Welcome to the Rising Star Academy Resource Center! This is a place for players and parents to conveniently access information on the topics that matter most to soccer families.
The DO's and DON'Ts of effective email communication with college coaches.
10 Valuable Training Exercises
Track your own improvement and compete against your own best self. PLUS Youth & College metrics to shoot for!
Young Player Development
College ID Camps - Worth it?
College ID camps are big business. The market is flooded with camps and clinics that sell families on their ability to provide an opportunity to be seen, but are they truly valuable? Should you attend camps offered by college programs or independent companies? What are the key factors when determining what's best for you?
Balancing Work Outs & Your Busy Schedule
Daily schedules can get crazy busy. Here are some tips on how to organize your own workouts, alongside regular team training, competitions, and yeah - school and your social life.
World renowned technical skills coach, and friend of Rising Star Academy, Tom Byer's BEST SELLING book, Soccer Starts at Home, 2nd Edition is now available. The first edition SOLD OUT around the world, so we recommend getting your copy now. This is exactly what parents can do to play a role in their child's early development. Simple, yet incredibly powerful.
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Soccer Legend Bobby Howe once organized his list of the qualities a soccer player must possess. If you have never read these, it's a must read. If you have seen these before, you should revisit them often. Bobby coached the Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers, played in England for AFC Bournemouth and Plymouth Argyle. He coached the US U-17 and U-20 National Teams, and holds all of the top coaching licenses in the US and England. His philosophy, "Soccer is a player’s game. Players must be considered first when all political, administrative and coaching decisions are made." Acquaint yourself with these qualities and you will be a better soccer player, soccer parent and soccer coach - no doubt.
Brick by Brick, now also known as Brick Logic, is one of the best brain puzzle games for children and adults. For athletes these types of games increase your problem solving speed in a visual and physical way - which is the same type of processing you do when you play sports. Get to know this classic from the Think Fun Company, and learn some quick tips on how you can shape the rules of the game to maximize your brain workout!
We are POSITIVE
This person is a force of fortune. Their effort is earnest and they display a sense of joy in the process of working toward their individual and team goals.
“The true joy in life is to be a force of fortune instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.” - George Bernard Shaw
You can't rely on your team environment to determine all of your own individual development. What you do on your own makes you a better player, and your personal improvement gains helps your team. Here are 10 incredibly simple, yet INCREDIBLY valuable, training exercises every young soccer player should do on their own.
Learn more about training on your own in our Training Zone.
Recommended Reading Corner
What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy? When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"--wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.
As of March 18th the NCAA is instituting a recruiting "Dead Period" in response to COVID-19. This recruiting dead period will be in place until at least April 15. There are no in person activities (visits, coaches scouting, camps, clinics, etc). Telephone calls and written correspondence are allowed during dead periods. High school sophomores will still need to wait until June 15th to have full communication with D1 and D2 coaches.
Learn more about recruiting rules and best practices in our Recruiting Center.