00am
Monday August 17th - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Saturday August 22nd - 9:00am - 10:00am
Monday August 24th - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Saturday August 29th - 9:00am - 10:00am
Monday August 31st - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

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. 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