The Rainier Valley Slammers are here to develop youth players on and off the pitch. Rainier Valley Slammers is committed to providing athletes the opportunity to develop skills essential to positive growth in the sport of soccer and to inspire each player to a lifelong enjoyment of the game. Coaches not only will develop players in the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological components of the game, they will also teach the importance of commitment, good sportsmanship, teamwork, respect for self and others, and an ability to learn from both winning and losing. Our Rainiers Valley Slammers Coaches partners with parents and players to achieve these goals, realizing that only through commitment, hard work, and execution will we "win" both on and off the playing field.
Player Development is the primary objective of Rainier Valley Slammers. This development breaks down into four components: Technical, Tactical, Physical, and Psychological. As the age level increases, different components are stressed.
1. Technical growth: The individual ability to handle the ball consists of: dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, heading, and goal keeping. A solid Technical foundation increases the players’ ability to understand the Tactical aspects of the game.
2. Tactical awareness: A player must understand when to apply the appropriate technique based on the demands placed upon them by their opponents. Tactical awareness is a players understanding of a system of play or strategy. As a player progresses through age groups, Tactical play becomes a major component of our teaching.
3. Physical ability: Soccer is a demanding physical sport, and each player needs to obtain a certain level of fitness. A majority of this fitness training takes place in the actual training exercises. Physical fitness determines a lot in the game of soccer. When players become physically tired, they become mentally tired. When they become mentally tired they can no longer perform the technical skills needed. When players lose their technical ability, their tactics disappear.
Rainier Valley Slammers strives to be a World Class soccer program through the development, progress and growth of our youth players. We want to prepare our players for the physical, mental and emotional complexities of the game, as wells as, the disciplines and responsibilities for life after soccer.
The one thing that makes our club different than the rest is our association with Walid and Ziad Khoury, Founders and Directors of Coaching for Slammers FC of Newport Beach, California. Slammers FC is one of the most successful and prestigious youth soccer clubs in the United States, www.slammersfc.org.
Walid and Ziad help train our players and our coaches on a continual basis, and we are incorporating their highly successful curriculum and style of play in all our teams. Walid and Ziad are there for us at the national level, helping our teams and players get the attention they deserve from tournament directors and college coaches.
This partnership is helping us build a truly premier soccer program. Rainier Valley Slammers is now a member of the Regional Club League (RCL) and plays against the other top premier clubs in Washington state. We are a club on the rise!
Most importantly, we put player development, and communication with parents first. All of our players are guaranteed significant playing time throughout the year. We put special emphasis on developing our own young players, and showcasing older players to college coaches. Winning is important, but training young people to be great soccer players and great students and citizens is our main mission!