Attention:  Competitive Soccer Players and Parents of Competitive Soccer Players

How would you like your child to get excellent grades,
develop a rock-solid work ethic, stay vibrantly healthy
and drastically increase the chance of success in their
career?

From: Yan Garcia
Hillburn, N.Y. 

Dear Friend,

Hey, I'm Yan Garcia.

I'm the Director of Ramapo Valley SC.

I'm a former MLS Youth Club Training Programs and Development Coach

After spending over 1000 hours working with the nation's top talent, I accidentally discovered the secret sauce behind how top academies produce the highest level, elite, college ready soccer players.

I'm also the guy who created the RVSC Method...

Right now, I'm going to show you…

Exactly How Top Academies Produce The Highest Level, Elite, College Ready Players...

And how your child can have the chance for success like...

Players like Michael Konicoff...

Mike is an American Soccer player who started playing soccer at Ramapo Valley SC. 

Mike is a two-time NSCAA High School All-America player. He was selected to the NSCAA All-State first-team. He 
Earned Section I and New York State Player of the Year accolades. 

He played with the U.S. Under-18 Men's National and U.S. and Under-16 Men's National Team. He earned all-star honors at the Adidas Elite Soccer Program.

Mike was Ranked ninth in the country on StudentSportsSoccer.com's list of the Class of 2005's Top Prospects. 

He earned a full athletic scholarship to Boston College. He was a four year starter and captain of the BC Men's Soccer team. He Helped lead team to the school's first ACC tournament and regular season championships. 

Mike chose not to go pro and is a now successful attorney in Westchester, NY. 

And players like Caleigh Cahoon...

A former RVSC player and graduate of Suffern High School, Caleigh excelled in soccer, basketball, and held a 3.8369 GPA. She served as team captain in soccer for 2016 and was a three-time Section One all-star after totaling 22 goals and 56 assists. She's also a three-time Rockland County League all-star and earned sectional, league and county all-star honors in basketball. She played for Ramapo Valley Soccer Club and was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.

At Nazareth College, Caleigh was named as a first-team Empire 8 Conference all-star and as a second-team East Region all-star by the United Soccer Coaches. She was named to the Empire 8 President's List for student-athletes with a GPA of 3.75 or better. 

These stories
aren't UNIQUE.

See, we have literally over 100 success stories of players who succeeded from playing soccer at Ramapo Valley SC. Here's just a few...

Zac Lloyd - Marywood University
Elias Choclin - Roger Williams University
Matthew Iaria- Mount Saint Mary College
Nicholas Laurent - SUNY Plattsburgh
James Hennessy - SUNY New Paltz
Paul Prenaj - St. Thomas Aquinas
Yfran Garcia - SUNY Oneonta 
Wilber Mazariego - Dominican College
Uzoemezie Edozie - Bentley University
Kyle Shalvey - King's College
Josh Kwilecki - SUNY Albany
Will Brack - King's College
Karsten Lusk - Gordon College
Yan Garcia - SUNY Oneonta

These are just the ones I can remember...

And each of them succeeded in the classroom AND the soccer field...

And each of them went on to have successful careers as a result of what they learned...

One thing I want to stress before we get too deep into this…
 
I want you to understand that we do not guarantee a college scholarship or a soccer academy. 

I will walk you through specific details and systems that top academies are using to produce elite level soccer players and steps others have taken to get a scholarship to play soccer in college. However, these achievements are not typical and while the average player gets a great competitive soccer experience, it is ultimately up to the player and the commitment he/she makes to the program and his/her own development. 

The RVSC Method (and the strategies
I'm going to be showing you today) 


is a PROVEN SYSTEM to help you or your child develop superior communication, creativity, problem-solving skills, and the intellective capacity that will benefit them for the rest of their lives, all while improving physical health.

I'm going to teach you these secrets so that you can level the playing field and succeed on and off the field just like...

Mike Konicoff...

And Caleigh Cahoon...

or so many more that have come through this program...

including myself! 

Here's My GOAL
For You...

 If you're a CURRENT RVSC PLAYER…
I want to show you how your child's competitive soccer experience is changing.

If you're NOT A CURRENT RVSC PLAYER...
I want to show you how we've flipped the competitive soccer model upside down and what that means for you and your child. 

By the time this presentation is over, you're going to walk away knowing TWO things with absolute certainty...

  • Why this works (a research backed, cognitive based, developmental approach to increasing the intellective capacity of kids by tapping into the way children learn. 
  • I'll show you EXACTLY what your child needs to do to be successful with soccer, grades, relationships, careers and more...

If you give me your ATTENTION for the next few minutes, I can change your competitive soccer experience (and maybe your life)...  

So, the first question people always ask me is,

"What is the RVSC METHOD?" 

And will it really work with my child? 

To help you understand what the RVSC Method is, let me tell you about my first soccer coaching experience. 

I started coaching soccer at a local club in the area.

At the time, I didn’t have any coaching experience, a fancy license, or any accolades to my name from a coaching perspective. 

Although I had played some of the highest youth levels and got a scholarship to play in college, this was an entirely different ballgame..

At my first session, 12 7-year olds rushed me like a dog fetching his favorite toy.

I PANICKED!!

(don’t let them see you sweat Yan, c’mon you got this!)

I recalled the memories of five summers spent as a counselor for a summer camp. 

Uhhh...here...SCRIMMAGE! 

The boys erupted in a thunderous roar. 

Who doesn’t love to scrimmage, I mean, am I right??

When I got home, I did what any young, driven, individual does…

I scoured the internet looking for tips, strategies, sample lesson plans - anything I could find to prepare myself for what would be a longgggg season of coaching U8. 

And then my friend sent me the ‘Playbook...'

(Or that's what we called it)


The playbook was a digital library of straight out of the box session plans.

This was turnkey! 

I quickly downloaded every session and began studying and implementing…

Here’s one of the sessions…

I want to show this to you because this is, by far, the best move in soccer…

It’s called the give-n-go. 

The move is exactly that. 

You pass (give) the ball to a teammate, run around a defender (go), and get the ball back from your teammate.

This is, without a doubt, one of the most effective ways to get around defenders and move the ball up the field. 

I printed the session and eagerly waited for practice that evening. 

I had a little pep in my step walking to the field…

I was prepared and ready…

I followed the session to a T, showing all the children exactly what to do and how to do it. 

I paused at the right moment and delivered the appropriate coaching points. 

It came time for the scrimmage…

“Alright team, show me what you learned today!”

Guess how many times I saw the team execute the give-n-go in the scrimmage. 
Okay, you give up? :)

1 TIME…

We spent 60 minutes working on this one move and they tried it 1 time in the scrimmage…

Now I know what you’re thinking…

The session was maybe too advanced for 7-year olds but…

I’ve done this same session with 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 year olds and the same thing happens. 

They do it a million times in the first three phases and then hardly do it all in the actual game, where it matters the most. 

I started to think about the way the sessions were structured. 

In phase 1, players learn new moves in an unopposed setting. That just means that players don’t have any defenders trying to steal the ball. They do the move in repetition. 

In phase 2, players do the move in a semi-opposed setting. That just means that players have passive pressure. In the session, that passive defender can only move left or right and only passively defend the attacker and his teammate.

In phase 3, players are fully opposed which means the defender can defend 100%. 

This build-up style of a session is how 99% of all youth soccer training sessions are constructed. 

Local clubs all the way to MLS level youth clubs build their sessions just like this. Coaches education teaches it just like this and the instructors for licenses, teach it like this. 

In theory, this is good right? It makes sense that we would teach the move in an unopposed setting first to give players a chance to learn without pressure and then build it up to a full-pressure scenario right?

After years of coaching, I can tell you that with this structure, you’ll notice your kids performing these moves in weeks 8-10 of the season. 

The coach’s inner voice screams, ‘FINALLY. They FINALLY get it! We as coaches take this as success and it reinforces our training methods. We start the next season with new material and the same thing happens. The team starts to ‘get it’ in weeks 8, 9, and 10.

There’s one small little problem here…

CHILDREN DON'T LEARN IN ISOLATION...

This very popular training structure fails to put children in scenarios that nurture cognitive development by allowing them to learn naturally. Human beings are natural learners, capable of making meaning and overcoming challenges.

When we teach skills/moves in isolation, children can’t make meaning and thus, can’t make the connection from isolation to application (game like scenario).

 This drill-and-kill style of coaching is killing your child’s creativity and robbing them of the brain’s ability to develop in a cognitively progressive manner that builds upon the baseline competencies of the player. 

THIS IS NO ONE PERSON'S FAULT!

DON'T STRESS ABOUT IT.

As coaches, we were taught that putting children in lines and doing repetitive toe taps and foundations was effective coaching. Only a few people know what I'm about to show you.  

So the title of this presentation today is called,

'ELITE LEVEL SECRETS'

Now, I'm going to be covering THREE secrets...

 Secret #1:
Elite Players Become Elite OFF THE FIELD

I want to talk to you about what I call the "It Factor."

I used to be a youth training and programs coach for the New York Red Bulls. As part of this position, I got to work with players at the grassroots level all the way up to academy level players. I was amazed by what I saw at their invite only residential camps. 

The Red Bulls are known for their invite only residential camps. From Sunday-Thursday, selected players participate in a week long sleepaway camp held in the tri-state area typically at a college or boarding school. The best players in the region and the country travel to attend these exclusive camps. I was lucky to be chosen to be a trainer at these elite level events. 

WOW!!

These players were the best I’ve ever seen. As the days went on, my analytical brain became obsessed with analyzing and understanding the criteria of what makes a player this good – what makes a player ‘elite.’ The Red Bulls’ slogan is “the future is bright” and it sure was, I thought to myself. 

After studying these types players for months, I sat down and furiously wrote notes: 

• The players are driven by purpose. I noticed that from the moment I called them out of bed, the players were driven by a purpose. I don’t know if it was the environment or the players themselves, but they all had this…this way about them. Every dribble, every pass, every shot was executed with like this sixth sense of purpose. It was like they knew a secret that nobody else knew. They were lazer focused individuals that set out to achieve a goal.

• They are intrinsically motivated. I noticed that these players didn’t seek approval from their teammates, their parents, or even me, the trainer. As I looked at them, I could see them competing, but they weren’t competing against the opponent, they were competing against themselves. They already knew that they had to develop their weaker foot. They already knew that they had to get back on defense. They were self-regulated and intrinsically motivated.

• They developed off the field. After the sessions, I could sense their gears working hard, reflecting on what they felt they did right, what they felt they did wrong, and what they wanted to work on for next time. Many of them worked alone in the quad practicing moves, others chatted quietly with friends, and others gathered in common areas to unwind with senseless games of FIFA. After interviewing many of the guys in my group, it was clear that they had a mindset that allowed for growth away from team sessions. The biggest part of development occurred mentally, away from practice and away from the team. They had the "It Factor."

CAN THIS BE TAUGHT OR ARE CHILDREN BORN WITH IT? 

The "It Factor" is a higher order level of thinking. Research shows that the ability for self-reflection is directly tied to self-awareness. How children view themselves is the main ingredient in the "It Factor" formula. It is not part of the recipe for success, it is the recipe for success. Soccer talent aside, what truly make these players elite is their ability to recognize, understand and manage their own and other’s emotions. They are emotionally intelligent. 

Harvard Business Review defined emotional intelligence as comprised of four core competencies that include: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

Emotional intelligence is a critical life skill that helps children in a range of areas such as dealing with conflict, promoting creativity, working as a team, remaining calm during high pressure scenarios, and other cognitive processes that can lead to success in soccer and in life.

The good news is that these skills can be taught through a strong soccer program that includes strategies and activities for social emotional learning. Through social emotional learning, players can learn how to better understand themselves and to develop in the four core competences of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. 

The sad truth is that traditional soccer programs don't teach children the skills needed to succeed in everyday life.  

 Secret #2:
Why Your Child's Coach's Soccer Knowledge isn't as important as you think.  

"GET BACK! SHOOT IT! WHY DIDN'T YOU SHOOT?!?! THAT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH! YOU GOTTA BE BETTER!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING? GET OFF THE FIELD! OH COME ON!!! 

I sat in the stands and listened to the coach yell at his players. The sad part is that, at some point or another, we've all done it...

But we need to understand this is not okay.  

First, this "joy stick" style of coaching robs players of their ability to think through a complex scenario and develop those cognitive faculties needed to derive solutions for complex problems. Soccer is a game of thinking and freedom and coaches barking step-by-step instructions to players steals that freedom from players. 

Second, it destroys confidence. No child likes to be yelled out. As humans, we aren't designed to withstand these types of negative situations. Constructive criticism yes, berating players, no. When this happens, players withdraw and eventually end up quitting which hurts everyone. 

Third, we are hard-wired for connection. Research on our nervous system shows that the brain is a social organ and works best when it has the opportunity to connect with others (Hanson, 2013; Zull, 2002). The polyvagal nervous system is our brain’s “social engagement system” and is focused on keeping us connected to others. 

Through the nervous system, we build the physical foundation for positive, receptive relationships. Relationships aren’t just emotional; they have a physical component and are the precursor to learning.

Our brains come with a default setting - to keep us safe and to be happy. The physical structures of the brain all work together to scan the environment for possible threats, prepare the body for a fight or flight response, and store memories that allow us to learn from experience and associate positivity or negativity from those experiences. 

The amygdala in the brain stays on alert, trying to detect microagressions which are subtle, everyday verbal and nonverbal slights, snubs, or insults which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages. For example, a yelling coach.  

 Since we know that our brains are social organs and are wired to connect with others, let’s take a look at what happens to us when the brain perceives an environment to be a social threat. 

When anyone experiences others in an environment like a soccer field that is hostile, the body picks up that information and sends it to parts of the brain that determine that it’s not socially, emotionally, or intellectually safe and sends out a distress signal to the body. The body starts to produce stress hormones that make learning nearly impossible.

Unfortunately, we see this with teams across every sport and it often starts with the coach. The coach is responsible for creating a safe environment where players feel engaged, learn, and have fun. 

To quote, famous soccer legend, Johan Cruyff...

You see, we all know the game. Anyone who’s coaching knows the game. We’ve all played at high levels, have some license, and have our own philosophies about soccer coaching…

But clubs use the coaches license as criteria to determine how ‘good’ they are. 

And what’s WORSE is that often times, the coaches who have that coveted license are the ones who are very rigid and run their sessions like military camps that end of triggering those negative signals in the brain that makes learning impossible. 

At Ramapo Valley SC, I only hire coaches who are concerned with building trust with players and then leveraging that trust bond to create the social, emotional, and cognitive conditions that allow players to actively engage and take ownership in the learning process. 

 Secret #3:
The current competitive soccer model is flawed 

We’ve all heard the 10,000 hours theory. You know, the rule that states take it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in anything.

10,000 hours works out to be about 20 hours a week for 10 years. 

But with the traditional soccer model of 3 hours a week of practice with a game on the weekend, players are spending about 5 hours a week playing soccer. Many don’t touch a soccer ball outside of team practice. That’s a lot of hours that are spent away from the ball. 

The problem is that youth soccer in the U.S. is very much on a “pay-per-play” model. There’s just no way around it. Field rental costs, league fees, trainer rates, and other administrative costs are the highest they’ve ever been. 

To give players more practice, clubs would need to rent more field space and pay trainers more which would drive up your already inflated tuition costs!

NEW LEAGUES HAVE CRIPPLED DEVELOPMENT


In the sake of prestige, many clubs register their teams in the shiniest new league. Parents with players as young as 7 are traveling more than 45 minutes to play a team that ends up crushing them 7-0. Clubs justify their decision by saying its higher level competition which means more exposure to academy coaches and college coaches…

But the team can’t compete against the team in the next town, yet alone, a team 1-hr away that probably pulls from several towns to form one team. 

And the honest truth is, if your child really is that good, he/she will be scouted wherever they are. I personally know one of the highest level scouts and his job is to find this talent. 

Parents spend unnecessary money on gas, tolls, showcase tournaments, and time in the car. 

I’m not saying clubs shouldn’t enroll their teams in these types of events, but the team has to have demonstrated their abilities at the local level. 

Most countries operate on a promotion relegation system. That means that teams start in a local, often local league and have to finish in the top 3 or 4 before getting promoted to the next flight/division. They finish in the lowest half, they get relegated. 

This a natural, logical progression to youth soccer development.

When players are travelling long distances and end up losing to higher level competition, they get discouraged and end up quitting soccer to “try another sport.” 

Then, when the players turns 12 or 13 years old, it’s a world cup year, and they re-discover their interest for soccer. They try out for the school team or club team and they don’t make the team. 

It’s because they started playing soccer at a young age, quit due to a negative experience, missed those crucial years of development, and now can’t compete with their peers who’ve stayed in the sport during those years. Often times, clubs make these decisions without considering the long-term ramifications.  

 We can’t promise you 10,000 hours of organized soccer. We can't promise you that we're going to put your child's team in the next shiniest "elite" league...

But I’d like to show you what we’ve done to address this skill gap.

Here’s A Quick RECAP Of All THREE Secrets...

Secret #1 - How Elite Players Become Elite OFF THE FIELD.

Secret #2 - Why Your Child's Coach's Soccer Knowledge isn't as important as you think.  

Secret #3 - Why the current competitive soccer model is flawed 

Let me ask you a question...

Are you feeling a little bit like THIS right now?

I want to make sure you have the chance to understand the ENTIRE overarching strategy of what the ‘RVSC Method’ is, and how it can work for you and your child.

Your job NOW is to go and actually follow through.

Now...if you’re feeling like,


“This is AMAZING...

but I don't know exactly what to do next.”


I put together the details and features to help you understand exactly what the RVSC Method is and how it can work for YOU and YOUR CHILD

THE RVSC METHOD

The RVSC Method is a cognitive-based approach to developing soccer players. Based upon sound pedagogical principles that tap into the way players learn, the RVSC Method utilizes dynamic, engaging, and fun educational training sessions to teach the game of soccer.

The RVSC Method encompasses the social-emotional, relational, and cognitive aspects of youth soccer education while nurturing cognitive development as well as technical execution. The approach teaches the game to players in the way that children learn. The approach develops players’ executive functions - the part of the brain responsible for problem solving, self-regulation, creativity, rule-making, and abstract thinking. The system teaches players how to work with information and quickly make decisions about the environment.

We're so confident in our approach because they are based upon principles invented and taught by Dutch Soccer legend, Johan Cruyff and advanced by Todd Beane. These principles are taught to youth academy players all over the world including at famed soccer academies, Ajax Academy and La Masia in Barcelona.


It’s about developing the intellectual competencies in children. Training is presented as “scaffolded instruction.” Teaching in a cognitive progressive manner that builds upon the baseline competencies of the player. 


Every player is unique and every player develops in his/her own way. The RVSC Method delivers the tools and resources players need to improve the skills of every player at every level. 

Coaches have access to activities and resources categorized for targeted instruction and that support brain-based learning. Put simply, the RVSC Method is the top choice with parents who are looking to offer the instruction, practice, and assessment players need to become successful players and individuals. 

DETAILS:

Featuring some of the most talented players in the area, top-class facilities, unmatched development programs, unrivaled off field support and expert coaching, RVSC provides an unparalleled training and game environment experience. The RVSC Method is a step-by-step system that has been proven to meet players where they are and develop them to where they need to be in order to play at the highest competitive level. A competitive annual training fee includes the following:

  • 9-month season that starts in the Fall-Spring from September-May
  • 2 training sessions per week (3 sessions a week during two-week preseason)
  • 4-5 high-level tournaments each year
  • ​All home games played at Joseph T. St. Lawrence Center Sports Complex
  • ​12 weeks of indoor winter training at Joseph T. St. Lawrence Center Sports Complex
  • Pre-season player and parent orientation
  • ​Insider pricing for year-round supplementary programs including futsal, finishing, ball control, speed agility quickness, and strength training for older team 
  • ​Unrivaled player development tools such as pre-season goal setting, video analysis, individual development plans, mid-season updates, and annual review meetings
  • ​MLS game day experiences such as scrimmaging on field during halftime, first team player meet and greet, ball boy opportunities and more...

You see, the RVSC Method kicks off with the Elite Player Challenge - a 30-Day progressive individual online program that includes a combination of special workout and mindset videos that will prepare your child for the upcoming season.

You will be prompted to create a login and a password that will give you access to the online portal. Elite soccer academies only might include a program like this. 

Remember, the RVSC Method is a cognitive based program. It's about "brain-based learning" and it starts well before your child enters pre-season.


Our progression trackers will hold your child accountable before pre-season starts.

FEATURES:

Preseason

  • Member’s Only Access into our player pre-season online portal (starts 30 days before preseason)
  • Exclusive access into our Parent Facebook Group
  • ​Preseason Parent Meeting and signing day for players
  • Player and team introductions
  • ​Player goal setting with coach and director to set individual development plan
  • ​Pre-season training camp - 3 days a week preseason for two weeks

Pre-Season Goal Setting

Testimonials

Children are visual leaners and that's why we've invested in video technology to record games, break down game footage, and prepare player videos for college soccer recruiting purposes. We're so excited to introduce the VEO to our teams. 

During Season

  • Video Analysis
  • Winter Futsal Sessions
  • ​Discounted Supplemental Training Programs
  • Mid-season review meetings to monitor progress
  • ​Red Bulls Outings with special RBNY events

End of season

  • Evaluation form documenting player achievement in each pillar of game (technical, tactical, physical, mental)
  • Player meeting to measure reach of individual development set forth in preseason
  • ​End-of-season party (organized by team manager and parents)

Tryouts

  • Tryouts for the 9-month season are held the 2nd and 3rd week of April
  • ​Offer and acceptance letters are sent out by May 1st
  • New accepted players must make commitment and pay deposit by May 31st to reserve spot for the upcoming fall season (starts late August - Early June)
  • ​All players (new and returning) must make a commitment by May 31st

We're known for our unmatched supplemental programs. Your membership will include discounted access to our supplemental programs. Sometimes, they will be completely FREE like our Dominate Your 1v1s program. This program is only FREE for RVSC Players. 

This is a 6-8 week in-person program that is held on a 3rd week night and will be included in your membership.

This program teaches not only attacking in the 1v1 but defending the 1v1. Every player, regardless of position, can benefit from this program. This program costs $199 for players from outside clubs. 

Financial Obligations 2021-2022 Club Competing Season 

We understand that there is a financial commitment to play with Ramapo Valley Soccer Club (RVSC).
 
Tuition depends on the team. The cost for coaching, referees, training, games, league registration fee and planned tournaments are included in the fee. Parents have the option to pay in full or by making installment payments. Average tuition last year was $1,595.

Please see below for sample installment payment schedule: 

  • 1st payment: Due September 1st 
  • 2nd payment: Due October 1st 
  • 3rd payment: Due November 1st 
  • ​4th payment: Due December 1st 
  • ​5th payment: Due January 1st 
  • ​6th payment: Due February 1st 
  • ​7th payment: Due March 1st 

$300 Off SAT/ACT PREP THROUGH HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER PARTNERSHIP

Now, I know this program won't be for everyone...

And we're going to hold you and your child accountable....

And because this is a competitive soccer program, you need to tryout...

Click the button below to register for the tryout....

Disclaimer: Consult a physician and follow all safety instructions. Every effort has been made to accurately represent the potential of this training. Results are not typical, and only represent players who worked very hard. Of course, no guarantee can be made for every single player.

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