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RDA Tryouts

RDA TRYOUTS - 2020-2021

Register Here -  (Not current RDA players)

Goalkeepers should also sign up this way and email Scott Gibson directly indicating that the player is a GK.

We have now opened dates for the tryout process for the 2020-2021 season. While we're still not 100 percent sure we'll be able to have the tryouts starting June 1, we wanted to get a plan in place. If we must move the dates back, we will, but it's important that an interested player registers for one of the dates. We will be in constant communication with all families throughout the process.

Do you want to be part of something special?
Do you want want be part of the leading youth development league platform for both boys and girls... The ECNL?
Do you want to compete in the highly competitive Great Lakes Alliance (GLA) League (U10-U12)?

Now is the time to join! 

Quick facts:

  • The RDA is the only ECNL club in the area
  • A player only needs to register for one tryout date
  • Current RDA players do not need to register this way. We will be in touch directly.
  • Feedback from the evaluation will be quick and efficient
  • We accept highlight videos – these can be emailed directly to the contact below
  • The RDA has launched a fall program for high school-aged players who are not participating in high school soccer

Quick Links:

Due to the current timing issues and uncertainty involved for all, we are aware that certain players may not have that amount of time to wait (until June 1) to plan for the upcoming season. If that is the case, please contact Scott Gibson directly with your interest in the program and he will work through the options with you directly.

Below you will see the following images and Information:

  1. RDA Prospect Video Information
  2. RDA Tryout Dates
  3. Academy Growth Structure
  4. Potential Pathway of a player
  5. RDA Coaches (RDA II coming soon)
  6. 2020-2021 RDA Teams

RDA Prospect Video

Click Below to see the video:

Field Player - Click Here
Prospective Goalkeeper - Click Here

As an extra layer to the 2020-2021 RDA Tryout process, we have put together a video for prospective RDA players to work on at home and submit. With the uncertainty provided by COVID-19, we want to give an opportunity for players to work on the exercises at home and submit as a highlight video. This is not mandated / required and is up to the individual player if they choose to submit. This does not replace the in-person tryouts that we have scheduled for June, but rather adds a layer to the overall process. There is nothing that can compare to seeing a player in action, but this will go a long way to provide our staff with an insight into the technical competence of the prospective player.

The video does include some advanced exercises, so we ask that the prospective player does his or her best with what is showcased. If the prospective player is unable to do it all, that is okay, we ask that the player does what they can and send in the video for our staff to review.

- Parents must submit the video 
- No video will be used in any Riverhounds marketing

Once you submit the video, the RDA staff will view and provide feedback to you. This will start the communication between the family and staff and will allow us to be honest and transparent in the feedback provided. This will also give the family an indication on whether the staff sees the prospective player as a potential fit for the RDA.

When videotaping, please have the camera horizontal and make sure it is a clear picture. All entries will need to be emailed to Scott Gibson at




U18.19 (2003.2002) Girls - ECNL
U17 (2004) Girls - ECNL
U16 (2005) Girls - ECNL
U15 (2006) Girls - ECNL
U14 (2007) Girls - ECNL
U13 (2008) Girls - ECNL
U12 (2009) Girls - GLA
U11 (2010) Girls - GLA
U10 (2011) Girls - GLA

U18.19 (2003.2002) Boys - ECNL
U17 (2004) Boys - ECNL
U16 (2005) Boys - ECNL
U15 (2006) Boys - ECNL
U14 (2007) Boys - ECNL
U13 (2008) Boys - ECNL
U12 (2009) Boys - GLA
U11 (2010) Boys - GLA
U10 (2011) Boys - GLA

Our RDA II Teams will also have a full competitive league platform:

U18.19 (2003.2002) Girls Composite - ECNL
U17 (2004) Girls II - Regional ECNL League
U16 (2005) Girls II - Regional ECNL League
U15 (2006) Girls II - Regional ECNL League
U14 (2007) Girls II - Regional ECNL League
U13 (2008) Girls II - Regional ECNL League
U12 (2009) Girls II - GLA
U11 (2010) Girls II - GLA
U10 (2011) Girls II - GLA

U18.19 (2003.2002) II Boys - GLA
U17 (2004) Boys II - GLA
U16 (2005) Boys II - GLA
U15 (2006) Boys II - GLA
U14 (2007) Boys II - GLA
U13 (2008) Boys II - GLA
U12 (2009) Boys II - GLA
U11 (2010) Boys II - GLA
U10 (2011) Boys II - GLA

Now is the time to join! All of our RDA players will get the opportunity to train and play in a top learning environment, compete in the best leagues that are unrivaled, and have an experience that will last a life time.

Scott Gibson

Scott Gibson

Academy Director

Phone: (412) 325-7226