RCU DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY
What is the Rocket City United Development Academy (RCUDA)?
Modeled in a style similar to Ajax Jong ,the Ajax Academy, and Barcelona’s La Masia (top European soccer clubs), the Rocket City United Development Academy (RCUDA) is a local 501c3 organization designed to ensure that players develop a lasting enjoyment of the game and learn how to play inthe philosophy of the US Soccer Federation.
RCUDA implements a “philosophy of play”, as defined by the US Soccer Federation, to produce attractive, attack-minded, dynamic and creative soccer. The main goal of RCUDA is to grow fluid, intelligent soccer players familiar with the Academy’s philosophy of play.
RCUDA is a player-development soccer Academy. This means our primary goal is to train players by emphasizing the improvement of the individual and the development of the team. Through concentration on youth development, we prepare players for success at the older age levels. Youth players are developed in preparation to one day play on a RCU Junior or Senior Team.
What is the purpose of RCUDA?
To provide an enhanced youth development soccer academy that aligns with the US Soccer Federation Curriculum.
To bridge the division that currently separates recreational, club and adult soccer, by providing an arena where players can come together to further develop their skills with other players of similar attitude, work ethic and abilities.
What is the cost?
Academy tuition fee per season depends on the location – approx $165-$225/player
RCUDA uniform fee – approx. $105 (one-time fee)
What is included in the Academy tuition fee?
Training conducted by Professional US Soccer Federation licensed coaches and/or Rocket City United Senior Team Players.
US Club Soccer player registration fees and player insurance
Season Pass to all Rocket City United (RCU) NPSL games (season runs May-July)
What is included in the uniform fee?
RCUDA uniform kit similar to senior team kit – 2 Jerseys, Shorts and Socks2 training shirts (T-shirt)
What is the commitment?
3 month training season (Dates based on Season – Fall and Spring)
2 Week training cycle (5 training sessions and a Match Day)
2-3 Tournaments (one local, 1-2 travel)
What are the training days and times?
3 sessions per week -normally. Available training days will be Monday through Friday,depending on location. Saturday will be either training or match day (some morning/some afternoons).
What teams will we play?
Game days will be scheduled amongst other RCUDA locations from Huntsville, Madison, and Gurley. “Friendlies” may also be scheduled against local teams including but not limited to United Soccer Club (of Huntsville), Huntsville Futbol Club (HFC), HFC Madison, North Alabama Soccer Club, AYSO Select teams and other youth academies.
Are we a club?
Rocket City United is a club with teams for youth and adult players. The RCU Warriors adult team plays two seasons: Fall – August-November and Spring: Feb-June. RCUDA is the 501c3 development academy for RCU. Youth players are registered through US Club Soccer.
Where will we practice and play matches?
RCUDA youth players under age U15 play locally with occasional travel. RCUDA players of U15 and above play on RCU Junior teams against other youth development teams, college JV teams, and adult teams.
Who will coach the team?
RCU players/coaches will conduct one to two training sessions a week.
RCUDA Gurley – Eastern Madison County, Hampton Cove area
Contact: Andy Zorovich
RCUDA Madison – Madison, Monrovia, Harvest area
Contact: Moises Ramirez