Boston Rams Soccer Academy is headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts. We schedule our weekly training sessions in the South Shore region to ensure easier access for all club members.
Teams practice two times a week during the fall, winter and spring. U15 and older teams typically practice twice a week in the winter and two times during the spring. Their fall seasons are reserved for players to fully participate with their High School teams. All teams participate in premier-level tournaments throughout the year.
College Recruitment Assistance is offered as part of your fees, BR also provides continuous help to assist players successfully manage the college-recruitment process.
About Club Soccer
What is ‘club’ soccer?
Answer: Club soccer is an association of players for the purpose of playing competitive soccer. Club soccer teammates can live in different towns and cities. There are no geographic limitations except that 50% of a team must be from Massachusetts. There are well over 100 youth soccer clubs in Massachusetts.
Why play club soccer?
Answer: In addition to the fun players have they will be playing with and against very good players. Boston Rams coaches will pick up on player’s bad habits early and correct them before they become ingrained. Players learn how to play the game correctly and have fun doing it. Players develop increased confidence and self esteem. Players meet new friends. Tight bonds and camaraderie develop. They will be preparing for high school play and beyond.
What is MAPLE?
Answer: The Massachusetts Premier League. The highest level of youth play in the state. Players from anywhere can be on the same team. Almost all youth soccer clubs in Massachusetts play in MAPLE. Our U10 – U18 teams will play in MAPLE. Our U9 team is ineligible as MAPLE does not accept U9 teams.
How often do teams practice?
Answer: Our teams have a goal of twice a week during spring and fall and twice a week indoors during the winter. That ideal usually works out to an average of 2 times a week spring and fall and twice a week during the winter and summer.
Who trains them?
Answer: Boston Rams only uses experienced and qualified team coaches to train players, and all are hired based on their superior ability with youngsters.
Can I still play with my town team?
Answer: Yes. In fact it is highly encouraged.
Will I have to quit my other activities?
Answer: No. We make it a priority to arrange practices conveniently. If there are conflicts they tend to work out. If you miss practice occasionally because of a scheduling conflict we know that you will be there when you can because we are going to make it enjoyable. You do have to take your commitment to the club seriously and be at practice with your teammates as often as possible.
Is there a lot of traveling?
Answer: It depends. There are an average of 7 league away games per year plus tournaments. You can count on a few ‘Sunday drives’ but most of the games are relatively local. As the teams get older and need to travel to find a competitive tournament the chance for travel increases somewhat. Stronger teams may have to travel substantially to seek competition.
What is the commitment for U8 and younger?
Answer: Our U8 developmental groups are informal. We teach the players fundamental skill and let them play a lot. We try to instill a love and a passion for the game. Attendance is not required we believe that the players who love the game will WANT to come.
What might a typical club soccer year for RBSA look like?
Answer: Teams might have a year that looks something like this:
- Summer camps in late July and early August
- 1-2 weekly training sessions beginning in mid August
- 9 game fall season practice 2 times per week
- Columbus Day Tournament (October 9-11)
- 8-12 weeks (several opportunities per week) indoor training (Jan –March)
- Futsal league (7-9 games from Jan –March)
- 7 game spring season practice 2 times per week
- Memorial Day Tournament (May 28-30th)
- State Cup Tournament (for eligible team)
- Additional outdoor tournaments (Coaches option)
Where do the teams practice?
Answer: The club is working on a field and indoor facility project that will hopefully host all of our teams for many years. In the meantime, most of the teams train at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton..
Why should we play for the Boston Rams instead of another club?
Answer: Great question! There are many clubs and many choices. If you are looking for a club to develop your child properly, learn great fundamental skills, build confidence, all at a fraction of the cost of most clubs, then the Rams would be a great fit. Don’t players get cut from club teams? Answer: Yes. But we usually find a home for players that want to play. If not with us then another club. We have a great deal of connections throughout the South Shore.
What if I am committed to another club already?
Answer: Feel free to talk to us at any time but Boston Rams will not entice a player from another club. All clubs have tryouts in June.
Code of Conduct
Representing the Boston Rams Soccer Academy will always, and without fail, respect all coaches, referees,teammates and opponents. Will not complain to or harass referees. Must never be disrespectful towards their coach. Must complete any at-home training that the coach assigns to the players.
Will further their coaching education by taking additional licenses or attending courses or clinics. Will arrive at every session in good time to ensure that practice begins promptly when players arrive. Will understand that they are dealing with children or teenagers, not college players or professionals, and will coach accordingly. Will understand that their primary goal is to improve ALL of their players and that winning games is a byproduct of this player development strategy. Will provide the Director of Coaching with session plans for all sessions they coach. Will not question referee decisions nor will they engage in debate with opposition coaches. Will ensure that the dialog with players is positive and will be encouraged to observe what is happening in games rather than coach every action occurring on the field.
Should not offer any coaching instruction during games or training sessions. Must never question refereeing decisions Should never make disparaging remarks about any player on the field. Should always avoid disputes with opposing fans. Should applaud good play from either team. Are free to watch training sessions. However, we encourage them to consider whether it might be best for their child to be dropped off and picked up. Any complaints either by phone or e-mail should come to either the Coach, Director of Coaching or President of the Boston Rams Soccer Academy.