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2019 - 2020 RDA Tryouts Now Open!

REGISTER HERE!!


Current RDA players do not need to register and pay. We will be in touch with you directly with further information.

(RDA East Tryouts to be released soon)

**If your child is a goalkeeper, please email Scott Gibson and Hunter Gilstrap (hgilstrap@riverhounds.com) directly after registering.

Riverhounds Development Academy (RDA) tryouts will kick off on Monday, May 6 with multiple rounds set for all teams that will stretch through the entire month of May and into June. Below you will see two rounds of tryouts for each age group. There is a possibility of a third round of tryouts in early June, but we recommend players attend the May tryouts as competition for places is high.

As we move into the new season, we are focused on growing the RDA program across many levels. There will be improvements to the overall structure of the program, and we will be adding those improvements over the coming weeks on this webpage. We will have a fully revamped coaching staff that will be announced shortly, along with team information packets for every team that will be downloadable PDFs on this page. The packets will include all information relevant to that team, answer a lot of questions about the RDA and have all program details included.

Another area of focus throughout this period is the growth of our RDA II platform. The RDA II teams will be offered at wider range of age groups and will follow a full-year calendar of training and games, thus allowing more players in the area a chance to play and train in the RDA. Coaches will be assigned to these teams and there will be opportunities throughout the year for players to advance into the RDA team at his/her respective age group based on performance. In youth development, certain players need a little more time to fully develop. This level of the RDA will allow for that growth.

Our RDA teams are official members of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). The league is an outstanding platform for our players. Please take the time to read up on the league at the links below. The level of competition, exposure, experience and overall quality is unrivaled in the area. This starts at the U13 (2006) age group and older for the girls, and the U14 (2005) age group and older for the boys.

Girls ECNL - http://www.eliteclubsnationalleague.com/

Boys ECNL - http://www.boysecnl.com/

To prepare for the ECNL, our younger teams currently take part in the Ohio North Premier League in the fall and spring. The league provides our U10-U12 RDA teams the opportunity to get high-level games against clubs such that are extremely strong in Ohio. In addition to the leagues mentioned, all our teams will attend selected tournaments throughout the year. To round off the calendars, we have our younger teams participate in the Cool Springs league and have our own PPL league we run over the winter. All of this will be included in the team packets that will be added to this page next week.


BREAKDOWN OF RDA TEAMS

As we come out of tryouts, the plan will be to have the lineup of teams below. 

Girls

U10 (2010)
U11 (2009)
U12 (2008)
U13 (2007) ECNL
U14 (2006) ECNL
U15 (2005) ECNL
U16 (2004) ECNL
U17 (2003) ECNL
U18.19 (2002.2001) ECNL
U18.19 (2002.2001) Composite ECNL

RDA II Girls:

U12.13 (2008.2007)
U14.15 (2006.2005) – Will Compete in the ECNL
U16.17 (2004.2003) – Will Compete in the ECNL

**If numbers permit, we may be able to have single  birth year RDA II teams.

Boys

U10 (2010)
U11 (2009)
U12 (2008)
U13 (2007)
U14 (2006) ECNL
U15 (2005) ECNL
U16 (2004) ECNL
U17 (2003) ECNL
U18.19 (2002.2001) ECNL

RDA II Boys:

U11.12 (2009.2008)
U13.14 (2007.2006)
U15.16 (2005.2004)
U17.18 (2003.2002)

**If numbers permit, we may be able to have single  birth year RDA II teams.


How the Tryout Process Works

At each age group, RDA Staff will assess players through both technical and tactical performance levels, seeking to identify players who possess a high level of competency on the ball, an attitude to consistently compete with peers and a commitment to excellence.

A player only needs to attend one tryout for his/her respective age group. If players would like to attend both dates they may, but it is not required. A single tryout costs $10. If a family selects more than one date,  $10 will be charged per tryout. Additional tryout dates will be added if necessary.

Tryout Locations:
Highmark Stadium - 510 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Coraopolis - Montour Junction Sports Complex, 2419 State Avenue, Coraopolis, PA 15108

All players are to register for tryouts that correspond to their birth year unless otherwise instructed by the RDA Directors.


RDA Girls Tryouts - REGISTER HERE!

U10 (2010) Birth Year

Tryout 1 – Tuesday, May 14 – 5:30pm – 6:45pm – Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 – Thursday, May 30 – 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Highmark Stadium (Cost $10)


U11 (2009) Birth Year

Tryout 1 – Tuesday, May 14 – 6:45pm – 8:00pm – Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 – Thursday, May 30 – 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Highmark Stadium (Cost $10)


U12 (2008) Birth Year

Tryout 1 – Tuesday, May 7 – 5:30pm – 6:45pm - Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 – Monday, May 20 – 6:45pm – 8:00pm – Highmark Stadium (Cost $10)


U13 (2007) Birth Year

Tryout 1 – Tuesday, May 7 – 6:45pm – 8:00pm - Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 – Monday, May 20 – 5:30pm – 6:45pm – Highmark Stadium (Cost $10)


U14 (2006) Birth Year

Tryout 1 – Thursday, May 9 – 5:30pm – 6:45pm - Highmark Stadium (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 – Wednesday, May 22 – 6:45pm – 8:00pm – Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)


U15 (2005) Birth Year

Tryout 1 – Thursday, May 9 – 6:45pm – 8:00pm - Highmark Stadium (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 – Wednesday, May 22 – 5:30pm – 6:45pm – Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)


U16 (2004) Birth Year

Tryout 1 – Thursday, May 16 – 8:45pm – 10:00pm – Highmark Stadium (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 – Wednesday, May 29 – 6:45pm – 8:00pm – Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)


U17 (2003) Birth Year

Tryout 1 – Wednesday, May 15 – 6:45pm – 8:00pm - Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 – Thursday, May 30 – 7:00pm – 8:15pm - Highmark Stadium (Cost $10)

 

U18.19 (2002.2001) Birth Years

Tryout 1 – Tuesday, May 7 – 8:45pm – 10:00pm - Highmark Stadium (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 – Wednesday, May 22 – 8:45pm – 10:00pm - Highmark Stadium (Cost $10)
 


BOYS RDA TRYOUTS - REgISTer Here

U10 (2010) Birth Year

Tryout 1 – Monday, May 13 – 5:30pm - 6:45pm – Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 – Wednesday, May 29 – 6:45pm – 8:00pm – Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)


U11 (2009) Birth Year


Tryout 1 – Monday, May 13 – 6:45pm - 7:00pm – Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 –  Wednesday, May 29 – 5:30pm – 6:45pm – Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)


U12 (2008) Birth Year
 

Tryout 1 – Monday, May 6 – 5:30pm – 6:45pm - Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 – Tuesday, May 21 – 6:45pm – 8:00pm – Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)


U13 (2007) Birth Year
 

Tryout 1 – Monday, May 6 – 6:45pm – 8:00pm - Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 – Tuesday, May 21 – 5:30pm – 6:45pm – Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)

 

U14 (2006) Birth Year
 

Tryout 1 – Wednesday, May 8 – 5:30pm – 6:45pm – Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 – Tuesday, May 28 – 5:00pm – 6:15pm - - Highmark Stadium (Cost $10)

 

U15 (2005) Birth Year
 

Tryout 1 – Wednesday, May 8 – 6:45pm – 8:00pm – Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 – Tuesday, May 28 – 6:15pm – 7:30pm - Highmark Stadium (Cost $10

 

U16 (2004) Birth Year
 

Tryout 1 – Monday, May 13 – 8:45pm – 10:00pm – Highmark Stadium (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 – Tuesday, May 28 – 7:30pm – 8:45pm - Highmark Stadium (Cost $10)
 

U17 (2003) Birth Year
 

Tryout 1 – Wednesday, May 15 – 5:30pm – 6:45pm - Coraopolis Location (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 – Tuesday, May 28 – 8:45pm – 10:00pm - Highmark Stadium (Cost $10)
 

U18.19 (2002.2001) Birth Years


Tryout 1 – Monday, May 6 – 8:45pm – 10:00pm - Highmark Stadium (Cost $10)
Tryout 2 – Tuesday, May 21 – 8:45pm – 10:00pm - Highmark Stadium (Cost $10)
 


LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION / CHARACTER REFERENCE

In an effort to help young players more fully understand the concept of professionalism, the RDA requires players selected out of tryouts to provide a Letter of Recommendation, or Character Reference, prior to final acceptance into the program. The Character Reference can be obtained from a teacher or local community leader who can speak on behalf of the player’s attitude, interaction with others and overall commitment to excellence. The Character Reference will be a mandatory final step in the tryout process and apply to all players Under-12 and older.

Players DO NOT NEED to provide a Character Reference in order to participate in the tryouts. This is a final step for players who are selected following participation in the full slate of tryouts.


Contact

Scott Gibson

Scott Gibson

Academy Director

Phone: (412) 325-7226