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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. 

Emailing Coaches

The DO's and DON'Ts of effective email communication with college coaches.

Measuring Improvement
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
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College ID Camps - Worth it?
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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?

See more on college id camps here

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.




Core Value



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

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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
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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.

COVID-19 & College Recruiting 
  College ID Camps