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Youth Programs

Rockbridge United Soccer Club Programs

Rockbridge United offers a comprehensive developmental pathway for players from 5 years old through 18.  Programming provides the foundational training for players seeking to play at high levels of the game.

  • RUSC Travel Program

    U11-U19 Travel teams compete in the Virginia Premier Soccer League – NPL West Division as well as tournament play.  This league features teams from other clubs in the western area of the state of Virginia.

    Travel Teams practice two times per week with matches on the weekends (mostly Saturdays, but some Sunday play is possible). This involves an 8-10 game season, half of which are played in Lexington or Rockbridge County. Teams are expected to compete in one tournament per season.

    Teams in the U11 through U14 age groups are expected to participate in both the fall and spring seasons.  Players at this level often progress on to play high school soccer. Therefor U15 and older teams will only participate in the fall season to avoid conflicts with high school play.

    These are select teams for which players must try out. Players who do not make the game roster may be invited to join as practice players at a reduced cost.

  • U10 Challenge Program

    Players born in the U9 and U10 age groups will be organized into teams in order to compete in the Challenge program.  Players must be selected for this program and are expected to compete at an advanced level of play for these age groups.  These teams compete in a league with other teams of this age group from the Augusta County and Harrisonburg areas.

    Teams train twice per week as a team and play 8 to 10 matches per season.  Matches are to be played in the Augusta County area on U10 appropriate fields and US Soccer approved rules of play.

  • U5-U8 Academy

    Rockbridge United U5-U8 Academy. Our developmental academy for young players. All skill levels welcome. 8 fall sessions, 8 spring sessions.

    RUSC coaches develop players’ dribbling, passing/receiving, and shooting skills through age-appropriate exercises and small-sided games.

    RUSC T-Shirt included!

  • Advanced Training Program

    The Advanced Training Program (ATP) enhances the skill development of individual players through active training games and fun, skill-building activities. ATP is a great way for players to get an extra, quality training session each week. Typically each training session will be composed of three main parts: individual technical skill development, small group training activities specific to the daily topic, and small sided game play.

    The program is targeted toward eager players seeking advancement and is accepting boys and girls, U8 through U12 age groups. Training is conducted by certified RUSC staff members headed by Technical Director and VMI Men’s Head Coach Nick Regan. ATP sessions and training groups are limited in size to ensure appropriate coach-to-player ratio. The program will run for six weeks meeting at the same day, location and time.

    Fall 2023 ATP will be held on Sunday afternoons from 4pm-5pm at Jordan’s Point Field.

  • 2023-2024 Age Groups

    US Soccer organizes youth players in age groups that are determined by the year the players was born.  Age groups are used to ensure appropriate rules of play and developmental principles are adhered to.

    2023-24 Birth Year Age Groups

    U6 – 2019 & 2018
    U8 – 2017 & 2016
    U10 – 2015 & 2014
    U11 – 2013
    U12 – 2012
    U13 – 2011
    U14 – 2010
    U15 – 2009
    U16 – 2008
    U17 – 2007
    U18 – 2006
    U19 – 2005

  • RUSC Travel Program
  • U10 Challenge Program
  • U5-U8 Academy
  • Advanced Training Program
  • 2023-2024 Age Groups

RUSC Travel Program

U11-U19 Travel teams compete in the Virginia Premier Soccer League – NPL West Division as well as tournament play.  This league features teams from other clubs in the western area of the state of Virginia.

Travel Teams practice two times per week with matches on the weekends (mostly Saturdays, but some Sunday play is possible). This involves an 8-10 game season, half of which are played in Lexington or Rockbridge County. Teams are expected to compete in one tournament per season.

Teams in the U11 through U14 age groups are expected to participate in both the fall and spring seasons.  Players at this level often progress on to play high school soccer. Therefor U15 and older teams will only participate in the fall season to avoid conflicts with high school play.

These are select teams for which players must try out. Players who do not make the game roster may be invited to join as practice players at a reduced cost.

U10 Challenge Program

Players born in the U9 and U10 age groups will be organized into teams in order to compete in the Challenge program.  Players must be selected for this program and are expected to compete at an advanced level of play for these age groups.  These teams compete in a league with other teams of this age group from the Augusta County and Harrisonburg areas.

Teams train twice per week as a team and play 8 to 10 matches per season.  Matches are to be played in the Augusta County area on U10 appropriate fields and US Soccer approved rules of play.

U5-U8 Academy

Rockbridge United U5-U8 Academy. Our developmental academy for young players. All skill levels welcome. 8 fall sessions, 8 spring sessions.

RUSC coaches develop players’ dribbling, passing/receiving, and shooting skills through age-appropriate exercises and small-sided games.

RUSC T-Shirt included!

Advanced Training Program

The Advanced Training Program (ATP) enhances the skill development of individual players through active training games and fun, skill-building activities. ATP is a great way for players to get an extra, quality training session each week. Typically each training session will be composed of three main parts: individual technical skill development, small group training activities specific to the daily topic, and small sided game play.

The program is targeted toward eager players seeking advancement and is accepting boys and girls, U8 through U12 age groups. Training is conducted by certified RUSC staff members headed by Technical Director and VMI Men’s Head Coach Nick Regan. ATP sessions and training groups are limited in size to ensure appropriate coach-to-player ratio. The program will run for six weeks meeting at the same day, location and time.

Fall 2023 ATP will be held on Sunday afternoons from 4pm-5pm at Jordan’s Point Field.

2023-2024 Age Groups

US Soccer organizes youth players in age groups that are determined by the year the players was born.  Age groups are used to ensure appropriate rules of play and developmental principles are adhered to.

2023-24 Birth Year Age Groups

U6 – 2019 & 2018
U8 – 2017 & 2016
U10 – 2015 & 2014
U11 – 2013
U12 – 2012
U13 – 2011
U14 – 2010
U15 – 2009
U16 – 2008
U17 – 2007
U18 – 2006
U19 – 2005