What is the Association between Rams FC and URI Menís Soccer?
Rams FC was taken over by the University of Rhode Island menís soccer staff in 2006 and organized as a fundraiser for the program. URI menís head coach John OíConnor (President of Rams FC) Assistant coaches Mitch Stone, Callum Bissett, and South Kingstown HS coach Scott Rollins (Director of Coaching) over see the organization and implementation of the club. Their first responsibility is to the URI menís soccer program and success of this highly competitive NCAA Division I soccer program but with full knowledge that they influence Rams FC and youth soccer in the Rhode Island in a way which is unparalleled in college soccer.
Rams FC and URI menís soccer work hand in hand to benefit each other. The club and itís players have access to knowledge and experienced coaches, get to interact with high quality college players on a regular basis and utilize the Kingston campus for training and competition.
In turn URI menís soccer impacts the development of youth soccer in the South County region of Rhode Island, builds and maintains a fan base for Rhody soccer and develops relationships in the community which assist in the success of the URI menís soccer program both on and off the field. Without URI menís soccer there would be no Rams FC and that is something that is not taken lightly by anyone who involved.
Why is Rams FC a good fit for you?
Rams FC is for the serious soccer player who is looking for a challenge and to improve throughout the year. The club expects that Rams FC players and families are committed to the calendar of events set forth for the club. We have worked hard to design a year round program which takes into account holidays and family commitments and that those involved will make adjustments to get the maximum out of training and games.
The club seeks to attract the best youth soccer players of the highest ability but not at the detriment of the individual player, the team or the club in general. Rams FCís player-development philosophy looks for success beyond the soccer field and promotes responsibility and the development of life skills necessary for the playersí future lives.
What does Rams FC offer itsí players?
Rams FC offers and promises only three things to its players and parents. 1). Quality coaching. 2). A superior training environment. 3). A club philosophy that emphasizes "development" of the player on and off the field.
Quality Coaching: Rams FC provides professional coaching led by the staff and players of the University of Rhode Island menís soccer program. The clubís president John OíConnor is a nationally recognized coach who possesses the highest level of coaching certification with the United States Soccer Federation and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. In addition to Coach OíConnor, Scott Rollins, Rams FCís Director of Coaching and Mitch Stone, director of the Academy Program, selects and oversees the coaching staff, the majority of which are associated with URI menís soccer as former players or supporters. They look for head and assistant coaches who believe in what Rams FC represents and assign them to appropriate age group teams so they can bring out the best in their players win, lose or draw. The coaching staff uses a collective approach to training, sharing similar methods and techniques in order to keep continuity and consistency of play throughout the club. Rams FC coaches are selectively chosen for their knowledge of the game as well as their ability to work with and relate to young athletes.
Superior Training Environment: Rams FCís training facilities are conveniently located on the campus of the University of Rhode Island in Kingston. The club has access to indoor facilities in Keaney Gym when URI is on school break as well as during the winter for the Academy Program.In addition, this year Rams FC will have access to the Wide World of Indoor Sports brand new facility located in North Kingstown.
Developmental Philosophy: At Rams FC the development of the player and team is the priority, but along with it we believe that winning will follow. The training and competition the club provides is of the utmost quality and with the entire club working towards developing skills beyond those used between the white lines of a soccer field. Success in the classroom, commitment, responsibility in the community and respectful behavior as members of Rams FC are reinforced by the coaches and through University of Rhode Island menís soccer players during training and in competition.
The clubs decisions made by the soccer professionals in the club and guided by this developmental philosophy taking into consideration the best interested of the players, the teams and the club.
What is the practice and playing schedule like?
Teams will generally practice two times per week and play games on the weekend. Scrimmages with local teams can also occur during a gap in a competitive schedule as well as on training days. Teams have the ability to play in select tournaments chosen with each individual teams competitive goals and abilities in mind. In the spring the club will attend a club wide tournament over the Memorial Day weekend.
After the conclusion of the high school and middle school seasons, all Rams FC teams will begin training in preparation for the spring competitive season. Teams may/will train indoors two (2) times per week with one being reserved for the club wide Academy program, integrating the Rams FC players with those from the URI menís soccer program who act as clinicians and demonstrators. The additional indoor session is used for team training until weather permits teams to get outdoors. During this time teams may choose to play in futsal leagues or tournaments by utilizing a competitive budget allocated by the club treasurer which can be utilized through out the year. In the spring, the season for U10 Ė U18, runs from March through the Region I tournament typically early July.
Rams FC teams compete in:
ē MASC: Massachusetts Area Soccer League
ē MAPLE: Massachusetts Premier League
ē Region 1 Sub-regional premier leagues
ē Local and Regional Tournaments
ē Regional and National showcase Tournaments
Rams FC Academy: Rams FC conducts a co-ed technical training academy for ages 6-18 during the fall and winter seasons. The academy is designed to arm young players with the basic skills of the game, making them comfortable and successful down the road in their careers. The academy trains once per week and includes players from the URI menís soccer program who act as assistants and demonstrators. The academy emphasizes ďmastery of the ballĒ, maximizing touches on the ball and work rate which allows each player to find success no matter what their experience in the game. The Academy program is open to any players interested regardless if they are members of Rams FC. Those interested should contact Mitch Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I know if my child should try out for Rams FC?
Tryouts are open to any player who loves the game and is prepared to commit to learning and developing as a person and player. Families who are comfortable with the commitment and philosophy of the Rams FC will could find this to be a perfect situation for their child.
How are players chosen for Rams FC?
Rams FC provides a series of tryouts during the month of June for all those who are interested. Players are asked to attend all the sessions in order to get the best evaluation possible. Occasionally players are added during the season, dependent on availability of roster spots. Every player who tries out is afforded a qualified look by the coaches in that age group in consultation with the Director of Coaching and President of Rams FC.
Does Rams FC offer scholarships?
Rams FC does offer scholarships which must be applied for prior to selection to a team. Scholarships are decided on and awarded based on needónot ability. There are a limited pool of scholarship funds and it does not include the club tryout fee nor fees associated with travel to and from practice of competition. Scholarship players are expected to live up to the same requirements and expectations of every player in the club including attending training and team/club related activities.
The one-page scholarship application can be obtained on the website by clicking here.
What if I have other questions?
Contact Rams FC Director of Coaching Scott Rollins.