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Summer Training Opportunity

Summer Soccer Training is here!

Coach Adam Ritchie (C License and ODP coach) will be offering a 5 week (10 session) summer soccer training program for players U11-U14 Boys and Girls and U15-18 Boys starting June 14th.  The sessions are limited to 25 players that want to improve their soccer skills during the off season.  After talking with many college and club coaches it has been expressed time and time again that players need to be playing in a structured environment throughout the summer in order to improve individual soccer development, along with pick-up games with friends, especially at this age. This program will focus on improving technical skills, small group tactical development, speed of play, and creativity.   The topics covered in this program are areas where college coaches feel players are lacking when they attend College ID camps.  Your son or daughter will start attending College ID camps within the next 2 years. The training they are involved in now will have a direct effect on how they are playing in 2 years!  All training will be at Bissett Park in Radford.


Should my child participate in this program over a camp?

I would never recommend a player not to get as many touches on the ball as possible.  The difference between a residential camp and this program is a camp lasts only 3+ days.  After those 3 days what structured environment are the players training in?  While this program is designed to give the player training opportunities over a 5 week period with sessions twice a week.  We will set weekly technical training skills and fitness goals for the players, by doing this they will continue to train on their own.


All training is on Mondays and Wednesdays from

(1:30pm-3:00pm Boys/Girls U11-U14),

(3:00pm-4:30pm Boys/Girls U15 to U18).

All training will be held at Bissett Park in Radford.

*Age groups may be combined if low numbers.


Training Dates

June 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 

July 5, 6, 11, 13 


Soccer Topics Covered During Sessions: Speed of Play, Speed of Thought, Movement without the Ball, Technical Training, Small Group Tactical, Training Fitness, Speed and Agility


Coaching Staff: Adam Ritchie

  • USSF “C” Coaching License
  • NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • Rush Select Staff
  • Maryland State ODP Coaching Staff
  • Virginia District ODP Coaching Staff
  • USL ODP National Staff
  • Former Maryland Rush Technical Director
  • SWVA Rush Technical Director
  • 20 Years Coaching Experience

Plus we will have a number of college coaches running sessions throughout the program.


How do I register my child for the program? 

You can register by emailing your players details. (Name, Age, Sex, Email).

The cost for all 10 sessions is ONLY $190.00 ($19 a session). Half of the payment is due with registration to hold your players spot in the summer training program.

You can make 2 payments. Address is 425 Teresa Ln Roanoke Va 24019.

The first 25 to register via email will be guaranteed a spot (space fills quickly). 

Can I register per session? Yes!  The cost per session is $35 and you will need to register for a minimum of 4 sessions. 

If you would like to register per session please email Adam Ritchie TechnicalDirector@SWVARush.com with the dates your child will be attending.

They are only accepting 25 players for each session.  Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Adam Ritchie at TechnicalDirector@SWVARush.com

Upcoming tryouts – U14G travel

CSC intends to form a U14Girls travel team (U14G CSC Eagles) to compete in the Classic level of the Blue Ridge Soccer League (BRSL).

The tryout will be Saturday, February 8th at 11am at a location to be determined (may need to be held indoors depending on the weather).

The DOB age range will be August 1, 1999, to July 31, 2001.

Costs for the spring season are expected to be $95.

Players must pre-register for the tryout by contacting Dennis Nagel at den4law@yahoo.com no later than Tuesday, February 4th. The BRSL does require the presentation of a birth certificate to obtain a player’s card, so players need to make sure they have that document available for the February 8th tryout. If not, act now to obtain a replacement.

The U14G Eagles expect to practice on 4 Saturdays prior to the season (Feb 22, March 1, 8, 15) and have a single regular weeknight practice on Tuesdays. Jason Mahugh, CSC’s highest licensed coach, has agreed to coach the team. He is also willing to hold a 2nd weekly skills practice on Thursdays if players are interested. Based on the fall season of the BRSL, it is expected that the Eagles will play 4 games in Christiansburg, 2 games in Roanoke, and 2 games in either Franklin County, Botetourt, or Smith Mtn Lake. If possible, a couple of scrimmages will also be set in Christiansburg. The purpose of this team is developmental, and is geared towards players who may not be eligible for a JV team (Auburn, EastMont, Floyd, homeschool, private school) and those who are concerned they may not make the CHS JV team or may not receive much playing time on that team.

Another reason for the formation of this team is the uncertainty of whether there will be enough girls to field a full U18G division. Auburn fielded a rec team in the fall but most of those players will be part of the first-ever AHS girls varsity soccer team. Blacksburg and Christiansburg are expected to lose rec players to JV soccer. If players are interested in playing U18G rec, they should sign up early so that we can better gauge whether the division can be formed. If you sign up for U18G and the division cannot be formed, the player will have an opportunity to switch to U18Coed or have their money refunded. If a 7th grade girl seeks to move up to U18G and it is not formed, those players will have an opportunity to move back to U13Coed or U13Girls.

If you have questions about trying out for the U14G CSC Eagles, or have questions generally about travel and academy soccer, please call Dennis Nagel at 392-1183.

Season update for the SWVA U14 Elite Girls

U14 SWVA Girls vs. SVU

Score: 0-1

The SWVA Elite U14 Girls hosted SVU in Blacksburg on Saturday 10/19 in a rematch of their September match, won by SWVA Elite 2-0. In the first half, the girls came out a bit sluggish and disorganized, and in the early part of the first half failed to properly defend a cross which SVU converted. The girls regrouped and found the better side of play by halftime. In the second half, the girls maintained a possession edge and generated more chances on goal than the opposition, but failed to convert any of them and ended up with a 0-1 defeat.

The loss was the first of the league season for the U14 Girls after opening Skyline play with five consecutive wins.

U14 SWVA Girls vs. AFC

Score: 1-0

NRU Goal: Emily Southern

On Sunday 10/20, the SWVA Elite U14 Girls hosted Augusta, in a rematch of an early October match, won by SWVA Elite 2-0. In the first half, the girls again came out a bit sluggish and disorganized, and found themselves defending for much of the opening fifteen minutes of play. As with the Saturday affair with SVU, the girls got it together and dominated possession and the scoring chances for the remainder of the match.

The girls next travel to CVU on Saturday, October 26th for a match involving the top two teams in U14 Skyline Premier division.

The SWVA Elite U14 Girls team is playing under the NRU umbrella. It is comprised of 22 players from Christiansburg Soccer Club, New River United and Radford Soccer Club, and is coached by Erin Lycan, VT women’s assistant coach, and assisted by B.J. Flack (NRU) and Jason Mahugh (CSC).