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Questions & Answers

Academy

What is the New York Red Bulls Academy?

The New York Red Bulls Academy is designed to identify and develop the most talented players in the tri-state area. The Academy’s goal is to help every player reach his full potential (level 4).
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How are the New York Red Bulls Academy Teams different from other local programs?

The New York Red Bulls Academy is a cost-free program that aspires to help develop the best talent in the Tri-State Area. Our Academy is directly affiliated with the MLS team. Expectations for our academy players are very high, and they are treated like young professionals. Throughout the year, select players will also be invited to train with the professional team. Academy teams have the opportunity to watch the New York Red Bulls First Team’s training and coaching sessions. The Academy’s top players in each age group will be identified as MLS homegrown players. A homegrown player who is talented enough to play with the Red Bulls First Team will have the ability to sign a contract without entering the MLS Draft.

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What is the cost of the Academy?

The Academy is a no-cost program. Each player is fully funded by the New York Red Bulls. This includes:

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

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What age groups does the Academy have?

  • U13
  • U14
  • U15
  • U16
  • U18
  • U23

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How are players selected for the Academy?

There are a number of ways that talented players can become part of the 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 Red Bulls Training Program staff

Our network of scouts and coaches will watch thousands of players each season. The New York Red Bulls have, and are committed to upholding a reputation as a club renowned for successfully developing young players; the recruitment of young talent is a priority for the Academy.

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What competitions do the team plays in?

The U14s play in the US Club Soccer Pre Academy league. The U16s and U18s play in the US Soccer Development Academy league. The U20s play in the USL Super 20 summer league.

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

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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 in high school programs.

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Summer Camp

What makes a New York Red Bulls camp unique?

New York Red Bull soccer camps are the only camps throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania that are operated directly by a professional soccer team. All camp programs have been specifically designed by professional soccer experts to meet the needs of youth soccer players of all ages and abilities. Additionally, all campers get the opportunity to attend a Red Bulls match at Red Bull Arena free of charge.

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What can I expect from a Red Bulls camp?

The New York Red Bulls philosophy is: Create a fun and challenging environment where players have the opportunity to learn.

The Red Bulls operate a building block approach to player development. At a young age, mastery of the ball is vital for a child’s future development. Players follow a path focused on technique and skill development and, as competency increases, tactical elements are introduced. Within each building block, an extensive curriculum is offered. For more details on the “Building Blocks of Player Development” please click here.

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How do I register for a camp program?

All camp registrations are taken online at redbullsacademy.com. In a few instances (such as with parks and recreation departments) it is possible to register directly with the sponsoring organization.

By registering online you get immediate confirmation that your registration has been accepted. Additionally, we are able to easily collect important medical information prior to the week of camp. Payment can be made online via MasterCard, Visa, or American Express.

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Are there camps for players of all ages and abilities?

Yes, the Red Bulls offer the following camp programs:

Camp Type Level Ages
Mini KICK Camp Beginner 5 - 6 years 
Skills Camp (Recreation and Competitive) Beginner to Intermediate 7 - 14 years
Team Camp All levels 8 - 18 years
Regional Development School (RDS) Camp Advanced 8 - 14 years
Residential Camp Advanced 9 - 15 years

 

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How are players grouped at camp?

Players are grouped based on both age and ability levels. Group allocation is reviewed at the end of each camp day and players may be moved accordingly to ensure they are in the correct environment and constantly being challenged.

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Are players supervised at all times?

Absolutely. Camper health and safety is our number one priority. We follow a strict safety policy that ensures that there is always an adequate number of camper supervisors at all times. We also ensure that each camper is always signed in and signed out of camp by an approved adult.

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What will happen in cases of injury or illness?

At all of our camps, the head coach holds an American Red Cross certificate in responding to emergencies and CPR for the professional rescuer. However, the usual course of action once any serious injury is stabilized is to contact the parents and, if necessary, the local emergency services. In the registration process we also ask important medical questions so that we are always aware of any pre-existing injury or illness.

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Do I need to bring my child’s immunization records to camp?

If you are attending one of our residential camps or a day camp in the state of New Jersey, then yes, you must bring a copy of your child’s immunization records on the first day of camp. For those camps held in the state of New Jersey, it is a State Board of Health mandate that all campers are required to bring a copy of their most recent immunization records on the first day of camp. Without this copy, participation in the camp will not be allowed. Records are easily obtained from your doctor or pediatrician. Please provide a photo copy, not the original record.

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Do I need to check in on the first day of camp?

Yes, on the first day you should arrive 30 minutes prior to the camp start time in order to check in. At check in we will confirm that you are registered and distribute any necessary equipment. You will also be given a camp information letter, which will contain important logistical information for the week. At the end of camp, there will be a quick parent address that will cover those points on the letter.

For skills camps held in New Jersey, parents must also provide a copy of the child’s immunization records at check in.

After the first day, campers should arrive 15 minutes prior to the camp start time so that they are ready to start the session on time.

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Is there a set check-in and check-out location and procedure?

Once you reach the entrance to the facility where the camp is taking place, please make your way to the main field area and you will see Red Bulls coaches. On the first day there will be a designated check-in area. After the first day, campers will go straight to their individual groups. It is important that you ensure your child knows your coaches name and reports to the correct group before you leave.

When picking up campers, we do not allow parents to remain in their car and have campers walk to them. You must park, come to the pick up point to collect your child and sign out.

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What do I do if I need to pick up my child early?

Please notify your child's coach at morning drop-off and provide them with a written note in order for your child to be ready for you when you arrive. You must personally go to your child’s group, make yourself known to the coach, and collect your child before they can be signed out.

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What if I need someone other than myself to pick my child up?

Please provide a signed note with the full name of the person you authorize to pick up your child. This should be given to your child’s coach on the morning of the pick-up. Those individuals will need to bring identification with them each day they come to camp. Please be aware that our staff will not allow any child to be picked up by someone that the child does not recognize.

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What clothing should my child wear to camp?

Your child should bring the following items to camp:

  • Soccer shin pads
  • Soccer footwear
  • Soccer clothing
  • Water bottle or cooler
  • A light snack (For full day camps, a packed lunch)
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent

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What should my child refrain from bringing to camp?

Anything of value should be left at home in order to ensure the safety of your child's belongings. Any type of hand held computer game should not be brought to camp as the number one focus is always on soccer!

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What will my child receive at camp?

At most camps players will receive the following items:

  • adidas soccer ball
  • adidas Red Bulls T-shirt
  • Companion ticket to a New York Red Bulls match

Note: There are a small number of camps that choose not to include a ball and t-shirt in the camp program. Please check the local brochure for exact benefits. If the camp doesn’t include a ball, each child should bring a ball with them.

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What is the Match Day Experience Event at Red Bull Arena?

Every player that attends a camp program is eligible for discounted tickets to select New York Red Bulls home games through our Match Day Experience offer. Please click on the link below for more information:

http://www.newyorkredbulls.com/RBTPMatchday

Here at the Red Bulls we strongly believe that watching live soccer is an important part of a young player’s overall development. The Red Bulls training staff encourages players to watch professional soccer and learn from their role models.

The Match Day Experience provides an excellent opportunity to come and watch the New York Red Bulls play. At camp, players and parents will be given a flyer that details how tickets can be ordered online at redbullsacademy.com

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How do I redeem my Match Day Experience ticket?

As part of your Red Bulls Training Programs registration you are eligible to receive one complimentary ticket to a New York Red Bulls regular season home match. The ticket is valid for any section with an accompanying adult purchase. Additional tickets are available at a youth member discounted rate, based on availability and cannot be combined with any other offer.

http://www.redbullsacademy.com/training/player-tools/match-day-experience/

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Are there bathroom facilities at camp?

Yes, either permanent or portable facilities will be available at all locations.

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What happens if there is inclement weather?

If it's just rain, we play! The only time we stop playing is in the case of extremely inclement weather or thunder and lightning. Our coaches are familiar with each facility and they are experienced in making the correct decision should the weather become an issue. The safety and well-being of the children is our number one priority. If it is raining in the morning please travel to the site unless otherwise directed, as decisions will be made by the head coach at each individual location. We will make every attempt to make up any lost time throughout the week by extending the camp day or starting camp earlier each day. It is rare that we are unable to make up lost time throughout the week. In the event that a program is cut short due to inclement weather or any other unforeseen issues, every effort is made to make up lost time. In the event that the program cannot be made up, no refunds or credits are offered.

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What happens if there is extreme heat?

The head coach of the camp is responsible for monitoring the weather forecast daily. If the heat index rises to extreme or dangerous levels the camp day will be adjusted accordingly. The following heat index guidelines are adhered to on all camp programs:

Heat Index  Action
Below 90 Training conditions are comfortable, use normal rehydration principles.
90 to 95 Temperature starts to become uncomfortable, watch for signs of heat illness. Modify frequency of water breaks if needed, take breaks in shade.
95 to 100 Training sessions should be shortened and intensity levels modified. Training sessions for players 7 and under should be cancelled.
100 to 105 Use extreme caution. Training sessions should be reduced in length, with very frequent water breaks. Where possible, sessions should be moved to a cooler time of the day.
105 or higher Training should be cancelled for all ages.

 

In the event that a camp is modified or cancelled you will be notified accordingly.

Details of the heat index can be found at - http://www.weather.gov/om/heat/index.shtml

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What is the cancellation policy after payment has been made?

All cancellations are subject to a $30 processing fee providing that they are made prior to 14 days of the program start date.

No refunds will be given for cancellations that are made within 14 days of the program start date. If you need to cancel or make changes to your program registration, please e-mail training@newyorkredbulls.com.

In the event that a program is cut short due to inclement weather or any other unforeseen issues, every effort is made to make up lost time. In the event that the program cannot be made up, no refunds or credits are offered.

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Should campers bring food or drink to the camp?

It is essential that every camper brings adequate amounts of water to camp on a daily basis. No food is provided on any of our day camp programs. It is suggested that for camps lasting less than four hours per day, participants bring no more than a light snack. For camps lasting five hours or more, it is suggested that campers bring a healthy lunch.

Campers attending a residential camp should bring a refillable water bottle as there will be coolers to refill these bottles from.

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Who should I contact if I have additional questions about a camp program?

Please e-mail us at training@newyorkredbulls.com.

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Where can I find a list of local camps?

All our camps are listed on our website. Please click on the online registration page to view a list of camps in your area. When viewing the page you can also search by zip code and/or age range.

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There’s no camp in my town, can I set one up?

Yes, please email us at training@newyorkredbulls.com for further information.

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Employment

What is the Red Bulls Player Development System?

The Red Bulls Player Development System consists of six (6) levels which ultimately feed players into the Red Bulls 1st team. Level six (6) is at the base of the pyramid, and consists of our grassroots training programs, providing valuable services to many local youth soccer organizations. Level five (5) 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 four (4) is the academy, which consists of a number of elite teams between the ages of U12 to U18, all of whom play US Club Academy. The U23 squad, level three (3), play in PDL and our USL team, level two (2) make up our reserve team.

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What level of the Player Development System will I be working in?

The vast majority of our seasonal coaching staff will work with players within our grassroots training programs: recreational, club, travel, clinics and/or camps. 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.
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What level of players will I be working with?

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 with, 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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What types of employment contracts are available and what will my job entail?

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

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

Employment Types

  1. Full Availability
    1. Required to be available five (5) afternoons/evenings per week plus weekends.
    2. Required to be available Tuesday and most Thursday mornings for staff training workshops. (Spring and Fall Season)
    3. 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.
    4. 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 are included in the hourly coaching rate.
    5. Employment typically begins mid to late March or mid to late August and runs through to late November. The exact start and end dates are based upon the needs of each youth partner club.
    6. 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
    7. 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.
    8. Coaches are required to attend a mandatory paid pre-season orientation event.
  2. Partial Availability
    1. Required to be available seasonally for at least two nights per week, 3om onward and Saturdays. Administration duties are a requirement and included in the hourly coaching rate.
    2. Coaching hours and summer camps assignments are allocated based on required need and coach availability.
    3. Required to attend a mandatory paid pre-season orientation event.
    4. Attendance at weekly coaches meetings is optional and unpaid.
    5. There is no minimum payment commitment with Part–Time availability employment contracts.
  3. Junior Coach
    1. The part-time Junior Coach position provides an opportunity for aspiring young coaches to gain valuable youth soccer coaching experience.
    2. Applicant’s should be between the 18-23 years and hold a base level coaching qualifications
    3. Coaches are assigned miscellaneous hours throughout the year. Administration duties are a requirement and are included in the hourly coaching rate.
    4. Required to attend a mandatory paid pre-season orientation event.

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What coaching qualities and experiences do New York Red Bulls look for when employing a youth soccer coach?

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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What exactly will my job entail?

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 or mid to late August 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.

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 are 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.

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.

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What is the interview and selection process?

Step 1 - Online Application
Prospective coaches or prospective junior coaches should go online at http://www.redbullsacademy.com/training/apply/ and complete the online application form

Step 2 - Phone Interview
Based on review of your online application a phone interview will be scheduled. 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:

  • Welcome Address
  • Practical Coaching Assessment (15 minutes) - Topic and guidelines will be provided
  • Coaching Theoretical Assessment (15 minutes) - 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:

  • Coaching qualification
  • Resume
  • Soccer specific references

Junior Coaches are asked to bring:

  • Resume
  • Coaching qualification (if applicable)
  • 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 assessment 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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Is visa sponsorship provided for this coaching position?

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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How much will I be paid?

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 (-2014) & F License
NSCAA Level 1


For a full breakdown of pay rates, email: Coach@newyorkredbulls.com

 

 

For a full breakdown of pay rates, email: Coach@newyorkredbulls.com


2
(Developmental)


USSF Youth License

USSF E License ( 2015)
USSF D License
NSCAA National
FA Level 1



 For a full breakdown of pay rates, email: Coach@newyorkredbulls.com

 

 

For a full breakdown of pay rates, email: Coach@newyorkredbulls.com


3
(Advanced)


C License
NSCAA Advanced National
FA Level 2

 

 

For a full breakdown of pay rates, email: Coach@newyorkredbulls.com

 

 

For a full breakdown of pay rates, email: Coach@newyorkredbulls.com


4
(Elite)


B License
NSCAA Premier
FA Level 3

 

For a full breakdown of pay rates, email: Coach@newyorkredbulls.com

 

For a full breakdown of pay rates, email: Coach@newyorkredbulls.com


5
(Pro)


A license
UEFA A

 

For a full breakdown of pay rates, email: Coach@newyorkredbulls.com

 

For a full breakdown of pay rates, email: Coach@newyorkredbulls.com

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Do I need a driving license?

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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Do I get any vacation time?

Yes although due to the nature of the youth soccer season and the need to maintain consistency in staffing, coaches are not permitted to take vacation time during the spring and fall seasons. 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 1-2 week unpaid vacation between seasons.

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Will I receive a coaching uniform and equipment?

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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Will I have the opportunity to get involved in anything relating to the First Team?

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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Will I get the opportunity to take any coaching courses?

Yes, in addition to our continued professional development program we also strongly believe in coaching staff gaining further experience and qualifications. Subject to vacation time, coaches have the opportunity to undertake residential coaching licensing programs offered by US Soccer or the NSCAA at the coaches own expense. We have a partnership with the NSCAA and US Soccer and typically are the host location for NSCAA L2 - L5 courses, the National Youth License, E and D licenses. Additionally, we have a small amount of select scholarships for both residential NSCAA courses and NSCAA L2-L5 courses.

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Are there any full-time opportunities that exist within the organization?

Red Bull New York makes the commitment to its soccer partners to employ the best youth soccer coaches. Performance is assessed throughout the duration of each of our seasonal trainers’ employment with the view to retaining these staff on a seasonal basis.

Each of our seasonal coaches is provided an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and talents and prove their worth to our organization.

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If successful at the interview when will I start?

  • Full Availability (March to November)
  • Part-time Availability (Seasonal Start dates: Fall, Summer, Spring, Winter)
  • Junior Coach (Seasonal Start dates: Fall, Summer, Spring, Winter)

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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Is housing or a vehicle provided?

No, housing and/or a vehicle is not provided to our coaching staff by Red Bull New York.

For staff relocating for this position, we provide staff with re-location reimbursement of $1000.00.

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RDS

What is the RDS?

The Regional Development School is a supplementary training program, designed to give dedicated, high-level soccer players ages 7 to 14, an opportunity to receive additional training in a different environment to their travel team. Focusing on individual, technical aspects of the game, the RDS provides both boys and girls with the additional practice time they require to achieve expertise in soccer. At the top end of the spectrum, the RDS serves as a means of identifying the region’s top talents, giving them the best possible chance of reaching the New York Red Bulls Academy teams, and perhaps even a career in the professional game. In reality, and for the majority of participants, the program strives to make each participant more confident in their own skills, so they can maximize their potential, and play to the highest level they find themselves capable of.

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Is the RDS like a team, or is the training supplementary?

The RDS is not a team, but rather an opportunity to receive supplementary training from the New York Red Bulls. The program allows the Red Bulls to keep track of some of the area’s top soccer players, while allowing them to train, and play, in their own community, along with their friends and peers. This effectively supports soccer clubs of all sizes throughout the community, and allows top players to remain with their peers, without needing to move to a different club to the detriment of the local soccer community. In short, players within the RDS will benefit from additional training, while still reaping the social rewards of training, and playing in their own town.

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Is year-round participation necessary?

It is our belief that players should not have to commit to supplementary training on a permanent basis, and parents should not have to make this commitment financially. Breaking the year down into separate seasons allows families to pick and choose the locations that work for them, and participate as much, or as little, as they wish.

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What is the difference between the spring, summer, fall, and winter RDS?

Spring and fall programs encompass 8 weeks of training, while winter programs are six weeks long. In each instance, the program features one training session per week, on a given day. The summer RDS features week long camps, on both a residential (sleep-away), or non-residential (day camp) basis.

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What is the difference between RDS and other Red Bulls training programs?

The Red Bulls offer a variety of products and services to meet the needs of soccer players of all ages and abilities. All Red Bull coaches are educated and trained to the same exceptionally high standards, and a quality experience can be expected on all Red Bulls programs. However, the RDS may offer slightly more experienced coaches, with higher coaching qualifications, who are more effectively able to challenge players who are already at a higher level.

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Why are some programs 1.5 hours long, and others 2 hours long?

We adjust the length of each program as a function of the cost of field rental. Outdoor locations are typically cheaper, enabling us to offer 2 hours of training at the same price point. Indoor fields are more expensive to rent, so the program is shortened to enable us to offer the same price. Winter field rental is especially expensive, and so winter seasons are also shorter in terms of the number of weeks offered.

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What type of training does the RDS offer?

The RDS offers advanced, individual technical training. As such, the nature of the training is geared towards the individual player, and application of their own technique to perform individual functions. The curriculum is heavily focused on ball mastery and first touch, but centers on all individual skills such as turns, moves, dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, and of course, defending.

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If my child attends the RDS with a friend, can they expect to be in the same training group?

Not necessarily. By default, players who play on the same team, and who are of the same age, are usually at a similar playing ability. However, as the groups are designed to be developmentally appropriate, players will be placed in a group that the coaches feel will benefit the individual most. Although we endeavor to place teammates together if possible, to maintain the valuable social benefits of participation in soccer, this is not always possible due to coaching ratios, and ensuring the most competitive training dynamic for all players in the group is a priority.

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Is the training specific to my child’s age and ability?

Yes. The RDS offers three separate curriculums, each designed to target the most pertinent aspects of a player’s game at any given age. Players will be placed in the appropriate curriculum based on their displays at training.

Developing: All younger RDS participants will participate in the developing curriculum, which has a heavy focus on individual ball mastery, moves, and turns. Most work is conducted in a 1 player / 1 ball environment, designed to maximize contact time with the ball, and ensure players are as comfortable as possible with the ball at their feet.

Intermediate: With a similarly high focus on individual ball mastery, the intermediate curriculum starts to introduce concepts of combination play, and small group possession. Featuring a heavier focus on first touch, passing, and receiving, this curriculum builds on what players have learned previously, to make them more effective in group interplay.

Advanced: It is assumed that players working from the advanced curriculum have sufficiently mastered the content of the developing and intermediate curriculums, and are ready to focus exclusively on tactical and functional aspects of the game. The advanced curriculum is used infrequently within the RDS, and is beneficial only for older players ready to make the transition to the Academy teams.

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Do different RDS seasons repeat a curriculum, or offer a new one?

Each season of training features a unique, self-contained curriculum. As such, a player does not have to attend consecutive seasons to benefit. However, within each season, many weekly sessions will build on knowledge and skills obtained within that time frame. As such, it is important not to miss too many sessions within a particular season for maximum benefit.

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What can I expect to see at an RDS training session?

All sessions will follow a consistent format, based on Red Bulls’ Approach to Player Development. Sessions will always feature unopposed, individual technical repetition of the weekly topic, and progress to a conditioned game which addresses this weekly topic in an opposed environment. All sessions will conclude with an unrestricted, small sided scrimmage, where coach involvement will be limited, to allow players to demonstrate what they have been working on that week, within a realistic game environment. Small sided games will typically be 3v3, or 4v4, as determined by the group dynamics.

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Why does my child need to try out for the RDS?

RDS tryouts serve as an opportunity to pre-screen all players prior to participation, and ensure the players we accept are ready to train at a more advance level. It provides us with an opportunity to construct training groups that place players in a competitive environment over the ensuing course.

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If my child has already participated in the RDS, do they need to try out again?

Yes, the tryout is a prerequisite for all players, even returning ones. We believe that the tryout serves an important part of a young player's development, so it is a valuable session for them to attend. In addition to this, we want to encourage other players who have been unsuccessful in the past to try out again, as we are committed to developing all levels of player.

The only season of training where returning RDS participants are pre-approved for participation is the RDS Residential Camps. This is due to the large number of registrations we receive, and this allows us to focus our attention on reviewing new applications.

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What activities does the tryout consist of?

There is no secret science behind the RDS tryout format. Players will be engaged in a brief warm up, and then will play a succession of small sided games. This allows our coaches to see players in their natural environment, and assess their ability to play the game in an opposed environment.

At many of our more competitive locations (particularly in the winter), the acceptance rate can be as low as 25%. As such, it is our intention to give all players a positive experience that removes pressure, and allows them to enjoy themselves, and hopefully perform to their potential. Even players who are not accepted should take home positive memories, where they have met other players, made new friends, and learned new skills.

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What are RDS coaches looking for at tryouts?

Because the RDS is not a team, the coaches are not looking for players who demonstrate athletic dominance. For example, being a tall, strong, fast, aggressive player does not guarantee success at these events. Rather, coaches are looking for players who demonstrate that they are able to do the simple things well, and are ready to work on the more advanced nuances of the game. Players who show they have a good first touch, are able to play with their head up, and make good decisions on the ball, do very well at RDS tryouts.

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What will the tryout feedback contain and when will I receive it?

The tryout feedback will be brief and to the point. Players will typically receive one of two responses: an acceptance, or a rejection. Subject to availability, players may be provided with a third variance of feedback: an offer to train at an alternative location. All feedback will be sent via email, with 48 hours of the event. Try out feedback is in the form of a generic email, and is not specifically tailored to give qualitative feedback.

RDS tryouts vary in size depending on season and location, with some locations attracting as many as 500 applicants. Under such conditions, it is both unfair and unrealistic to expect our coaches to provide detailed feedback on each and every child. Such feedback would be arrived at in such a small time frame, that its value would be questionable anyway. Please do not ask for more detailed feedback on a player, as the standard response is always that a player did not demonstrate that they were in the top 12 players, in their age group, on that day. Our coaches can only evaluate players on what they see, on any given day. Any player can have a good day, or a bad day at tryout, and a rejection should not be taken too seriously, but should be interpreted as in invitation to return to tryout again.

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Will I have an opportunity to withdraw my child from consideration after the tryout?

Although registering for a tryout typically signifies your commitment to join a program, if selected, we recognize that the tryout often presents the first opportunity to visit a training location. If, after making this journey, it is apparent that the training location is not feasible due to location, time, or any other reason, we will be happy to withdraw a player from consideration. We ask that you notify us quickly (within a couple of hours of the tryout's conclusion), as once the application has been approved, any subsequent refunds will have administration fees associated with them.

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How do I register for the tryout?

All applications are handled online, in advance of the event. Upon registration, you will input your credit card details, as this acts as an online signature, giving parental permission for your child to participate. All applicants must have an active email address, and credit or debit card, as we do not allow walk up registrations, or payment by cash or check.

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Upon registering for a tryout, when will my card be charged?

Your card will not be charged until after the tryout, and even then, only subject to acceptance. Players who are not offered a space on the program will have the application rejected, and the card will not be charged. Some banks may display a “hold” on the fees, which is a security measure put in place to prevent the account from being overdrawn between the time of registration and time of acceptance. This is not Red Bulls charging the account, but is the bank holding the fees. If this creates a complicated financial situation, let us know, and we will happily remove your application, and allow you to register closer to the time.

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When will I receive specific information regarding the tryout?

Specific details pertaining to the tryout are not posted online. This is because tryouts are almost always at capacity, and we do not want to encourage players to attend unannounced. However, as a rule, tryouts are normally at the same location as the training itself, and usually on the same day and time as the training sessions. Be aware that some tryouts may be very large, which means the event has to be held at an alternate location to accommodate demand. Final confirmation will be emailed to all registered parties one week ahead of the event, and this confirmation will include any time or location changes that you may need to be aware of.

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How are the training groups constructed?

Subject to acceptance into the RDS, players will train in a group of approximately 12 players. The groups will be developmentally appropriate, which means although there may be a range of ages (rarely more than 12 to 18 months), all players are deemed to be at a similar level of technical ability and tactical understanding, therefore creating a training group that has common needs.

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Do players move within training groups once the program has started?

Players are being constantly assessed throughout the course of the program, and players will be moved as and when they demonstrate that they have different training needs to the rest of their group. Players may train with those older, or younger than them, but the focus is always on providing the most appropriate training environment possible.

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Will my child always train in the same group, with the same coach?

The RDS strives to take players out of their comfort zone, and continuously challenge them to reach their fullest potential. In order to do this, from season to season, players may move to different groups and work with various coaches, as we strive to provide them with a different insight, and new guidance on their game. Although all RDS locations feature a core of consistent coaches, there is no guarantee that players will always stay with a particular individual coach.

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What happens if my child misses a session?

We are more than happy to offer a make-up session to players who miss training due to prior commitments. However, this is not always possible due to sessions being full, and there being no spaces to add extra players. In the case that your child needs to attend a make up session, it is imperative that you contact us first, so we can advise if we have space elsewhere. Please note that make-up sessions will not be included in player evaluations, as they may be staffed by a different coach and also focus on a different topic.

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How is my child evaluated throughout the course of the training?

Coaches complete players’ evaluations on a weekly basis. Players are not ranked, or graded, but are provided with a qualitative comment advising them what they need to do differently in order to continue to improve, even beyond the conclusion of the program.

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How will I receive my child’s evaluation?

Player evaluations are sent via email, upon the conclusion of the training. Although we endeavor to send these out as quickly as possible, it can take up to four weeks to send all evaluations for any one location. Should you not receive your email within 28 days, please email us to request that it is resent.

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How can I use the evaluation most effectively?

Your child’s evaluation will be worded in terms that their coach uses within a session. As such, although some of the terminology may be unfamiliar to you, it should make sense to your child. It is important to go through the evaluation with your child to ensure they know what they need to do to continue to improve. If, upon reading it with your child, there is any terminology that remains unclear, you should contact us to clarify, or discuss it with your child’s coach at training.

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Which RDS programs offer a player evaluation?

As a general rule, any RDS program that is subject to a tryout also provides a player evaluation. Spring, fall, and winter seasonal programs offer this benefit, along with summer residential camps. Open registration day camps during the summer do not offer a player evaluation, due to the large number of players our coaches work with over the course of the week.

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What are the Showcase Tournament Teams?

The RDS Showcase Tournament Teams comprise the highest level players from within the program. Participation in the teams is strictly by invite only.
 

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How does my child earn a space on the Showcase Tournament Team?

In order to be eligible for the Showcase Tournament Team, players should have participated in at least one full season of training. Players who excel within each season, are recommended by their coach to try out for the Showcase Tournament Teams. These recommendations are collated throughout the year, and invited players are notified via email. Such invitations are highly exclusive, and are reserved for around the top 10% of players across the program.

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When will I find out if my child has been chosen to tryout for the showcase team?

Eligibility cycles are annual, beginning in the fall (September), and concluding after the following summer (August), therefore encapsulating winter and spring training seasons. Consequently, successful players are normally notified around the end of August to start of September. Although these records are updated on a seasonal basis, we do not disclose this information throughout the year, as our player pool consistently changes as new players enter our system, and other players leave the area. We do not wish to tell a player that they have earned a recommendation at the conclusion of one season, only to have to withdraw this invitation due to a later influx of talent in any specific age group.

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Will I be notified if my child has not been selected to try out for the showcase teams?

No. Due to the huge numbers of players within the program, we do not send specific notification to players who did not earn an invite. If you do not receive an invitation, it is normally safe to assume that your child was not chosen, although you are welcome to contact us to clarify. When looking for specific feedback as to why a player was not invited for this stage of the program, the best source of feedback is usually the player evaluation.

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Does increased participation enhance my child’s chances of selection?

Indirectly, yes. The more seasons of training a player participates in, the more different coaches they are likely to work with, and the better their chances of being put forward. Additionally, increased participation gives players more opportunity to work on the aspects of the game the RDS value more highly, thus making them more suitable candidates for the teams. However, talented players will not be discriminated against if they are only able to attend one season, and if good enough, will get the opportunity irrespective of attendance.

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When and where do the showcase teams play, and how often do they train?

Showcase teams play only during the winter months, and participate in only one tournament each. RDS teams enter open tournaments, which do not require team rosters or player cards, so participation in the showcase team will not create conflict with a player’s existing club commitments. Showcase teams will undertake one training session in order to familiarize players with one another, and then disband until the following year.

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Why do the showcase teams not play on a year-round basis?

The philosophy of the RDS focuses on supplementary training, and endorses the importance of a player’s own team training environment. The showcase tournaments provide them with a unique opportunity to play in a novel environment, without taking them away from their teams. The showcase teams also comprise players from immensely diverse communities, with players coming from states all over the North East to represent us. Such events therefore have to be infrequent to prevent us from putting too many logistical complications on our player pool.

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Is there goalkeeper specific training available in the RDS?

Yes, the RDS offers a goalkeeper specific curriculum at many locations, during each season of training. Although not available at all locations, a select number will offer one goalkeeping group, designed to cater to all players within the 7 to 14 age range. Within each session, players are paired up with training partners deemed to be similar in technique and physical maturation.

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Why is the Goalkeeper curriculum not offered at all locations?

Because there are fewer goalkeepers than outfield players, it is important to channel the high-level goalkeepers to a narrower choice of locations. If the curriculum were to be offered at all locations, the same smaller player pool would be spread out over a larger number of locations. This results in a sub-standard coaching environment, as the age spread is greater, and players are not necessarily paired up with a developmentally appropriate training partner.

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What is the difference between regular RDS training and Futbolinho?

Futbolinho is a futsal-based game, played with a heavier, low rebound size 2 ball, on a hardwood floor. These training sessions feature extended focus on ball mastery, typically conducted to lively background music, to create an exciting, up-tempo training experience.

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How can Futbolinho benefit my child?

The type of ball used in Futbolinho ensures that each player experiences maximum contact time with the ball, leading to increased competence and confidence in possession. The focus on ball mastery encourages players to become more comfortable using the different surfaces of the feet, and fosters an increased ability to manipulate the ball in tight spaces.

Participating in the Futbolinho program still provides all the same benefits as participating in the RDS. All players will receive an end of season evaluation, and still earn eligibility for the Showcase Tournament Teams.

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When and where is the Futbolinho curriculum offered?

Futbolinho is only offered at select locations. Although some locations may feature a futsal specifc training surface, others may be conducted on basketball courts and similar surfaces. We recommend that RDS participants register for Futbolinho as a supplement to their regular RDS training, as it provides a unique change of pace that is useful for maintaining motivation, and a love for the game.

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At what age do the Red Bulls full Academy teams start?

The New York Red Bulls full academy teams start at U12 / U13. However, as these teams play in the pre-academy league, they are constructed according to year of calendar birth, as opposed to academic year. Currently, the youngest academy team is comprised of players born in 2003, and is therefore currently a hybrid U12/U13 team. In the spring of 2016, tryouts will be held for a new team that will be constructed of players with 2004 birth years, who will commence competition the following fall. The cycle continues then from there.

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Does participation in the RDS guarantee that my child will be recommended to the Academy?

No. Due to the vast number of players who participate in the RDS, only the highest level participants will be selected to try out for the Academy. To help streamline the mass of players, they are allocated to one of three tiers, which determines their chances of making the Academy.

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How will I find out if my child has been recommended to the Academy, and in what “tier” they fall?

Academy tryouts are typically in the spring, and look to construct teams that will begin competitive play the following fall. When tryouts are announced for the upcoming Academy teams, eligible players will be informed of the “tier” in which they are considered.

Tier 1:
This elite pool of approximately 50 players will have their application handled on their behalf, and will be notified via email, towards the beginning of May. These players need not complete any documentation, and will receive a free pass to the final stage of tryouts, accessible by invitation only.

Tier 2:
The second tier of players will be sent instructions on how to apply on their own, citing the RDS as a reference. This level of recommendation virtually guarantees an invite to attend tryouts, although players in this second tier will have to go through the initial stages of open tryouts, which will feature a much larger pool, of a varied ability level.

Tier 3:
The third tier of players consists of players who are not considered to have a legitimate chance of making the Academy. Players within the third tier may still choose to apply for the Academy on their own behalf, but will not be given a reference by the RDS. Depending on the volume of applications for tryouts, there is no guarantee that these players will have the opportunity to try out.

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Is participation in the RDS a prerequisite for selection to the Academy?

No, although over the past seven years, approximately 98% of all players selected to the Academy have come through the RDS. There are always a small number of players who jump straight to the Academy despite not having been in the RDS, due to living in a region where the program may have been inaccessible. In short, it is possible to get into the Academy without RDS participation, but coming through the RDS certainly dramatically improves a player’s chances.

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Can players earn a tryout for the Academy teams before they are officially eligible?

Due to the strength of the Academy teams, it is very rare for players to play “up”. As such, it is also rare for the RDS to recommend players before they are officially eligible. Although it happens in isolated situations, an age appropriate player will always be viewed more favorably when selecting the candidate’s tier. Younger players will be encouraged to remain in the RDS and continue their development, thus increasing their chances of falling within a higher tier when their time has arrived.

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How do I know if my child is “on track” for the Academy?

If a player is consistently getting invitations to participate in the Showcase Tournament Team events, this is normally a good indicator that they are towards the upper end of the talent pool in their age group. Likewise, if a player is yet to get invited to try out for the showcase teams, this is a fairly reliable indicator that there are a good number of other players ahead of them within their age group, at that given time. However, it is important to remember two things: 1) The showcase teams are formed according to academic year, whereas the academy teams are formed according to calendar year, so there is often a slight discrepancy between the two talent pools, and 2) Different players develop at different stages, so just because the player may not be at the front of their age group at one stage, does not mean they can’t reach that level over a period of time.

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Do the Red Bulls have an Academy team for girls?

The Academy teams form part of the Red Bulls' player development pyramid, which is set up primarily to develop professional soccer players to play in the first team. As such, because the Red Bulls do not have a professional women’s team, they also do not have a fully-funded academy for the development of professional women’s players. However, the Red Bulls are firmly committed to developing female soccer talent, and so the RDS is as committed to developing female players as it is the males. The program is co-ed, and girls will be considered for selection along the same criteria as boys, up to the time they age out of the RDS.

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When will my child “age out” of the RDS?

Catering to players up to the age of 14, the RDS will accept players who are eligible for the youngest existing Academy team. These players may have joined late, and are looking for a chance to be seen by the Academy, or they may have developed late, and grown into an Academy prospect after the team had been selected. Players older than this age group will not be considered for selection, as by that time, the talent pool has become too diluted.

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Coach Operations

What is the Red Bulls approach to youth player development?


Coaching

Being part of the New York Red Bulls organization, we expect you to design and create your sessions based off our universal coaching philosophy and methodology.

This section will give a more in depth look at sessions, development plans, evaluations, player accidents and the most important part, our philosophy, methods and building blocks.

Overview

The New York Red Bulls Training Programs follow a researched and proven approach to player development. The following information introduces our philosophy, player development rationale and the methods that are used to deliver our curriculum.

Coaching methodology
(How we teach)

The New York Red Bulls Training Programs youth coaching staff focuses on three methods to deliver the building blocks of youth player development.

1.  Inspire

  • Players need to develop a motivation, desire and passion to work hard during training sessions as well as during their own time away from structures sessions.
  • Every player, coach interaction serves as an opportunity to develop a passion and love for the game

2.  Expertise

  • In order for a player’s ability to improve, they require accurate and concise information, combined with specific and immediate individual feedback.
  • An adaptive coaching style is used to ensure that every player is developed during the training session; the objective is to create players who are skillful, proficient and independent thinkers.

3.  Repetition

  • Repetition and deliberate practice is the key to learning. To master new skills players need to receive a high frequency of realistic situations that offer maximum contact with the ball.
  • Players must be challenged to work at a high intensity that replicates a game environment.


Player Development Rationale

player_pyramid

Philosophy

Create a FUN and CHALLENGING environment where players have the opportunity to LEARN.

The New York Red Bulls operate a building block approach to player development. At a young age mastery of the ball is vital for a child’s future development. Players follow a path focused on technique and skill development, as competency increases, tactical elements are introduced.
Within each building block, an extensive curriculum is offered. The following link illustrates the New York Red Bulls “Building Blocks of Player Development.”

http://www.redbullsacademy.com/training/curriculum/

Continue to reference the information on this page. As we expect all our coaches to know and believe in the Red Bulls approach to player development. We want to ensure our staff all speaks the same language.

 

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How much will I get paid?

Follow the link below to view the 2016 Coach Compensation Package:
http://www.redbullsacademy.com/training/coachpayscale.aspx

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What is the online portal?

Online Portal

One of the best features for our organization is the online portal system. The portal is the fulcrum of all our operations. This section will give you an overview of all the portal features.

Portal Features       

“Home”

This function will bring you to your home screen. Here you are able to select between the different training organizations you work with.

“Assessment Report”

As part of our ongoing learning and assessment process, you will be assessed at least once, maybe twice during your employment. Once these have been written up, you will be able to access your feedback here.

“Camp Information Forms”

During the summer months when you’re coaching camps, you will find all your week of camp information here.

“Change Username”

Very self-explanatory.

“Change Password”

It does exactly what it says on the tin. No swear words please, the portal will take offense.

“Club Information Forms”

This is where the sales staff give you all the relevant information about the club. This should give you more of an idea about what the club is looking for from your training. Remember to ask if you’re unsure of something in this section.

“Curriculum”

This section will show you the Red Bull Training Programs curriculum. It’s broken down in an easy to use format and will give you lots of ideas for activities to use with your players.

“Documents”

Take your time going through the documents we have uploaded. It should provide a valuable resource to help educate your parent coaches and you.

“End of Season Evaluations”

Much like your seasonal development plans, this section allows you to log and evaluate your sessions. Did they achieve the learning outcomes you set out?

“End of Season Player Evaluations”

The same as the team end of season evaluation, here you can make specific comments about each player.

“Event Information”

Should you be doing a promotional event for us, the information for the event will be uploaded here. It's best to get you prepared. Remember that this is paid at a promotional rate of $10.

“Game Analysis Reports”

Watched a game or two over the weekend? Once you have written it up, make sure it is online so the team coach is able to see it. If you claim for paid hours, you must have the report uploaded first. This is checked when payroll runs.

“Links”

Here you will find internet links to the clubs you work with. There are also links to various governing bodies, coaching websites and Red Bulls teams.

“My Profile”

This is where you get the chance to live up to some of Red Bull’s core values. When writing this, try to be humble, self-confident, and genuine. This will go out to the club you work with so ensure it's top quality.

Please upload a professional coaching photo. This should be one with a polo and or coaching top on. Remember your clubs will be reviewing your profile. First impressions are important. You will have a head-shot taken when you arrive, so you will be able to change your profile picture to you in a Red Bulls top.

You should be looking to update your profile constantly so that all the information about you is up to date and correct.

“My Documents”

This is where you upload all the important documentation required before you actually start working for us.

When scanning items to upload, ensure they are either a PDF or JPG file
When saving a file, ensure it is saved in the format of (name of doc/date) JohnSmithVISA 5/4/2012

“My Terms”

This is where you sign off and agree to our terms and conditions for cars, housing, contract, and health forms. Without signing, there’s no work for you.

“Organization Contacts”

Here you will find the contact information for the top dogs, including presidents, program managers, and treasurers.

“Parent Coach Contacts”

Not sure if a session is on or off, want to ask a coach how the players performed at the weekend? In here you will find all the important contact numbers for people in the clubs you work with. If for some reason a coach is not listed, let the Manager of Education and Training know.

“Parent Coach Invites”

This section will allow you to invite any other parent coaches that you work with, on to the portal. Additionally, you can ask them to fill out a team evaluation form so that you have a good understanding of the players before you actually meet them.

“Player Accident Report Forms”

If an accident happens during one of your sessions, make sure you upload a report of it here. Anything that involves treatment should be recorded. It may have been a complete accident, but it must be reported.

“Season Development Plans”

Professional coaches come with seasonal development plans. Therefore, what you’re working on from session to session should be written up here at the start of the season. Season not going how you thought it would? OK then, go back into the section to edit if you need to.

“Team Evaluation Form”

Before you start training with each team, the coaches are asked to fill out an evaluation form. This is where they can tell you what the team does well, not so well, and what direction they feel the team needs to go in.

“Time-sheets”

This function allows you to manage your time-sheets for each club. Here you can create time-sheets as well as look at ones that have been rejected, submitted, and approved. See “Payroll” for how to submit time-sheet(s).

“Time Off Form”

For emergencies only, if you need to take time off, you must fill out a Time off Request Form.  Click “Enter New Request for Time off”, and put your TP Rep, Start Date and End Date, and any other information needed.  This will then be reviewed by the TP Rep for approval or rejection.

“Trainer Contacts”

Need to call someone else? Hit this and all other coaches’ contacts will magically appear before your eyes. Remember to keep your contact info updated otherwise other coaches won’t be able to contact you. You may miss out on something fun!

“Training Schedule”

This section tells you what you’re doing from one day to the next. Keep this 100% accurate and up to date.

“Log Out”

Until next time.

When you’re done with your online session? Click here to log out and ensure no one else can access your portal account.

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Do I need a background check?

Yes

Background Checks


All applicants that are offered a conditional contract as a seasonal coach with Red Bull New York must successfully complete a background check. The background check procedure is different for local and foreign coaches. The details of each check are outlined below:

Local Based Coaches

Obtaining a background check is the responsibility of Red Bull New York.  This process is completed through a third party company called Fidelifacts. 

Fidelifacts will run checks in following areas:

New Staff
•    Social Security number trace
•    Criminal record check
•    National conviction & sex offender database
•    Driver’s license check
•    Employment history
•    Education background
•    Professional license (coaching only) verification

Returning Staff
•    Criminal record check
•    National conviction & sex offender database

The Request for Background Information form will be provided to you prior to employment along with the Disclosure Authorization form. Please make sure to complete this form in as much detail as possible. It is important to stress that we need your home address for the past ten years along with all employment history, (please use additional sheets if necessary). If you cannot remember the exact address, please provide city and state.

As per employment law, should a conditional contract offer be withdrawn due to a background check issue, you will be informed via registered mail with a detailed report of all background information that was reported.

Timeline

o    All coaches need to complete and return this form 28 days prior to the start date of employment
o    We cannot permit any staff member to start work until your Background Check is on-file
o    Returning staff members that have not worked for Red Bull for a period of three months or longer are required to complete the Background Check procedure again
o    Background Checks along with a copy of your coaching qualifications need to be returned to the Manger Recruitment and Education:
o    Emailed:    Coach@newyorkredbulls.com
o    Mailed:     Red Bull Arena, C/O Red Bull Training, 600 Cape May St, Harrison, NJ  07029

 

 

 

Please note that failure to complete this Background Check will result in the termination of your conditional contract

ALL INFORMATION SUBMITTED TO RED BULL NEW YORK WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL
 


Foreign Based Coaches (United Kingdom)

Obtaining a police background check is the full responsibility of the individual.

There are two methods of obtaining a police background check:

1. UK Disclosure (CRB)

If you currently work with children you may already have a Disclosure. If this CRB check is dated within the last 12 months - Feb 1st of the current year, this can be used. Please note that we must see the original copy and a copy must be uploaded to your portal account (in the "My Documents" section). Please note individuals cannot apply for a CRB check, it has to be done by an employee. If your past or current employer has already asked you to apply for this background check, you should be able to ask them for a copy.

2. Subject Access or disclosure

A Subject Access is a summary of any data which is held about you on the National Police Computer (NPC). It is also sometimes known as an NPC check. Applicants based in Scotland or Northern Ireland should note that a Scottish Disclosure or Northern Ireland Subject Access will not be accepted on its own - you must obtain a UK Police National Computer Subject Access.

The background check costs are approximately £20 and takes about 7 to 21 days to be issued. You will be required to send documentation to prove your identity; details of acceptable proof should be provided on the application form. Please note that the cost of obtaining this check is your responsibility.

www.met.police.uk/information

You can usually download the application forms for the Subject Access from your local police force website (look for links for Freedom of Information on their website). Your local police station should also be able to provide you with relevant forms.

Timeline

o    All coaches are required to have their Background Check uploaded to the portal by March 1 (spring staff) or August 1 (fall staff)
o    We cannot permit any staff member to start work until your Background Check is on-file
o    Returning staff members that have not worked for Red Bull for a period of three month or longer are required to complete the Background Check procedure again.
o    If you are attending a training event, please bring an original copy with you. This is required for verification and will be returned to you at the event.

 

 

 

Please note that failure to complete this Background Check will result in the termination of your conditional contract


ALL INFORMATION SUBMITTED TO RED BULL NEW YORK WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL

 

 

 

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Do I need a coaching pass?

Yes

Coaching Passes


Depending on your contract with your club, you may be responsible for being with your team on game days, and therefore, have to be on the sideline.

You’re not allowed on the sideline without a valid coaching pass for your particular league. This section will go into detail about how to obtain your coaching pass.

Depending on the region, there are different procedures that need to happen.

The front office or the club will let you know ahead of time which pass you will need for the season.

 



Eastern New York Youth Soccer


To obtain an ENYYSA coaching pass, the following is required:
•    A ENYYSA Risk Management Registration (background check)
•    Concussion Awareness Training/Certification

1. To begin the process click the link: http://www.enysoccer.com/programs/risk/registration/
2. Scroll down and click on the league you will be coaching with – this information will be provided by your Red Bulls Training Programs Representative

  • This will take you to a new page
3. On this page: https://enyysarm.sportssignup.com/site click on “Register Online” at the top of the page
  • If it is your first time being associated with Eastern New York Youth Soccer then click “create an account” and fill in the necessary information
  • If you already have an account, sign in with your information

4. Follow the instructions to complete your registration for Risk Management/Background Check

Concussion Test
1.    To take the concussion awareness course click on the link: http://www.enysoccer.com/

2. Click on “Programs” then “Risk Management”
3. In the left hand column under Risk Management click on “Concussion Awareness – Heads up”
4. To complete the course click on “HERE” which is located at the end of bottom of the summary about the course

 
New Jersey Youth Soccer


1. Complete your NJ Youth Soccer Coaching pass on the following website
http://www.njyouthsoccer.com/clubsite/?p=4750
2. Scroll to the bottom of the page.

  • For coaches trying to obtain a pass for the first time with NJYS click on “New Non Volunteer”
  • For returning coaches that have had a coaching pass with NJYS click on “Returning Non Volunteer”

3. For all coaches, follow the first link on the page to obtain the $30 coaching pass: https://www.gotsport.com/asp/application/reg/?ProgramID=30558&Type=COACH

  • For new coaches fill in the information under “New Users” “Individual Users – New Account”
  • For coaches with a previous account, fill in the information under “Registered Users”

4. Red Bulls will provide the necessary insurance documentation
5. The $30 fee for the pass can be expensed with the receipt via regular expense procedures
6. When all steps above are complete, forward your confirmation email to the front office staff
7. Once the coaching pass is obtained notify the front office staff

 

Westchester Youth Soccer League
 
To obtain a permanent WYSL coaching pass, the following is required:
•    A WYSL two hour orientation course must be attended
•    Must have a NSCAA Level 1 or above, or hold an equivalent soccer coach license
•    All coaches must register for a background check by completing the staff registration and the US Club background check

1. Follow this link for more information on the two hour orientation and the coaching courses: http://wyslreg.sportssignup.com/site
2. Click “Register Online” to complete the staff registration
  • The $15 fee can be expensed with the receipt via regular expense procedures
3. To complete your background check, click on the link: http://www.usclubsoccer.org/
4. At the top of the page click on “Resources” and then “Background Checks”
5. This will bring you to a new page, at the top of this page click “click here” to complete the staff background check application.
6. Fill in the necessary information to complete the background check
  • Registration Type: Coach
  • Select Club: Provided to you by Red Bulls Training Programs Representative
7. Forward your email confirmation to the front office staff once this process is completed
 

Northern Counties


To officially obtain a coaching pass with US Club Soccer, you need to fill out a background check application online, follow the instructions below.

1. Click on the link: http://www.usclubsoccer.org/
2. At the top of the page click on “Resources” and then “Background Checks”
3. This will bring you to a new page, at the top of this page click “click here” to complete the staff background check application
4. Fill in the necessary information to complete the background check

  • Registration Type: Coach
  • Select Club: Provided to you by Red Bulls Training Programs Representative

5. Forward your email confirmation to the front office staff once this process is completed
 

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How do I get concussion certification?

New York Red Bulls Head Injury Safety Training Programs

NJ State Law NO 2743
State of New Jersey
214th Legislature
Introduced May 13, 2012

In order to ensure the safety of athletes, coaches must be educated about the nature and treatment of concussions and other sports-related brain/head injuries, and all measures must be taken to prevent an athlete from experiencing second-impact syndrome.

Under the law, coaches are responsible for the health and safety of their athletes. In order to help protect the athletes of New Jersey, it is mandated that all coaches follow the New Jersey Concussion Policy. An Interscholastic athletic head-injury safety program has been designed online. As of 2012, this is mandatory for all coaches to complete.

Step-by-Step Guide:

1.    Click: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/Training/index.html
2.    Enter your full name, this is exactly how it will appear on the certificate
3.    Begin Exam
4.    Once completed, upload your certificate to the portal under “My Documents”

Total Test Time – 30 minutes
 

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What are the office staff contacts?

Name Position Phone Cell Email
Dave Jervis Director of Training Programs 973-776-8823 551-482-6710 Dave.jervis@newyorkredbulls.com
Marguerite Ferrell Senior Manager of Coach Recruitment & Education 973-776-8827 201-310-0987 Marguerite.ferrell@newyorkredbulls.com
Ricky King Coach Recruitment & Education Manager 973-776-8834 862-754-9774 Ricky.king@newyorkredbulls.com
Grant Findlay Coach Operations Coordinator 973-776-8986 908-655-1809 Grant.Findlay@newyorkredbulls.com
Matt Reeves Coach Operations Coordinator 973-776-8830 551-206-5285 Matt.reeves@newyorkredbulls.com
Kelley Carvalho Training Programs Coordinator 973-268-8473 908-892-9961 Kelley.carvalho@newyorkredbulls.com
Simon Barrow Regional Development Schools Manager 973-776-8833 201-575-1625 Simon.barrow@newyorkredbulls.com
Tom Moriarty Regional Manager R2 Rep-North West NJ