Academy Frequently Asked Questions




What is the
RedBullsAcademy?

The RedBullsAcademy is designed to identify and develop the top talented players in the TriState area to reach his full potential, whether it be college or the ultimate goal of securing a contract with the Red Bulls 1st team.

How are the RedBullsAcademy Teams different to any other local Academy?

Red Bulls are the only club in the TriState area to offer the ultimate end product, the professional team. Expectations for our Academy players are very high and they are treated like young professionals. The players are put in the best possible training and game environments to succeed.

Throughout the year select players will also be invited to train with the professional team. All Academy teams also have exclusive observations of 1st team training and coaching sessions conducted by 1st team coaches.

The Academy’s top players in each age group will be identified as an MLS homegrown player. A homegrown player who is talented enough to play in the Red Bulls 1st team will have the ability to sign a contract without entering the MLS Draft

What is the cost of the RedBullsAcademy?

There is no cost involved in the Academy. Each player is fully funded by the New York Red Bulls that will cover all expenses associated with participation in the program. This includes:

  • All coaching fees
  • Travel (air fares, buses, etc.)
  • Accomodations
  • Food
  • International Trips

 

What age groups does the Academy have?

  • U13s (1997)
  • U14s (1996)
  • U15s (1995)
  • U16s (1994/1995)
  • U18s (1993/1993)

 

How are players selected for the Red Bulls Academy?

There is a number of ways that talented players can be identified to become part of the New York Red Bulls Academy.

 

·                          Assessment in their own environments (e.g.: club, school, state or regional teams)

·                          Recommendation from personnel within the professional game

·                          Recommendations from Regional Development School (RDS) coaches

·                          Recommendations from Training program staff who work with local clubs

Our network of scouts and coaches will watch thousands of players each season. The New York Red Bulls has a reputation as a club renowned for its successful development of players, the recruitment of young talent is a priority for the Academy.

What competitions do the team plays in?

The U16s and U18s play in the US Soccer Development Academy league. This includes three showcases spread across the country.

 

The U13s/14s/15s play in the US Club Soccer Pre Academy league

 

Domestic and International trips vary each year. In April 2009 the U14s/U15s traveled to Barcelona, Spain, for an International Tournament.

 

Can players play for other Youth Soccer Clubs and/or High School teams?

Academy members will not be able to play for any additional soccer clubs. However, players will be allowed to participate for their high school programs

Employment

1. What is the Red Bulls Player Development System?
2. What level of the Player Development System will I be working in?
3. What level of players will I be working with?
4. What types of employment contracts are available and what will my job entail?
5. What coaching qualities and experiences do Red Bull New York look for when employing a youth soccer coach?
6. What exactly will my job entail?
7. What is the interview and selection process?
8. Is visa sponsorship provided for this coaching position?
9. How much will I be paid?
10. Do I need a driving license?
11. Do I get any vacation time?
12. Will I receive a coaching uniform and equipment?
13. Will I have the opportunity to get involved in anything relating to the First team?
14. Will I get the opportunity to take any coaching courses?
15. Are there any full-time opportunities that exist within the organization?
16. If successful at the interview when will I start?
15. Is housing or a vehicle provided?
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Summer Camps

What makes a Red Bulls camp unique?
What can I expect from a Red Bulls camp?
How do I register for a camp program?
Are there camps for players of all ages and abilities?
How are players grouped at camp?
Are players supervised at all times?
What will happen in cases of injury or illness?
Do I need to bring my child’s immunization records to camp?
Do I need to check in on the first day of camp?
Is there a set check in and check out location and procedure?
What do I do if I need to pick up my child early?
What if I need someone other than myself to pick my child up?
What clothing should my child wear to camp?
What should my child refrain from bringing to camp?
What will my child receive at camp?
What is the Match Day Experience Event at Red Bull Arena?
How do I redeem my Match Day Experience ticket?
Are there bathroom facilities at camp?
What happens if there is inclement weather?
What happens if there is extreme heat?
What is the cancellation policy after payment has been made?
Should campers bring food or drink to the camp?
Who should I contact if I have additional questions about a camp program?
Where can I find a list of local camps?
There’s no camp in my town, can I set one up?
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Employment

Q: 1. What is the Red Bulls Player Development System?
A:

The Red Bulls Player Development System consists of three (3) main levels which ultimately feed players into the Red Bulls 1st team. Level four (4) is at the base of the pyramid, and consists of our grassroots training programs, providing valuable services to many local youth soccer organizations. Level three (3) of the pyramid represents our Regional Development Schools (RDS) which consists of a number of satellite locations, strategically spread throughout NY and NJ. The RDS is supplementary, advanced, individual training, accessible by tryout only. Level two (2) is the academy, which consists of a number of elite teams between the ages of U14 to U19, all of whom play US Club Academy.

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Q: 2. What level of the Player Development System will I be working in?
A:

The vast majority of our seasonal coaching staff will work with players within our grassroots training programs. This will involve working with player’s aged 4 – 16 years, all of whom are of mixed ability. Skill levels will range from working with complete beginners to players who need to be challenged at an advanced level. There will be opportunities for coaches who show a high level of ability and experience to progress through the player development system and work within the Regional Development School programs. These opportunities are typically only available after working within the grassroots training programs.

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Q: 3. What level of players will I be working with?
A:

The level of play within youth soccer organizations is typically categorized into two levels. ‘Recreational’ players are beginners, whilst ‘travel team’ players are considered a more serious level of player. Coaches will work with both levels, and in general the major focus is spent on teaching the basic fundamental skills of the game.  We always attempt to place coaches with the level of players that they prefer to work, however it must be stressed that all coaches at some point will be required to spend time working with our younger players, who are complete beginners to the game. Typically coaches will work with beginner level players for at least 4-5 hours per week.

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Q: 4. What types of employment contracts are available and what will my job entail?
A:

The vast majority of work is coaching. Additional job requirements include administration tasks and coach education meetings. 

Three different levels of part-time SEASONAL employment exist and have different responsibilities:

1.    Employment Types

(1)  Full Availability

 

·         Required to be available five (5) afternoons/evenings per week plus weekends.

 

·         Required to be available Tuesday and most Thursday mornings for staff training workshops. (Spring and Fall Season)

 

·         Working hours will be approximately 20 to 30 hours per week, over an eight to nine month period. A full availability coach typically works 6-7 days per week.

 

·         A coach’s working week is comprised of on field coaching hours and attendance at mandatory staff training workshops. Both elements are paid at an hourly rate. Administration duties are a requirement and included in the hourly coaching rate.

 

·         Employment typically begins mid to late March and runs through to late November. The exact start and end dates are based upon the needs of each youth partner club, firm dates are provided to coaches no later than February 15th.

 

·         Coaches who commit to Full Availability are guaranteed to be paid a minimum of 180 coaching hours in the Spring and Fall seasons, plus a minimum of one (1) 15 hour camp per week during the Summer season.

 

·         Coaches who commit to a Full Availability employment contract also receive preferential assignments to double summer camp programs (30 hours per week) and Residential camps (45 hours per week). Additionally, coaches will also receive priority in scheduling of winter coaching hours.

 

·         Coaches are required to attend a mandatory paid pre-season orientation event.

 

(2)  Partial Availability

 

·         Required to be available seasonally for at least two nights per week and Saturdays. Administration duties are a requirement and included in the hourly coaching rate.

 

·         Coaching hours and summer camps assignments are allocated based on required need and coach availability.

 

·         Required to attend a mandatory paid pre-season orientation event.

 

·         Attendance at weekly coaches meetings is optional and unpaid.

 

·         There is no minimum payment commitment with Part –Time availability employment contracts.

 

(3)  Junior Coach

 

·         The part-time Junior Coach position provides an opportunity for aspiring young coaches to gain valuable youth soccer coaching experience.

 

·         Applicant’s should be between the 18-23 years and hold a  base level coaching qualifications

 

·         Coaches are assigned miscellaneous hours throughout the year.Administration duties are a requirement and included in the hourly coaching rate.

 

·         Required to attend a mandatory paid pre-season orientation event.

 

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Q: 5. What coaching qualities and experiences do Red Bull New York look for when employing a youth soccer coach?
A:

Seasonal Coach, Full Availability Coach, Part Availability Coach

  • Must be mature and reliable 
  • Have an outgoing personality
  • Capability to relate to people and players of all ages and abilities
  • Motivated to learn and develop
  • Have excellent organization and time management skills
  • Passion for coaching children
  • Ability to acutely demonstrate soccer skills
  • Hold a coaching qualification
  • Have excellent references
  • Hold a clean driving license
  • Clean criminal record
  • Be over the age of 21

Junior Coach

  • Must be mature and reliable
  • Have an outgoing personality
  • Capability to relate to people and players of all ages and abilities
  • Motivated to learn and develop
  • Have an excellent organization and time management skills
  • Passion for coaching children
  • Have significant youth soccer coaching experience
  • Have excellent references
  • Hold a clean driving license
  • Clean criminal record
  • 18-23 years of age
  • Locally based (NJ/NY)

 

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Q: 6. What exactly will my job entail?
A:

(1) Full Availability
  • Required to be available five (5) afternoons/evenings per week plus weekends.

  • Required to be available Tuesday and most Thursday mornings for staff training workshops. (Spring and Fall Season)

  • Working hours will be approximately 20 to 30 hours per week, over an eight to nine month period. A full availability coach typically works 6-7 days per week.

  • A coach’s working week is comprised of on field coaching hours and attendance at mandatory staff training workshops. Both elements are paid at an hourly rate. Administration duties are a requirement and included in the hourly coaching rate. 

  • Employment typically begins mid to late March and runs through to late November. The exact start and end dates are based upon the needs of each youth partner club, firm dates are provided to coaches no later than February 15th.

  • Coaches who commit to Full Availability are guaranteed to be paid a minimum of 180 coaching hours in the Spring and Fall seasons, plus a minimum of one (1) 15 hour camp per week during the Summer season.

  • Coaches who commit to a Full Availability employment contract also receive preferential assignments to double summer camp programs (30 hours per week) and Residential camps (45 hours per week). Additionally, coaches will also receive priority in scheduling of winter coaching hours. 

  • Coaches are required to attend a mandatory paid pre-season orientation event.

(2) Partial  Availability
  • Required to be available seasonally for at least two nights per week and Saturdays.

  • Coaching hours and summer camps assignments are allocated based on required need and coach availability. Administration duties are a requirement and included in the hourly coaching rate. 

  • Required to attend a mandatory paid pre-season orientation event.

  • Attendance at weekly coaches meetings is optional and unpaid.

  • There is no minimum payment commitment with Part –Time availability employment contracts.

(3) Junior Coach
  • Coaches are assigned miscellaneous hours throughout the year. Administration duties are a requirement and included in the hourly coaching rate. 
  • The part-time Junior Coach position provides an opportunity for aspiring young coaches to gain valuable youth soccer coaching experience.
  • Applicant’s should be between the 18-23 years and hold a  base level coaching qualifications
  • Required to attend a mandatory paid pre-season orientation event.


Important Note: For all positions there is often a one to two week unpaid gap between the Spring and Fall season. Additionally, no guarantees are provided for winter coaching work.

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Q: 7. What is the interview and selection process?
A:

Step 1 - Online Application    

Prospective coach or prospective junior coach goes online at redbullsacademy.com and completes the online application form

Step 2 - Phone Interview

Based on review of your online application a phone interview will be scheduled. These are typically scheduled to take place on Fridays in September and October or March and April. Please be mindful that due to a large number of applications we are only able to schedule phone interviews on set days. Please do your utmost to accommodate us on our initial time and date.

Step 3 - Coaching Practical and Theory Interview   
 

Based on the successful completion of a phone interview candidates will be invited to an interview day. Applicants are responsible for the costs of travel and/or accommodation for the interview.

Each interview date is either a  full or half day commitment. All attendants are required to stay for the duration of the day so please plan accordingly. If you can not commit to this time line please DO NOT accept your place to interview.

The interview day is made up of three important stages:

  1. Welcome Address
  2. Practical Coaching Assessment (15 mins) – Topic and guidelines email prior to the event.
  3. Coaching Theoretical Assessment (15 mins) – Interview on questions related to the team, our  programs and various coaching aspects associated to your role.
At this point prospective coaches are asked to bring:
  1. Coaching qualification
  2. Resume
  3. Soccer specific references
Junior Coaches are asked to bring:
  1. Resume
  2. Soccer Specific references
Dates for all of our interview locations can be found on  our website

Step 4 - Orientation    

Based on a successful on field coaching assesment and personal interview a coaching opportunity will be offered to you. Prior to the start of your coaching role you will be required to attend a staff orientation that will provide in-depth training related to your coaching role.

It is important to note that all coaches are always on interview, even once being offered a coaching position.

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Q: 8. Is visa sponsorship provided for this coaching position?
A:

No. For this position RBNY Academy do not provide visa sponsorship or support immigration applications. Applicants must show proof of U.S. Citizenship or provide appropriate documentation to establish that he/she is legally entitled to reside and work in the United States. Proof of valid documentation, as outlined in the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) must be provided at the time of hire.



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Q: 9. How much will I be paid?
A:

The following table illustrates pay scale classfications based upon individual applicants coaching qualifications: 

Level Qualification Hourly Training Rate 15 Hour Camp Rate
1
(Junior Coach)
USSF E & F License
NSCAA Level 1-6
For a full breakdown of pay rates, e-mailCoach@newyorkredbulls.com For a full breakdown of pay rates, e-mailCoach@newyorkredbulls.com
2 Developmental USSF Youth License
USSF D License
NSCAA National Diploma
FA Level 2
For a full breakdown of pay rates, e-mailCoach@newyorkredbulls.com For a full breakdown of pay rates, e-mailCoach@newyorkredbulls.com
3
Advanced
C License
NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
FA Level 2
For a full breakdown of pay rates, e-mailCoach@newyorkredbulls.com For a full breakdown of pay rates, e-mailCoach@newyorkredbulls.com
4
Elite
B License
NSCAA Premier
FA Level 3
For a full breakdown of pay rates, e-mailCoach@newyorkredbulls.com For a full breakdown of pay rates, e-mailCoach@newyorkredbulls.com
5
Pro
A License
UEAFA A
For a full breakdown of pay rates, e-mailCoach@newyorkredbulls.com For a full breakdown of pay rates, e-mailCoach@newyorkredbulls.com


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Q: 10. Do I need a driving license?
A:

Yes, due to the need to drive to a number of different training locations we require all employees to be over the age of 18, and have a valid driving license and personal vehicle for transportation.

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Q: 11. Do I get any vacation time?
A:

Yes, we like to ensure that all coaching staff has the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate after a long season. Therefore we always look to provide staff with a 1 week unpaid vacation between seasons.

Vacation time may vary from program to program, and will be communicated at the start of the employment contract. All vacations are unpaid and must be approved prior to any arrangements being made.


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Q: 12. Will I receive a coaching uniform and equipment?
A:

Yes, every employee will get a comprehensive Adidas coaching uniform and all relevant coaching resources. The coaching uniform is yours to keep, although the resources need to be returned at the end of the employment contract. If an employee leaves prior to the end of their contract they must return all items.

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Q: 13. Will I have the opportunity to get involved in anything relating to the First team?
A:

Yes. One of the main differences in working for a professional soccer team is that everything you do will connect to the bigger picture. Here are some of the areas that you will be involved in:

Game day clinics:


For each home game selected staff will be involved in running pre-game youth clinics and also be involved in the operation of the soccer interactive zone and stretcher crew.

Attendance at home games:


All coaching staff will be offered the opportunity to attend each home game. It is important that all coaches analyze each game and use it as a tool to give examples in subsequent coaching sessions.

Game tickets:

Each coach will also act as an ambassador within the local community, and will have the opportunity to promote and support ticket promotions within the club they are working.

Camp reunion events:

Every player that attends a Red Bulls camp will have the opportunity to attend a game day camp reunion ceremony. Selected coaching staff will have the opportunity to work at these events.

Professional development:

As part of our continued professional development program, trainers will have exposure to first team training sessions, question and answer forums with the head coach and the opportunity to learn from sessions delivered by Academy and Regional Development School coaching staff.

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Q: 14. Will I get the opportunity to take any coaching courses?
A:

Yes, in addition to our continued professional development program we also strongly believe in coaching s